The Art of Gathering

When all the right people, and ingredients, kitchen tools, and food come together, we call this The Art of Gathering.

Gather the ingredients.

Gather the cooking tools.

Gather together friends and family.

Gather for delicious food, piquant time, savory memories, and robust laughter.

Who would have guessed that over 30 years ago when we sold our first 6 kitchen tools, that so many of them (now over 700) would find their way into kitchen stores nation-wide, internationally, and eventually take up residence in so many kitchen cabinets, counters and drawers? We certainly hoped so.

Time flies for certain and here we are sharing our story (and kitchen products) online, in a new way, hoping to inspire, educate and bring a smile or chuckle to a gentle simmer. All of us at RSVP International enjoy delicious food, yummy drinks and especially gathering with great company. We want to share with you how we accomplish it and where it’s gathered from.

Salute!

03.16.18 - By Nona Raybern

Mushroom & Brie Ravioli in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Ravioli is one of those magical pasta dishes that everyone loves. It’s like a present for your mouth, but the wrapping paper is dough and the inside is cheesy goodness. So, the natural step would be making Mushroom & Brie Ravioli. Because brie is the best cheese and mushrooms are acceptable. Don’t be intimidated about making […]

03.09.18 - By Nona Raybern

Irish Apple Cake Topped with an Irish Whiskey Custard

Desserts aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think of traditional Irish food. But this hearty Irish Apple Cake with a velvet custard sauce should be added to the list. An Irish friend once told me that the Irish love a good bit of hardship (ask any Irish person you come […]

02.21.18 - By Nona Raybern

Banana Avocado Bread That’s Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo!

Between increased instances of diet restrictions to lifestyle choices, food has taken on many new faces. But having restrictions in what you can or what to eat shouldn’t mean giving up all the foods you used to love. This banana avocado bread, while being vegan, paleo-friendly, and gluten-free, aims to bring you a little slice […]

02.14.18 - By Nona Raybern

10 Super Delicious Valentine’s Day Cocktails to Make for Your Boo

Valentine's Day Cocktails

Valentine’s Day is a time of love, celebration, and, most importantly, Valentine’s Day Cocktails. Oh, you thought we were going to say something sappy? Of course we love looking into the eyes of someone we love on this sweet Hallmark holiday, but if we aren’t looking into their eyes over a delicious beverage, what are […]

02.02.18 - By Nona Raybern

How to Host the Perfect Galentine’s Day Party

Galentine's Day

Leslie Knope just really had it together when it came to her relationships. And we’re not just talking about relationships with significant others. We’re talking relationships with her best pals. Which is why there’s no better way to show your appreciation for your friends than by throwing them a super fun Galentine’s Day party! So […]

02.02.18 - By RSVP International

Eat Your Heart Out With These Heart Healthy Foods!

Valentine’s Day is on the way and store shelves are filled with heart-shaped candies, heart necklaces, and heart decorations! February is also American Heart Month, a very appropriate and on-trend time to show your heart some extra love. Let’s look at some of the most heart-healthy foods — and how to work more of them […]

01.30.18 - By Nona Raybern

Super Bowl Snacks to Get You Game Day Ready

Let’s be honest here. Super Bowl Snacks are the real reason you look forward to Super Bowl Sunday. I don’t blame you. Between snacks, the epically funny commercials, and the Puppy Bowl (GO PUG GO!), Super Bowl Sunday doesn’t just belong to sports enthusiasts anymore. So invite some friends over and give yourself a reason […]

01.17.18 - By Nona Raybern

Apple Parsnip Soup with Caramelized Shallots

Apple Parsnip Soup probably doesn’t spring to mind when talking about comforting Winter meals. But let me change your mind on that one. This recipe surprised me in the best way possible. See, parsnips don’t rank very high on the “vegetables I know a lot about” list. I imagine that the parsnip is the love […]

01.12.18 - By Nona Raybern

Everything Bagel Seasoning, But Without the Bagel!

I don’t know if there’s any better bagel out there than the Everything Bagel. So why not make everything taste like an Everything Bagel with Everything Bagel Seasoning? It’s an easy seasoning to make and can be used on countless recipes. I’ve used it on everything from Baked Salmon to Fresh Popcorn and I’m sure […]

01.10.18 - By Nona Raybern

Avocado Egg Salad on Sweet Potato Toast with Quick-Pickled Radishes

Avocado Toasts are so hot right now. And also the reason why millennials won’t be able to buy houses. But you don’t have to go to a café for that healthy breakfast. Make it yourself at home using our recipe for an Avocado Egg Salad and the ever-so-nutritious Sweet Potato Toast! Okay, so what’s sweet […]

01.08.18 - By RSVP International

Meal Prep Resources: The Tips & Tools You Need for Success!

As the New Year rolls in, many people make resolutions and set goals for the year ahead. Health, fitness, and organizational goals are often listed among the top New Year’s Resolutions year after year. Unfortunately, life gets busy, motivation fades, and more than 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by the second week of February. […]

12.20.17 - By Nona Raybern

Cardamom Brown Sugar Shortbread

Cardamom is the new Winter “it” flavor this year. So it only made sense that we would make a Cardamom Brown Sugar Shortbread instead of the typical shortbread fare. Native to India, Cardamom pods derive from various plants in the ginger family, which explains the very specific spicy flavor found in these seeds. They’re quite […]

12.18.17 - By Nona Raybern

Peppermint Candles, Homemade to Brighten Your Day and Night!

candles

Making candles certainly seems like an intimidating process. What if you make a candle that accidentally burns the house down? Well, friend, you can’t live your life in that kind of fear. MAKE ALL THE CANDLES YOU WANT! LIVE A LITTLE! And to relax, burn one of your homemade peppermint candles (just keep it away […]

12.11.17 - By Nona Raybern

These are a Few of Our Favorite Things: The Gadgets RSVP Loves

gadgets

Here at RSVP International, we use just as many products and gadgets at home as we create. Which means we’ve tried and tested the gamut of our inventory. But as much as we love all of our products, we totally play favorites.  So what do we love the most? Let us show you. pastry compass Cheryl […]

12.08.17 - By RSVP International

Hosting a Holiday Cookie Exchange

cookie exchange

From sugar cookies to gingersnaps to snickerdoodles, nothing beats a delicious cookie during the holidays. With so many mouthwatering cookie recipes to love, finding the time to bake in between gatherings, shopping, and other obligations seems as impossible as a jolly St. Nick squeezing down the chimney. The solution? Host a cookie exchange! Cookie swaps […]

11.22.17 - By Nona Raybern

The Perfect Pecan Pie to Grace Any Dinner Table

pecan pie

Pecan pie is one of the quintessential desserts of Thanksgiving. With its roots in Southern cooking, it’s the perfect blend of nutty, buttery, and sweet goodness. Today we’ll be using a recipe from The Pioneer Woman that I love because the pecans aren’t whole, they’re chopped! Or in our case, ground using the Endurance® Vintage […]

11.10.17 - By Nona Raybern

From Our Family to Yours: Thanksgiving Recipes from RSVP International

Thanksgiving Recipes

If you’re having some issues putting together a menu for Thanksgiving, have no fear! RSVP International is here to share our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. From appetizers to the main course to dessert, we’ve got you covered. appetizers Figs with Bacon and Chile From our Customer Service Manager, Ivy: “I started making this one when I […]

11.08.17 - By Nona Raybern

A Potato Ricer is the Secret to Perfectly Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

You would think that mashed potatoes wouldn’t be hard to make. Really, you just boil some potatoes and mash them until they’re smooth, right? But what if I told you that a potato ricer can give you the consistency you crave? The main issue with making mashed potatoes comes from over-processing them. When you use […]

11.03.17 - By Nona Raybern

To Wet-Brine or Dry-Brine? That Is the Gobble Gobble Question…

Ah, the Thanksgiving turkey. Many have fretted over it and only handfuls have perfected it. So what’s the secret to a perfectly juicy turkey? According to most expert cooks, brine. Yes, it might seem that salt on meat is counterintuitive to keeping a moist bird since salt usually draws moisture out. But whether you’re using […]

10.30.17 - By Nona Raybern

These Caramel Apple Mummies Will Liven Up Any Party of the Undead

Caramel Apple Mummies

Caramel and candied apples can be a difficult Halloween treat to master. But these Caramel Apple Mummies take all the guess work out…and you don’t even need a candy thermometer! First, let’s make some eyeballs. If you missed your chance to pick up a pack of those Wilton Candy Eyeballs, fear not! It’s easy to […]

10.25.17 - By Nona Raybern

10 Spooky Treats Sure to Bring the Scare This Halloween

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Halloween! Okay, so that phrase is normally reserved for Christmas, but if you’re anything like us here at RSVP International, a little bit of Hocus Pocus is just what the witch doctor ordered. I see you Bette Midler and I love you. Of course, one of the […]

10.23.17 - By Nona Raybern

How to Make Crispy Sweet Potato Fries at Home in the Oven

Sweet potato fries seem to be invading menus across restaurants everywhere. But is there a healthier alternative to deep frying and can you make them at home? Yes! This version makes sure your potatoes come out crisp and ready to dip in your favorite sauce. It’s the perfect afternoon snack for the kids or a […]

10.18.17 - By Nona Raybern

A Comforting Pumpkin Zucchini Lasagna That’s Delicious AND Healthy!

Pumpkin Zucchini

Pumpkin is the quintessential Autumn squash, so when you combine that with the green power of Zucchini squash, you get this delicious Pumpkin Zucchini Lasagna! It may seem a bit labor intensive, since there are four different layers. There are tools that can definitely help speed along the process, like the RSVP Mandoline Slicer. You […]

10.04.17 - By RSVP International

It’s Apple Picking Season! Here’s What You Need to Know:

It’s officially fall, which means it’s time for a fall favorite – apples! Not all apples are created equal. If you’re planning to head out to an orchard or indulge in a delicious apple-inspired dessert this season, here’s what you need to know. Picking the Perfect Apple Whether you’re picking apples right from the tree […]

09.12.17 - By RSVP International

Kitchen Organization Tips

A well-organized kitchen can make life easier. But limited cupboard and counter space can make it a challenge to find a functional set up for cooking, eating, and entertaining. If you’re struggling to organize your kitchen and keep it clean and functional, try these handy kitchen organization tips and tricks. Label your food items Between […]

08.31.17 - By Nona Raybern

Poached Cod in a Spicy Coconut Lime Sauce

With the impending grayness of Autumn approaching, we decided that we should give you an easy weeknight recipe for something on the bright side. This Poached Cod in a Spicy Coconut Lime Sauce is the perfect pick-me-up to those grey Fall evenings. For this recipe, we are going to use the Endurance® 18″ Fish Poacher. […]

08.22.17 - By Nona Raybern

Rustic Dark Chocolate Sweet Cherry Tart

Rustic Dark Chocolate Sweet Cherry Tart

Stone fruit season is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have one last dessert hurrah. This chocolate cherry tart proves just the right amount of effort for delicious pay off. Here at RSVP, we are gatherers and firm believers that the right equipment goes a long way. Today we’ll be using […]

08.20.17 - By Nona Raybern

The Perfect Blackberry Sparkling Lemonade to Brighten Your Mood

With the dog days of summer rolling to an end, there’s nothing that reminds us of kicking back on the patio more than a refreshing glass of lemonade. Add in some seasonal blackberries and a bit of sparkling water, and you have the perfect drink to cap off your summer! It also helps that today […]

08.17.17 - By RSVP International

5 Kitchen Essentials for Your College Dorm Room

Just because your college dorm may not have a kitchen doesn’t mean you won’t occasionally skip the crowded dining hall in favor of your own room. If you’ve started your college shopping, you’ve probably already got the dorm kitchen essentials – plates, bowls, spoons, and cups – that you’ll need to eat your Ramen, cereal, […]

08.09.17 - By Nona Raybern

You Don’t Need a Campfire to Make These Grilled Peach S’mores

grilled peach s'mores

There’s never a time in my life where s’mores seem like a bad idea; but without an open flame, sometimes s’mores seem like a really inconvenient dessert to crave. WELL, NOT TODAY! In honor of National S’mores Day, we’ve created an alternative method to create these campfire treats sans campfire. All you need is a […]

07.25.17 - By Nona Raybern

Take Your Potato Salad to the Next Level by Grilling Your Potatoes

Everyone loves potato salad. That’s just a fact. But most potato salad is creamy and mayonnaise-based and leaves you feeling just a little too full on a warm summer day. That’s why this Grilled French Potato Salad will be your elevated side dish at the next BBQ you bring it to. Based in an lemon-garlic […]

07.19.17 - By Nona Raybern

A Simply Fresh Summer Dessert: Grilled Fruit Pizza with Honey & Ricotta

Raise your hand if you don’t like pizza! Put your hand down, of course you like pizza. And you know what’s good as pizza? DESSERT. Specifically, a dessert fruit pizza! Stone fruit and berries are currently in season (the raspberries were actually from my parent’s backyard!), so why not turn them into something easy for […]

07.14.17 - By RSVP International

Grilling Tips from the Experts

grilled vegetables

The smell wafting through the air. The sizzling sound. The perfect char lines. The delicious flavor. There’s so much to love about grilling, isn’t there? For about 75% of Americans who own a grill, it’s an essential part of their summer traditions. While everyone has their own unique way manning the flames, here are a […]

07.11.17 - By Nona Raybern

Outdoor Appetizer: Grilled Corn and Jalapeño Dip

For every corn dip recipe I’ve found on the internet, the term “crack” is always used. I wasn’t exactly sure why this correlation was happening until I made this Grilled Corn and Jalapeño dip… I couldn’t stop eating it. That’s how good this is. I actually had to force myself to put it in the […]

07.03.17 - By Nona Raybern

Homemade Coleslaw That’s the Perfect Partner to Your BBQ

Do you find chopping to be boring? Cumbersome? Would you rather be doing anything other than standing at a cutting board making something like coleslaw? Well, I have one word for you: Mandoline. Turns out Barry Manilow wasn’t singing about a girl named Mandy. He was probably singing about the MANDY from RSVP International! (Kidding, […]

07.03.17 - By Nona Raybern

Shred Pulled Pork for Your 4th of July BBQ!

Nothing says America like an all day BBQ. And on this 241st year celebrating BREXIT 1776, you should try your hand at a slow-smoked pulled pork. The prep work for this is fairly easy, but the cook time is long, so plan accordingly. This 6.5 pound bone-in pork shoulder took about 10 hours to get […]

06.20.17 - By Nona Raybern

Make It at Home: The Cold Brew Macchiato

cold brew macchiato

Ah, cold brew coffee. Let me count the ways that I love you. Sweetened, unsweetened, cold, warmed, frothed, blended. Quite frankly it doesn’t matter, because it is delicious! And this recipe for a Cold Brew Macchiato will knock your socks off. The Caramel Macchiato took Starbucks by storm when it first introduced, but there is […]

06.18.17 - By Nona Raybern

RSVP How-To: Cold Brew Coffee

Here at RSVP International, there is one thing that everyone in the office can agree is a necessity: COFFEE. And now that summer is here, we like our coffee as a cold brew. So that’s why we said, hey, let’s make a cold brew coffee maker! Now introducing for 2017: So what’s the big deal […]