Living the Savory Life

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Category: Entertaining

Dinner Parties: How To (or at least how I do….)

Now I’ll be totally up front and tell you, I don’t claim to be a complete professional when it comes to dinner parties.  I mean I’m not Ina Garten with a florist and vendors on call, and an industrial kitchen.  Nor do I have a gorgeous center piece floral arrangement that runs the full length of my 20 foot dining table.  I’m just not that good.  BUT, I will say my parties are well planned and well executed and I can tell you if I stressed out at any point about the food during the night, no one was any the wiser.

You see, to say I love throwing a dinner party is a gross understatement.  I live for the parties we have and I don’t think I can tell you what I love more, planning them or executing them.  The whole process is so much fun for me.  So….. I thought I’d share with you my whole process and some of the menus that I’ve cooked.IMG_4829_2

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Pea and Avocado Crostini with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Even the biggest carnivores need some vegetables every now and then.  Today is my day and I couldn’t be more excited about this recipe.  It’s one of the best things I’ve made lately (and considering those lamb shanks that’s a pretty tall order!).Pea and Avocado Crostini with Zucchini and Tomatoes ~ Living the Savory Life
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Prawn and Chorizo Skewers

A couple weeks ago I was invited to a party at a good friend’s house.  She asked me to arrive a bit early to help out, but truthfully, she had everything done when I got there so I think she was really just up for a bit of a chat.  In any case, I dragged myself out of bed early and made an extra strong coffee to get all the limbs and the mind functioning.  Off to the market I went.  I wanted to make a dish to add to the spread but it would have to be something I could prepare at her house because I had nearly an hour on the train and didn’t want to be carrying a platter of food. Not to mention it would be bad by the time I got there.  So I decided on something relatively simple; prawn and chorizo skewers. I knew the fish monger would be happy to put my prawns on ice for me and the chorizo would be fine as well so I wasn’t worried about a thing.  I turned my music on, put in the earbuds and off I went!Prawn and Chorizo Skewers ~ Living the Savory Life
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Beef Tenderloin Bites with Caramelized Onions

Beef Tenderloin Bites with Caramelized Onions ~ Living the Savory LifeServing beef tenderloin for a dinner party with friends is indeed luxurious.  If you are like me, funding a beef tenderloin dinner is well, a little more expensive than the budget allows.  These little beef tenderloin bites are the perfect solution!  They are decadent and delicious, your guests will love them, they are totally doable on a budget and they are a cinch to put together.
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Christmas Recap and Prawn Cocktail

DSC_0709The holiday season was SO busy for us, but I’m guessing that statement is not unique to me.  I hope you all have had a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I know I was so spoiled with not one, not two, but THREE Christmases!  How does a girl get so lucky?  I had one with my family in November in the US, one with just my better half in the middle of December in Perth and a third with his family on Christmas in Melbourne.  It was a whirlwind of food and family and presents too!
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Fourth of July Series part 4 ~ Carolina Burger Sliders

Hello and welcome to the last installment of the Fourth of July recipe series.  I started a few days back with a great Lynchburg Lemonade cocktail made with homemade sour mix for your celebration.  I then threw in a mayo-free Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette.  Yesterday we talked about Oven Fried Chicken Sliders and today we round out the Fourth of July menu with Carolina Burger Sliders.Carolina Burger Sliders ~ Living the Savory Life
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Fourth of July Series part 3 ~ Oven Fried Chicken Sliders

Welcome back for part 3 of our Fourth of July series.  Last time I shared with you Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette.  Today’s recipe is Oven Fried Chicken Sliders.  I love this recipe.  Truth is, I think I like them even more because they are a mini version of the full sized sandwich.  I have a bit of a history with “mini” foods but I think that might be a story for another time…Oven Fried Chicken Sliders ~ Living the Savory Life
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Fourth of July Series part 1 ~ Lynchburg Lemonade Cocktail

Hello there!  Today I’m kicking off a mini series in honor of the Fourth of July (insert fireworks here; boom! pow! ooooo! ahhhh!).

Whether you are headed to a big party, the park for a picnic, or just having a small gathering at your own place, the four recipes I offer to you over the next few days will help make your Independence Day celebration delicious.  The idea is that you can make these ahead of time and at the start of the party.  They will keep and still be enjoyable as they come to room temperature so you too can enjoy the holiday!  Serve these four for a complete party or add to it crudites, chips and dips and a green salad and you have the ultimate (and low maintenance) spread.  Additionally, these recipes can easily be doubled or halved to make just the right amount for your shindig.Lynchburg Lemonade ~ Living the Savory Life
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Shrimp and Pineapple Salsa Bites

Today I’m offering a double feature.   We just talked about the House Special Margarita that I highly recommend you try!

Let’s switch over and talk about a little nibble you can have with your margarita.  I’m calling these Shrimp and Pineapple Salsa Bites but you could also consider them individual shrimp nachos.Shrimp and Pineapple Salsa Nacho ~ Living the Savory Life
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