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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Martha Stewart's Appetizers

Martha Stewart's Appetizers: 200 Recipes for Dips, Spreads, Snacks, Small Plates, and Other Delicious Hors d'Oeuvres, Plus 30 Cocktails
ISBN: 9780307954626
Publisher's Synopsis:
Snacks, Starters, Small Plates, Stylish Bites, and Sips

Hors d’oeuvres made modern: Today’s style of entertaining calls for fuss-free party foods that are easy to make and just as delicious as ever. With more than 200 recipes for tasty pre-dinner bites, substantial small plates, special-occasion finger foods, and quick snacks to enjoy with drinks, Martha Stewart’s Appetizers is the new go-to guide for any type of get-together. 
"Now we are pleased to bring to you a new collection of recipes
that reflects the new "casualness" we are all
witnessing in home entertaining,
a welcome relaxed approach to the serving of pre-dinner snacks,
appetite enhancers, and small plates, 
accompanied by an interesting panoply of festive, flavorful cocktails
that are easy to make and fun to serve." 
MrsK's Review:
Yum to the fullest! Within these pages you will discover a "bounty" of suggestions, simply delectable recipes, photos, hosting hints, and a feeling of success... an energy that inspires you to begin opening your home to festive evenings with friends and family.

Beginning with the "Golden Rules" for hosting a party, you are provided great tips and strategies for welcoming your company into your home.

Snacks: Quick snacking is always a favorite touch from the moment your guests arrive, through out the gathering, and well into your cleanup. These appetizers will be a welcomed "nibble":
  • Frico and Broiled Feta (pg.14): a "light" chip with dip that will be snacked quickly with much delight and conversation
  • Mini Cheese Biscuits (pg.22): perfect for a small gathering, a gaming event, or a quiet movie night
  • Edamame with Chile Salt (pg.26): warm and spicy "healthy" snacking (serve with the roasted spiced chickpeas pg.27) 
  • Salsas (pg.31): simple and quick "on-the-spot" goodness (share a variety with olive spreads pg.43 and Guacamole pg.64) 
Starters: Munching bites that entice any guest while your meal is filling your home with savory smells of goodness:
  • Winter Crudities with Buttermilk Dip (pg.54): refreshingly crisp igniting any palate 
  • Croquettes (pg.67): warm  fried Yukon Gold nuggets
  • Grilled Brie with Tomato Jam (pg79): grill a baguette, slice it and tantalize every guest with warm cheese and tomato jam
  • Fried Sweet-Potato Ravioli (pg.87): comfort food for a winter's gathering 
Small Plates: Finger foods like sliders are a delight in any gathering. Quick and easy "stuffers" that will fill any guest with a hearty and hefty satisfaction:
  • Sliders (pgs.112-115): not just beef bites... consider Greek Lamb or Salmon or left over Turkey sliders... yum!
  • Tortilla Espanola (pg.129): a baked omelet with zucchini... Yukon Gold potatoes and Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese and sauce
  • Hand Pies (pgs.158-161): warm sausage and apple... chicken and kale... or Manchego cheese and cauliflower
Stylish Bites: new tasty "twists" to any favorite canape:
  • Deviled Eggs (pg178-181): spicing up the eggs with tomato-pimiento, dill, wasabi, garlic or even horseradish
  • Cucumber and Endive Salad Bites (pg186): Endive leaves or cucumber rounds topped with "flavorful" salad droplets
  • Pureed Vegetable Soups (pgs.218-221): served cold or hot these purees are satisfying yum (served with chicken-salad tartlets pg.223 is a delight for any book club)
  • Cherry Tomato BLTs (pg.225): perfect summer bites, just pop in your mouth and enjoy a burst of summer goodness 
Cocktails (pgs.234-241): Yes please! Tumblers, Highballs, stemmed, or punches for any gathering

Are your taste buds tingling? So well organized. Filled with ingredients that are easily purchased. Not hard-on-your finances. And, perfected-user-friendly recipes that will inspire an every day cook. This book can be savored for years to come. It has the quality of a generational prize that will be cherished by those who love having their home filled with friends, family, special moments, good food, and unique gatherings of love.

An excellent gift for all occasions and holidays, don't resist purchasing this for yourself...
A must own for every hostess... every book club... every cook!
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Meet the Author:
fpo Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, homekeeping, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the Emmy-winning daily syndicated television program, and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which publishes several magazines, including Martha Stewart Living; produces Martha Stewart Living Radio; and provides a wealth of ideas and information on her website.
"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."
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