TIP OF THE DAY: Mashed Potato Bar

[1] Who can resist a mashed potato bar (photo courtesy Betty Crocker)? [2] Use whatever dishes you have for the toppings. They don’t have to match (photo courtesy Hormel Foods).[3] If your guests can cope with glass, use your Margarita and Martini glasses (photo courtesy Hormel Foods). [4] Keep the potatoes warm in a slow…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Bruschetta From The Grill

Firing up the grill this weekend? Make bruschetta (pronounced broo-SKEH-tuh). We love a DIY bruschetta bar. Just rub the bread with garlic, brush it with extra virgin olive oil, grill, and place the slices on a platter along with all the fixings. Even easier, brush the bread with garlic olive oil! You can buy it,…
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FOOD FUN: Easter Toast

Easter egg toast. Use the same concept for Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine and other “holiday toast” (photos courtesy Arla USA).   Make Easter egg toast as a holiday treat. These were made with blueberry cream cheese from Arla USA, maker of cream cheese spreads in blueberry, herbs & spices, peppercorn, original and lite. You…
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TIP OF THE DAY: DIY Wedge Salad Bar & Different Types Of Lettuce

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, restaurant menus offered hearts of lettuce salad with creamy dressings. The head was cut into quarters and plated with a slice of tomato for color. Homemakers were fans, too. The iceberg heads were sold fully trimmed, with little waste. It was easy to cut into wedges or slice into…
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TIP OF THE DAY: DIY Food Bars, Part 1 ~ Breakfast & Brunch

Fashion your party bar along the lines of hotel breakfast buffets. Photo courtesy Seattleite.com.   While summer entertaining is easy—cocktails on the patio, burgers on the grill—the fall brings a challenge. How can you entertain with panache, without killing yourself? We’ve grown fond of the food bar, a buffet that invites guests to “create-your-own-dish” with…
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