Every host or hostess has their little tricks that get them through the tough moments, or make tedious jobs a little easier.

We have collected our favorites and place them in one section of A Big Slice. This page will keep growing as we find and add more tips that we want to pass along to you.

We hope you enjoy these ideas and feel free to share your own with us. We love hearing from you.

Ted and Clare

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A formal dinner can seem daunting, but we have some tricks to make it a little easier on the host. Plus a listing of the courses and recipes for each dish. On this page we have collected a few tips about how to pull off a safe picnic for you and your family.
A formal place setting really does have a rhyme and a reason. Find out how to set the perfect formal table here. This is not your grandfather's grill anymore. There are all kinds of items and gadgets that every serious grillmaster must have. Plus we have information on grilling times for different meats.
On this page we have a list of what you need for your own home bar. Not only the equipment, but the necessary liquors and garnishes, too. We love cooking on cast iron and it is nearly indestructible. If you want to keep your new cookware in tip top shape, or if your want to refurbish an old piece check out this page.
The Irish have a way with words and Irish toasts are classic bits of wit and wisdom. We have collected some of our favorites on this page. This extensive glossary covers all things wine. Find out about ullage, DOCG and oakiness among many other fascinating wine tidbits.
This is a glossary listing of the most popular herbs and spices including what sorts of dishes they are used in and what cultures feature them. Just a few basics to get you started on your journey into the land of beer. Like what are hops? Or what is the difference between malted and unmalted barley?
Everything you need to know about indoor bouquets. From which flowers perform the best in the vase to what flower food works best, these tips will keep Springtime in you home all year 'round. In this section we have some great tips to keep you from blowing a gasket during the holidays. Plus some useful advice about choosing the perfect Thanksgiving turkey.