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Old 06-25-2007, 06:05 PM   #11
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By the way how many women are you expecting?The more you have the more fun things you can make.
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Old 06-25-2007, 06:11 PM   #12
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Tiny little new potatoes, cooked, cooled, & halved, set on a greens-decorated platter & topped with dollops of sour cream & black & red caviar to make a nice "checkerboard" effect.
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Old 06-25-2007, 06:17 PM   #13
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Cherry tomatoes, scooped out, stuffed with lobster salad (homemade tarragon aioli is the best for this).
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:46 PM   #14
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Cheese Straws with enough cayenne pepper to make them grin!
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:37 AM   #15
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My first suggestion is to not nail down your drinks - pair your food to drinks, but don't set anything in stone. You might find an hors d'oeuvre that you really want to use that won't go with the drinks you've decided on. Be flexible.

Are these going to be passed hors d’œuvre or will it be sit-down appetizers?

For hors d’œuvre, remember that these need to be eaten in two bites. An appetizer, (sitting down), can be bigger and involve utensils.

For hors d’œuvre, I really like canapés. You can let your imagination run wild adding toppings such as these to various crackers and toast points:

- tomato pesto, smoked turkey, and a dollop of double cream
- classic smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion and caper
- thin slice of sauteed portobella mushroom, swiss cheese, and cherry tomato slice
- piece of arugula, dollop of caviar, topped with sour cream

I love serving these because they are one or two bites and easy to handle standing up.

I'd add sparkling water and a light, summery sauvingon blanc just in case any of the guests do not want hard liquor.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out and any hits or misses. I love entertaining and always love to learn what works and what doesn't.
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:46 AM   #16
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You can make a good sandwich spread by beating braunsweiger and cream cheese, then mixing in sliced green olives. Spread it on party rye, or use regular rye bread and cut into tiny tea sandwiches. For my daughter's wedding, I used a cookie cutter to make heart-shaped sandwiches.

You can also spread chicken salad on baby croissants and top with a pretty little bit of leaf lettuce.

I like to make little assorted skewers of chunked ham, cheese, pineapple, green & black olives, and chunks of sweet pickle. You can stick them into a pretty head of cauliflower or red cabbage for serving.
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You can also spread chicken salad on baby croissants and top with a pretty little bit of leaf lettuce.
Yuuuummmmm!!!
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:40 PM   #18
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...You can also spread chicken salad on baby croissants and top with a pretty little bit of leaf lettuce.
I luv croissant. Never heard of a baby. Where can I find it? TIA

For a brunch I like croissant with shrimp, chicken or crab salad. You could slice the croissant in half horizontally, & place a toothpick through the center of each half. Little sweet Hawaiian rolls is another suggestion for any filling of choice.

Another croissant I make, that everyone gobbles up, is filled with mushrooms and sour cream. Let me know if you would like the recipe.

This is on the sweet side - I think wrapping the cherries in puff pastry is another way to go:

What berry? Blackberry? Black Raspberry?

You can wrap just about anything in puff pastry, asparagus etc, and have a quick appy.

Or - an asparagus tart - prepare as you would a pizza, but use puff pastry as the crust. Let me know if you would like the exact recipe. Have a great party/time.
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