Category Archives: Entertaining

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 […]

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!

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Creepy Bubble Cocktails for Halloween

A fun twist on your cocktails for your Halloween Party:  Add some creepy bubble fun! Tapioca Pearls (like the kind used in Bubble Tea) are a fun, squishy and interesting addition to any number of drinks or shooters for your halloween party. Get the scoop on how to make them, color them, and flavor them, […]

Baked Brie

After I got married, I wanted to come up with a dish I could bring to holidays with either my family or his, something that would be my signature thing. But I had no ideas. My brother’s wife is a vegetarian, so their wedding reception (just six weeks after mine!) was meat-free. Where our cocktail […]

Lovely Steamed Open-shell Scallops

What do you think of these cute Scallops sitting prettily in their shells? Don’t you agree that they’re great for entertaining? They’re as good as they look! What if I tell you they’re not too difficult to handle? Ingredients: 12 Scallops 1 tsp minced Garlic 1 tsp minced Ginger 12 Black beans 1 tbsp Chinese […]

Baba Ga-Hummus! (Roasted Eggplant Hummus)

I absolutely love baba ghanoush, that lovely middle eastern cousin of hummus, featuring eggplant as the star. So I bought an eggplant the other day intending to make some. As I pulled the roasted eggplant out of the fridge I remembered that last time I made baba ganouch with just one eggplant, it really didn’t […]

Refreshing Pimm’s Cup Cocktail

“What is a Pimm’s Cup?” you might ask. Well, I’m here to tell you. It is one of the most refreshing cocktails you’ll ever imbibe. If you can get your hands on English-style fizzy lemonade, then this would be a much more authentic version. I have yet to find a completely authentic substitute in the […]

Nongu Paal (Palm Fruit Drink)

Nongu is nothing but palm fruit which is something similar to jelly like consistency. The abundant water content in the fruit soothes and cools your body. This is found mostly dry dessert areas. You can read more about palm fruit from here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_tree Special Instructions: Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes( Chilling time […]

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Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Skewers

The other day my husband mentioned going to a local Baconfest event  (bands, fun, & bacon), but we didn’t manage to make it.  So with friends, we decided to have our OWN BaconFest that evening!   My cool friend Beth made these an an appetizer, and after oohing and aahing I insisted on stealing the recipe!  […]

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Spicy Bacon Fried Green Tomatoes

Beth Kemper sends us this yummy recipe for a Fried Green Tomatoes, topped with bacon , goat cheese and jalapeños… and served with a variety of hot sauces for that little extra “ooomph”!  I love her addition of fried jalopenos – if you’ve never had those, they are great. Here’s Beth’s how-to on making them, […]

Baked Brie with Caramelized Onions

Looking for something impressive to serve the next time you’re entertaining?  Look no further than Mădălina’s Baked Brie with Caramelized Onions, over at Duhlicious. Caramelized balsamic onions coax the mild brie to create a rich and sumptuous appetizer that will tease your taste buds. I really enjoy the flavor combination of the balsamic with the […]

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Pumpkin Fondue!

Something fun and interesting for the fall season from Foodwhirl friends Chica & Jo.    If you haven’t been following them for the Halloween season, you’re missing out… Lots of great stuff over there! Jo Writes: “I’ve been making my famous pumpkin fondue recipe for a long time, and my family always considers it a treat […]

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Halloween Cocktail Ideas

Halloween is on the way!  And I figured you guys would like some cocktails to celebrate the season..  Here is a lovely Scary Halloween cocktail collection from Dabbled, but the Spotlight today is on Janelle‘s fun spider tribute. It is that time of year again, and I don’t mean the time for Christmas songs or […]

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Pumpkin Thai Soup (and a whole Fall Dinner Party)

Over at The Novice Chef Blog, Jessica shares a fabulous looking fall themed dinner party, complete with menus, recipes, and organizational tips. Love it! Check out one of the menu items… Pumpkin Thai Soup–isn’t it gorgeous! Throwing dinner parties can be a lot to take on…especially when they have multiple courses. No one wants to […]

dirty mojito from Crumpets and Cakes
Dirty Mojitos

Over at Crumpets and Cakes, we’re loving their latest cocktail experiment… Dirty Mojitos! “And finally we’ve started growing mint to support our ongoing taste-testing of summery mojitos. We’ve tried all kinds of different recipes and in the end settled on a dirty mojito as our favorite. This recipe calls for dark rum and brown sugar. […]

Great appetizer ideas using Fried Green Tomatoes

Another yummy food find from Perry’s Plate… Fried green tomatoes presented in two different ways… both of which would make fabulous appetizers for your next dinner party!  Fried Green Tomatoes on Polenta Rounds with Bacon, Peppers, and Onions &  Fried Green Tomatoes with Caramelized Onion.  If you’ve never had Fried Green Tomatoes, you really should […]

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Make Homemade Citron Vodka

Over at Dabbled, go check out the step by step tutorial on making your own citrus vodka from less expensive vodka.  (Bonus, my elusive husband can be seen in the photos!) And you can make your own little fruit critters to go with it, just add googly eyes! Wouldn’t this be tasty in a Tangtini?

Homemade Ginger Ale, two ways

From Crumpets and Cakes – 2 ways to make Ginger Ale / Ginger Beer … the fast way and the slow way!  I’ve never made ginger ale… it does look tasty…! Here are two recipes for homemade ginger ale I tried recently. One is for the impatient (me) and the other for those, who don’t […]

Eggplant Bites with Red Sauce

I love eggplant… (Eggplant fried up nice and crispy is one my guilty pleasures!) so this take on a bite sized appetizer portion of eggplant parmasan at Talk of Tomatoes sounds pretty tasty! Bites, nibbles, crumbly blobs of Parmesan and breadcrumbs on small pieces of eggplant. This experiment made at least a dozen rounds in […]

Great Appetizer Idea: Parmesan Cups

Sorry to be a slacker, but it IS a holiday weekend… Here’s a great idea from Duhlicious, for tiny ‘cups’, perfect for filling with the appetizer of your choice!  great idea… and easy.   [Related: We’ve done a tiny cup out of pastry for appetizers here: Party Food Basics: Appetizer Shells] Parmesan bowls can be used […]

Birthday Party Brunch

With the summer so hot, when I recently planned my son’s birthday party, I decided to do it as early in the day as possible to beat the heat a bit. And since we were inviting both kids and adults, we needed ‘real food’ for everyone to munch on. A brunch was a relatively easy […]

Spotlight: Cool as a Cucumber Cocktail!

Cucumber in a cocktail isn’t exactly unheard of (remember Niki’s fabulous Pimms Cup!) but this one really caught my eye over at The Daily Spud.  And it’s got Gin and Tonic in it too! Cucumber in a salad is one thing. Cucumber in a cocktail, well now, that brings a whole new meaning to the […]