Category — Recipes
That is French and translates word for word into Salad. Green. Bitter.
It sounds poetic in French but it certainly does not sound as lovely or appetizing in English. So we shall give it a nicer English name … Bitter Greens Salad with Pomegranates & Parmesan.
So much better. This, of course, was the salad from the European Dinner Party.
I put out store-bought cookies and candies at the end of the meal, so there will not be a dessert recipe. The main course is all I have left to post. Expect that recipe tomorrow.
November 11, 2013 1 Comment
These are all swiped from BuzzFeed from a post titled “16 Helpful Charts That Every Twentysomething Needs”
I have two Twentysomethings and the following 4 flowcharts are the ones I felt most applied to them. One or two apply to just Marissa, another is just Connor and at least one applies to both of them!
November 8, 2013 3 Comments
Our soup at the European Dinner Party uses one of my favorite vegetables – the artichoke.
Fresh artichokes are not the easiest vegetable to work with, but when you use canned (or frozen) artichoke hearts, they are a snap to use.
November 7, 2013 2 Comments
If you know anything about my entertaining style, you know that I love to offer a “Signature” or “Welcome” cocktail when my guests arrive.
For the European Dinner Party, I decided I needed two. That may seem a bit excessive for only four people, but I honestly couldn’t decide between apple or pomegranate on that beautiful autumn evening, so I settled on both.
Sangria is a Spanish and Portuguese beverage that is traditionally served throughout Spain and Portugal during the hot summer months. It is made with summer fruits and juices.
I figured, why not use fall and winter fruits and juices and serve it all year long? Ole!
Spiced Apple Cider Sangria
1 bottle Pinot Grigio
2 cups spiced apple cider
1/2 cup brandy
2 Honeycrisp apples, cored and then chopped
2 Bosc pears, cored and then chopped
1 cup club soda, chilled
Combine all ingredients together, except the club soda, in a large serving pitcher.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
Pour sangria into ice filled glasses; use a slotted spoon to add a few of the apple and pear pieces to each glass. Then top each with a splash of the chilled club soda.
Makes 8 to 10 servings
Note: I found the sparkling pomegranate soda for the next recipe at Trader Joe’s.
November 6, 2013 2 Comments
The recipe for these marinated chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, comes from Real Simple Magazine. I tweaked a tiny bit.
This was appetizer #2 for my European Dinner Party. I used the chickpeas as the centerpiece for a Spanish tapas plate, which also included prosciutto, Manchego cheese, olives, Iberico cheese, salami, and baguette slices.
November 5, 2013 2 Comments
A couple of weekends ago, we had dear friends over for an intimate dinner party. There were just four of us and it could not have been a more lovely and relaxing evening.
Both the husband and the wife of this chic and well-traveled couple are fabulous cooks – so obviously I wasn’t planning on serving them hot dogs and baked beans.
At first I was thinking French cuisine. Maybe Italian … or what about Spanish?
Oh, forget it, I’ll just do a bit of everything. From that, my Eclectic European Dinner Party was born.
I’ll be posting a different recipe from the menu- including appetizers, cocktails, soup, salad, and main course – each day this week.
First up: Antipasto Numero Uno….
November 4, 2013 1 Comment
I have not cooked in days … for more than a week actually!
Between the craft class, eating out, friends’ parties, cooking classes, ordering in and my birthday – I just haven’t had time.
What could be better to get back into the swing than the combination of pork chops, maple syrup, squash and apples?
Note: You may notice that I only cooked 2 pork chops, but the recipe really and truly is for four chops.
October 30, 2013 1 Comment
Once I made the decision to serve chili at the 2013 Fall Craft Party, I knew I wanted one with beef and one with chicken. I already have a Favorite Chicken Chili recipe, but if I made that, then I wouldn’t have a new recipe to blog about!
And, that my friends, is why I came up with this recipe.
Because I’m always thinking about you, your happiness and well-being – your desire for new and tasty recipes. That’s how I roll. It is who I am.
OK, enough of that, on to the recipe!
October 23, 2013 3 Comments
Something highly unusual happened on the way to my 2013 Fall Craft Party.
I sorta forgot about the food.
Honestly, it completely slipped my mind … until the morning of.
That is seriously out of character for me!
Food is always the main thing that I plan nearly every party around. It’s my centerpiece, the reason I have a party in the first place.
This time I was so into the craft aspect; what we’d make, collecting the necessary supplies for each project (9 in all!), deciding how to display each option, writing up and printing out the instruction sheets for each.
Tallying up my expenses and figuring out how much to charge for each craft – OK, that means high level math was involved, so you can just imagine how many hours of my valuable time that took! Dear Lord, no wonder I forgot about the food!
Anyhow, the morning of the party, I tossed around ideas – a large table of appetizers is always fun but it’s too time consuming to put together within my restrictive 9-hour time-frame.
Chili! That’s the perfect solution!
Exceedingly easy to slap together. Plus its tummy warming and satisfying on a nice October evening.
So chili it was. I jumped in the car and flew into Trader Joe’s; bought a bunch of flowers, cheese, crackers, wine, juices, chili fixings and sweets.
And that was that.
Here is the first of two chili recipes I’ll be sharing with you… then, later in the week we’ll get to the crafts.
If the portions in my photos look off from the portions I list on the recipe – I doubled mine - remember… I was feeding 24 lovely ladies dinner.
And if you are dying to ask – “What is that waffle doing alongside your chili?”
That my friends, is a cornbread waffle! Honestly, just pour cornbread batter into your waffle iron and presto – cornbread waffles - golden crispy goodness! No messing with muffin pan, just cook the up, place them on cooling racks and then reheat in the oven until ready to serve. Easy as can be.
Wish I’d have thought of it – but no, I found the brilliant idea on Pinterest.
October 21, 2013 5 Comments
When my kids were young, there was a chain of restaurants called El Pollo Asado, in our area. I don’t know what happened to them or exactly when they went away. But we really loved their chicken.
Fast forward to this past Sunday when I was over at my cousin, Ty and his wife Michelle’s, home for potluck Basketball & BBQ. Since it was a smaller crowd then they’ve had in the past, Ty brought in chicken instead of grilling.
Three it was – that chicken we loved so much – way back when.
Ty said he got the chicken from El Pollo Asado, but when I went to look up the location, I could only find El Pollo Loco. I’m guessing that is what he meant, and where he bought the chicken.
I decided to try and recreate it at home.
This comes pretty close. Not exactly that same distinctive flavor – but close enough – in a pinch.
P.S. Ignore the fact that in the photo above, I have only 2 oranges and 3 limes. I flipped that ratio after the photo was taken and conveniently forgot to take another picture. Please forgive.
October 16, 2013 2 Comments