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If we had a nickel for every time we've barked that at our kids, well... it'd be a lot of nickels. Truth is that we should be more concerned about the fridge door left open for the trip to the cupboard to pour a glass of milk and really concerned when we inch the thermostat down to 70 degrees. Electricity has been a hot topic lately and we should all be very concerned about saving it, not just for the immediate satisfaction in our wallet but to prevent a crisis in the future. Remember the '70s and those lines at the gas station? How about mandatory black outs?
Dear Catering Mentors,
I have been waxing poetic about olives, and my friends are starting to regard me strangely. Please, help redeem me.

They are on your pizza. They are in your martini. When you were young, they were on your fingertips. And up until a few years ago, they were only green or black.
The latest in interior design is repurposing. In other words, use what you have, use it in a new way or reinvent it! Anne had grown tired of her home office and felt that she needed a change, but she couldn't financially justify redoing the entire room.
Go ahead and procrastinate on those taxes a few extra days this year. The deadline to file your individual tax return (or request an extension) falls on Monday, April 17, 2006. For those of you who actually like to plan, March is the perfect time to dig out all those receipts and hit the accountant's office. Santa Clarita Enrolled Agent and Certified Financial Planner Michael L. Green encourages you to file electronically this time around.
So you have a gaping hole on the wall and you need to fill it with a beautiful piece of art. Forget about the fabulous piece of art and think plates. There are plates available in just about every shape, style and size imaginable! A collection of plates hung on a wall works with just about any style of decorating.
Dear Beacons of Culinary Bliss,

As a guest at a recent RSVP catered party, I met the love of my life. No, not a drop-dead-gorgeous doctor, but something more satiating and sweet - your Bread Pudding. Fess up, Darlings. I won't have another Valentine's Day without the delectable comfort of pudding-goodness at my side.
Dear Kitchen Mavericks,
Spill it. We know that you have some hip new recipes hidden up your chef-coat sleeves. We do have a hot new food trend to pass on. Our latest passion is the pomegranate. Foods from Persia, Morocco and Turkey are incredibly popular right now.
You wouldn't dream of wearing that little black dress without the perfect shoes and pair of earrings, would you? Then why skip hanging window treatments when decorating a room? I recently helped a couple with most beautiful living and dining rooms, except there were no window treatments anywhere. He didn't want to obstruct the beautiful views, as they had just spent a small fortune on landscaping.
"Nesting." The concept's premise basically suggests that the more tumultuous the world becomes, the more apt we are to create a better, more entertaining home environment and the less likely we are to explore outside the home. Key to the nesting philosophy has been home theaters; they allow for cinema-esque quality without leaving the house.
This month, we will take a look at various ways that screens can be used to accessorize your home, a few fresh ideas for some new holiday decorations, and two designers that have turned their visions into hot product lines...
Dear Culinary Geniuses,
Last Thanksgiving, I was teased about my reliance on store-bought, "it's still shaped like a can even though it's out of its can" cranberry sauce. I'm not interested in a repeat offense. Help!

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce - and we are not talking cranberry sauce from the can, people!
Information for all of your home needs including Real Estate agents, Banking & Loans needs, Insurance agents, Indoor & Outdoor Building Contractors, help with Tile, Granite, Marble & Design, Shelving needs, Plumbing help and Vacuums / Sewing needs.
In the next three months, a minimum of two major holidays will be celebrated, an untold number of guests will trample through your home and you'll lose approximately a million hairs stressing out about the whole ordeal.
Dear Entertaining Mavens, It's harvest season, but the only wine pairing I'm familiar with is Ernst and Gallo. Help!

When paring food and wine, strive for balance and synchronization. Wine shouldn't overpower your food and vice versa.
Dear Grilling Goddesses,
I know that fall's right around the corner, but I'm not quite ready to retire the old barbeque. Help me go out with a bang!

To end summer in style, you first need to know the difference between grilling and barbecuing.
Dear Catering Divas,
It's summer and I am itching to put some heat into my dishes. Unfortunately, I'm a chile novice. Help!

Dear Chile Novice,
Thank you for bringing up one of our favorite topics. Just thinking about the ancho, chipotle, cascabel, de arbols, guajillos, habanero... it really gets us going!
You've just dropped your youngest child off at college. The older children are on their own, doing just fine, thank you. Your home, which holds all the memories of raising a family, seems just a little too quiet and way too big. As you stand in the hallway looking at empty beds and old childhood trophies, you wonder... Is this the empty nest syndrome you've been hearing about or is it the whooshing sound of a big page turning in your life?
Need a new garage door? How about a backyard barbeque, or a complete kitchen remodel? For nine years, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley residents have flocked to Saugus Speedway's semi-annual Home and Garden Show underneath the big expo tent.
Delicious food can also be good for you. As caterers, we've often designed menus based on health and dietary needs, and you know what? Clients and guests are often amazed that they are eating (and enjoying) dishes that address high cholesterol, low-sodium needs, diabetes, and more. With research and attention to detail, anything is possible!
Q: Every year around Saint Patrick's Day, I get a hankering for great potatoes. Too bad that the only way I know how to cook them is baked or traditional holiday-style mashed. Can you inspire me?

A: Potatoes are in our soul, just like the aromas of our grandmother's kitchen. They provide comfort, texture, accessibility, nutrition, and a bridge to other cultures. Potatoes are gods, covered in dirt but endowed with magical powers.
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