Appetizer: Flank Steak Skewers

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

Our classic flank steak sliced thin and made into a delicious finger food.

Direction

  1. Prepare Herb Crusted Flank Steak as instructed.
  2. Let rest for 5 – 10 minutes.
  3. Slice thinly, against the grain at a 45° angle.
  4. Take slices of steak and thread on 6” skewers.

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Appetizer: Naked Tortellini

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

A fun twist on a holiday favorite.

Directions

  1. Cook Tortellini and sauce as directed in cooking instructions.
  2. Prepare a large bowl of ice and cold water. Add Tortellini immediately after cooking to stop the cooking process. Drain.
  3. Pour warm sauce into bowl for dipping.
  4. Serve Tortellini (unsauced) with toothpicks for easy dipping.

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Appetizer: Steak Caprese Crostini

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

The light, fresh flavors of our Steak Caprese combined with our Finishing Touch Garlic Bread.

Direction

  1. To start, grill or broil steaks as instructed. Let rest.
  2. Prepare Garlic Bread using the Crostini instructions.
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. Unwrap bread and remove garlic butter portion cup.
    3. Cut French bread loaf diagonally, starting at the end and cut into ½ in. slices.
    4.  Lightly spread garlic butter evenly on the tops of each slice and lay on foil lined baking sheet. (soften butter in microwave, if needed)
    5. Bake bread butter side up 10-12 minutes until golden.
  3. Thinly slice steak and place two to three slices on each piece of bread.
  4.  Top with tomatoes, basil pesto and mozzarella.
  5.  Place back in the oven until cheese is melted.

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Appetizer: Sesame Glazed Meatballs

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

Direction

  1. Cook as instructed.
  2. Skewer each with a toothpick for a savory treat.
  3. Add a drizzle of sauce for a pretty presentation.

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Appetizer: Buttery Bombay Chicken with Rice

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

A flavorful appetizer that can be served with or without the rice.

Directions

  1. Cook rice as directed in the cooking instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, place butter in large sauté pan, melt over medium heat.
  3. Brown chicken 4 – 6 minutes per side. Set aside.
  4. Add sauce to pan and cook as instructed.
  5. Cut chicken into bite size pieces.
  6. Place a small spoonful of rice on each appetizer spoon.
  7. Top each spoon with a little sauce, a piece of chicken and sliced green onions.

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Appetizer: Parmesan Chicken Sliders

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

A platter of these appetizer-sized sandwiches will be a big hit with both kids and adults.

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Recipe Remix: Sesame Ginger Salmon Pasta Salad

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Have a potluck coming up and need an easy dish to share? Something that is healthy and flavorful, but doesn’t take too much work… Well here is a new twist on an old favorite. You can easily turn your Sesame Ginger Salmon into an Asian-inspired pasta salad everyone will be raving about.

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Appetizer: Golden Shrimp Skewers

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An elegant dish, made from our Golden Shrimp and Parmesan Risotto recipe, that is so easy to cook. It will leave your guests raving.

Directions

  1. Thread 3-4 shrimp on a 6-inch skewer
  2. Mix panko and butter as directed in the cooking instructions.
  3. Roll skewered shrimp in the panko and butter mixture, and place on a sprayed baking sheet. Sprinkle extra crumbs on top.
  4. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Serve on skewers.

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Appetizer: Turkey Parmesan Meatballs and Cavatappi Al Forno

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turkey-meatballs-appetizerIt’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

This meal plays double duty. You get two easy, homemade appetizers for the price of one!

Turkey Parmesan Meatballs

  • Shape meatballs and broil as instructed.
  • Place a small fork or toothpick into each meatball and serve.

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10 Tips for Relaxing and Enjoying your Guests

When I host gatherings, my friends and family often say, “You’re so relaxed; how do you do it?” I didn’t know I was relaxed, but, I guess I am! Through years of practice, both at home and in the catering business, I’ve found a rhythm that works best for me.

family gathering and entertainingMy style is informal entertaining. Whether we’re in the yard serving a buffet or at the table eating family-style, my aim is to focus on our guests. I want to enjoy our company instead of fussing over something I could have done earlier.

Guests will pick up on our mood and quickly notice if we’re stressed or relaxed. Our emotions set the tone for everyone else. Relaxed entertaining has everything to do with:

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