My Book Party Seriously Simple Parties

Sep 27, 2012 by

Seriously Simple Parties: Recipes, Menus & Advice for Effortless Entertaining

I had to let you know how great my book party was… Here are a few photos that  I hope you like. My dear friend Denise Vivaldo pulled off the food and drink and all had a great time.. Very fun to do it at Surfas in Culver City, a cook and chefs dream for anything and everything for cooking and food related items. We had my wonderful Viognier Fruit Spritzer that was enough to sell out the book alone.,Other goodies included my Parmesan and Artichoke Dip, Chicken Drummetes with Romesco Sauce, Meatball Sliders, Warm Roasted Nuts, Cheese and Fruit Platter and the best Shortbread with Chocolate and Caramelized Walnuts you have ever tasted, which all contributed to make the party so fun and delish. I had an email from someone who attended the party who said “it was amazing the amount of love in the room.” I say what more could I ask for: dear friends and family, great food and an love all around— my version of heaven.

A Big Hit at the party… You just have to try if for your next big party

Seriously SImple Salt: Buy a bag— you’ll love it!

Shortbread with Chocolate and Caramelized Walnuts– Easy, beautiful and a complete crowd pleaser.

Viognier Fruit Spritzer
 
This refreshing colorful drink is so pretty to put out for your guests to enjoy. It is light on the alcohol and full of fruit flavor. Use a glass pitcher if possible. This is a lighter version of sangria. I like to serve this at a cocktail party or as a welcoming beverage to a lazy afternoon brunch.
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 8 to 12
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle chilled Viognier wine
  • 3 cups sparkling water
  • 1½ cups tangerine juice
  • 1½ cups cranberry juice
  • 8 to 10 crushed mint leaves
  • 1½ cups crushed ice
  • Sliced oranges, tangerines and frozen strawberries
Instructions
  1. In a large glass pitcher combine all of the liquid ingredients. With your fingers crush the mint leaves and add them to the mixture. Add some crushed ice and the fruit. Mix to combine with a long spoon. Pour into pretty goblets.
Advance Preparation: This should be made just before serving.
The Clever Cook Could:
  1. • Use Sauvignon Blanc, Fume Blanc or even a California Rose
  2. • Use different juices like Guava, pomegranate and pineapple

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