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…)
Inspired by the chipotle turkey panini the Godfather and I used to enjoy at the Storm Surge Cafe on the University of Miami campus, this panini makes a tasty and quick lunch or dinner!
We recently returned from a family vacation/family visit to Florida, and a conversation between the Godfather and I made this recipe seem exceptionally appropriate to share. You see, we visited campus. By “campus” I refer to the University of Miami main campus, our undergraduate alma mater, where we met, and where we have many fond memories. We hadn’t planned to stop by this trip, but were looking for a t-shirt for Princess A to wear on game days, and a onesie for #2. After spending over 30 minutes finding parking (memories!), we ducked straight into the bookstore and out again in 10 minutes. We also realized how much older we are than the current students, and instead of bothering us, we found it funny. (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…)
A classic at picnics and barbecues, this Southen style potato salad recipe is a simple dish, easily customized, and great to feed a crowd!
Fourth of July weekend was definitely all about potato salad at our house. My baby sister and dad were both in town visiting, and they are the family potato salad lovers, so I decided to make versions for each of them! My dad absolutely love the Spanish potato salad (ensalada Rusa), so I made one for him (recipe coming soon), but my sister and her husband prefer to keep it American classic and they like the Southern style potato salad – the kind with eggs, and a mixture of mustard and mayo in the dressing. So for a barbecue with 6 adults and 1 child, we had 2 different potato salads (ha!). (more…)
A grilled pound cake sundae is an easy summer dessert you assemble rather than bake, so you can enjoy delicious summer flavors with minimal effort!
Ya’ll know I love (love) my complicated and detailed desserts. I love baking breads, making pastry, decorating cakes, etc… but in the summer, I ease up a bit. Maybe it’s because the weather is nicer so the Godfather is at the grill more often, or maybe because we spend more time outside enjoying the warmer weather, but I’m always on the lookout for simpler desserts. Since it’s #CookoutWeek, I couldn’t let the week pass without sharing one of my favorite crazy easy grilled desserts, grilled pound cake. (more…)