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Whole Foods Market Catering

 

Last month was my son’s birthday.  I can’t believe my little guy is 7!   Time sure does fly.  For his big day I wanted to entertain our guests with something other than pizza and chips.  My local Whole Foods market, which is located in Jenkintown, Pa, showed me that they have some amazing catering platters. 

I have done catering platters from other markets, but hands down Whole Foods market really brings it to the table.  The platters weren’t just delicious they were beautiful and colorful, and had the guests raving about how nice they were.  Below I will give you a description of the platters I ordered.
If you’re entertaining this summer and want a crowd pleasing platter you have to visit your local Whole Foods market and check the selections out. 
ANTIPASTO Platter
An array of prosciutto, sopressata, salami, provolone cheese, marinated fresh mozzarella, grilled vegetables, marinated artichokes and olives. Served with crusty bread, saffron aioli and green olive tapenade to spread. Small (Serves 8) Large (Serves 16)
 
CHEESE & MEATS Platter
A cheeses to delight the palate: cheddar, provolone and fresh turkey and roast beef served with baguette and aioli and saffron aioli. Small (Serves 8-10) Large (Serves 15-18)
Visit a Whole Foods market near you. http://m.wholefoodsmarket.com/
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Christmas Kid Friendly Desserts

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Just wanted to share this fun segment I did on Fox 29 here in Philadelphia. This is perfect for entertaining guests and the little ones. Below you will find recipes for all the desserts.  

http://www.fox29.com/good-day/224873657-video

Santa Hat 

16 mini brownie bites

16 small strawberries (tops cut off)

Homemade frosting or store bought

Next, place the frosting in a zip lock bag and snip off the corner. Then place a swirl of frosting on top of the brownie.

Finally, put the strawberry on top and added a little dot of frosting on top to complete the Santa hat.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Best served the same day.

Peppermint candy platter 

STEP 1

To make a 9-inch platter, unwrap about 65 to 70 peppermint candies. (If you want tomake a larger platter, unwrap more candies and use a bigger pan.)

STEP 2

Line the base of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Arrange the candies in the pan, placing them in a circle around the edge about ¼ inch apart from one another. Continue until you’ve filled the pan, trying to keep an even amount of space between the candies. 

STEP 3

Transfer the pan to a preheated 350°F oven, and bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until the candies are melted and flat. Cool the pan and the peppermint platter completely before unmolding.

STEP 4

Unmold the platter, then top it with cookies and candy. Pat yourself on the back.

Pretzel rod wreath 

2 packages (10 to 12 ounces each) white baking chips

1 package (10 ounces) pretzel rods, halved

1-1/2 cups green and red sprinkles

Preparation:
In a microwave, melt white baking chips; stir until smooth. Dip pretzels in chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Add sprinkles; place on waxed paper until set. Arrange pretzels in a circle on a decorative serving plate.
Melted snowmen 
Line a cookie tray with either a silicon baking mat or wax paper
Melt chocolate according to the directions on the package
Cut the bottom portion of the peanut butter cups off and put them back together, but slightly off alignment (this gives it the “hat” look)
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Quick & Easy Cheeseboard

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I have done different cheeseboards on here but I figured I would share another one.  As I mentioned on a prior post, I partnered up with Giant Foods to come up with some easy ideas to entertain this holiday season and a cheeseboard is at the top of my list. Giant has an array of different cheeses, crackers and nuts to build the perfect platter. When building a cheese board you want to provide different cheeses and flavors to keep your company’s taste buds satisfied.

Here is what I included on this cheeseboard:

Blue cheese
Asiago
Aged cheddar
Cheddar
Nuts
Crackers
Salami
Caramel apples

A simple yet delicious selection. This is perfect for a New Year’s Eve party as well.

Stay safe and happy holidays.

Disclosure:
Thank you to Giant Foods for providing Homemade Delish with a gift card. Selections and opinions are my own.

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Chocolate Lava Cake

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The craziness of the holidays is here.  Family and friends are coming and going. Entertaining is one of my favorite things to do, so I’m excited to partner up with Giant Food Stores.  They have become one of my favorite supermarkets at which to shop.  They have a great organic section and products called “Nature’s Promise”.  Below you will find an easy dessert to entertain with.  I hope you all have a blessed and beautiful holiday season.  I’ll be posting up an appetizer soon too, so stay tuned.

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Chocolate lava cake with peppermint chips. (This was one of the easiest dessert I have ever made.  This time of year it’s all about timing and not worrying about making everything from scratch.  It’s time to enjoy family and friends.)

Ingredients:

1 package of Giant brand chocolate lava cake ready to bake
Cooking spray
Giant brand Peppermint chips

Preparation:

Lightly spray 6 muffin tins. Pour the cake ready package in each muffin tin. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle some peppermint chips on top. Place in a serving bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired. Enjoy!

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Disclosure: Giant Food Stores have provided me with the products but the opinions are my own.

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Thai Meatballs

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My house is in total entertainment mode in the month of December. There are lots of fun ways to entertain around the holidays. Having finger foods is a plus to keep guests’, appetites satisfied. Having the traditional cheese boards or pigs in a blanket is fine but being a little more creative stands out. These little guys are perfect, Thai meatballs are super easy to make as well. The flavors these meatballs pack will leave your guests wanting more. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs of mixed ground meat, veal and pork
Salt & Pepper, to taste
3 tsp sesame oil
1-2 Tbs onion powder
3 Garlic cloves, minced
2 eggs
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 cups Thai peanut sauce( homemade or store bought)
Sesame seeds for garnish, optional
Cilantro, chopped for garnish optional

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 400 F degrees In a medium bowl mix all the ingredients besides Thai peanut sauce. Form golf size balls or smaller.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown. Half way through shake the pan a bit. Once done toss the sauce with meatballs place back in oven for 2-3 minutes.

Place on serving dish and top with sesame seeds and cilantro.

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Ham, Cheese and Spinach Croquettes

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December is all about parties with family and friends, and these little guys will have your friends talking at your next party. In Brazil we make these with ground meat. I have had a ham and cheese croquette before too.  I went ahead and gave these a whirl with my own little twist of using half aged cheddar, gruyere cheese and adding some spinach to the mix. Trying to convince myself that by adding spinach into it would give it a little bit of nutrition. I love hot sauce so I just drizzled some sriracha on the dish for dipping.  I hope you enjoy this little treat.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Chopped cooked ham

1/2 cup of Aged Cheddar Cheese

1/2 cup of Gruyere cheese

1/4 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 Tablespoon unsalted butter

2/3 cups of All purpose flour, (Plus another cup for breading)

4 cups of Whole Milk

Salt & Pepper, to taste ( remember the ham and cheese have salt to begin with)

1/4 cup of thawed spinach

1/2 Teaspoon of nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon of paprika, optional

Vegetable Oil or Peanut Oil (for frying)

2 Eggs, beaten, add 2 Tablespoons of water

2 Cups of Italian Panko Crumbs (you can use plain as well)

Preparation:

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, place butter and olive oil in pan & let melt for about 2 minutes. Next whisk flour in with butter and olive oil. Making it into a paste. Then slowly start to add the milk, whisk until there are no lumps and smooth. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and paprika. Next add cheese and whisk then add ham and spinach. Whisking everything together. Place the mixture on a large flat plate or baking sheet and cool for about 1 to 2 hours.

After an hour or 2. Take out the mixture from the refrigerator and begin to form little balls about the size of a golf ball. Then place them in the flour, beaten egg and then panko. Place each ball to the side until they are all done.

Next, using a large dutch oven or large pot fill with vegetable oil halfway through.  Oil should be between 350 to 360 degrees.  Slowly drop the balls in a couple at a time. Fry for about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove and place on a plate with paper towel. Let cool for a couple minutes before biting into them. (WARNING: They are super hot when removed from oil)

Enjoy!

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