• The French Dinner Party

    Hi there!  I thought I’d sneak in one more post before we say adieu to 2017. I don’t know about you but I’m ready to welcome 2018; fresh starts, new beginnings, and new challenges. I have some really great things on my plate at the moment and I plan on hitting the ground running.  More on some of those in the coming months, but for now, lets talk about the final dinner party of 2017.

    Last we spoke, I shared with you how I develop, organise, and execute my dinner parties so I won’t recap any of that.  Instead, I’ll just dive right in.

    I was REALLY excited about this menu.  A fair bit of time was spent developing it and testing a few of the items.  I wanted to make sure that it was well balanced and that each dish was well composed.  I also spent quite a bit of time thinking about how each dish was going to be plated and what it would all look like.  I really wanted to up my plating game.  Spoiler alert: at the end of the night, I was so pleased with how it all went.  What a great night!Cooking

  • 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

  • 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

  • House Special Margarita ~ The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Continues

    So yesterday we spoke a little bit about the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta menu and how I like to set up my buffet table.  Today I want to share with you my house special margarita.  She’s a beaut.

    What makes this margarita so special?  I’m glad you asked.  We forego the store bought, prefab sour mix and substitute homemade lemon/lime sorbet.  Add to it white tequila, Cointreau, and a rim of Australian Flake Sea Salt and you know what you have?  You have a grade A cocktail my Brooklyn friend would say is “Dyn-o-mite”.  Wait.  Let’s stop a second.  Say it again in your best Brooklyn accent.  Really drag it out. Dyn-o-mite.  Ok.  That’s much better.Margarita ~ Living the Savory Life

  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

    May has come so quickly this year.  Does anyone else feel that way?  Where did January, February and March go?  This year seriously needs to slow down a bit and well I seriously need to celebrate a little bit more!  Look no further; Cinco de Mayo will be here lickety split!  Does anyone need a better reason to throw a party?  I know I don’t!

    Break out your sombreros!  Salt your margarita glasses (or stay tuned for the LSL recipe)!  Let’s have a party.  Now if only I had a Mariachi band…..Cinco de Mayo ~ Living the Savory Life