Tuesday, December 08, 2009

good things coming to cotton top

next weekend, peg is hosting her first annual cotton top christmas bash.  she has asked me to cater the party where the guest list will be anywhere from 30 to 45 people.  my heart is filled with culinary glee as i have begun to plan out the menu.  my girl ina taught me the best way to host a successful party is to make half of your food in advance and the other half right before the party.  you'll notice half of the menu can be served at room temperature or cold. here's what i have going on so far:
  1. panko crusted crab cakes with spicy avocado aioli*
  2. bacon-wrapped shrimp with basil garlic stuffing
  3. mini beef tenderloin sandwiches with mustard-horseradish sauce
  4. vegetable spring rolls with sweet dipping sauce*
  5. layered sundried tomato and basil cheese spread
  6. prosciutto crostini with lemon fennel salad
  7. peanut chicken skewers with chili mayo
  8. spiced mixed nuts*
  9. vegetable crudite platter with green goddess dressing
* these recipes are messy chef originals.  i will post the recipes the day after the bash.
    is your mouth watering yet? i hope the guests are hungry. 
    stay tuned for pictures.

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