Category Archives: Entertaining

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Cucumber Cups

These lovely cucumber cups make a gorgeous presentation for your appetizer display. Wow your dinner guests with a quick, easy and healthy appetizer.

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TANDOORI GOBHI

Guest arriving in a short notice can panic anyone in the kitchen. Today the same happened with me too. I just had around 40 mins in hand to make the entire lunch. Somehow managed to complete the whole course but some where found something lacking in the spread. Something that can be served both as […]

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Diet Tokri chaat

This Diet Tokri chaat is a healthy option for snack. It is packed with nutrition and its seriously satisfying to your taste buds. Ingredients: Ingredients: 6 slices of Brown Bread. 1/4tsp chilli flakes,oregano and chaat masala. For Filling: 1 cup moong sprouts- boiled 1/2 cup onion chopped finely 1/2 cup cucumber chopped finely 1/2 cup […]

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Sweet Potato Mini Tarts

So the Fall Entertaining Season begins!  I adapted this from my full sized sweet potato casserole with cranberry-macadamia topping .  It’s a great party dessert / appetizer.   Here’s how you make the Tartlet Shells… they were very easy and inexpensive to make, but if you’re pressed for time, you can use any type of pre-made […]

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Warm French Onion Dip

Creamy Warm French Onion Dip made with caramelized onions, beef consomme, cream cheese and Swiss cheese! Get the Recipe: Warm French Onion Dip

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Cucumber – Lemongrass Lemonade

Cucumber lemonade flavored with basil and lemongrass From the original site: After my first successful experimentation with cocktail recipe (Hot Apple Toddy) I am on a high spirit to style and shoot more and more drinks, sometimes when first trial comes out well it in a way gives you so much confidence to explore new […]

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Orange Iced Tea with Mint and Lime

Last year a friend of mine from Hong Kong got a packet of Chinese tea leaves called “Poli”, I am not a tea lover so never used it but few days while reshuffling all those kitchen cabinets I saw that tea leaves packet lying all alone in one dark corner, and so this how it […]

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Cream of Garlic Soup

Unlike French Onion Soup onions need not to be browned over a low flame for this recipe therefore I consider it a great quick weeknight soup also. Meanwhile you are preparing for the main course the soup is ready and then the whole family can sit around, enjoy soup and share how was the day. […]

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles

As already winters started everywhere, after Thanksgiving market is flooded with different variety of Pumpkins, whether it is Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Bread, Roasted Pumpkin Soup or Pumpkin Cheesecake, dishes with Pumpkin are always an all time classic. After making trifles I had some Pumpkin Puree in hand so I made Mini Pumpkin Cakes and decorated […]

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Whole Wheat Coffee Chocolate Cake

As a home baker, I always try to substitute All Purpose Flour with whole grains, especially in breads or muffins but sometimes it is inevitable to replace All Purpose Flour to get the perfect end results. Many a times my friends complain about denser texture of whole grain cakes, breads and muffins, what I learnt […]

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Peanut Butter “Browndie”

Talking about these gorgeous Browndies, now you must be thinking what the hell is Browndie, so here’s the story for you… When I put them in the oven for baking till then they were suppose to be Blondies but then I got a call from my friend and by the time I checked my oven […]

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Roast Chicken with Brown Sauce

We are what we repeatedly do. [Barbecue], then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle* Even though this recipe isn’t a barbeque let’s start with a short history lesson, the word barbecue has attracted several inaccurate origins from folk etymology. The word is derived from the French language, the story goes that French […]

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Cilantro Pesto Dip: “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody,…

…even one’s own relatives.” — Oscar Wilde I wasn’t really big on the idea of dips and pestos. They seemed like frippery but I’ve really started to come around as evidenced by this Dip Week. Make a pile of the stuff and put it aside – use it as a sandwich spread, salad dressing, mix […]

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CREAMY CAULIFLOWER DIP

“A cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education” – Mark Twain As you line up your winter parties, we’re going to help you out with a week’s worth of simple, (relatively) healthy dip recipes and make your life a little easier! Ingredients: What you’ll need: 1 head of cauliflower 2 tbsp garlic 3 […]

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FRUIT MUSTARD DIP

It’s fat free, flavourful and like all my favourite recipes more of a concept than a fixed, structured recipe. There aren’t any specific quantities to the ingredients. Just bung them all in and then adjust depending on how sweet or mustard-y you like it Ingredients: Any fresh seasonal fruit with pulp – my favorites are […]

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Skinny White Wine Sangria

Delicious fruity drink that is really refreshing and can be a little dangerous, as it will creep up on you. It tastes so good, you dont realize how mush you’ve had until it’s too late. From the original site: I met a lovely women named Robin, who was making sangria to share. That act alone […]

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Fruit Bassinet

Looking for something great to be the centerpiece of a baby shower? This is it!! A sweet baby bassinet made out of a watermelon and filled with fruit. Who could resist!! It was the biggest hit of an owl themed baby shower that I helped throw for my sister recently. Ingredients: Supplies needed: watermelon cantaloupe […]

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Cocktail Sausages

A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into everything she says to a man, and takes a grain of salt with everything he says to her.                                                           […]

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How to make Mint Juleps

Republished from April 2010 This weekend is the Kentucky Derby, and last weekend was the Atlanta Steeplechase.  To me, this season means Mint Juleps, a refreshing minty alcoholic drink.  Easy to prepare, although it does take some prep time. One day in advance make the Mint Simple Syrup and refrigerate. The day of the race, […]

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Pink Papaya Smoothie

Cool, fragrant and sweet….. it’s a perfect refreshing drink after you jog or fitness From the original site: This is one of my fave fruits… papaya! It’s a rich source of antioxidants, means it helps us to prevent from getting “cancer”. I hate the word of cancer! who doesn’t?  

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Strawberry Vodka

I never need to go to a bar again (I never really wanted to go to a bar anyway). Just give me a bunch of great people, games, and potluck. Oh, and a little booze is nice too. I infused strawberry into vodka and bottled it into small flasks. I’m a lightweight and even I […]

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Cherry Tomato & Caramelised Onion Tartlettes

Cherry Tomato & Caramelised Onion Tartlettes…flavour crystals exploding in your mouth! The flavours were outstanding. Sweet caramelised onions, tart sweet cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, sea salt, the kick of vinegar…and of course garlic! From the original site: Sometimes simple basic ingredients can combine to surprise your taste buds, and how!

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Apple Gorgonzola Mini Tarts

This recipe is perfect for entertaining…these tarts are impressive looking, but so easy to make (you can even cheat with pre-made pie dough). The combination of sweet and savory is delicious! From the original site: Since my tea was for two, I didn’t need lots of food or huge portions. Mini would be the theme. […]

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Button Mushrooms stuffed with minced meat with lemon basil and grapes.

This recipe is really amazing and fast to cook, considering the fact that button mushrooms contain 17 different vitamins, the benefits from this dish increase dramatically. This dish has a long history in my house, it was cooked without cheese and grapes, but I decided to add the sweet twist to it. THe bitterness of […]

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Eggplant with Sesame Ponzu Sauce

Pan fried eggplant served in a tasty ponzu dressing. Easy to prepare and serve chilled. From the original site: Eggplant with Sesame Ponzu Sauce is one of my favorite eggplant recipe as it’s very easy to make! The combination of eggplant, shiso leaves, and the ponzu sauce is simply amazing. If you are having a […]