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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Holiday Party 2008

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My holiday party has become an annual tradition among my group of friends, and I think they enjoy it almost as much as I do.  I love entertaining, and it is great fun to have all of my friends in one place at the same time!  Of course it is also a wonderful opportunity for me to try lots of new recipes that I might not normally make on a regular day.  I have a lot of fun cooking and baking for such a large event, as it allows me to organize and plan every little detail, and requires me to be in the kitchen for several days in a row!  I do a pretty good job of spreading out all the work over a few days so the day of the party isn’t too crazy.  Inevitably the last few hours are fairly hectic but I actually sort of enjoy that and (nerd alert!) I pretend I am an Iron Chef, rushing to complete and plate everything before the final buzzer :)

To avoid an insanely long post including every recipe, I will simply link to those that I can.  Almost every recipe that isn’t linked is from the cookbook Holiday Entertaining by Williams Sonoma.   I will try to feature some of my favorite dishes individually at a later date.  As far as savory items go, the stuffed mushrooms are ALWAYS the most popular thing I serve and are gone in a flash.  Of the sweet fare, the favorite of the night was the cookie dough truffles.  They were a huge hit!  My menu is below.

(Note: please excuse the blurry picture.  I ran out of time before the party so Ben took the picture while I made myself presentable!)

Holiday Party 2008
Savory Appetizers:
Roasted red pepper pesto crostini
Cheese straws
Stuffed mushrooms
Fresh fruit platter (green grapes, pineapple chunks, strawberries)
Caramelized onion brie tartlettes
Crudites and dip
Panini bites (ham & swiss, turkey, pesto & fontina)
Bacon-wrapped jalapenos

Dessert Items:
Truffles: cookie dough, white chocolate cranberry
Cookies: sugar cookies with royal icing, chocolate turtle cookies, chocolate peppermint cookies
Cheesecake bites with strawberry and blueberry toppings
Peppermint bark
Chocolate peanut butter popcorn

Beverages:
assorted soda
a selection of wine
beer
hot mulled cider

  • Avi

    That spread looks amazing! Where did you purchase the serving ware/platters? I am a vocal performance major preparing to give a solo recital in March, and of course, I am also thinking about whether or not to hire a caterer or make the food myself…

  • joelen

    Looks like a great spread! Good to see your PC stand on your holiday table! I have yet to use the 2 3-tiered PC Simple Addition Stands and 2 rectangular PC Simple Addition Stands I have so thank for motivating me to use them.

  • http://centralcooking.blogspot.com Kayash

    Looks great! What a great variety of items.

  • http://familyfriendsandfood.blogspot.com Patsyk

    Looks like you really went all out for your party! I’m sure your friends enjoyed not only the food, but time with the hostess as well!

  • http://kelseysappleaday.blogspot.com/ Kelsey

    What a great menu, Annie. It sounds like you had just as much fun preparing for the party as you did at the party! An all around success!!

  • Laura

    Everything looks fantastic! Hope you are having a great Holiday season! : )

  • http://www.browneyedbaker.com Chelle

    What a fabulous menu! I’m sure everything was fantastic and you were the hostess with the mostess ;-)

  • http://whachacookin.blogspot.com Kate

    I made the cookie dough truffles last night for a party tonight… they are devine!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!