I am always looking for ways to make things more simple when entertaining. I believe when you keep things simple, you enjoy yourself more (and make other feel more at ease). This week I shared my hostess tip for serving up ice cream at a party on the SC Johnson blog.
An extra “win” for me is when you can do things the night before your party (like pre-scooping these ice cream cups).
Do you have any tips to making hosting a party more simple? I’d love to hear about them!
I enjoy pairing food with wine and have to admit that experimenting with pairing food with something other than wine is new to me (but I think I’m hooked!). I was recently asked to try the new Stella Artois Apple Cidre and pair it with something delicious.
This is a European-style cider made from fresh, hand-picked red apples with accents of peach, apricot, and orange. It tastes light, crisp, and refreshing. I thought it would pair nicely with an appetizer that is also light yet had a little crunch.
Strawberries fresh from the farmers’ market were my inspiration for this appetizer. Topping a toasted baguette with goat cheese, and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette glaze — these were the perfect accompaniment to a nice cold Stella Cidre. Score 1 for food pairing!
Slice baguette and top with goat cheese. Place sliced strawberry on top and then drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette glaze.
Variation: You can toast the baguette slices first if you prefer. Simply brush on ised with olive oil, place on cookie sheet, and back for 10 minutes at 425 degrees. Assemble as instructed.
I hope you’ll try pairing something with this new Stella. I would compare it to pairing food with white wine — so that should get your wheels spinning with ideas! Cheers to the new Stella Cidre. Oh and … it’s Cidre, not cider. :)
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Looking for party food ideas? These simple sandwiches are easy to make and cute to serve!
Serving sandwiches is a great way to take the stress out of entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a play date or a luncheon, consider making a plate of sandwiches for your guests. You’ll want to create a variety (three types of sandwiches is always a good rule of thumb) and you’ll want to add a little extra touch in the way you choose to display them. One simple way to dress up your sandwich platter is to wrap them individually. Not only will they look more thoughtful, it will be easier for guests to grab as they mingle.
Nothing screams summer like a sweet, cold treat. I recently created this summer dessert for SC Johnson, where I am a guest blogger. When planning your next summer dessert, put aside the carton of ice cream and ordinary pops and consider making these easy yogurt pops. Not only is yogurt good for you, but you can combine it with your favorite “mix-ins” to create a delicious summer treat. Because you can use any yogurt on hand, this recipe is simple and takes just minutes to whip up when the craving hits. Prepare a batch ahead of time so they are ready to indulge in on a warm summer afternoon. Make them all the same or create a variety – the options are endless!
They are really simple to make and look amazing!
Easy Yogurt Pops
Prep: 5 minutes
Freeze: 1 hour, minimum
Yield: 1 Yogurt pop
Small paper cups
Small wooden sticks or spoons
2 tablespoons graham crackers, crushed (you can also use crushed cookies)
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt or flavor of your choice
1 tablespoon blueberries or your favorite mix-in
In a paper cup, layer 1 tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs, yogurt and blueberries. Top with remaining graham cracker crumbs. Insert wooden stick or spoon and place in the freezer for at least one hour. Once frozen, remove paper cup, serve and enjoy!
I am a Guest Blogger for SC Johnson and this is a sponsored post. All ideas and opinions are my own.
It seems like we were just kicking off summer and now it’s the final weeks before school is back in session (where did the summer go?!). Although we’ve packed in lots of beach time, several fun trips (and of course a few great poolside cocktails), we’re just not ready to let the carefree summer evenings go. We’re packing in as much time together as we can doing the simple things like playing yard games and grilling outdoors.
We love to keep our grilling simple which makes for more time for fun with the family. Fruit and veggies kabobs like these are a go-to summer grilling item. A bonus is that they are simple to make and can be done up to a couple of days ahead of time if you just keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to toss them on the grill.
Fresh veggies and some sweet pineapple are my favorite combos for the grill. We simply skewer them and toss them on for about 10 minutes. They make the perfect side dish for our favorite Hebrew National hot dogs (we love that they are all beef).
We also had some grilling “firsts” this summer: pizza and fruit. Both were delicious!
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When I think of good food in the summer, I think about fresh and simple. Flavors that make you drool but minimal time in the kitchen. Are you with me? Who wants to be stuck indoors on a gorgeous summer day? Not this hostess.
One of my favorite new things to eat are cucumbers. I might be a little obsessed with them lately (I even made a cocktail highlighting them, recipe coming soon). If only they would produce in my garden (side note, anyone know a trick for growing good cucumbers?).
This appetizer/snack/lunch is one that I am eating almost everyday. The star? Cucumbers!
Thinly slice a cucumber and arrange on a plate or platter. Drizzle with a juice of a lemon. Sprinkle with a seasoning like Salad Supreme (you can also trying garlic salt and sea salt)
The next cucumber-recipe exploration is going to be this cucumber punch from Carla Hall. Carla is one of the super talented chefs rounding out the cast of ABC’s The Chew. Have you seen it? The Chew is your one-stop shop for everything food. Celebrating and exploring life through food, The Chew is an innovative daytime program co-hosted by a dynamic group of engaging, fun, relatable experts in food, lifestyle, and entertaining. Featuring celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly and fresh face of healthy living Daphne Oz, The Chew is a leap forward into a delicious new kind of talk show. I’m digging it (and their yummy recipes).
I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recipes from The Chew over the next couple of weeks. The first couple that I’m dying to try are the cucumber punch and grilled cantaloupe. WHAT? I have no idea you could do that!
All summer-long, ABC’s The Chew is your one-stop shop for everything food. From grilling and outdoor entertaining to road trips and picnics, The Chew is dishing out the most sizzling, mouth-watering meals to satisfy your summer cravings!
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Stay tuned for more of my favorite clips and recipes I’ll test along with them!
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