A Royal Afternoon Tea Party

With over a billion people worldwide tuning into a royal romance and wedding this past Saturday, I could not pass up the opportunity to enjoy the moment as well.  When love is in the air, I do become quite the romantic at heart. I put together this afternoon tea over a period of a few…

Cinco de Mayo nachos

Are you looking for a bit of a twist for your Cinco de Mayo party? Here is an interesting recipe that I tried and would be perfect for the celebration.  This one uses frozen waffle fries instead of nacho chips.  It is a hearty recipe and one that the men in your life would really…

Derby Day fondue

Derby Day is Saturday and menu planning should be front and center.  Everyone loves a fondue.  Here is an easy recipe for a great tasting cheesy fondue which is neither grainy nor thick.  The beer gives this dish a great taste and with all of the beer products on the market, the choices are endless. …

Slow cooker party mix

With both the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo happening in the next week or so, here is a great recipe to have ready to serve to party guests.  We love this mix and it is super easy to put together and adjustable to personal tastes.   I have adapted a recipe over the years and…

Easy Entertaining with Hormel foods

Hormel foods provided me with a sampling of the popular Hormel Gatherings trays in exchange for a review of their product this past month. So, this past weekend was filled with many college and pro football games as well as family visits for Thanksgiving, so it was a perfect time to share with everyone and…

Game day snacks

College football season is underway and everyone needs a new game day snack to serve. I tried using an old standby–Pepperidge Farm’s Puff Pastry sheets to make a delicious and easy pizza type snack. To make this snack, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. First, I thawed the puff pastry sheet on parchment paper for…

Summer spinach stuffed mushroom appetizer

Over the years I have shared several stuffed mushroom appetizer recipes, but this one is very different.  It uses spinach as the main ingredient for the mushroom appetizer.  The taste profile of this appetizer is delicious, and one that guests will truly enjoy.  Even though summer appetizers most often are served cold, this one could…

Cheese Board

For a busy holiday party, I find it easier to serve an appetizer or cheese board while everyone is waiting for the dinner hour.  When guests arrive, it is very easy to have many types of cheese, nuts, dried fruit, condiments, crusty and multi-seeded bread ready to go. Guests can serve themselves while they enjoy…

Air popped popcorn

Popcorn is my favorite snack food.  Over the years, I have had many types of poppers.  This one is new to my home, and it has been an easy transition into use.  Cuisinart offers this new popper which allows for no use of oil. The air popped popcorn is super fluffy and light.  There is…

Stuffed Portobellos

One of my favorite hot appetizer “go-to’s” is always stuffed mushrooms.  I have posted a few ideas on this blog in years past of those recipes.  This recipe, however, is a dinner entrée recipe that is wonderful for a Meatless Monday menu plan. Made with larger mushrooms, this recipe is terrific served with a side…