Monthly Archives: December 2013

Last Minute Appetizer Ideas

NYE tends to be one of the most stressful days of the year for me.  I always forget about it/put off planning anything, and then a day or two (or the day of), I’m running around trying to make plans – when all I usually want to do is sit on my couch and drink some champagne.  No matter your agenda for tonight, it never hurts to have a little cheat sheet of last minute appetizer ideas for any impromptu guests or plans.

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Here are some of my favorite that we have created this holiday season:

Whipped Ricotta with Pomegranates and Mint 

  1. Add whole milk ricotta to a food processor and turn on for 1-2 minutes until cheese gets to your preferred whipped consistency.
  2. Sprinkle in freshly ground pepper and sea salt. Drizzle with high quality EVOO and sprinkle pomegranate seeds and shopped mint leaves.
  3. Enjoy with flat bread or pita.

Basil & Apricot Bites

  1. Mix goat cheese with chopped basil to taste (I used 4 oz goat cheese to 1-2 Tablespoons) in a bowl.
  2. Spoon a teaspoon of the cheese mixture onto a dried apricot.
  3. Top with a marcona almond and drizzle with honey.

Apricot with Basil Goat Cheese

Beggars Purses 

  • We opted for the “save time” route by simply forgoing the actual creating of the purses and served them blini style – which was just as yummy!

Beggars Purses

For some more entertaining ideas check out here!

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Sunnyside Breakfast Sandwich

Farm Fresh Egg Sandwich

What better way to rehab from your NYE festivities than with a hearty breakfast?! I introduce to you the Sunny-side Up Breakfast Sandwich…

Bacon and Eggs

I love finding delicious but easy food options…and this one takes the cake!

Ingredients:

  • Puff Pastry
  • Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • Farm Fresh Eggs
  • Chives

Eggs, Bacon, Puff Pastry

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Simply roll out your puff pastry with a rolling pin and slice into 6-9 squares.  I recommend only letting it thaw from the freezer for about 45 minutes (so that it is still cold, but pliable).  Then once you slice it, they will still maintain their shape.

2. Transfer puff pastry squares to a Silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet and brush with an egg wash (one egg whisked with a splash of water).

3. Slice bacon pieces in half (lengthwise) and place 2 pieces of bacon per square. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

4. While the pastry puffs are baking, fry your eggs (sunny-side up) in butter and finish with freshly ground pepper.

5. Serve eggs atop bacon covered puff pastry and garnish with chopped chives.  Enjoy right away!

Egg Yolk

* Whole Foods Smoked Applewood Bacon is worth the splurge!

Aeriel Breakfast Sandwich

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Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee

Going to Buena Vista Cafe in SF for an Irish Coffee has been on my to-do list for some time… and still is.

But as a little Christmas miracle, my sister (who recently went to Buena Vista and witnessed the bartenders at work), perfected the task and crafted some for the family on Christmas morning!

Spooning Whipped Cream

World Famous Irish Coffee

  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • coffee to taste (1/2-1 cup depending on preference)
  • 1 shot whiskey
  • homemade whipped cream (heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract and sugar to taste)

1. Make whipped cream using listed above ingredients in a KitchenAid – blend until peaks form.

2. Brew coffee.

Coffee

3. While making coffee, put hot water in glasses to warm them up (don’t want glass to crack!)

Warm Glasses

4. Once coffee is ready, you are all set to assemble your Irish Coffee!
5. Start with 2 tsp sugar in the bottom of your glass (make sure to dump out hot water first!)
6. Pour coffee in over the sugar.
7. Add shot of water to mixture.
8. Stir coffee and whiskey mixture together.
9.Using one spoon, scoop up whipped cream, then use a second spoon to scrap whipped cream into coffee mixture.

Whipped Cream topped Irish CoffeeRecipe and photos by Taylor Feezor

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Birthday Brunch

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With my mom’s birthday and Christmas morning coinciding, brunch is always a big deal.  The last few years, I have taken the reins, and enjoy putting together a fun menu and figuring out a line-up that is pleasing to everyone and doesn’t result in hours in the kitchen the morning of!

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Menu:

Homemade Bloody Mary’s

Berry Parfaits – Honey Greek Yogurt, Blueberries, Triple Berry Granola

Kale and Maple Sausage Strata

Hash Browns

Halved Grapefruits with Maldon Sea Salt

Here were some of the highlights:

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