Posts Tagged ‘party’

Guest post! Butternut squash tarts

In recipe on December 15, 2010 at 9:16 am

Thanks to Mad for this awesome guest post! –k.

It’s not often you get asked to guest post on the most famous cooking blog this side of the Mississippi!

Last Saturday night, I assisted in hosting a holiday party of epic proportions. The menu of food and drinks was pretty spectacular, as far as house parties go, and included such past classics as beef empanadas and cinnamon chicken. This time around, we included something I knew would be a hit: butternut squash and caramelized onion pastries.

Although I had made these several times before, some sort of gastronomic amnesia prevented me from remembering how incredibly labor intensive they can be. Making anything bite-size is bound to end up a fairly monotonous exercise, but the end result is terrific addition for any appetizer spread.

I originally found this recipe on Patent and the Pantry, although I’ve made a few subtractions to it.

Butternut squash tarts

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Kill Devil Punch

In recipe on March 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm
Spring is in the air, it’s Friday, it’s payday. These are all glorious things. So is this punch recipe.

A note about punch bowls: I had one on my holiday wishlist from the ages eleven to fourteen. Looking back, I can’t really say what sort of entertaining I pictured (casual study group cotillions? sleepover soirees?) but I was determined, in the way that young ladies who read too much Jane Austen can be. It was probably for the best that I wasn’t encouraged in this tyrannical hostess phase; I’d probably be wearing white gloves and pearls by now.

Today I can face punch bowls with the wisdom of experience and the sobriety of age. I can be trusted. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Fact: people love punch bowls at parties. It makes drinking more interactive (if a little spilly).

Fact: you can find crystal bowls pretty consistently at thrift stores, usually for $10 or less.

Fact: punch takes the stress out of hosting. Make two or three batches before the party, store in pitchers. Refill when the bowl looks dry. It’s a lot better than planning drinks that involve muddling and fuss.

Without further ado, I bring you the Kill Devil Punch, found tucked in the pages of GQ. Read the rest of this entry »