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Monthly Archives: December 2014

  Host a fun and festive Tapas Party this New Years! Small bites are simple and can be prepared ahead leaving you…the host or hostess…free to enjoy the party! I have included links to all of the recipes included in the photos below. This menu provides an assortment of tastes to please each palate. Add some fancy wine and Champagne..and don’t forget the noise makers! This will be your best year yet!

Strawberry and Champagne are a classic combination.  Add pastry cream, ladyfingers and whipped cream for an incredible dessert. Strawberry Champagne Trifle. Yum! The trifle should be made the day before you plan to serve it. This allows the flavors to come together for a fantastic dessert! I used prosecco in place of champagne, but you decide!

New Year’s Eve is the perfect holiday to plan a fun, relaxing tapas party. I love the small bites coupled with a great glass of wine or champagne. The informality of this type of get together lends itself to a flexible time schedule, and encourages your guests to mingle and have fun.

Hosting a cocktail party? Add these simple Steak Crostini to your menu. Quick and easy to prepare…they will melt in your mouth!

Caviar. Need I say more? I have heard caviar referred to as food for the gods. Does that peak your interest? If you are looking to host a fancy New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party, then caviar should be the first item on the menu. The purest caviar is believed to be sourced from the eggs of the Sturgeon Beluga, which are very rare and have resulted in high prices for caviar. Many… Read More

La Famiglia…. I can remember back to Christmas as a child as though it were yesterday. Christmas Eve was always spent with my Dad’s parents, and Christmas Day at my Mom’s parents. The  Grandmas from both sides were very different in their approach of entertaining, but both yielded wonderful and homey results that we looked forward to each year. As a child…Christmas was the most magical time of the year.   Time moves on and… Read More

So, we have made the Warm Spinach Salad, Fancy Scalloped Potatoes and the delicious Prime Rib…these Honey Glazed Carrots with Purple Grapes will round out the side dishes nicely.

Pinterest has the most unbelievably  creative ideas and I have to admit…that I pin many items…but have trouble actually bringing them to the table! It’s easy to hit the pin button, but some of the ideas are very time consuming. This Fresh Herb Wreath caught my attention as soon as I noticed the pin, so I really tried my hardest to actually make it! It will be a beautiful addition to your… Read More

Before the craziness of the holiday season at the Meat Market began this year, The Butcher and I joined some friends for a beautiful friday night dinner. On the menu was a super delicious Warm Spinach Salad. It was so tasty that I thought it would be a wonderful addition to my Christmas Dinner Menu. Here’s my take on it.