Easy Entertaining: Mashed Potato Bar

Mashed Potato Bar for easy entertaining food ideas

One of the things I love about entertaining is being able to serve up great food to my favorite people, but I do not love the stress that goes along with entertaining. It took me a long time to learn how to enjoy my own parties because I spent more time in the kitchen than I did with my guests. Eventually, I learned to lighten up and serve foods that my guests could customize to suit their own tastes, which took a lot of stress off of me. One of my favorite foods to serve guests is mashed potatoes - they economical, easy, and pretty much everyone loves them, plus they're a great comfort food. When I throw a party, I love to set up a mashed potato bar, where I serve a scoop of mashed potatoes in a martini glass and then set up a buffet of toppings. I typically make my potatoes from … [Read more...]

A Sweet St Patrick’s Day

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It seems that most holidays get way more sweet treats than others-I love the idea of making St Patrick's Day a little sweeter! While you're making your corned beef, how about adding these special treats in as a dessert and make it a night to remember? The Sweet St Patty's Menu: Mint macaroons with chocolate ganache Irish Creme hot cocoa with mint (there's also a non-boozy version too!) The Irish Lass Are you excited? I know I am! Let's talk set up and then get to the recipes! First, I LOVE vintage plates. Any reason to bring them out, I take. It really feels like you're adding a super special touch, but it doesn't take any more energy. I really love these. Next up? Let's cook! The Mint Macaroon (makes about 12 cookies or 6 sandwiches) Don't be intimidated by this … [Read more...]

10 Quick Bread Recipes

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There is something about making your own bread that is so satisfying.  I love making basics like homemade white breads and easy French breads, but sometimes I don't have the time!  I have grown to love the smell of yeast, but it just takes so much time to have to wait for it to activate.  Then you have to wait for the dough to rise.  And sometimes you have to wait for it to rise again!  That's just too much time for this bread loving momma! Do you love bread and hate waiting as well?  Perfect!  Here are 10 quick bread recipes for the bread lover! 1. // Pumpkin Pecan Bread (with Mascarapone swirl) // I'm positive that this pumpkin pecan bread is perfect all year round, not just in the fall.  Oh and don't forget the mascarapone swirl! 2. // Lemon Coconut Quick Bread // I bet this … [Read more...]

The Best Greens for You

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It's the New Year!  Time to start fresh and be your best self yet!  Did you make a resolution to eat better this year?  I know I did!  One way I'm doing that is by adding more greens into my diet.  Salads, wraps, sandwiches.  Whatever I can do to get more green in my diet - I'm trying!  Are you looking to add a little more green in your diet this year?  Great!  I'm sharing the best greens for you along with some easy recipes.  Kale - The superstar.  It seems like everyone is talking about kale lately.  It can help stimulate your immune system and is full of vitamins A, C and K.  It also helps with vision and blood clotting.  It can be seen in salads, on top of pizzas, in casseroles and everywhere you would use regular lettuce! Recipe Ideas: Kale Pesto Kale, Apple and Banana … [Read more...]

10 Dips You Must Try

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With football playoffs right around the corner there is one thing I'm focused one - the food!  I bet you thought I was going to say the game, huh?  Don't get me wrong, I like football, but not for the game itself.  I love football!  The dips, the appetizers, the wings!  It's all so glorious that I even pretend to watch the actual game when its on.  I hope you are a football food lover too because I have 10 dips you must try! 1. Margherita Pizza Dip // This dip is like your favorite pizza, but cheesier!  So full of flavor that no one will remember the game is even on. 2. Creamy Parmesan Basil Dip // Probably one of the fastest dips to make, this creamy Parmesan basil dip will bring all football fans together. 3. Black Eyed Pea Dip // Even though this dip looks healthy for you, … [Read more...]

Two Great Salad Dressing Recipes To Help You Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions

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Two Great Salad Dressing Recipes To Help You Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions   The start of a new year can mean a promise for a healthier lifestyle.  Whether it’s eating right or losing weight, getting more vegetables on your plate is always a plus. Adding a salad to your meals is an easy way to add a variety of vegetables to your diet and the combinations are endless. I have to admit that the salad dressing plays a huge role in how much I like a salad – such a good flavor boost.  I don’t typically choose creamy dressings, I have a soft spot for a great vinaigrette.  The two dressing recipes below are my “go to's". The first one leans a bit more toward Greek and the second one is a classic Balsamic.  They are easy to make and I typically keep them about a week in the fridge (if they … [Read more...]