The countdown is on -- Christmas is just around the corner. And we all know the key to stress-free entertaining is being prepared. There's nothing like leaving things to the last minute to throw you into a festive frenzy! So if you haven't decided what you are serving up for you holiday dinner, we can help.
Everyone has a kitchen secret or two. There's the aunt who won't share her meatball recipe for fear that someone will make it better than her. There's the grandmother who gives her apple pie recipe but omits the apples. Then, there's the friend who makes it all look so effortless, masterfully balancing it all while putting out a jaw-dropping spread. Well get ready, because we're sharing our secrets.
I love to host dinner parties, but I really don't like doing all the work. My husband is this huge foodie. I make a gourmet meal almost every day. To be honest, I like to eat well, and he does do his fair share of the cooking, but after a while, I'm over it! (Especially when he NEVER does the dishes, even when he cooks.)
A great spring dish is grilled asparagus salad with morels. Early spring will give you a quick crop of things like baby lettuce, asparagus and strawberries. Wild mushrooms also come into play -- as soon as we get the warm rains in April, you'll find morels popping up in the woods, followed closely by chanterelles.
My love affair with Cava continues. Pale lemon green with lots of tiny persistent bubbles. The nose is clean and offers green apple, lemon, lemon zest, biscuit, pear. The palate is dry with lively acidity and noted baked bread. The length is medium on a crisp palate cleansing finish. Not overly complex but good quality and the price is right!
As we approach the craziness of the holidays, it is a good time to review a few quick tips to help you keep sane during the many dinner parties that you have likely added to your calendar. So I have broken down some simple dos and don'ts as a friendly reminder to all those hoping to ramp up their hostess cred.
Fall is also the time when southern hemisphere wineries release their current vintage. For example, crisp, vibrant whites from the 2014 vintage in New Zealand are already hitting shelves. These wines pair easily with a variety of fall dishes and are best enjoyed young to keep their fresh acidity, crispness, and fruit forward nature.
I'd say we've all more than earned the right to park ourselves on a patio, soak up the sunshine and sip that chilled Chardonnay. But, just because there's now a far more appealing after-work option than going the gym, doesn't mean our fitness has to suffer! Here's everything you need to know about minimizing your time in the gym so you can maximize your time on the patio.
We basically become shut ins due to the cold and general all around grossness of winter weather. Then a holiday party forces us out and we become like crazed animals who have not seen food or booze in years. This is a deadly combination that is sure to end in a hazing of any and all holiday buffets.
With the holiday season fast approaching many are thinking about having friends and family over for a dinner party. What better way to celebrate the season than having a swanky dinner party? With the dinner party in mind, we decided to check in with Toronto's home entertaining maven, Dee Brun, a.k.a., the Cocktail Deeva to solicit her advice on throwing the ultimate party.