~ Easy Entertaining ~
Now that the weather is warming up, we all want to entertain. I am going through some old photos and finding some cute, easy ideas to pass along. Enjoy!
Above: Roll a Log of Goat Cheese in fresh chopped herbs and lemon zest. Garnish with Chive Flower (I believe I used fresh organic thyme, chives, parsley, lemon zest, s&p)
Starting Bottom to Left: Herbed Goat Cheese, Edamame Hummus & Fresh Veggies, Caprese Bites, Radish & Herbed Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches, Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, Foraged Quinoa and Berry Salad, Drunken Pasta, Smothered Greek Hummus, Baked Brie with Grapes and Thyme
This was actually for another BookClub that I hosted. I tried to use all my own produce and herbs and local ingredients. I had chosen the book Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter. I needed more lettuce than I had, so I even foraged dandelion greens from my yard!!! Gotta keep with the spirit of the book! I have some of the pics, so I’ll post them. Not 100% of all the recipes, but I’ll do my best to remember what I can.
Just Slice Veggies of your choice and put a dip in the middle!
1 package Organic Edamame (cooked & drained)
1-2 T organic Tahini
2 Cloves Organic Garlic
1 Organic Lemon Zest & Juice (or lime)
1/2 – 1 Jalapeño (to taste)
1 T Organic Chili Powder
Put in Blender or Food Processor. Blend. Drizzle in GOOD, LIGHT ORGANIC EVOO until desired consistency (4-7 T) I kept this one a bit more rustic rather than creamy. Less EVOO….healthier. Put in cute serving dish and sprinkle with Chili Powder or Paprika. Cilantro is also good in this!
Layer Basil, Mozzarella & Tomato on Fork
Drizzle with GOOD Balsamic Vinegar & EVOO
salt & pepper
Supereasy. Bought Tea Sized Rye/Pumpernickel Bread. Made a custom herb cream cheese to spread. (soften 1 package organic cream cheese, blend herbs of choice, salt & pepper. I think I used thyme, chives & parsley) Slice Radishes. Top with 2 Radish Slices and Sprinkle with Fresh Herbs (thyme & chives)
Variety of lettuce and foraged greens, Quinoa (cooked & cooled), My Fresh Raspberries, Local Blueberries, Local Goat Cheese (could substitute Feta or another creamy cheese….I like the tanginess the goat cheese) s&p. Tossed with Lavender Balsamic and drizzled with EVOO.
Beautiful & Delicious!
Top Brie with Grapes, Lavender Balsamic, Fresh Thyme, s&p
Bake 400 7-10 mins.