Category Archives: For A Crowd

Fresh Tomato Salsa (Pico de Gallo)

Fresh Tomato Salsa (Pico de Gallo)

Summertime means fresh tomatoes are in abundance (and they actually taste like tomatoes versus winter tomatoes that we’re not sure what they taste like sometimes).  Anyway, start by using our basic salsa recipe, then add some other ingredients to change it up.  We used avocado, chipotle, and fresh corn to create a salsa “bar.” Basic…Continue Reading

Ina Garten’s Spinach Puff Pastry

Ina Garten’s Spinach Puff Pastry

This recipe is not our own, but it is so wonderful, we had to share.  We are huge fans of Ina Garten.  She has excellent cookbooks (any one would make a great gift) and all of her recipes are delicious.  We made this dish for our mixology party and it turned out to be everyone’s…Continue Reading

Chutney, Prosciutto, and Mozzarella Bruschetta

Chutney, Prosciutto, and Mozzarella Bruschetta

This appetizer is delicious, simple, and full of flavor – just the way we like it!  The sweet and savory flavor of chutney combined with the salty and crispy prosciutto and creamy mozzarella on top of crunchy bread tastes fantastic. 8 slices sourdough baguette Fig chutney 8 slices fresh mozzarella 2-3 T fresh basil leaves…Continue Reading

An Antipasto Feast!

An Antipasto Feast!

For our 200th blog party we decided on a simple, fun, no-cook menu.  We headed to our fantastic local Italian market, Mazzaro’s, and bought a wonderful assortment of meats, cheeses, and other goodies. Our first stop was to the cheese counter where we met Charlie.  We sampled many great Italian cheeses and settled on three –…Continue Reading

Fresh Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls

Fresh Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls

These were a lot of fun to make (as you can see from the video link below).   The rice paper rolls look like a plastic disc when you open the package.  Once you thoroughly soak them, either by wiping them with a wet towel or dipping them into water, they become much more pliable…Continue Reading

Ginger, Pork & Shrimp Dumplings

Ginger, Pork & Shrimp Dumplings

Are you getting tired of us telling you that our recipes are delicious and simple?  Sorry, but you are about to hear it again!  Wow your friends and family the next time you serve an appetizer or need to bring a pot luck dish with these, yes, delicious, and yes, simple dumplings. This Asian recipe…Continue Reading

Mexi-Corn Salsa Appetizer

Mexi-Corn Salsa Appetizer

  Another simple recipe from The Simple Celebration!  This appetizer goes together very quickly, can be made well ahead of your get-together, and looks and tastes great. Five ears fresh yellow corn (or use frozen if fresh is unavailable) One medium tomato, diced One small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced One clove garlic, crushed One…Continue Reading

Mom’s Party Mix

Mom’s Party Mix

Vicki writes … For as long as I can remember, the holidays always included my Mom’s party mix.  She makes this in November and hides many tins in the closet until we beg her to please bring out more.  It is one of those holiday memories that will always stay with me.  What is watching…Continue Reading

Mexican Cheesecake – NOT a Dessert

Mexican Cheesecake – NOT a Dessert

Mary-Ellen writes: This recipe originated from my sister, Kathleen.  Because of the size of our family,  holidays always were, and still are, a group effort filled with “assignments.”  One year Kathy was assigned appetizers and she said she would bring something she had recently at a party called Mexican Cheesecake.   I thought it sounded…Continue Reading

Southwest Black Bean & Avocado Dip

Southwest Black Bean & Avocado Dip

This dip is a real “simple” party pleaser.  Mary-Ellen made it recently for a group of us to have with our wine before we went out to dinner.  We enjoyed it so much, we barely had room for the main course! This recipe is so simple …  no cooking involved! 1 (15 ounce) can of…Continue Reading

Pepperoni Pizza and Ham and Cheese Spiral Bites

Pepperoni Pizza and Ham and Cheese Spiral Bites

These bite-size treats are so delicious, your guests will gobble them up! Ham and Cheese Ingredients: 1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese 3 ounces thin, sliced deli ham 2 tablespoons stone ground Dijon mustard 1 sheet frozen puff pastry thawed, cut in half crosswise 1 large egg Bunch flat-leaf  parsley Spread 1 tablespoon mustard over each…Continue Reading

Party on a Stick … Greek Style

Party on a Stick … Greek Style

Easy, easy, easy … and tasty too!  You can make these skewers early in the day of your simple celebration (keep refrigerated). Ingredients: 2 blocks of feta cheese (good quality, such as Boar’s Head) cut into 3/4 inch cubes 2 cucumbers 40 whole, small cherry or grape tomatoes 40 pitted kalamata olives 40 small wooden skewers…Continue Reading

Humdinger of a Hummus Recipe

Humdinger of a Hummus Recipe

Below is a simple, yet delicious hummus recipe to add to your appetizer table for your simple celebration.  Hummus is not the prettiest of food, but by adding toppings and using attractive serving pieces, it will be irresistible! Ingredients 1 can garbanzo beans/chick peas 1/3 cup liquid from canned beans 3 tablespoon lemon juice 2…Continue Reading