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To keep it simple, I usually like to serve one signature cocktail when entertaining for the evening. Because I love champagne, I recently setup a self-service champagne bar when hosting game night at our house.

DIY Champagne Bar

This is an easy, festive, and colorful idea for an evening in, or a special party occasion (maybe a bridal or wedding shower). The idea is you provide the champagne (or in this case, Spanish cava) and extra ingredients that guests can use to customize the taste to their preferences.  You can add as many or as few ingredients as you want to the bar.

I kept it pretty simple with just a few items:

  • Lime wedges
  • Pink rock candy
  • White candy pearls
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Peach puree

Some prefer their cocktails a little sweeter and some prefer tart so it’s nice to have a mix of both.  You can also add other liqueurs for an extra kick and flavor (St. Germain would be nice!) Give it a try and enjoy!
-J

 

Warning:  this is for all the people who still eat gluten, or as in my case, still serve gluten to others!

A few weeks ago, we hosted a small dinner party for six and served these pies as the main protein.  Instead of serving a burger on a plain bun, try puff pastry!

Once you make your hamburger, I made mine with jalepenos and cheddar,  all you have to do is place the cooked burger in a square of puff pastry and fold in each corner of the dough  to meet in the middle. I didn’t make the dough from scratch and instead used Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets.   Then, I just brushed the tops with a little egg white for sheen and baked them in the oven at 400°F for 25 minutes until golden brown.

I served them along with mashed sweet potatoes and oven roasted broccoli and it turned out to be a hit!  Let me know if you give it a try!
-J

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