This time of year is great for testing new recipes. And with Thanksgiving being next week, you will likely have hungry guinea pigs to test your new creations on. My favorite part of Thanksgiving dishes has to be the herbs. Herb-a-licous flavors make me happy.
I recently made these soup dipper pastry squares that are full of those herb flavors I love. They were so simple to make using only Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets, olive oil and herbs!
You know what gets me excited? A dessert that appears to be a lot of fuss but in fact is super simple to make. Time is precious (especially during the holiday season) and complicated recipes just aren’t my thing. These Oreo Cookie Balls took about 15 minutes to make and they taste amazing.
Hostess Tip: Make these balls well in advance of your party and keep them in the freezer until the day of your party. Pull them out and let them come to room temperature before serving.
It must be something in the air this time of year, but I’m obsessed with pumpkin recipes. Pumpkin is such a versatile ingredient – it’s great in everything from muffins, to soup, to the time-treasured pumpkin pie. I have recently discovered a new way to serve pumpkin that can double as both a snack and dessert. This pumpkin parfait recipe is more of a dessert but you can easily replace the oatmeal cookies with granola for a healthier option if you want to justify having it for breakfast. Or, you can be like me and just eat it for breakfast anyway. True story.
Hostess Tip: Make these up to a day ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. Right before serving, top with whipped topping.
Fall is well underway and the season always tends to bring a bounty of apples. If you’re looking for new ways to serve these delicious fall fruits, consider incorporating them into your next appetizer. This recipe for Apple and Brie Crostini will intrigue adult guests and satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. It’s a true crowd pleaser and tastes like it took a lot more effort than it actually requires (a bonus!).
Some flavors I crave seasonally while others tease my pallet all year long. For me, Meyer Lemons have no “right time,” they are welcome to turn up in my dessert, on my poultry, or in my cocktail shaker any time of the year.
Make that cocktail a 2 ingredient only recipe and we’re in business.
Simple Meyer Lemon Cocktail
2 parts sparkling Meyer Lemon juice (I found mine at WorldMarket)
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.