Cocktail parties are fun but they can be overwhelming to organize – how many hors d'oeuvres should you make? And how to serve them? What kinds of spirits and mixers do you need? I find it’s easiest to set up a self-service bar so everyone can mix their scotch and soda exactly the way they like it. I serve 5 appetizers so it feels a little like a meal – some fish, some meat, some cheese, some vegetables – plus a little sweet like chocolate truffles and coffee at the end. Everyone has a great time catching up with friends over delicious food - and you don’t need to spend all day preparing a formal dinner. How great is that?? My whole holiday cocktail party menu is below!
It's never too early to plan your Thanksgiving table! It doesn't have to be fancy, but at this time of year I like a little color and one pretty plate to give the setting some style.
The centerpiece of Thanksgiving is always the turkey! I have lots of turkey recipes, but once I figured out how to roast it in advance, I never looked back. My Make-Ahead Roast Turkey with Make-Ahead Gravy not only takes the stress out of roasting and carving but it’s also the moistest, most delicious turkey I’ve ever made.
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