Party Canapés: Eggplant and Ricotta Involtini

Eggplant and Ricotta Involtini recipe

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Over the past few weeks I’ve shown you how to be the rockstar of your next holiday party with a fried bite and a light bite, this week I’m going for indulgent with this involtini stuffed with fresh ricotta.

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Bake Alfajores for a Peruvian Cookie

Alfajores recipe

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In Lima, Peru my family has owned a bakery for more than 30 years. My great great aunt, who was the head baker and holder of all our family’s recipes, would come visit our family in the United States about once a year. She’d always spend a day or two in the kitchen, her favorite place, showing us how to bake some of her favorite Peruvian treats. These cookies were always my absolute favorite.

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Serve Guests Crab Salad in Cucumber Cups

Crab in Cucumber Cups recipe

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With December upon us, our schedules are filling up with office holiday parties, club potlucks, and family get-togethers. Whether you’re hosting, or attending, having a few solid canapés will make you the star of any holiday shindig. During the four weeks leading up to Christmas, I’m going to show you a few of my favorite one-bite-wonders.

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Toast the Season: Satsuma Orange Margarita

Satsuma Orange Margaritas recipe

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I’m not what you’d consider a “guac and margs” girl. I usually opt for a dark beer with my Mexican food and margaritas tend to be too tart for my taste. Also, when it comes to crafted cocktails. I tend to lean towards dark spirits like bourbon and dark rum, and generally steer clear of tequila-anything (there was a bad experience in college that left me sick for days). College, man. But when I saw these beautifully bright satsumas at the market, I figured I’d give it another go on the ol’ margarita-quest.

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Prepare Orange Chicken Polpettine for Canapés

Orange Chicken Polepettine recipe

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With December upon us, our schedules are filling up with office holiday parties, club potlucks, and family get-togethers. Whether you’re hosting, or attending, having a few solid canapés will make you the star of any holiday shindig. Over the next four weeks, I’m going to show you a few of my favorite one-bite-wonders.

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Kick Off the Holidays in Style With Autumn White Wine Sangria

Autumn White Wine Sangria Recipe

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I love making specialty cocktails with fancy bitters, artisanal spirits and all that jazz, but they can be a bit of high maintenance, especially when you need to make them for a large group of guests. Enter: sangria. It’s not fancy, and it doesn’t pretend to be. It’s delicious, refreshing and can change depending on the season.

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Fall Baking Kept Simple: Crustless Apple Pie

Crustless Apple Pie recipe

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It’s often said that you can spot a good baker by how meticulously they measure things. Given that my other blog is called No Recipes, I’ll let you come to your own conclusions on my talents (or lack there of) as a baker. That’s why most of my baking is limited to simple stuff like cookies and crisps.

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Thanksgiving Standards: Persimmon and Sage Stuffing

Persimmon and Sage Stuffing recipe

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Every year I always make an iteration of this stuffing. It usually has green apples (I love their tartness), spicy Italian sausage and loads of herbs. This year I figured I’d make it vegetarian-friendly and skip the sausage, and instead of the apples, utilize my favorite fall fruit: the persimmon.

 

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