Saturday, December 19, 2009

Bring on the festivities!

So sorry I have been out of pocket this week. it has been a really busy week with very little free time. But, alas, my Christmas shopping is done and the kids are out of school! We are so close to the big day! I know that several of you are playing hostess to friends and family for the holidays, so I plan to dedicate each day to share a recipe that would be great for your gatherings!
If your family and friends are like mine, munching on something before a meal is not an option, but a rite of passage! This Brie en Croute that I like to make is easy and delicious! It is actually a recipe I tore from a magazine a few years ago, except I add some extras like herbs and spices to give it my own signature. Bon Appetite!

Brie en Croute:

1 pkg. puff pastry dough, thawed
1 brie round (Sam's usually has this around the holidays)
1/4 c. dried cherries or cranberrie
1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 c. honey
1 egg white, slightly beaten with 1 Tbsp. water added

*Mix the cherries, or cranberries(your choice, with the rosemary, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. Unroll the pastry dough on a flat greased surface. Place the cherry mixture in the middle of the pastry dough. (You may have some leftover- this is great on toast) Put the brie, flat side down on top of the cherry mixture. Fold the pastry dough to the middle, pulling slighty to even out. You will have excess dough in the middle and need to cut this off. Flip over and place on baking sheet. Take the leftover dough and roll out flat. Cut long stips to make "ribbons". You can form a bow with the strips or add your own decorative touch. Put this in the center on the top of your brie pastry. Brush the top of the pastry with the egg wash. Bake at 350 degrees till golden brown. About 20-25 minutes.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Parties, Get Togethers, You Name It!

I love parties! There is just something about hosting a get together that makes me all giddy inside. I love coming up with any excuse to have a party. Whether it is a gridiron getogether, kid's birthday party, 4th of July, Christmas- you name it, I love parties! That is not to say that I don't turn into a troll a good 6 hrs. before the party- I mean, there is always a lot to do and I have no clones! I just really enjoy the planning, deciding on the menu, (I do not recommend this on an empty stomach!), to making the floral arrangements.

I didn't realize my true passion for this until the other night, after I hosted our G.N.O.'s annual ornament exchange party. I was washing the dishes, ( if you can afford two dishwashers, I highly recommend purchasing them), when it occurred to me how happy I felt seeing other people enjoying themselves at my expense. That is not to be taken as arrogance on my part, simply that all the work I had put into the party was well worth the happiness and enjoyment I saw in those ladies. Then I began to think, I'm not a professional, just an average, ordinary mom who happens to enjoy pleasing others palates! I hope I will be able to give you all some great tips on how to have fun get togethers and I will even throw in some recipes to help get you through. Tomorrow, I'll let you in on this year's ornament exchange party and give you the full menu and recipes. See you then!