I love Italian cuisine and flavors. In fact, I might be kindred spirits with Italians everywhere who love life simply and fully, with family, friends, fun freshness and FOOD at the core. I mean, that just sounds like the roadmap to a happy life to me, don’t you think?
I love the idea of serving appetizers that play on meals, like these one-bite meatball and marinara cups. It’s a rich, flavorful, yet simple appetizer that guests will love (recipe and instructions below).
Small bites like these are also perfect for setting a simply tuscan-inspired summer table. When entertaining outdoors I like to keep things lighter and smaller portions. These meatball + marinara appetizers are paired perfectly with some rustic bread and mini sangria sips.
You can purchase pre-bottled sangria and keep things really simple.
I placed a platter of appetizers, bread, drinks, and blooms from my garden … on a small table and made a little sitting area on our back patio. It made for the perfect spot to gather and visit with friends who were visiting.
Want to make your own?
To start, add about 1 tablespoon of marinara sauce into small single-serve vessels.
Then skewer a meatball (homemade or store-bought) and a basil leaf with a cocktail fork or toothpick.
When your ready to serve, place the skewered meatball and basil right into the sauce.
Viva Bertolli® and join me in celebrating 150 years of delicious Italian food, friends and family. Felice Anniversario and Buono Appetito! Visit Bertolli on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for more inspirations and ideas to bring Tuscany to your table.
She put the lime in the coconut, she drank ’em bot’ up …
I can’t get this song out of my head. But seriously, this was such a good idea. It’s like my Cinco de Mayo just went Hawaiian. The result? A delicious lime + coconut margarita that is a little sweet and a little salty and all sorts of refreshing. Serve them up in a coconut shell and close your eyes because it’ll be just like you’re on vacation. :)
Remember those cantaloupe + prosciutto appetizers I shared a couple of weeks ago? Well, I had some ingredients left over and sort of made this salad by accident. It’s full of flavor, really fresh, and so unique that it feels like a treat. Make it for yourself, or increase the ingredient portions and make a batch for a crowd. I think you’ll impress your guests for sure!
Easter is a couple of weeks away and we have a tradition of putting on a big Eggstravaganza at a local park. Big crowd, lots of kids, games, egg hunt … and, of course, treats! Oh, the treats.
This year I was thinking of easy recipes for kids that were both easy to make (my daughter loves making Easter treats–check out her Easter candy bark from last year), and easy to eat while running around at the park.
And then it hit me –graham cracker and frosting sandwiches! When I was a kid, my mom used to make these when she had leftover frosting. They are the simplest things ever but just so yummy. No kid can resist (even the grown up kinds).
I started by making a batch of cream cheese frosting. The rich flavor of the Philadelphia Cream Cheese makes this simple dessert feel like a real treat. And since this is an Easter dessert, I chose three bright colors to mix in.
Once your frosting is made, all you have to do is spread it on one side of a graham cracker and then sandwich it with another. It is THAT simple.
I just got my first donut pan. I know, where have I been, right? I couldn’t wait to test it out and as I began dreaming up all the different types of donut recipes I could make, I kept coming back to one of my favorites –sprinkled cake donuts.