Archive of ‘Party Food’ category

Serve It :: Bruschetta Hot Dogs

gourmet hot dog recipes

Hot dogs are such a summer staple. Fire up the grill, toss on a pack of Hebrew Nationals (a favorite in our household), and get ready for a great meal. There are many summer evenings when we gather around on the patio and cook up something delicious while simply enjoying each other and the weather. My favorite summer recipes are those that are simple to make and incorporate fresh ingredients from the season. For this recipe, we turned to our backyard garden for menu inspiration!

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Serve it :: Frozen Banana Peanut Butter Pops

Banana Popsicles

Last week I shared the my youngest daughter and I had been inspired to come up with a unique idea to help create a better world, and select a Summer Sunlight Activity we’d like to do together to make our household more sustainable. Pairing the challenge with her love for the kitchen, we decided to make our challenge  One Ingredient, Five Ways which will help eliminate food waste in our home.

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In The (Test) Kitchen

Over the past six months, I’ve been collaborating with Pepperidge Farm and sharing my original recipes using Puff Pastry. Along the way, my readers were asked to submit ideas for recipes they would like to create using puff pastry and just a few weeks ago one reader (Sharon from Cupcakes and Cutlery!) got the news she would be heading with me to the Pepperidge Farms Innovation Center to compete in our own version of a Top Chef inspired cooking challenge.

Pepperidge Farms Blogger Trip

We arrived with several other bloggers and guests for a day of inspiration, taste testing and recipe development! Above is Sharon and I in the Pepperidge Farm test kitchen. It was SO cool!

Puff Pastry Cooking Challenge

With aprons tied, we worked together to create two dishes that would be presented to the judges. Our mission was to create two recipes each inspired by a new food trend –Brazilian influence and using Greek yogurt in a savory dish. Above were our two dishes.

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Serve it :: Crudite Platter

crudite platter

 

Entertaining guests? A crudite platter is always a great choice when preparing light appetizers, especially this time of year! Our own garden is beginning to really take off and one of our favorite things to do is serve up what we’ve grown. Until then, we enjoy heading to the local farmers’ market and picking up veggies. Select your favorite veggies and feel free to be creative! One idea is to make a serving bowl from an artichoke — it makes for great dip presentation.

crudite platter idea

 

To make you simply use a knife to cut the center out of the artichoke. Once you’ve removed most of the leaves, use a metal spoon to hallow out the center before filling with your favorite dip or hummus.

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Serve it :: Bacon French Fries

Bacon French Fries | Thoughtfully Simple

 What? I had you at bacon. I figured that might happen.

I recently decided since everything is better with bacon, that must be true about french fries as well. I was right, these babies are deliciously sinful. The bacon flavor combined with the crispy fry …. so good. Dip them in your favorite dipping sauce (recipe for this Sriracha mayo below) and you have a winner.

Bacon French Fries | Thoughtfully Simple

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Serve It :: Superbowl Food Ideas

Ready for the big game? If not, no worries — I’ve got you covered.

TeamHQToday I’m excited to kick off a week of great game day ideas from a wonderful group of home entertaining experts. We’re sharing tips, ideas and recipes for celebrating the Super Bowl at home. Be sure to visit each link for great ideas!

superbowl food ideas

 

Super Bowl Food Ideas

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Host a beer tasting party :: Serve game day cheesecakes in cute mason jars :: Please guests with football whoopie pies (plus 10 more great recipes!) :: spice it up with these two dip recipes :: set up a sporty area for entertaining guests :: make it a soup-er bowl :: sip superbowl sangria

I hope your feeling inspired! Be sure to follow along for more tips on Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #HostessHQ we’ll be posting tips and ideas all week!

You might also want to add these to your menu: bacon beer cheese dip, jalapeno cheese bread and chili cheese twists. You’re welcome, enjoy ;).

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