Tagged: entertaining

Baked Potato Bar

Baked Potato Bar

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This post is sponsored by Petrossian. Whenever I say hello to someone, I always follow it up with a “how are you?” Usually, people just say “good” or “great,” but the past few days, “busy” has been the response with a smile

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Ingredients
  • For potatoes
  • 12 Russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
Grilled Antipasti Flatbreads

Grilled Antipasti Flatbreads

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We haven’t made it to Memorial Day yet, and I’ve already had to exchange the propane tank on our gas grill. I’m kind of proud of that fact. Even though not everyday has been grill-worthy

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Ingredients
  • Flour for rolling out dough
  • 1/2 pound pizza dough (homemade or store-bought) 
  • Olive oil
  • Pesto
  • Tomato sauce
  • Assorted antipasti including olives, marinated tomatoes, peppers & artichokes
  • Charcuterie such as prosciutto, salami & sopresatta
  • Shaved Parmesan
Truffle Parmesan Popcorn

Truffle Parmesan Popcorn

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I spent Sunday night wearing a pair of fuzzy slippers in hopes of comforting my aching feet. The weekend was busy with my office holiday party and a wedding. At both events I found myself

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, popped
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons truffle oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
Everything Crackers

Everything Crackers

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I usually don’t keep crackers at home. All to familiar with my lack of self-control, I know I can easily scarf down more than half a box in mindless snacking session. Even though I avoid crackers

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Pomegranate Margaritas

Pomegranate Margaritas

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When I have people over, I want to make all the food that will be served from scratch. No ready-made shortcuts. I know I put far too much pressure on myself when the point of

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Ingredients
  • 1-3/4 cups chilled pomegranate juice
  • Kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 cups silver tequila
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • 8 lime slices for garnish
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced thinly for garnish
Mixed Nuts Mole

Mixed Nuts Mole

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Super Bowl parties are the ultimate potluck of snacks. Nestled between bowls of store-bought chips and cheese puffs are homemade nibbles. Guests beam encouraging others to sample their creations, “Did you try that?” The spread

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups unsalted nuts
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Soft Pretzels & Mustard

Soft Pretzels & Mustard

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Soft pretzels are my go-to sporting event snack (sans electric orange cheese). When walking the concession loop at a stadium, other more “gourmet” options are tempting, but I am a creature of habit. The spectator

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