Tips for a Sucessful Memorial Day Party

As we approach this memorable holiday. Let’s keep in mind those who have fought and died for this country. Let’s also pull off the perfect party! These tips will help you host the best party effortlessly!

#1 Don’t fret over décor.                                                      

Keeping it simple is in. If you personally know someone who served in the military just place a few mementos or pictures of them around. You can go to your local dollar store (most cities should have a dollar tree) where you can buy paper plates, napkins and cups that are themed or all one color. If you’re going to be outside, just making sure there are activities for the kids like water balloons, tennis game setup, or even pool toys would set the entire ambience you’ll need.

#2. Plan ahead.                                                                       

This relates to menu, location, guests, and possible change in weather. Make sure to be prepared. In case it rains have the party outside a local community center or make sure you’re prepared for people to come inside your home. That way you can easily just take the party inside. Have guests RSVP so you can have an idea of who will be coming so you don’t end up with too much or too little food. Plan your menu ahead of time so you can make ahead certain dishes, marinate or have food prepped so you’re not spending the whole time in the kitchen.

#3. Pick an easy menu                                                             

Potluck style is the most stress free of all things! You’ll only have to focus on your dishes and know you’ll have help because everyone else is bringing something. If you must make the whole meal, pick easy, fake out recipes that don’t require a lot of work. There’s nothing wrong with doctoring up that box side, adding flare to the premade drink, or fixing up those box cupcakes. If you do it right no one will know the difference! Also set a variety of dishes, these days vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters can dine together easily. Be sure to make sure there’s something for everyone!

#4 Don’t forget the music!                                                            

Music makes the difference between a boring get together and a party! Pre plan your playlist and put it on repeat! Don’t disturb your neighbors though!

#5 Make clean up a breeze!                                                         

First make everything that you use from cooking utensils to serving and eating all disposable.  Involve your guests in the clean up! It takes no time for everyone to throw something away! Also keep large trash bags around so that way people can dispose of their trash as they go.

#6 ENJOY Yourself!

It’s a party right? There’s no reason you should be stressed at a party. Ask for help! Heck, Demand it! Do what you need to do so you can take it easy. If you follow these tips, your party should be a no brainer!

Provide any extra tips in the comments!

 

 

All About Me!

Hello All!
My name is Kenya and I am a total.. No.. The ULTIMATE foodie. Food is life! I’m obsessed with everything and anything that food related. I got started blogging back in 2014 and it was just supposed to be a hobby but it is now my life! I eat, sleep and breathe this blog. I’m also a chef and on the side of my day job & blogging I make myself available for personal chef services.
I am very proud of my craft and the opportunity to study what I love but I got my start at a very young age in a southern kitchen with my grandma (who was actually a chef and hospital nutritionist for years) who taught me how important it is to put love into your food. School gave me technique, Granny gave me love.
So if you’re interested in food related commentary, food photography, reviews on my restaurant/foodie adventures and delicious recipes that are sometimes healthy, sometimes modern twists on old traditional recipes but always flavorful then welcome home!I am not like other bloggers who just deliver information and not interact with their readers. I WANT you to comment, provide feedback, share your own tips and recipes. This is really an all inclusive environment. Thank you so much for taking the time to read all about me and thank you for checking out my blog!

Feel free to introduce yourself to me!

Looking Forward to Thanksgiving

Reblogging an Old Post from November 2014…Check it Out!

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. I have to admit I got so burned out on eating Thanksgiving food that I actually didn’t celebrate it for a couple of years, being that i am from the south Thanksgiving food isn’t that different from Sunday dinners and family dinners every other night of the year. But after my hiatus and now that I am on a healthier diet I am starting to look forward to Thanksgiving and indulging in my favorite dishes.

I am not a big fan of Turkey but I love to cook it. i love the different methods: frying, roasting, brining, stuffing, grilling and smoking. But no matter how juicy the turkey is it still tastes dry to me I think its really the texture of the meat i don’t like so much. Flavor wise I love fresh herbs and citrus, bold flavors and spice…

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X’s Lime Whiskey

This drink was a collab with a good friend of mine X (hence it is named after him). Thanks for the idea Buddy!!

 

What I love most about this drink is how the honey and lime flavors are the stars of the show taking the edge off how harsh whiskey can be but at the same time the whiskey makes itself known in the background (like a strong and silent type of man lol). It’s perfectly rustic and elegant. It’s as strong and masculine as it is feminine and delicate it’s perfectly versatile. This drink is just as perfect for a night out with the guys as it is for a cocktail party. I recommend you try this!

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**Recipe Makes 1 drink

Ingredients:
Tennessee Honey Whiskey
Martinellis Apple Juice (or any other really good brand, not anything off brand)
Ginger ale soda
Lime juice
Lime Wedge Garnish

Procedure:
2 shots of the honey whiskey in a tall glass
1/3 cup of apple juice
1 tbsp of lime juice
A splash of ginger ale (for me a splash is big but use whatever is considered a splash to you)

Stir it all together and pour into your serving glass top it off with a fresh squeeze of lime wedge and enjoy!

Thanksgiving 2016

I know I’m very late with this post. As a matter of fact, Pretty soon we’ll be getting ready for Thanksgiving once again but I wanted to reflect on last year as it was my first  vegetarian Thanksgiving. I must admit, the preparation for the day was a struggle because I am used to prepping a turkey and all the other dishes that may include meat. However everything I used even down to the stock was vegetable. The menu included two veggie tarts, macaroni and cheese, vegetable stuffed stuffing, an appetizer of pear & cheese on crackers and cranberry and almond salad with a simple vinaigrette. When the day came and it was time to sit down for dinner I can say I did not miss the meat! Everything was delicious and filling! I still took my nap and woke up to eat some more. Enjoy these pictures from my  vegetarian Thanksgiving!

                   The Pan of Macaroni and Cheese

   Appetizer: Pear and Brie Cheese on Crackers

The Vegetable Stuffing!!

The Vegetable Tart Before and After Cooking!

My Plate!!!

Small Bites

I love small bites! Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails are my favorite pastimes. This small bite combines sweet and savory with crunchy, smooth and cheesy textures- all the things a true foodie loves.

Take a look at my Apricot, Brie and Bacon fillo cups!

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I am working on a cook book, do you think these are cook book worthy??

The Truth About GMO

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Warning: this is very wordy blog! This post is for READERS and those who actually want to learn something.

One subject that is a hot topic in the food community is the matter of GMO. Short for Genetic  Modified Organisms, an easy definition of this is basically taking the DNA from one species and adding to another species in order to give that second species a  specific trait. This has actually been going on for years in regards to the food we eat. That is why there’s such a fuss behind whether what we eat is naturally grown or  scientifically modified. Most modification up until this point has been to enhance the food we already eat. Most of the time making it bigger to give us more. The fear is that GMO has a negative effect on our health.

I’m not here to argue against anyone who supports modification of food but to just state my opinion on how GMO can be harmful to humans. Definitely state your opinions in the comments I love to read other points of view.

A lot of the GMO testing that has been done claims that the nutritional value is not lost but enhanced through pest resistance, herbicide tolerance, disease resistance, cold tolerance, drought tolerance, nutrition, and pharmaceuticals.
Yet some of the biggest side effects of GMO has been disease, growth disorders and mental defects in humans especially in children and fetal  development.
GMO testing has done nothing but make food bigger and change the color of foods to make them ‘cool’.
Recently in 2017 new apples are going to hit the stores and their not going to be labeled GMO but they will be called Golden Apples and these apples are supposed to not brown after cutting which is called oxidation, it’s normal. While this sounds cool, removing the polyphenol -which the substance located in any plant-you cancel out the natural resources like vitamin C, E, etc which humans need to consume to fight against cancers. All this is about profit. Normal apple shelf life doesn’t last long costing money. If apples don’t brown, they have a longer shelf life which means stores can sell us older apples and still make money. I won’t even get into the politics of it. I’ll stick to the  health risks..

Other side effects include infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, allergens, antibiotic resistance and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.  Everything has been modified from cereal, cake mixes, cheese, milk, even veggie burgers. Please do your research people and find out what foods are being modified. Also support your local farmers and grocers. It’s up to us to maintain our health.

Please let me know if you don’t support or if you do support GMO foods and why.