Bacon cheddar stuffed mushrooms can be prepared up to a day in advance before warming to serve. Make before your next gathering, then heat and eat!
Want to read something truly frightening? Think about offering to host a gathering and then trying to make appetizers the same day as the party. Terrifying, darlings, terrifying. Planning like that is counter to all the good entertaining advice I can give you. You want to be able to relax, enjoy your guests, and definitely, definitely, not stress! I think maybe that’s why I’m sharing this party-ready appetizer now. Not only is it a tasty appetizer for sporting watch parties, it’s equally at home for the holidays. See what I did there? 😉 (more…)
A simple baked mashed potato croquettes recipe is a great way to reinvent leftover mashed potatoes from your holiday meals.
A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for bacon brie mashed potatoes. The mashed potatoes make a fabulous holiday side dish, but leftover mashed potatoes aren’t always a hit with everyone. I personally love leftovers of all kinds, but the Godfather isn’t as much a fan of certain side dishes rewarmed as is. Mashed potatoes are one of those dishes, so we use leftovers in shepard’s pie, mashed potato pancakes, or these baked mashed potato croquettes (croquetas). (more…)
This fabulous unique caramel corn recipe was inspired by my favorite Girl Scout Cookie, the Samoas (or Caramel D’Lites). The last batch of samoas caramel corn I made disappeared in minutes!
Ever since I whipped up a batch of chai tea caramel corn and realized how easy it was to make caramel corn at home, I’ve had so much fun experimenting with recipes! Last Christmas, I shipped care packages to family with snacks, and included my s’mores caramel corn and this Samoas caramel corn. The recipe didn’t go up last year because the caramel corn I saved for pictures disappeared too quickly. I had to make this recipe at least 3 times to get pictures, everyone loves it! (more…)
Game day watch party food can be a challenge when your team is in a different time zone. Incorporate traditional tailgate foods with a morning twist when you add breakfast jalapeño poppers to the menu!
The Godfather and I follow our college football team each year. It’s our alma mater, where we met, got engaged, and were both members of the marching band. I played clarinet and convinced him to join the drum line for a year where he played cymbals since that was all he could play with no musical experience. I make his life interesting. When we moved to California, we found ourselves facing a bit of a conundrum for early football games. When we could catch a University of Miami football game on television, the times would seem a bit funny. A 12 noon game would start at 9 in the morning, closer to the start of our day (before children) than lunch time. It felt strange to serve “traditional” tailgate foods for game watch snacks, so we got creative! (more…)
A classic for everything from sandwiches to entertaining, tarragon chicken salad is perfect for the golf course, a lunch box, or served in mini at a holiday soiree.
I’d like to start off by saying how much I love the word soiree. Expect to see it slightly overused as the holidays approach and I delve into serious entertaining mode, even if it’s just entertaining small groups. Tip: Chicken salad is great for entertaining when spread on small baguette rounds or put in toasted phyllo cups. But I didn’t originally create this beautiful dish for entertaining, I made it for lunch. (more…)