Monday, April 13, 2009

Hosting a house party for dummies ... by a dummy

Posted By on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 10:34 AM

I hope everyone had a good Good Friday and a Happy Easter ...

They say home is where the heart is, well, my home is where my mom is — but in my mother’s house we don’t celebrate Easter ... my mom is a CPA, so the holiday she celebrates falls on April 15. In turn, I made Easter dinner for my Charlotte family who didn’t get to go home to their families ... and I managed to successfully refrain from burning the house down.

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While normally my idea of cooking is preheating the oven, my sister that lives in Baltimore is such a domestic diva she won a car, an entire living room worth of furnishing, a washer and dryer, and a Starbucks Barista in a radio station’s “Super Mom” contest. She’s a chemical engineer in real life, and in the kitchen.

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She sent me an Easter basket full of recipes that even I could avoid screwing up somehow. And I want to share them with you for your next big night in ... because playing Martha Stewart at a dinner party does constitute as nightlife.

The Brie Ball of Joy

You will need ... (I am trying to sound like a cook book ... as if I actually own one.)

1 wheel of Brie

1 sheet - Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets

A pinch of Brown Sugar

A hand full of Pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spread out a thawed pastry sheets

Cut wheel of Brie in half and place it in the center of the sheet

Sprinkle brown sugar and pecans on top and wrap it up

Cook for 15 – 20 minutes.

Bake-and-Date

As in bacon and dates — an orgy in your mouth

Get a thing of dates (pre-pitted) and a package of Bacon or Turkey Bacon. Cut the raw bacon in halves and wrap around a date – stick a toothpick in it BROIL it on the bottom shelf of the oven until the bacon is brown.

And for $1.99 I got some Archer Farms “Beer Bread” from Target. The recipe required me to throw the batter mix into a bowl, stir in a can of beer, and throw it in the oven. So easy a child (and I) could do it.

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We ate ourselves into a coma and then we broke out the Rock Band. Later we had an Easter egg hunt and I found illegal contraband ... a Kinder egg. For some reason the tasty chocolate egg with a toy inside is illegal to import into America. I have a theory that the Cadbury Creme Egg company has some secret government information and in turn that law is enforced.

And no, I wasn’t calling my friends dummies for those not noting the reference to the book series.

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