I can't decide if I think food begets entertaining or the other way around. I think to me, that's the way it works. Here's how it happens: Tracy and I accumulate a stack of magazines each month. Usually Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Southern Living, and Better Homes and Gardens. All laden with "in season" recipes. I could read recipes for hours. In fact that's something I passed down to Homey apparently:
Anyway, so Tracy and I plopped down on one of our porches with the latest stack of glossy paged publications to go through. We dog-ear pages. We squeal. We plan meals with new recipes. Then we came across an article in Martha Stewart with all sorts of different ways to make bruschetta. Check some of these out for inspiration:
Lemony Zucchini Bruschetta
Mozzarella, Pesto, Arugula, and Parmesan
Prosciutto, Melon, and Balsamic Vinegar
And dessert bruschetta?! (A huge hit!)
Ricotta with Lemon, Basil, and Honey (shockingly delicious!)
Dark Chocolate with Fleur de Sel
And the possibilities are endless. We had most of this stuff on hand. Add a few loaves of french bread, and we were set!
We set it up as a Build Your Own. Check out our spread:
Salami, tuna, cucumber, tomato, sauteed eggplant, roasted garlic, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, feta, arugula, basil, pesto, "green sauce" (a delicious parsley/cilantro sauce), olive oil, balsamic and red wine vinegars, sea salt, fresh ground pepper, ricotta, lemon slices, melted chocolate, and honey.
How easy is that?!
Just invite your favorite girlfriends over. We served homemade lemonade and asked the ladies to bring each bring a tasty six pack of "fancy beer" to share. A "beer tasting", if you will! You could easily serve one cocktail or turn it into a wine tasting type gig, also. It was a great idea for a Happy Hour.
I'm already trying to decide what kind of fare to serve at the next one...better go through some glossy paged publications!