It has become clear to me that the reason I love to cook and create is for others to enjoy it, not simply the action. I love eating just as much as the next girl and can down more than most, but the joy of food comes from sharing it. Cooking is one of my hobbies, but cooking for my family is my passion. And I miss it. I knew this when I asked to host an "Hors d'oeuvres party of the century" for my family. It was my good bye gift to them. Here are a few pictures from it. (And if you read my mom's blog, you saw them already).
Honey Glazed Spiced Nuts
Ginger Scented Pecans
Leek and Ricotta Tart
Bacon and Onion Tartlets
Olive and red pepper bruschetta
Homemade cheddar Cheese Icebox Crackers
Homemade Parmesan Rosemary Icebox Crackers
Homemade Gruyere Thyme Icebox Crackers
Crudites with Canelli Bean and roasted red pepper dip and homemade ranch dip
Parmesan Puff Pastry Straws
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Lemon Tea Cakes
And we also had fruit kabobs with a cheesecake cream dip.
Abby ecstatically agreed to help out. She made clothespin people as place markers (the people matched ourselves perfectly: Hair and eye color, type of clothes worn, headband? ect.) She is amazing.
Sparkling Cranberry Juice
I had fun. :) And just for the record, I spent 3 days in the kitchen for at least 8 hours each day. Bliss. Although, I did get blisters on the bottom of my feet...
And you are all invited to my next party.