Holiday dinner hosting can get stressful which is why I usually cheat and put together a cheese or charcuterie platter. This time I’m adding a favorite that I’ve probably made a dozen times: eggplant pâté. I got this recipe years and years ago from Dr. Weil’s website, which has tons of great healthy recipes. I’m not going to say it tastes like duck pâté because it certainly does not, but it’s got incredible flavor and texture all the same. I made a little onion jam to serve along side the pâté and served it with crusty toast, whole grain mustard, olives and cornichons. Trust me, vegetarians and meat eaters alike will love this appetizer!
The holidays are upon us, which means it’s officially time to get festive with the cocktails. I decided that I wanted to make something that looked fancy, but was actually fairly simple. I made a homemade grenadine by combining freshly juiced pomegranate seeds with equal parts sugar. And to really make the cocktail pop, I wedged a lemon shell smack in the middle of the glass, creating a layered effect that truly makes this cocktail a work of art!
Seasonal ingredients are not only more flavorful, but make for pretty cocktail decorations as well!
Crafting, cooking and celebrating is what we love most about the holidays. And as the year nears it’s end, it’s time to revel in style by making festive party favors! Christmas crackers are deep rooted in many holiday traditions – crackers are typically pulled at the dinner table or at parties. Guests pull them at each end until they POP! with a loud cracking sound, with treats, games, confetti, and candy spilling out. With the help of our friends at Castle In The Air, we are adding our own little colorful twist by adding an ikat pattern with an amazing and surprisingly easy technique that is ridiculously fun to do.
It’s my favorite time of year– cookie season! I’ll admit I’ve never taken part in a cookie swap party but I imagine eating cookies all night long is pretty much the best thing ever. So we’ve decided to team up with some incredibly talented bakers and host a virtual cookie swap! Just click on the picture to get the recipe. Sure, it doesn’t have the “eat cookies all night long” component, but its great inspiration for your holiday baking.
I contributed a salted white chocolate oatmeal cookie. I’m not a big fan of white chocolate, but for some reason it is fantastic when combined with flake sea salt. I hope you’ve got some napkins handy because these cookies are gonna make you drool!
It’s that time of year again. That right, the time of year where I get to show you all the exciting new spirits, supplies, gizmos and gadgets that would make any bar enthusiast shake with glee! And let’s face it, who doesn’t like fancy drinking supplies. I know I do. So whether you’re the one making the drinks, sipping the drinks, or both (like me) this guide is my gift to you.