I believe that the cocktail party has changed since I started hosting them 10-ish years ago. They went from an event with great food, cocktails and friends to an event that has the only main purpose of being Pinterest/ Instagram ready. I always think that layout, the look and feel are important, but I feel that often times people are so worried about it looking “perfect” that they forgo the quality of the food and the drinks. While I do work on the aesthetics of the party, I will never forgo the experience of the party: the ambience, music, cocktails and food.
I learned how to host proper cocktail party from my sister-in-law. She is the consummate host and has legendary Halloween parties in New York every year, among others. She has a lovely New York City apartment and everything is always set up beautifully, but she pays most of her attention to the ambience, music, food and drinks, complete with impeccably appointed servers and bartenders that tended to your every need. While we don’t have servers at our cocktail parties, we always have a bar with a bartender to help out and add to the experience. I always request that they help me pick up glasses and plates during the party too.… Read Full Post
So the Super Bowl is right around the corner, but finding tasty Gluten Free Super Bowl Party food can be difficult. Here are some of my favorites:
Chili Con Queso
According to Organic Authority‘s list of ingredients for Velveeta is actually gluten free, so you can always do the traditional Velveeta and Rotel mixture without the beer. If you want to stay away from all those preservatives there are recipes out there that don’t use Velveeta.
Pao De Quijo or Brazillian Cheese Bread
Making pao de quijo from scratch is hard, so I like to use the mix by Yoki, you can find it here: http://www.amigofoods.com/pao-de-queijo-yoki-kilo.html .
Did you see my Gluten Free Chili recipe from last week? Not only is it gluten free, but it’s easy to prepare and tastes delicious.
I love guacamole. It’s easy to make, tastes great and it is a bit healthier than some of the traditional tailgating fare.
Meat and Cheese Platters
Meat and cheese platters are easy to prepare and you can use several varieties of meats and cheeses to please many pallets. Like using simple cheddar and pepper jack cheese with salami and for the more adventurous you can add smoked gouda, brie and prosciutto.… Read Full Post
In mid-December my husband and I decided to host a brunch in our home. We had been sick and missed out on several holiday celebrations and wanted to see our friends before the New Year. We gave less than 7 days notice, so I wasn’t too sure of the turnout, but we had 12 people, including two of the best babies around. Given that the headcount was larger than I expected, so I had to make some quick improvisations to make sure we had the table space and enough food. I used a extra table we had and bought a two matching table cloths to make an extra long table and I also tweaked my regular frittata recipe to feed 12-14, see below.
- A fruit plate
- Spinach salad with cinnamon sugar pecans, dried cranberries, apple and an apple cider vinaigrette,
- Frittata (recipe below).
- Cheese grits I wasn’t sure if this would be a hit because it’s not very “Californian” or light, but there were no leftovers. I used a baked recipe, since my cheese grits recipe is more hands-on and I wanted to be able to hang out with my guests as they arrived instead stirring the grits.
Hosting a dinner (big or small) can be a daunting task, especially if you’re going to cook.
Last week I decided to host a small dinner / girls night at my house, with 4 total people to be exact. I did not have the help of my husband, so I learned a few things along the way to make it easier. If you’ve seen the recipes on my blog, you know I love to make stuff that I can start beforehand and that makes several servings. I decided to make one of my favorite dishes, Shrimp and Pea Risotto, which also happens to be quite easy to make too. I am a fan of one-pot-meals, all your food groups represented in one dish…DONE. One thing to remember with a small group 4-6 people, is that it should be more intimate and personal, so there is no need to be too formal or stuffy.
1. Let Your Guests Bring Something
All my friends asked what they could bring. I’ve been to dinner parties where the host says they don’t need anything, but I like to feel involved in the preparation of the party instead of just being a participant. My friends are the same way. … Read Full Post