Archived entries for new years

Party Pleaser: Pomegranate Punch

Want to turn your regular old hum drum party into the most sophisticated soiree of the day? Well, its easy. Here’s our top 1 ways to get your party popping!


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1. MAKE POMEGRANATE PUNCH!

There, that was easy. Almost as easy as making this delicious punch which pairs delicious and healthy pomegrante juice with a fresh and tasty infusion of simple syrup steeped in mint and fresh ginger. Delish! Here’s the how-to.

Pomegranate Punch
Serves about 12

1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. water
12 slices peeled fresh ginger (about 1/8 inch thick)
2 1/4 c. fresh mint
6 c. pomegranate juice
3/4 c. apricot nectar
2 1/2 c. seltzer
Garnish: fresh mint
Optional: Alcohol- vodka or champagne

Make simple syrup:  Bring sugar, water, and ginger to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add mint. Let stand for 30 minutes. Strain. Let cool.

Assemble punch: Stir together mint syrup, juice, and nectar in an ice-filled punch bowl. Add seltzer. Garnish with mint and ice.

Optional: Add alcohol. As much as you want.  Be warned though! This punch is sooo damn tasty, it hides the taste of alcohol very well. I mean VERY WELL. You can get very bedrunken. Just warning you. Ok, on to the hints.

Hint: Make a decorative ice ring! The night before your party, take a decorative bunt or coffee cake pan and fill with water.  Allow to freeze until a bit slushy, 1 hour or so depending on the amount of your water.  Put a few mint leaves or pomegranate seeds into the slush to suspend in ice.

New Years Eve: A Resolution to Eat Hor D’oeuvres

I’ve been avoiding writing this post because the thought of figuring out to spell hor d’oeuvres was too much for my post Christmas lethargy. 2009 is almost upon us, so I had to get my butt in gear and I think I’ve transcribed the proper letters in all the appropriate places. Since our traditional New Years eve snacking is filled with an endless list of tried and true finger foods here are some suggestions which I hope will help out any of you last minute party planners suffering from the same yule end sluggishness.

New Years Eve Snackies and Treats:

Click here for links to my dip recipes including:

  • 7 layer Taco Dip
  • Spinach and Artichoke Dip
  • Mushroom Walnut Pate
  • Hummus

Here are more suggestions for your menu.

HAP-PY NEW YEAR!

Like Shrimp Cocktail? You’ll Love Shrimp Cocktail Dip!

I love this shrimp dip because it gives you shrimp cocktail plus cream cheese. Say no more. Plus, this dip is as easy to make as it is to eat! Great for you last minute party planners!



Shrimp Cocktail Dip

  • 1-2 packages cream cheese
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1/2 c. salad shrimp
  • 1 c. of cocktail sauce -or- 1 c. ketchup and 2 Tbl shredded horseradish (drained)

Using a hand mixer, blend cream cheese (packages depending on the size of your dish) and sour cream. Your looking for a constancy which will be less stiff and be easily scooped by a cracker without cracking it.

Spread cream cheese on bottom of your chosen dish. I always use a glass pie pan.

Spread cocktail sauce over cream cheese.

Place shrimp in a strainer and allow all excess shrimp juice to drip out.

Scatter shrimp over cocktail sauce and you are done.

Presto: Shrimp Dip!



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