It’s not unusual that I get a weird idea and then head to the kitchen. That’s exactly how this chocolate bark assembly began. I thought … hmmmm what if I made a salty-sweet bark and tossed in some candied pineapple for good measure. Heck, why not?!
Here are the goods to make the chocolate bark :: Chocolate and white chocolate melts, candied pineapples, pretzel sticks, and white sprinkles (not pictured)
Summer is winding down but it’s still extremely hot here in Southern California (it was 115 yesterday …yeah, it’s H-O-T). Even though the temperature might not reflect it, summer is coming to an end –but I’m not ready to completely let these lazy summer days go. I’m holding on a little bit longer while sipping this Seagram’s Escapes watermelon cocktail!
This is the last weekend before school is in full swing for both of our girls, so we set up for light and refreshing pre-dinner sips & salads this weekend (just for us grown ups). There’s no flavor that screams “summer” more than watermelon (am I right)?! That’s why this cocktail is the perfect one for your summer send off sipping enjoyment (now say that three times fast!).
I get really happy when summer rolls around and have been known to find reasons to entertain just so I could create a fun, refreshing cocktail. So when PAMA asked if I wanted to collaborate and create a summer cocktail I jumped at the chance.
I had never used pomegranate liqueur before but it will be one of my go-to’s from now on. It has a sweet, yet tart taste and a great ruby color. PAMA is made with all-natural pomegranate juice, premium vodka and a touch of imported tequila.
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.