If you have yet to throw a tree-trimming party (hey, there's nothing wrong with a procrastinator!) or want a celebrity-inspired holiday party menu, then turn to Jennifer Aniston. She revealed details about her annual tree-trimming party in a recent interview, and my, does the menu sound perfectly girl-next-door-esque. "There's usually three different kinds of chili at the tree-trimming party," Jennifer explained. "There's a vegetarian chili, a turkey chili, and a good ol' beef chili. I can't honestly say I make that, but I do make some Rice Krispies treats and hot chocolate. My best hostess tip is to have good food and really good music! We usually put on the Charlie Brown Christmas album. That's my favorite. And then we'll go to Bing Crosby and stuff like that — old school — Frank Sinatra." Jen can provide the ideas, and we can offer the recipes! Be sure to set up a triple-pot slow cooker for the chilies and an elaborate topping bar!
While the kids binge on candy, adults can feast on this Halloween menu, intended to evoke the spirit of this festive holiday without overdoing it. Done are the days of dining on eyeball olives, spaghetti intestines, and finger-shaped desserts. This menu is all grown-up with only a few playful nods to the orange-and-black-themed holiday.
Spicy Kale Chips
Toast an Italian version of these kale chips by using olive oil and red wine vinegar in place of canola oil and rice wine vinegar. Then sprinkle the chips with red pepper flakes for a spicy hit.
Roasted Figs With Goat Cheese
A classic combination but done in a modernized way, roasted figs with goat cheese and balsamic reduction make an easy and elegant appetizer. If you can't find figs, substitute with crostini.
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Meat isn't a necessary component of alfresco entertaining; one can easily host a complete vegetarian barbecue, and I've got the perfect menu to prove it! This feast takes its inspiration from the simple but scrumptious cooking found in the countries near the Mediterranean sea. To ensure that you spend as little time as possible in a hot kitchen, most of the dishes can be assembled in advance and are cooked on the grill. If you're in need of a laid-back vegetarian menu for an upcoming party, read on for inspiration.
If you haven't hosted a fabulous outdoor party yet, you better get on it before the Summer is over! Why not pack up some delicious food and invite friends to join you at the beach for a sunset bonfire? I've got the perfect menu for you. Most of the dishes can be made in advance, and all you'll need is a grill and some charcoal to do the cooking. Landlocked dwellers take note: this meal would be scrumptious nearby any body of water be it a lake, pool, or river, so be sure to check out the menu now.
The restaurant, which is based in the Rydges North Sydney Hotel, recently created a special application for the iPad that eliminates the need for printed menus. Using the application on the iPad, diners will be able to browse the menu, view images and descriptions of the food and drinks, learn recommended wine pairings, and make special requests — all with the swipe of a finger. Although it won't do away with a waitstaff, the new technology does help process menu requests and tracks inventory, eliminating options from the menu if they are sold out.
I could see this idea taking off in establishments looking to speed up service. Could you?
Recently Mouthing Off, Food & Wine's blog, chatted about the menu, or lack thereof, at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. The restaurant of James Beard Award winning chef Dan Barber stopped using menus a year ago. Instead, diners are presented with a list of in-season ingredients. They select either five or eight courses and let the waitstaff know of any off-limits foods. The kitchen has total control over a patron's meal. Considering I'm an adventurous and sometimes indecisive (I want to try everything!) eater, I would love to eat at a menu-free restaurant — especially if the chef is as acclaimed as Barber. How about you?
- This cheesy crab fondue looks to die for!
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- Super charge with these ingredients that make you smarter and more virile. — Chow
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