Easy Entertaining: Mashed Potato Bar

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...]

Garlic Parmesan Fries Recipes

Seasoned Potato recipes are flying around the web, but with the country's ever expanding waistlines many are afraid to try these recipes and are missing out. Cooking Light has the solution. These Garlic Parmesan Fries have all the tongue tantalizing taste, without all the guilt. 4 teaspoons canola oil 3/4 teaspoon salt 3 pounds peeled baking potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips Cooking spray 2 tablespoons butter 8 garlic cloves, minced (about 5 teaspoons) 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese Preparation Preheat oven to 400°. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag, tossing to coat. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 50 … [Read more...]

There’s S’MORE to Campfire Cooking

Campfire cooking doesn't have to stop at S'more's and hotdogs. Check out these ten recipes before heading out on your next adventure to the great outdoors. I'm sure you'll find something {or a bunch of something's} you'll HAVE to throw on the campfire! /1/ Bacon Stuffed Cinnamon Buns in a Skillet - Did somebody say bacon? This savory breakfast will have you asking for seconds. I'm sure of it. And don't you even worry about those calories. You'll burn those off swatting at the mosquitoes! /2/ Campfire Orange Blueberry Muffins - How's this for a twist on cooking over an open flame? Pour your muffin batter right into a hollow orange peel, wrap in aluminum foil and toss into the fire. The most perfect orange infused blueberry muffin you ever will eat. /3/ Campfire Breakfast … [Read more...]