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About Courtney Dial Whitmore
Courtney Whitmore left her full time job as a career counselor to launch Pizzazzerie.com (pronounced piz·zazze·rie [pəˈzaz ərē]) in 2010 to share entertaining inspiration and ideas with her readers. Now a published cookbook author, she utilizes her talent in entertaining and food styling to share daily party inspiration with her readers.
Growing up in the South, Courtney has always loved the art of presenting classic Southern foods with a modern twist and setting a tablescape with lots of pizzazz. She attended Vanderbilt University earning both a bachelors in Communications + masters in Organizational Leadership.
Her expertise has been seen in Better Homes & Gardens, HGTV.com, Ladies Home Journal, AOL’s DIY Life, Access Hollywood, and MarthaStewart.com.
She is the author of 5 books Push-Up Pops, Candy Making For Kids, Frostings, Pizzazzerie: Entertain in Style and her latest, The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook (Fall 2020).
When she’s not creating for Pizzazzerie.com, Courtney styles and creates content for brands such as Target, Frito Lay, Lindt Chocolate, Pier 1, Pepperidge Farm, Bacardi, and more to connect consumers with their products in an entertaining setting. She is also a content creator for eBay, PARADE, The Huffington Post + ForRent.com. She’s a former contributor to eHow, Occasions Magazine, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Homes.com, and WSMV Nashville.
She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and two young daughters, Blakely and Ivy.
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In The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook, Courtney Whitmore, founder of the Pizzazzerie blog, shares her party go-tos with 95 recipes: appetizers, salads, entrees, drinks, and dessert, plus party styling guidance. Modern twists on classics include Fried Green Tomato Caprese Salad, Jalepeño & Bacon Deviled Eggs, and miniature Cozy Chicken Pot Pies. Beloved heirloom recipes from her family’s cookbooks (not to worry, no archaic methods or hard-to-find ingredients here) include Hot Chicken Salad, Phronsie’s Banana Muffins, and Southern Almond Tea Cakes.
Charming stories of recipes’ origins are shared throughout, and Courtney provides dozens of tips to make the most of your gathering: try embellishing a plate with edible flower petals or create mini versions of a well-known dessert!
“[An] inspiring compendium of party-ready favorites. Nearly 100 recipes, numerous party menu ideas, and tips for table settings are packed with regional flavor . . . Cooks looking to please a crowd will find plenty of ways to do that.” —Publishers Weekly
From the founder of the eponymous party-planning website, a guide to creating exceptional celebrations that will inspire any host.
Tablescapes, tips, DIY party crafts, beautiful color photos, and more than 50 never-before-seen recipes, in an easy-to-follow format. Beginner hosts will find tons of tips and how-tos, as they’re walked through practical steps to creating fabulous parties on a realistic budget. The seasoned host will discover unique details and new recipes to enhance their tablescapes all year long.
Follow one party to a tee, or mix-and-match elements to create a unique affair all your own. Courtney Dial Whitmore provides instructions for more than a dozen occasions (from simple backyard gatherings to special celebrations), each complemented with full tablescape details; decor tips; and recipes for each party covering appetizers, desserts, and drinks.
Ring in the new year with a glitzy New Year's Day Brunch; savor a bit of Parisian culture with a Crêpe Cake and Sparkling Raspberry Cocktails; enjoy Spinach Tea Sandwiches and Lavender Fizz Cocktails at a Jane Austen–inspired Book Club Gathering; celebrate your favorite guy with Bacon and Pecan S'mores and Sriracha and Bourbon Wings; and don your best black-and-white apparel to enjoy Red Velvet Brownie Truffle Cakes and White Chocolate Martinis at a Black and White Masquerade Party. These are just a few of the ideas you'll find in Pizzazzerie: Entertain in Style.
“Courtney covers every detail, and breaks them down to make entertaining easy. With so many creative ideas, you’ll want to start celebrating half birthdays, too!” —Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, editor-at-large, Southern Living
“Festive, bright, and cheerful…full of ideas and passionate about the details.” —Tara Guerard, owner/creative director, Soiree
Forty delightful recipes for frostings, ganaches, and glazes, from the author of Pizzazzerie: Entertain in Style.
Whipped into a fluffy texture, drizzled for glazing, or creamed into a thick and sinful delight, frostings are an ideal finishing touch for cakes, s’mores, doughnuts and more! Within these pages of eye-candy, author Courtney Dial Whitmore shares forty recipes for traditional frosting favorites as well as exciting flavor combinations such as Salted Caramel, Chai Vanilla Bean, and Champagne Buttercream. Get out your mixer, piping bags and frosting tips and whip up your own flavored frostings to add that perfect topping or filling to your favorite desserts.
“Courtney’s inventive combination of cake, frosting, and a few yummy odds and ends is the most fresh and accessible take on the subject I’ve seen in a while.” —Duff Goldman, author of Super Good Baking For Kids and host of Ace of Cakes
“Her creative ideas are beautifully executed on every page.” —Elisa Strauss, author of Confetti Cakes
“Frostings has a permanent slot on my kitchen bookshelf.” —Joy Wilson, author of Joy The Baker Over Easy
Candy Making for Kids is a creative and fun book full of easy-to-follow candy recipes for kids. From traditional favorites such as toffee and fudge to whimsical creations such as candy caterpillars and candy play-dough, kids of all ages will absolutely love these delicious and cute treats. Perfect for children’s parties, holiday parties, packaging up for friends, or simply enjoying at home, these recipe ideas are sure to become a family favorite!