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Cranberry Sparkler and Cranberry Compote

I know I’m a little late with this one because it would have been perfect for Thanksgiving, but it will still make a great choice for any Holiday party. After making the cranberry syrup, you’ll be left with a compote that can be used for all sorts of things! If you are making cocktails you definitely need some appetizers, so the compote will be great for that. I toasted a few baguette slices and topped them with fresh ricotta and the cranberry compote. Feel free to drizzle with honey and add a little orange zest. I used ricotta because that’s what I had on hand at the moment but I imagine Brie or Délice de Bourgogne would be even better. Advertisements

Birthday Brunch

Every year for my birthday I have the same dilemma. What to do?! The older I get the less I feel like partying and the more I want to relax and do something low key. I was undecided for a while as to what I wanted to do, but because I planned to celebrate on a Sunday, I figured brunch would be perfect. While I do enjoy cooking, I didn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen so I did take a few short cuts with my menu.  To save on time, I purchased the chicken for my chicken and waffles and also full size crab cakes which I made into minis. I had so many things I wanted to make, it was so hard to narrow them down.  Besides the items pictured, I also made a caramelized onion and spinach quiche and fresh fruit skewers.

Mardi Gras Party

I know it’s no where near Mardi Gras, but my mom wanted to have a Mardi Gras themed party for her retirement/birthday party. We had so much fun at Mardi Gras we just wanted to give our friends and family a little taste of New Orleans. I was running around like crazy during the party that I didn’t have a chance to take a lot of pics of the food (the best part I know) but I hope you still enjoy!