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Ode to Crudité

"Oh kitchen, if crudité comes, can dinner be far behind?"

(With apologies to Percy Blythe Shelly)

Crudité-simple definition: vegetables in the raw.

The expanded definition would include that these fresh, mouth watering foods, bursting with color are arranged around and dipped in olive oil, vinaigrette, hummus or another dressing, and served as part of an appetizer course or as an addition to a cheese board.

The Crudité is of French origin and are considered a quite healthy menu choice.  The word crudité literally translated means: "uncooked food" (Originally from the Latin "crudus" meaning "raw" and later "cruditas", meaning "undigested food" and eventually French, crudité .)

Crudités are simple to prepare (wash, dry and slice vegetables of your choice into bit size pieces) and arrange on a dish, platter, basket or other container. Crudités can include any variety of vegetable colors, textures and tastes, and therefore offer littl…

Where Hospitality and Entertainment Meet!

They say that hospitality begins at home, and I definitely agree.

Most of my fond memories from childhood center somehow around a meal. 

I can remember the aroma of (tomato) gravy & braciole floating out to my grandmother's front porch as we went through her front door for Sunday dinner.

Grandmom would be in her apron, bare feet, welcoming us, grabbing our faces with her garlic-scented hands, and giving us rapid-fire kisses that made our ears ring. 

Pepe, her maltese poodle, would be barking and running back and forth, and Pop-Pop would be getting up from his recliner, gesturing and yelling "stai zitto!" (put a cork in it) to the dog. (Apparently Pepe understood Italian!)

Then came the food. Lots of it. I mean, if a bus broke down in front of the house, the passengers could all have a full meal, and there would be leftovers! Delicious, home grown, home cooked meals, all carefully prepared and served - thoroughly seasoned with love.

When it was our turn to entertain family …

You Say Sangria....She says "Non-Gria"

We recently had a request to put together a menu, including sweet buffet and beverages for a baby shower. We added this "Non-Gria" non-alcoholic Mocktail to the menu as there were several ladies who were pregnant and not consuming alcohol.

The recipe is below, and is one I developed from a combination of several recipes I found. This combination has gotten rave reviews from family, friends and clients. It makes quite a bit, so be sure to have plenty of space in your refrigerator! The longer it chills, (at least overnight) the more intense the flavor. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have!

Non-Gria: (makes about 3 gallons)

1 Standard size bottle Cran-Raspberry Juice
1 Standard size bottle White Grape Juice
1 Standard size bottle apple juice
Juice of 2 whole lemons OR 2 cups lemonade (from a mix)
2 lemons sliced- with peel2 limes sliced-with peel
2 naval oranges halved and sliced-with peel
1 sweet apple-cored and sliced-skin on
1 tart apple cored and sliced-skin on
2 peaches pitted and…