Party Panache, Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bites

Peppermint Bark is one of my favorite holiday treats and HHjr loves cheesecake… When I saw a recipe for Candy Cane Chocolate Cheesecake Bars made with white chocolate peppermint candy bars I knew it was going on our Christmas menu! I had a stash of a variety of peppermint chocolates, the Lindt Lindor White Chocolate … Continue reading

Party Panache, Cranberry Swiss Almond Holiday Spread

This spread is perfect for the upcoming holidays, a yummy pre-Thanksgiving nibble or a colorful red and green Christmas party dip Saturday we had our first fire of the season and watched football on the patio with friends and family HHjr had a pork shoulder on the grill and we noshed on this dip as … Continue reading

Party Panache, Food Bar Ideas

We love an excuse for a party or get together and love to entertain Over Labor Day we enjoyed a Hot Dog Bar It was so much fun! I started thinking about other Food Bars we’ve done and rounded them up to share with you~ inspirations for upcoming fall and holiday gatherings! Just click on … Continue reading

Party Panache, Feed a Crowd with a Hot Dog Bar

For the past four years we’ve spent Labor Day gathered with extended family on the coast They rent a condo nearby and at night we gather our house for dinner A Shrimp Boil is a great way to serve a crowd, Shrimp, corn on the cob, new potatoes and sausage, boiled in a huge pot … Continue reading

Party Panache, the WOW factor!

The other night HHjr made a pasta dish for dinner It was a simple combination of penne pasta topped with chopped garden tomatoes, corn, basil and sausage He toasted large hamburger buns, cut them in 1/4ths and placed them in the pasta bowl in a star pattern Quite the Wow factor, elevating a simple pasta … Continue reading

Party Panache, Caramelized Onion Dip with Maple Bacon

Have you ever had an onion dip made with real caramelized onions? Let me tell you, it’s a game changer! And, more good news, this dip is made with simple ingredients that you probably have on hand~ I always have sweet onions, bacon, mayonnaise and sour cream in my fridge, and often celery, cucumber and … Continue reading

Party Panache, Ham and Double Cheese Spirals

We had a fun Father’s Day dinner honoring my son and my son-in-law last weekend We wanted to make it extra easy on the guys who usually do the cooking HHjr did make an incredible guacamole from a giant avocado CCOG brought us DD brought pizzas and cheesecake and I made Cucumber Blueberry Crunch Salad … Continue reading

Party Panache, Coconut Poke Bundt Cake

This is one of my favorite cakes It’s made with a doctored cake mix and coconut it’s glazed with Creme of Coconut You can top it with flowers for a special occasion This might be the easiest cake I’ve ever made If you don’t want to use coconut milk, use buttermilk or milk As soon … Continue reading

Party Panache, Jarcuterie

Charcuterie boards are all the rage lately and recently I’ve noticed the concept of these board buffets being put into jars… Well that’s brilliant, and I couldn’t wait to make some! This is such a great example of “Presentation is Everything” I used simple everyday ingredients that I had in my refrigerator… serving these in … Continue reading

Party Panache, Bacon Parmesan Bites

This is recipe is an oldie but a goodie it’s been around for decades… baked bacon crackers This is a seriously easy appetizer that will please kids and adults alike~ A popular version is made with brown sugar, but I used Parmesan cheese instead Club crackers are laid out on wire racks on a baking … Continue reading