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Archive for the ‘parties I gave’ Category

Recipes to Love – Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry

The following recipe I used at the couple’s shower S. and I thru for C. last weekend in Nashville.

It is a recipe from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) on her latest Cocktail Party show.

I have to say it was a massive hit. The first thing gone for sure. I doubled the recipe and probably could have made one or two more and they would have been eaten too.

A couple of things.

1. I substituted swiss cheese instead of gruyere. I think gruyere is overpriced and don’t care for it that much either. Swiss was perfect.

2. The cooking time was under half of what Ina said it would be. I had to watch these like a hawk.

3. I don’t eat pork but did taste. They were delish.

4. I think a turkey and pesto combo would be good too.

1 package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted (recommended: Pepperidge Farm)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 pound black forest ham, sliced
1/2 pound Swiss Gruyere cheese, sliced
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a sheet pan.

Lay 1 sheet of puff pastry on a floured board and carefully roll it out to 10 by 12 inches. Place it on a sheet pan and brush the center with the mustard, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. Place a layer first of ham and then cheese, also leaving a 1-inch border. Brush the border with the egg wash.

Place the second sheet of puff pastry on the floured board and roll it out to 10 by 12inches. Place the second sheet on top of the filled pastry, lining up the edges. Cut the edges straight with a small, sharp knife and press together lightly. Brush the top with egg wash and cut a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes and serve hot or warm.

Recipes to Love – Emeril’s Hot Dog Chili

Thanks to my Aunt M. for this recipe. I made it on Saturday for the game along with queso for nachos.

The chili was the right consistency for hot dogs. It was not to chunky.

The only thing I added was hot sauce and left out the sugar. Not enough kick for our tastes.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
2 cups chopped yellow onion
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons Essence, recipe follows
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (15-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, broken in pieces, with juices
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups water

Make the chili: Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the meat and stir with a long-handled wooden spoon to break up the pieces. Cook, stirring, until the meat is brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, chili powder, Essence, cumin, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the squeezed tomatoes, tomato paste, and water to the pot. Stir well and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the chili from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.

Guess Who Is Coming Home Today! For Good!

This Guy.

Unfortunately, I have had to cancel the party due to psycho vendor and having to work all weekend. F**K!!!!!!!!!!

White Trash Party Update

I have decided on the appetizers.

Crackers and Easy Cheese



A la Britney Spears.

If I had a Frappuccino Maker it would be even more realistic.

Let’s Vote – Hard Liquor Choices

I am having a party in August for E3′s return. I don’t have time to do one of my buffets and full bar parties. So instead I am going to do “white trash”. Nothing but the best for E3.

There is going to be a Pabst keg, cocktail meatballs, pigs n blanket, buffalo chicken dip, etc. Stuff I can throw together. And UF colors will be flying. Since football season will be upon us.

I have to say, everyone that I have told what I am doing thinks it will be really fun and kitschy. AND for me it will be cheap.

I am going to provide one hard liquor since we will be providing the keg. Which is so cheap since it is Pabst. So vote for your favorite booze.

Which hard liquor do you prefer?
Jim Beam
Jack Daniels
Southern Comfort
Maker’s Mark
pollcode.com free polls

UPDATE: I forgot Evan Williams which is so cheap. E3 wanted me to tell you.

Mother’s Day Surprise

My schedule changes at the drop of a hat and my sister will be out of town on the day of Mother’s Day. So, this week I emailed her about getting together today for a small, family party for my mom. Of course, it was surprise.

My sister got her out of the house and then was a total chatterbox trying to keep her from coming back. I made all the food and picked up the flowers I had ordered from the Buckhead Whole Foods. We loved the rose topiaries they did for the event. (Best place ever for last minute events.)

Menu Included: Our Salmon Dip with crackers, Sherried Tomato Soup (with some changes), Pesto Chicken Salad with Arugula, Strawberry Cheesecake Bars and Champagne.

Needless to say, I saved up all week so that I could eat what I want and be able to drink. (Since I can’t really drink anymore.)

My mother LOVED it and I have to say I was very pleased with myself. Especially since it was all last minute.

(Not all the recipes are pictured)

Cocktail Culture – Afterwork Cocktail Party

Last week my friend D- and I had a girls cocktail party. Come, meet new people and have some cocktails. You know the drill.

I had found the seasonal magazine awhile back called Southern Lady Holidays which has been very beneficial to the both of us. D- used many recipes and ideas for her big family Christmas party she hosted. This is her first Christmas as a Mrs. and she has a huge family so it was important to pull out all the stops.

Anyway, our little party was a stop in kind of thing. Here are a couple of items we used.

Cherry Champagne Cocktail

2 tablespoons marachino cherry juice
1/2 teaspoon almond-flavored liqueur
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3 ounces chilled champagne
Garnish: maraschino cherry and lime spiral

In a champagne flute, combine cherry juice, almond flavored liqueur, and lemon juice. Pour in champagne and stir gently. Garnish with cherry and lime spiral, if desired.

Changes: D- made this in a pitcher before the party started. We thought it tasted like cough syrup. We then added most of a bottle of champagne. It was VERY tasty, and VERY popular after that. Would definitely make again after the tweaking.

Creole Shrimp and Crab Dip

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups sour cream
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons Creole seasoning
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon hot sauce (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 (8-ounce) cartons fresh lump crabmeat, picked for shells
1 pounds cooked medium fresh shrimp, coarsely chopped
Garnish: green onion, shrimp, and Creole seasoning

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, Creole seasoning, and dried onion. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Add green onion, parsley, hot sauce and salt, stirring to mix well. Stir in crabmeat and shrimp until combined. Cover and chill. Garnish. Serve with crackers. D- did a mix of crackers which worked well.

Everyone came from work. I was wearing jeans, a black sweater and heals.

Here is S- enjoying her bruschetta.

Baby Shower – Baby Alexandre

Here are pictures from the baby shower on Saturday. As I look at the pictures, it looks so simple and easy to put together. But as usual loads of time was used and emails sent deciding on recipes and decorations. Then the shopping, cooking, cleaning and decorating.

Remember how all those people were coming. Well 15 of them decided to not come the day of. HOW F*****G RUDE!!! Thankfully, I don’t know most of them because if I did, we would no longer be friends. But the friends of the couple who did show were nice enough and put a big dent in all the food we made. Plus, the bellini and bloody mary bar. The bar was definitely the best part. Ed drove in for Thanksgiving holiday and played bartender which is his usual spot. He makes the best bloody mary you will ever have.

Invite for baby shower in November


I think we have agreed to use this invite for the couples baby shower in November. Everything else we have seen is to cutesy and cheesy. The couple is not that way at all. So here is the best pick.

Parties I Gave – Yellow Rose of Texas

I spent the weekend at Twelve Hotel over Atlantic Station for my friend Danielle’s bachelorette weekend. Several of us got there on Friday night to get set up, relax and go to the pool. I did enjoy being at the hotel and it’s facilities. We had a deluxe suite which included 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a living room and full kitchen. This worked well for a weekend getaway and having the Bridal Tea and Bachelorette at the same location/day.

My part of the events was the Tea on Saturday morning. My friend is originally from San Antonio, Texas, so I choose the “Yellow Rose of Texas” theme.

For the invitations, I used the yellow rose invites from Kate Spade. Paper Affair at Peachtree Battle handled everything. The ladies at that location and Phipps Plaza are always so nice.

(I will put the invite up again later. Husband had to photoshop out my cell phone number. Oops.)

Foxgloves & Ivy did the floral arrangements. There was an issue here though. The flower distributor sent yellow roses with orange tips. F & I choose to substitute other flowers while keeping the yellow theme. I am fine with that but I would have liked a phone call letting me know in advance. This is a situation when I want to get mad, but don’t because there is nothing that can be done and you just have to move on. Flowers were very pretty, though.

I had to have this party catered. The hotel was not helpful in catering, so I found someone who would. Ended up trying the Whole Foods Catering Department down on Ponce de Leon. Suzette, the catering manager, was very helpful. She really made things easy and did all the paperwork/payment thru email.

Menu :Smoked Mozzerella Salad, Marinated Asparagus Salad, Skewered Shrimp, Salmon with a vegetable salsa (not mexican), thin sliced steak with Horseradish Cream, Snowflake Rolls, Cream cheese lemon bars , and chocolate coveres strawberries with yellow icing squiggles to keep with the theme.

Everyone raved about the food. Very nice, since my family usually uses Affairs to Remember for big events and I was trying something new.

Also, since this event was at the hotel, I had to use plastic. But Party City has items that aren’t your typical plastic anymore. Everyone wanted to know where I got the Champagne glasses. Plastic is not exactly the chicest thing in the world, but I had to make it work.

Now this was supposed to have been a TEA. And I did have iced tea on hand. (My tea’s are never very traditional and I will share that story another time.) However, years ago me and Danielle had discussed how champagne should be served at teas. I had gotten 4 bottles of champagne to make this happen. My mother and sister were in attendance and thank god because half way thru I had to send the sister on a champgne run. This tea, was now a champagne brunch. All I can say is you live and you learn. 7 bottles later, everyone cried at my toast.

My gift to bride was monogrammed napkins and the Austin, Texas Junior League Cookbook. (Limetree did not have San Antonio.)

For the favors, I used sparkly, draw-string bags of Lemondrops.

There was drama with this event, like the breast cancer run/walk that started very early in the morning when we were still sleeping. And ATL cop that said there was no entrance, but the 17th Street entrance and I was “shit out of luck” till 10:30 am in getting back to the hotel. Obviously, he was wrong.

It was a great event and I feel like everyone had a lovely morning. Another successful party knotch in my belt.