Two things are true this time of year in my household: we watch a lot of football and we always seem to have a house full of family and friends. I love that entertaining on game day has a much more relaxed vibe which means it’s the perfect opportunity to keep things simple. No need to fuss in the kitchen or plan a ton of appetizers. Simply bake your favorite frozen pizzas and serve up a beer cocktail –you’ll make everyone happy!
Last weekend we had a few friends over to watch the game and I served up this pumpkin shandy beer cocktail (recipe below). It was really delicious and easy enough for guests to whip up themselves. This means more relaxing for the hostess and more time to visit with friends while we watched the game. (more…)
We’re a couple weeks into the school year and our house is already buzzing with after-school activities, sports, and jam-packed weekends. This means I have less time to be in the kitchen preparing meals and weekend snack –but that doesn’t mean I still don’t want to serve memorable food. To make it all work, I try to plan quicker meals and get the family to help out in the prep and cooking. This weekend, we all pitched in and made these DELICIOUS chicken and waffle fries sliders!
These two-bite sliders were bursting with flavor and a mini meal that we all enjoyed. We used tomatoes and jalapeños growing in our garden which added a nice fresh flavor. Alexia Seasoned Waffle Cut Fries sandwiched slices of breaded chicken, topped with a maple-mayo (don’t skip this part!), fresh tomato, and a slice of jalapeño (which added just the perfect amount of spice). (more…)
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.
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.