The idea of creating a cheese platter for guests can be a bit overwhelming. Deciding between the many unique cheeses and trying to come up with the correct flavor, texture combinations and serving sizes can get to be difficult. However, don’t throw out the idea of serving a cheese plate to your next guests. What is great about cheese plates is that most of the ingredients have a very long shelf life so you can always keep them on hand and be prepared for unexpected visitors.
You know what gets me excited? When you find new ways to put a twist on a favorite recipe. And today folks, we have just that! I was recently asked by Pepperidge Farm to come up with a fun Halloween appetizer that incorporates Puff Pastry Cups and I was up for the mission.
My go-to spinach and cheese dip was the perfect compliment to the flaky and light puff pastry cups. To spook them up I topped them with sliced olives, transforming them into spooky Goblin Eyes — EEEK!
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. :)
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Stella Artois via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Stella Artois.
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.