One of those weekends when you are stuck to host. Pardon my lackof enthusiasm, but this was technically my only weekend off. But whatevs. Here are some simple recipes for your entertaining arsenal #WestElmxWFM my West Elm and Whole Food Markets collaboration.
I personally love shopping at West Elm for pretty much anything related to my home interior, and their blog always has cool ideas in time for the holiday festivities. Check out this link for easy, fuss-free, recipes for hosting; http://blog.westelm.com/2016/09/19/6-holiday-recipes-from-west-elm-and-whole-foods/
Ham and Roasted Pear Crostini (Makes 2 dozen)
½ baguette (or 1 demi-baguette), cut into 24 slices
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 ripe but firm pears, halved, cored and cut into 24 wedges
1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley
¾ pound leftover spiral-sliced ham (or another flavorful ham), cut into bite-sized pieces and warmed
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Brush baguette slices all over with oil and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake, flipping halfway through, until just crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, maple syrup, salt and pepper to make a dressing. Toss pears in half the dressing and arrange in a single layer on a large, parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast, flipping pears halfway through, until tender and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Toss parsley with remaining dressing. Top each crostini with a piece of ham and then a wedge of pear and few leaves of parsley. (In my case, I used dill leaves, I personally like the taste better, and it compliments the sweetness of the pear)
and for drinks… of course you knew there would be drinks involved..
Clementine Mango Crush Sparkling Cocktail (Serves 8)
Thanks to the vibrant flavors of clementines (or satsumas if you prefer) and mangoes, cranberries and fresh rosemary, this pitcher full of sparkling wine-based cocktails is perfect for fall/winter celebrations.
2 ⅔ cup clementine juice and mango juice, plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped clementine zest,
plus 1 clementine for garnish in my case, I used flower as garnish since I did not want to waste food (from 12-14 fruits total)
¼ cup cane sugar
1 cup organic 100% cranberry juice
¾ cup fresh cranberries
8 (1-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
1 (750-ml) bottle sparkling wine, such as Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut, well chilled
1 (12-ounce) can tonic water or ginger ale
In a wide, shallow dish, mix zest and sugar together with your fingers. Wet the rim of 8 cocktail glasses with a wet paper towel, and then dredge in clementine sugar to coat. In a large pitcher, use a wooden spoon to muddle manog juice, cranberry juice, and rosemary sprigs thoroughly.
Fill pitcher with ice cubes. In my case I used individual ice ball. Top off with clementine juice, mango juice, white wine and tonic water or ginger ale. Stir vigorously; pour into glasses; garnish with clementine twists (I used flowers for garnish) and serve.
So I got the food part down, now what?
Ask Something That Gets the Conversation Going!
- Don’t Ask the Obvious Questions — Dig Deeper! – “I notice you have three beauty mark on your left arm. How does this make your right arm feel?”
- Let Your Actions Speak Louder Than Words – See a penny, pick it up, then drop it in a party-goer’s wine glass. When they ask what the hell you did that for (“you psychopath!), either tell them you missed 11:11 and needed to make a wish, or use this as an opportunity to teach them a disgusting life hack.
- Bring Up Politics – I know they say you shouldn’t but it certainly gets the chit-chat going!
- Ask Everyone to Demonstrate Their Party Trick – Make sure you have one before you ask.
So now that I have shared my weekend hosting tips; it’s your turn. Share an image of a dish you made using the hashtag #westelmxwfm and for every new food photo shared with #westelmxwfm, West Elm & Whole Foods Market will donate $1 to the Whole Planet Foundation, helping to alleviate poverty worldwide.
And while this is a sponsored post, the content and opinions are my very own. I chose to collaborate because of the great cause and #sharingiscaring