How to: Plan the Perfect Appetizer Buffet Party

Let's face it, when we have a party scheduled not only do we want to have a good time, with easy food, prep and clean-up, but we secretly want to wow our guests. Personally I think an hors d'oeuvres buffet is a perfect way to do this and looks incredibly impressive and professional. In order to achieve a delicious and impressive party several things will help: Pick 3-4 delicious recipes that you can prepare from scratch. Buy 3-4 quality store bought appetizers which you can use as is, alter or doctor up. Buy cheeses, seafood, antipasto, olives, nuts and other items you can display beautifully, but use as-is. Prepare as much as possible in advance so that you can be a perfect hostess and mingle with your guests. Choosing Recipes Photo by This is perhaps the most … [Read more...]

Mouthwatering Brined, Stuffed and Roasted Turkey

Although I am not American, I lived there long enough to fall in love with Thanksgiving.  When I married my American husband I embraced the tradition like it was my own.  With no family traditions to speak of yet, it's been liberating to hijack recipes and ideas from other families so that we can gradually form our own.  Our two little girls hold dual citizenship and I make it a point to educate them on American history and culture.  Even with us living in Ireland this year, we will be having a big feast with lots of other American expats joining us, including my best friend from Texas who recently moved to Germany.  I couldn't be more excited! It's never too early to start to plan Thanksgiving dinner and this fool-proof recipe will make sure your turkey is perfect, even if you … [Read more...]