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Elaborate, formal dinner parties tend to be one of two things: (1) stressful for those hosting or (2) boring for those attending.
I hesitate to write that, at the risk of sounding overly negative. But I think we can all agree that I’m mostly right.
So in recent years, I’ve ditched the notion of fancy get-togethers in favor of more casual, relaxed entertaining scenarios. With the exception of a few times a year ( i.e. = Thanksgiving), I tend to keep my gatherings low key, with a few simple food and drink options. And I let friends come and go as they please, free from the restrictions of a hard and fast time dictating when we all must sit down at the table together to dine. It just seems to work out better for everyone this way.
Bruschetta has always been one of my favorite foods to serve at casual gatherings. It’s versatile, with a seemingly endless number of savory and sweet options. It’s easy to make. And above all else, it’s a total crowd pleaser. I don’t know many people that will turn down a little toasty piece of bread piled high with fresh, seasonal ingredients. I would (and have on many occasions) happily make an entire meal out of bruschetta alone!
These two Summer Bruschetta recipes highlight everything that I’m obsessed with right now. I used a slightly sweetened whipped goat cheese as the base for both recipes. Then I went either savory, with a combination of corn, adobo sauce and basil. Or sweet, with a combination of fresh cherries, balsamic vinegar, mint and a drizzle of chocolate. I served both versions at a little outdoor garden party I had this past week, and they were a big hit with all my friends. In fact, people had a hard time choosing which one was their favorite!
To complete my garden soiree, I paired my Summer Bruschetta with a couple of Maison Louis Jadot Wines. The clean, fresh flavors of their Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay went perfectly with the savory corn bruschetta that I created. While their plump, juicy Beaujolais-Villages nicely played up the flavors in my sweet cherry bruschetta.
Maison Louis Jadot Wine is the #1 brand of French wine in the United States. Their wines are versatile, pairing well with so many of my favorite foods. And they are available at a great price point. It’s a wine that I’m happy to have in my home and serve to my family and friends!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting companies and brands that support Floating Kitchen.
Hi Friends! It’s been a while since we’ve shared this space together. I’ve missed you all so much. And for my own self esteem, I’m going to tell myself that you’ve missed me too.
I guess I haven’t been feeling particularly motivated to create new recipes lately. Part of that is due to the fact that it’s as hot as Hades outside. All I want to do is sit down with a big spoon and half a watermelon in my lap. And I’m pretty sure nobody needs a recipe for that.
Also, I’ve just been feeling generally “blue” these past couple of weeks. And I find it hard to be creative when I’ve got a case of the “blahs”. But I think I’ve finally started to turn the corner towards a happier mental state. Last weekend I traveled to Minnesota to spend some time with the most awesome boss ladies that I know, and that definitely helped to lift my spirits. I’ll write more about our weekend together later on this month, but in the meantime, if you want to see what kinds of trouble we got ourselves into, you can take a peak at the hashtag #bossbabefestMSP on the Instagram machine.
The day before I jetted off to the Midwest, I made up a big batch of this Tropical Popcorn Snack Mix to take along with me. Because traveling is hard and stressful enough as it is. I don’t need to throw feelings of extreme hunger into the mix. And the stuff that’s available to eat at most airports generally isn’t the healthiest. My motto: never leave home without food and water.
Making your own snack mix at home is a serious must-do. Because not only do you have the power to control the overall levels of salt, fat and sugar in your recipe. But you also get to make sure you’ve got all your favorite ingredients represented. Personally, I find that store-bought snack mixes never have enough chocolate for my taste. So I made sure to throw in enough Blue Diamond Dark Chocolate Oven Roasted Almonds to satisfy my cravings. Oh and don’t skip the lime zest here. It totally makes this Tropical Popcorn Snack Mix pop!
Blue Diamond Almonds is the Official Snack Nut of USA Swimming. And I’m guessing the USA Swimming Team would never leave home without healthy snacks. Because you can’t be your best self when you’re hangry!
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