Do it Yourself: Mason Jars- Get Spicy!

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Get a little spicy with your holiday gifts and consider giving fresh salsa.  Salsa is a combination of tomatoes, chilies and other spices. It’s origins can be traced back to the Incas, Mayans and Aztecs. The Aztec lords used the spicy chili  and tomato

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combination serving it on turkey, venison, fish and lobster. In 1571, the mixture was named  “salsa” by Alonso de Molina, a Spanish Franciscan priest who came to Mexico (as a child) shortly after the Cortes invasion.

Whether it’s mild or the kind that clears up both yours and  your neighbors sinuses; salsa sauce is a great gift to give at holiday parties. Make a big batch and give it to your coworkers. Now when you are making salsa and putting it in a mason jar, don’t fill it all the way up to the top and make sure there is no excess salsa around the rim. if you do not want to go through the canning process, make sure to tell the gift recipient to keep the salsa sauce refrigerated and it should last up to two months.

If you do the canning process for salsa then it can stay up to a year. See the following link to find out how to can salsa. http://www.ehow.com/how_4735815_canning-salsa.html

For both of these Mason jar gifts use a little decorative garland, mistletoe, a bow or some artificial holly to tie around or  drape your jar. Get creative! Have fun and get to giving out your mason jar gifts.

Written by Monica Johnson

Know Your Wine and Champagne Glasses

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For many a wine glass is a wine glass is a wine glass; however, this simply isn’t true.  There is a rationale behind the design glass which goes beyond looking pretty.  Here are some guides and a tutorial about using appropriate wine or champagne glass.

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Watch how to choose the correct wine glass

 

How to Plan a Dinner Party

Planning a Dinner Party is one of my favorite things…in life.  The opportunity to entertain, express your ideas and love all comes into play especially when the party is kept intimate with no more than 8 to 10 people.  There are so many ways to set the table which can reflect culture, seasons, holiday and so much more.

Here are 5 Steps to Hosting a Dinner Party

  • Guest List & Invitations
  • Plan the Menu & Shop Ahead
  • Libations
  • Plan the Decor
  • Create an Ambiance

For a detail explanation on each step, Continue Reading

Watch Some Important Tips from an Interior Designer from Robesondesign.com – with emphasis on the table setting:

5 Quick Setup Steps for Catering an Event

Candlelampblog(article by JSeller) Catering an event can be stressful, no matter how many times you’ve done it. One of the main

Catering an event can be stressful, no matter how many times you’ve done it.

stressors is setting up the event within the small allotted time frame. To help keep your stress level down and the satisfaction of your customer up, utilize these tips for a quick set-up the next time you’re catering an event.

Buffet Style

Instead of doing a sit-down dinner, ask your clients if they would approve of a less formal buffet instead. Forgoing the need to set up tables and chairs will save a tremendous amount of set-up time when catering an event.

Simple Decorations

Large, bulky table centerpieces are more time-consuming to create and can disrupt the flow of conversation if your client chooses seated dining. Opt for scattered decorations instead to provide a less time-consuming, free-flowing ambience in the room.

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Party Planning: Patriotic Cook Out

We all have someone in our lives that has fought for our country and what better way to solute our soldiers then a good old fashion patriotic cookout.  In this article you will find great recipes and tips on decorating your Fourth of July themed gathering.

I recommend renting a tent for this event for your guest to eat dinner in because this is a sentimental gathering. I would decorate the tables with cotton flag table cloths, red white and blue roses in a royal blue crystal vase with lit tea candles floating in the middle will make the event even more intimate. Patriotic dishware would grace the tables.  I would also use a projector to do a slide show of the great memories of the soldiers that we hold close to us and the soldiers that we lost. This will bring the cookout to a great ending.  SEE RECIPE IDEAS

Menu:

Island Chicken

4 (6ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast.

2 Teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

2 ¼ teaspoons salt free Jamaican jerk seasoning, divided (recommended the spice hunter salt)

1 (20ounce) can of no sugar added pineapple slices, in juice reserved (recommended Dole)

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

Courtesy: Sandra Lee

Grilled Potato and Pepper Salad

2 Pounds fingerling potatoes

6 Cloves garlic crushed

1 Bay leaf

Kosher salt

4 Bell peppers (red or yellow) stemmed and quartered

2 Bunches scallions, trimmed

5 Tablespoons extra vinegar

2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Courtesy: Food Network Magazine

Fourth Of July Cocktail

 

1 Ounce watermelon Schnapps

1 Big splash cranberry juice

1 Very thin slice jalapeno or Serrano pepper

1 Slice lemon

1 Slice lime

1 ½ ounce tequila

¼ Ounce tequila

½ Ounce blue curacao

½ Ounce simple syrup

Watermelon wedge, for garnish optional

Courtesy: Guy Fieri

 

Red White and Blue Trifle

1 Box red velvet cake mix, about 18 ounce

1 16 Ounce table whipped toppings

2 Pints blue berries

1 Pint strawberries tops removed

Courtesy: Sandra Lee

For more patriotic cookout recipes please visit www.foodnetwork.com

I recommend renting a tent for this event for your guest to eat dinner in because this is a sentimental gathering. I would decorate the tables with cotton flag table cloths, red white and blue roses in a royal blue crystal vase with lit tea candles floating in the middle will make the event even more intimate. Patriotic dishware would grace the tables.  I would also use a

by Event Specialist Artraya Daniels