Once in a while you need to make a dish that you can enjoy. This stew is perfect for a fall romantic dinner while the kids are at the babysitter, or just to have a simple grown up dinner while still feeding the little ones something they will eat too. You get this started in the morning so you won’t feel like you are cooking two meals right at dinner time.
Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love the way the leaves turn the landscape into a brilliant patchwork quilt, the nights turn cooler, and Winter squash, leafy greens and root veggies take center stage on the dinner table. Pumpkins are much more than a porch decoration. They are one of my favorite Winter squashes. The smaller pie or sugar pumpkins are the ones to buy to make a cheap and easy DIY pumpkin puree. I bought a pie pumpkin that will make 3 to 4 cans worth of puree for the same price as 1 can!
Everyone loves waking up to breakfast and with breakfast casseroles even Moms can sleep in a bit too! Below are breakfasts that let you do most of the work the night before. Some of these recipes you can cook the night before and heat up in the morning while others you make ahead and cook in the morning as you’re reading the paper.
If it’s a kid’s party, cocktails with friends, or just a casual gathering you’ll need some tasty treats for your party guests. Below is a selection of party food ideas that should work great for all your summer parties.
There are recipes to create the perfect nibbles for a cocktail party, casual and fancy party fare, and even a few homemade goodies that your kids will go wild over. Pick a few or go ahead and make a whole buffet. Either way your party is bound to be a hit.
Food Ideas: Cocktail Party Food
- Caramel Snack Mix
- Roasted Chickpea Snack
- Mini Banana Creme Pies
- Grilled Fruit Skewers
- White Bean Dip with Chives
- Spanakopita Dip
- Caprese Salad Bites
- Hummus with Parsley Oil
- Buffalo “Chicken” Dip
- Creamy Olive & Feta Dip
- Spiced Rosemary Cocktail Nuts
- Edamame Feta Hummus
Food Ideas: Casual Yet Unique Party Foods
- Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Green Onion, Basil, Thyme, and Feta
- Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa
- Stuffed Mushrooms
- Spanish-Style Deviled Eggs with Tuna (Huevos Rellenos de Atun)
- Joe’s Italian Stuffed Japapenos
- Hoisin-Glazed Turkey Meatballs
- Caprese Sticks
- Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
- Cherry Coke & Jalapeño Meatballs
- Pineapple Cream Cheese Spread (Makes an amazing centerpiece!)
- Gazpacho (Served in spoons)
- Lemon Riccotta Zucchini Boats
- Tandoori Tofu Mini Skewers
- Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade with Garlic and Herbs
- Deb’s Black Bean Confetti Salad
- Oyster Po’ Boy Sliders
- Tahu Bacem – Java Marinated Tofu Recipe
- Whole Wheat Orzo with Golden Beets and Feta Cheese
- Chipotle Mustard Itty Bitty Burgers
- Sparkling Wine Cupcakes with Sparkling Wine Butter Cream
- Mini Chicken Pot Pies
- Tamale Bites
- Watermelon Mojito Sorbet Recipe
- Chili-Lime Chicken Skewers with Spicy Green Sauce
- Chicken Tikka
Food Ideas: Fancy Party Food
- Baby Potato and Smoked Salmon Bites
- Shrimp Salad in a Savory Cup
- Cucumber Cups with Caramelized Onion and Bacon
- Spaghetti Nests with Chard & Bacon
- Lemon Tarragon Polpette with Tomato Glaze
- Mini Crab Cakes with Cilantro-Lime Aioli
- Sage & Truffle Custard with Parmesan Crisp & Tomato Foam
- Champagne Cupcakes with Champagne Butter-cream
- Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Strawberries
- Mini Pavlovas
- Fettuccine & Wasabi ‘Breadsticks’
- Lasagna Appetizer Cups
- Pancetta Risotto Cakes with Vodka Dipping Sauce
- Sorrel Pesto for Crostinis
- Watermelon Balsamic Cubes
Food Ideas: Kids Party Food
- Octopus Dog
- Oven Baked Chicken and Vegetable Nuggets
- Homemade Gluten-free Corn Dogs
- Rainbow Crispy Bars
- Mini Party Pizzas (Dessert)
- Strawberry Jam Tartlettes
- Cookie Sticks
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars
The best thing to have in your arsenal after a sweltering day working in the yard are a few delicious summer cocktails. I love to have cocktail parties on my deck and look forward to the party season every year!
A few of summer cocktail tips:
This is the year to dress up your Easter dinner with fresh local flavors. It’s about time you put your mark on your family’s traditions.
Don’t forget that brunch or breakfast is a perfect time for a get together too. It can be easier to throw together than a proper sit down dinner.
If your friend and family gatherings are anything like mine, it’s best to have a few nibbles in case you end up waiting on that one person who always seem to be running later.
You can also make a buffet of salads, spreads, and breads and have that as your main event. That way people can wonder in and out as the festivities go on.
Spring Panzanella Salad
Hand dyed Easter Eggs (some with unexpected natural dyes)
Thai Son-in-law Eggs
Green Garlic Pesto (use as spread or salad dressing)
Muhammara (tomato walnut spread)
Roasted Beet Salad with Horseradish Cream
Spinach Soup with an Egg
Green Easter Sauce/Dip
Roasted Spiced Chickpea Kale Salad
Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus
Most people like to plan around a protein or main course. Here are a few new twists that shout Spring, but aren’t your traditional ham. Some are even extra good for you too!
Pomegranate Rye Glaze for Ham, Tofu or Other Protein
Artichoke Lasagna (in French but can select translation in English)
Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas (substitute the freshest Spring veggies you can get your hands on)
You can make alight meal out of side dishes with a lovely fresh salad.I like to keep the hot dishes warm in slow cookers on a buffet or counter.
Middle Eastern Okra Stew
Vanilla Glazed Baby Carrots
Roasted Asparagus Rolled in Ham
Steamed Artichokes with Creamy Dipping Sauce
Butternut Squash Chickpea and Raisin Couscous
Middle Eastern Spinach with Yogurt
Brussels Sprouts with Garlic, Onion, and Bacon
Your kids may be full of Easter candy, but you’ll at least need one dessert that the grown ups like too. Plus you deserve a treat after hiding all those Easter eggs.
Cadbury Creme Eggs Cupcakes
Date Walnut Bliss Balls
White Peaches in Rosewater Syrup
Gluten-free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream Cheese Muffins Baked Served in Parchment Bunny Cubes
Chocolate Raspberry Alaska
Still Feel Overwhelmed?
You can mix and match from above, but if you just aren’t getting into the planning mode here are a few sites that give you a complete dinner start to finish. It’s easy and certain to delight your guests!
Food Network Easter Breakfast Menu
You don’t have to become an expert to add a little aromatherapy into your life. All you need are a few small bottles of essential oil that you can pick up at your local health food store.
Stress, weather, not enough sleep — all these things can wreak havoc on your system. Heading out for a walk can help, as can having a drink of water, but there are other ways you can boost your immunity system. Adding specific types of food to your diet can replenish the nutrients your body is missing. Below are some great food choices and recipes to help boost your immunity system naturally.
Any excuse to have a party is a good one, but having one that is organized enough for you to enjoy it too is even better. Organize may seem like a dirty word, but with the simple plan outlined here you can do it without much fuss.