Hot Spiced Cider Affogato with Salted Caramel Gelato


This is my autumnal twist on this classic Italian dessert drink. A lovely way to end any occasion! ~Amy

Hot Spiced Cider Affogato with Salted Caramel Gelato

Recipe:
Spiced Cider*
Salted Caramel or Vanilla Gelato

Spiced Cider:

2 quarts apple cider
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 orange cut into wedges
1-2 cinnamon sticks
Dash of nutmeg

Place all ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and let set 5 minutes. Remove wedges and cinnamon sticks.

Pour cider into glasses top with gelato, and serve immediately. Garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

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~An Elegant Fondue Party for Six~ “Autumn Evening in Vermont”


What a beautiful time of the year, the leaves turning, and a crispness in the air. A perfect setting for an intimate gathering, with the ever wonderful cheese fondue as the centerpiece! Enjoy this easy and delightful menu, as you gather together for conversation, a little music, and a fall themed fondue!

Each guest will feel special with these beautiful little hand written place markers, set with a ribbon tied skewer.

With a beautiful piece of marble as your serving station, you can place any assortment of fruit, bread, meat, or what ever you like directly on the marble. It keeps it chilled and looks spectacular.

Happy entertaining! ~Amy

~An Elegant Fondue Party for Six~
“Autumn Evening in Vermont”

Party Menu:

Honey Cider, Vermont Cheddar Cheese Fondue:

1 cup Honey Crisp Cider, or other pressed apple Cider
2 tsp honey

1/2 pound Vermont white cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 pound Jarlsburg cheese, grated
2 tbsp cornstarch

Heat cider over medium high heat in a fondue pot to a boil.
Add honey.
Toss together cheese and cornstarch.
Decrease the heat to low and add cheese mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until melted after each addition. Serve immediately.

Makes about 3 cups

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Fruit:
Small apples, Honey Crisp, Gala, Granny Smith, or other firm apples, sliced
Small pears, Red, Anjou, and Bartlett, sliced
Seedless, Black, Red, and Green Grapes

Meat:
Honey Maple Ham, in pieces
Chicken Apple sausages, warmed and sliced

Assorted Artisan Breads:
Sweet Potato and Pecan, Rosemary Olive Oil, cut into pieces and lightly toasted. Tear away french baguettes.

Drinks:
Sparkling Spiced Cider, R.W. Knudsen

Desserts:
Maple Glazed Pumpkin Cream Cheese Twists*
Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt Caramel, Creme Brûlée!*
Apple Pie Spice, White Chocolate Pizzelle Cookies*

Product info:
Swissmar Lausanne Copper Fondue Pot:
Crate and Barrel: $120.00
https://m.crateandbarrel.com
Bed Bath and Beyond:
https://m.bedbathandbeyond.com/m/product/swissmar-reg-lausanne-11-piece-copper-fondue-set/1014727353

Marble slab and name tiles:
Contempo SLC
3732 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, Ut
84115

*Additional recipes can be found on
http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

By Amy Richardson

Vanilla Cream Mint Julep


Still feeling the heat?! Cool down and relax with my twist on this southern Kentucky Derby Classic! It’s SO GOOD! ~Amy

Vanilla Cream Mint Julep

2-3 sprigs fresh mint
2 oz Torani Vanilla syrup
Club soda
Half and half
Crushed ice

Additional mint leaves for garnish

Place leaves in the bottom glass, add syrup and muddle leaves. Full glass with crushed ice and pour club soda over the top, add a splash of cream. Stir until glass becomes frosty. Garnish with mint and relax!

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Iced Creamy Coconut Limeade! 


Coconut cream, crushed ice, fresh lime juice with a sparkling splash! A delightful drink for your patio parties, playtime or just for fun! ~Amy

Iced Creamy Coconut Limeade

Recipe:

1 3/4 cups fresh squeezed lime juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup sweetened cream of coconut, Coco Loco, located on the asile by the mixers
4 cups cold water
1 liter bottle club soda, chilled
Fresh mint leaves
Crushed ice
fresh lime, sliced into rounds

In a large pitcher whisk together lime juice and sugar until dissolved. Add water and mix. Whisk in cream of coconut, and pour in club soda. stir lightly and add ice, fresh mint and sliced lime.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Fresh Watermelon Snow Cone Shots!


Watermelon is the essential flavor of summer. Cool, refreshing and sweet, these little shots are a fun summer surprise! ~Amy

Fresh Watermelon Snow Cone Shots!

Seedless watermelon, cut into medium to small sized pieces, place in large ziploc, and freeze until frozen.

Shot glasses

Variations:
Serve with fresh lime wedges
Super fine sugar rimmed shot glasses
Sprinkle with Tajin Chile Spice
Mint

Use frozen cubes of watermelon in place of ice, and shave according to manufacturers instructions. Quickly fill shot glasses with shaved watermelon and garnish with mint.
Serve immediately.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Skewered! A Summer Sandwich Party!


Saddle up, and round up your family and friends for the best darn party of summer!~Amy

Skewered!
A Summer Sandwich Party!

Party Menu:

THE BLUE ROOSTER

Ciabatta rolls, mini or cut into quarters
Roasted chicken, deli style, sliced
Sliced apples, red or green
Blue cheese, sliced or cubed
Butter Lettuce leaves
Long skewers

Dipping sauce:
BLACK PEPPER HONEY MUSTARD

Mustard recipe:
1/2 cup honey mustard, purchased
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tbsp honey
1/8 tsp black pepper

Place all ingredients in a blender or small food processor, and blend on high for 30 seconds or until well blended.

THE COWBOY

Kaiser Rolls
Roast Beef, deli style, sliced
Wisconsin cheddar cheese
Hickory smoked Bacon
Avocado, sliced
Leaf lettuce

Dipping sauce:
HICKORY BBQ RANCH

1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce, Sweet Baby Rays Hickory Brown Sugar, or other purchased brand
1/2 cup Lemon Ranch sauce

In a small bowl, whisk together BBQ sauce and lemon ranch sauce until smooth. Thin with additional lemon juice or warm water if a thinner consistency is desired.

THE CABALLERO CLUB

Sourdough, toasted and buttered
Smoked Turkey, sliced
Honey glazed ham, sliced
Hickory smoked bacon, cooked
Pepper jack cheese, sliced
Avocado, sliced
Beefsteak tomatoes, sliced
Iceberg or leaf lettuce

Dipping sauce:
LEMON RANCH

3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch mix
1 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together sour cream and mayonnaise. Add mix and blend well. Add buttermilk and lemon juice and whisk until completely blended. Refrigerate until ready to use.

EASY BLACK PEPPER PARMESAN KETTLE CHIPS

Black pepper kettle chips
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated

Open bag of chips, sprinkle chips with parmesan cheese. Close bag and gently shake to coat.

WATERMELON RASPBERRY FRUIT JARS

6 small jars
6 small skewers
4-6 cups watermelon cubes
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 lime, cut into six wedges
Fresh mint leaves

Place watermelon and raspberries into jars. Top with a lime wedge, mint and serve with a skewer.

HOMEMADE CHERRY LEMONADE

1 3/4-2 cups sugar
8 cups water
1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4-1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
Crushed ice

In a large beverage jar, dissolve sugar in to water by stirring vigorously. Add lemon juice, add crushed ice and pour juice over the top for a layered look, or stir to mix.

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM SANDWICH SKEWERS with HOMEMADE HOT FUDGE SAUCE

Short skewers
Purchased chocolate chocolate ice cream sandwiches, Fat Boys
Chocolate Fudge Sauce, recipe follows*

Cut fat boys into quarters, skewer each section through the middle, making a tower. Serve immediately with homemade fudge sauce.

Hot Fudge Sauce:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup semi sweet, bittersweet, milk chocolate pieces, or a combination
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

In a medium sized saucepan, melt butter.
Add chocolates, evaporated milk, and sugar.
Cook over medium heat, stirring until smooth.
Bring to a simmer, remove from heat, and add vanilla.
Mixture will thicken as it cools,

Makes about 2 cups

Recipes by Amy Richardson

Cherry Blossom Ladies Luncheon


Cherry blossoms, spring rolls, iced herbal tea, and a delicious chocolate ending could be your next party! Whether it’s a bridal, baby shower, or book club party, this party menu will be sure to please! ~Amy

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