Ana's had a lifelong love affair with entertaining that began at age 8 when she hosted her very first soiree.
To date she's thrown dozens of parties, catered all kinds of functions and grown to become a trusted resource for all things event planning related.
Her background as a professional Interior Designer (IIDA) has paired perfectly in her quest to get people to party again.
In 2010 she created her Culinary Brand, Any Day Soiree™ where she shares her creative talents.
Through cookbooks and social media, Ana Hammond's Any Day Soiree™ teaches you how to create beautiful food perfect for entertaining. Fast, smart and impressive recipes that will become your favorites.
Born in Portugal, Ana Hammond is a well known creative talent from Boston. Ana has been on a culinary trajectory since her cooking show Any Day Soiree™ hit public access TV throughout New England after a short stint on YouTube.
Since then she's turned Any Day Soiree™ into a growing Culinary Brand that includes how to cookbooks, culinary products, party decorations and more. Along the journey, she's gained thousands of fans internationally.
Her original Portuguese recipes first led to culinary success as a finalist on FOX TV's Masterchef and later, Ana was cast on ABC's The Taste.
Ana Hammond has cooked for the Michelin Star Chef Gordon Ramsay, James Beard Award Winner, Graham Elliot Bowles and Restaurateur, Joseph Bastianich. She's made several television appearances including Style Boston and she continues to inspire people to entertain at home.
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I NEED A GOOD CHILLED SOUP. SUGGESTIONS?
In addition to the classic Gazpacho, there’s a host of chilled soups – Sweet Pea with Mint, Cucumber Avocado, Curried Zucchini to name a few.
I HAVE SOME COCONUT THAT’S TURNED DRY AND HARD. SHOULD I TOSS IT?
No. Put it in a strainer over a steaming pot of water for a few minutes to rehydrate it.
HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD I USE TO COOK QUINOA?
This high-protein substitute for pasta and rice comes in white (golden), red or black varieties. Use a ratio of 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water just like rice. Great with curry, grilled vegetables or braised meat.
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Ana says for most cooking and baking, regular ingredients are fine. There are a few items worth splurging on however. These include quality baking chocolate, extra virgin olive oil, maple syrup, pure vanilla, prosciutto, cheese and fresh herbs. The difference in taste is remarkable.
MAKE IT FRESH
For beautiful quick and easy meals, Ana suggests buying the freshest in-season fruits and vegetables you can find. The artisanal and organic produce available at many farmers markets produce exceptionally flavorful salads, slaws, frittatas and desserts and offer radiant colors that enhance your plating.
A COOK’S BEST FRIEND
If you buy only one kitchen tool this month, make it a good knife. Ana recommends knives that weigh at least 7 ounces or more. After that, she says what matters most is how well it fits your hand. Most cooks find molded plastic handles most comfortable. Her favorite brand is Henckels.
ana's tips And Tricks
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