Welcome to  “About Sandy Coughlin” page, where you can get a little insight about me, The Big Board®, Reluctant Entertainer blog, and my books!

Big Boards for Families by Sandy Coughlin

Welcome

Welcome to my home and table! I’m so glad you’re here.

I’m Sandy—lover of food, family, cooking, charcuterie and cheese boards [The Big Board®], travel, hospitality, and bringing people together. Recently I was featured in The New York Post!

About Sandy

My story isn’t uncommon. I fell in love with entertaining as a little girl as I watched my mom and her sisters entertain. Their main mission was to get a beautiful spread on the table for their guests, so everyone could linger around the table for hours…concluding with a cup of coffee in one hand and a dessert fork in the other. It was in those hectic moments that my life changed forever. 

Since then, I’ve become a wife, a mother (my amazing kids are 29, 27, and 25) and in 2006, I became the creator behind Reluctant Entertainer–feasting on life every minute I can. 

Between the recipes and the Big Boards, you’ll read more about my passion for traveling, home decor, and even our Sprinter Van renovations and adventures!  I also volunteer many hours to my husband’s non-profit, The Protectors.org, a freedom from bullying organization.

Here on RE, our home together, I’ll show you how to entertain with confidence. Trust me, it’s easier than you think.

kayaking the fjords

Travel with Sandy

I also love to share my travel adventures. Recently I’ve been to Mexico, Norway, Germany, and Denmark. Last year to Prague, Australia, Switzerland, and France! Follow along on my Travel page on RE!

Fun Facts About Me 

  • Our home is in beautiful Bend, Oregon! We’re never far from an outdoor adventure. 
  • My husband came up with the blog name, Reluctant Entertainer, when I was always complaining of the people we knew with big, beautiful kitchens, who never had people over for a meal. Why were people so reluctant to open their doors?
  • My indulgences are good-quality chocolate and coffee.
  • My favorite kitchen tool is my Wusthof knife.
  • I wrote a book back in 2009 called The Reluctant Entertainer, a book on the fundamentals of hospitality (no longer in print). In October 2021, my brand new book Big Boards for Families hits shelves!
  • I’m proud to say that I started the “epic charcuterie board” and THE BIG BOARD concept back in September 2017, the original creator of the epic Pier One board. What sets me apart from many charcuterie makers is a board with a lip, or raised edge.
  • I’ve partnered with JK Adams and their premier woodmakers in Dorset, Vermont, with my own line of The Big Board® in October 2020. The boards are food safe with a raised lip, with perfectly designed undercut handles. They are exclusive to RE, come in 4 epic sizes, and you can buy them, HERE. Plus, check out all the other accessories in the store!

The Big Board®

Along the way, I developed the idea of “The Big Board®” which is slowly changing the way people entertain and put meals together. 

My Big Board “epic charcuterie” began several years ago when I hosted 12 fellow bloggers in my home for dinner. We gathered in our backyard with a big board of tortellini skewers and charcuterie foods—served on one giant board. Soon that concept went viral on my blog and on Pinterest

Big Boards for Families book cover

My New Book Hitting Shelves in October 2021

Preorder my new book now, Big Boards for Families, Healthy, wholesome charcuterie boards and food spread recipes that bring everyone around the table, out October 2021! 

Top Recipes 

My fans have spoken and there are a few recipes you can’t miss as you browse around my site. Here are the top 6! 

  1. How to Make an Epic Charcuterie Board (video!)

  2. Easy Taco Recipe Dinner Board

  3. Sour Cream Banana Bread

  4. Best Clam Chowder Recipe (VIDEO)

  5. Italian Spaghetti Salad

  6. Best Blueberry Cobbler

P.S. Subscribe to my email list to receive an eBook of the Top 10 Reluctant Entertainer recipes sent directly to your inbox!

woman holding plates for charcuterie board

The Reluctant Entertainer’s Manifesto

  • Our tables exist to serve people, not ourselves. It’s where hearts are heard and bodies are fed.
  • There is beauty in a “not perfect” board, because often it’s about creating something lovely with what you already have in your fridge and pantry.
  • It’s a sacred calling to be watchful and purposeful about who gathers at our tables, even when it’s spontaneous.
  • Be generous in love.
  • Unique style means you have your own style, and you don’t compare it to others.
  • Uncomplicated hosting is a blessing to everyone.
  • The size of your house doesn’t dictate the size of your hospitality.
  • A board doesn’t have to be over-the-top–it just needs to be festive and delicious.
  • Our tables should be where we show up, take risks, and talk about real things in life.
  • The table is where our world expands and we listen and learn.

Let’s Connect!

For the days when a visit to my website isn’t enough… 

Friend me on Facebook {Sandy Coughlin} or hit “like” to my RE FB page!

Find me on Twitter. {@SandyCoughlinRE}

Check out my pins on Pinterest.

Peek inside my life on Instagram  (@ReluctantEntertainer)

I love to get emails. Email me any time with a question or just to say hi! Subscribe to my blog by email, here.

I hope that joy and grace spills over to you on the pages here at RE! Thank you for being here with me today!

beautiful spread of brunch food on rectangle board tht woman is holding

My Bio & Features

For over a decade, Sandy Coughlin, the full-time blogger and recipe developer at Reluctant Entertainer, has inspired readers to step up their hosting and hospitality. Sandy has garnered hundreds of thousands of fans at ReluctantEntertainer.com, where she shows readers how to gather people around their table with easy tips, good food and great conversation.

She enjoys hiking, camping in her family’s Sprinter van, traveling, hosting parties, sharing hospitality wherever she goes, and bringing people together. Sandy lives in Bend, Oregon, with her family and the famous Alder the Whoodle. Find out more at RELUCTANTENTERTAINER.COM

Sandy’s been featured here at Rachael Ray’s magazine, Better Homes & Gardens Traditional Home, Great Kitchens, FoodieCrush Magazine, The Huffington Post, Harry & David, Buzz Feed, The Inspired Room, and was a contributor at Tsh Oxenreider, RecipeGirl, Bush’s Beans, The Bean Life, Country Living, Woman’s World, and more!

Sandy’s contributed to the following books: Gift of Friendship, by Dawn Camp, and Where Women Cook: Celebrate!

Better Homes & Gardens July 2021

Woman’s Day online, April 2019

Article in The Food + Diet issue of Simplify Magazine, June 2019

Eating Well – August 2021

Modern Texas Living Magazine – Summer 2021 (print)

The New York Post – August 2021

Taste of Home – October 2021

Everyday Faith – Fall 2021

The Epic Baked Potato Dinner Board went viral in January 2020 on Facebook in Australia, reaching millions.

Previously Published Book: The Reluctant Entertainer, Bethany House (2009)

Reluctant Entertainer® is a US registered trademark. Also The Big Board® is a US registered trademark. Please ask my permission before reposting any of my photographs anywhere. Please do not copy any content or recipes I have posted on this site without permission. Here’s an awesome article about recipe attribution. Thank you!

I do not accept article submissions or guests posts on RE! Thanks!