Holiday Entertaining

For a ‘seasoned’ host/hostess, the holidays can be a very creative joyous time… conjuring up new menus, creating unique tablescapes and perusing the myriad of catalogs, websites and blogs with excitable anticipation. Ahh, but for the timid cook, the thought of having people over can get ones stress levels up to a fever pitch! My suggestion if you’d like to step into the realm of hosting bliss is to create your party in steps: don’t go crazy following a bunch of recipes you’ve never prepared, use whole foods and lovely things around your abode to decorate and start out small like a cocktail party – with the emphasis on cocktails! If you don’t want a big bar expense, serve one specialty drink with wine & beer or make it a B.Y.O.B.

Bored of salsa & chips and carrot sticks? So am I!  Slice thinly some potatoes and yams, brush with olive oil, sprinkle lightly with finely chopped herbs & kosher salt…. place on a baking pan/cookie sheet and bake until crispy brown – yum! How about toasting up some endamame beans brushed with ginger oil and mixing with those yummy dried wasabi peas? Nachos are super easy… tortilla chips with a cheddar / jalapeno Monterey Jack topped with avocado, sautéed cilantro shrimp, shredded chicken or beef. Caviar? Use salmon caviar roe instead of the more expensive Sevruga and Osetra. Make sushi rolls (super  easy) topped with Tobiko fish roe for a shot of color and fun in your mouth!

Decorating with food is a naturally appealing visual: pomegranates, tangerines and nuts are beautiful strewn around berry branches, candles and pinecones – which you can spray paint if you wish and complement wood, pottery, glass or silver platters.


– Decorate and lay out dishes, napkins and bar items a day or two beforehand – it’ll get you in the party mood and make aware anything that still needs to be done/purchased.

– Prep in stages: listen to music, have some wine and enjoy the process!

– Tidying up after a party is sometimes the reason people don’t entertain! If this is pure drudgery to you, hire or designate someone, seek out extra hands to stay later (a party in itself) or use compostable disposables. It is a drag to deal with it ALL in the morning : (


Enjoy And Have A Blessed Holiday and New Year


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