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 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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Summer may be officially winding down, but our 105 degree days still have us sweating out these long days here in southern, CA. This year I’ve been mildly obsessed with all-things cucumber (which is a perfect crisp and refreshing summertime ingredient), especially drinks! Here’s a quick roundup of 4 cucumber drinks that will keep you cool this (end of) summer.
Whether we’re ready or not, summer is winding down. With one more long summer weekend ahead of us, we decided to plan a little Labor Day BBQ and try to soak in the last days of that carefree-vibe. Soon long-gone will be the days of poolside cocktails and evening yard games and before we know it the chaos of the school year will be here. But for one more weekend, we can relax and enjoy the slower pace.
Backyard entertaining is great, because you can keep your decor simple. Tie in a little red, white and blue and you’re set! Place small flags in planters and along walkways for instant decor. White flowers look elegant and you can enjoy them long after your party.
Aside from decor, be sure to provide plenty of refreshing beverages and simple good old-fashioned American BBQ food! We’re grilling up hot dogs because everyone loves them and for us they represent simple summer cookouts.
A fun way to serve hot dogs at your BBQ is to offer a variety of toppings (you can call it a hot dog bar!). Star with a base of hot dog buns and Hebrew National All-Beef Franks (which are our favorite). Next, staples like Hunt’s ketchup, Gulden’s mustard, onions and relish are always expected. But consider mixing things up and offering toppings like avocado, mango and cilantro!
Will you be hosting a BBQ this Labor Day weekend? Tell me, what will you be serving?
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