Holiday Brie from Awesome on 20

Holiday Brie

Holiday Brie from Awesome on 20

I’ve been dying to show you this since the very first time I tried it months ago. I simply couldn’t wait to help you make yourself look like a genius. And an elegant and sophisticated genius at that. Smoke and mirrors, kids. This gorgeous little snack can be put together in less than five minutes.

The holidays are the perfect excuse for indulging in a lovely gooey brie topped with macadamia nuts, dried cranberries, and caramel sauce. Yes, caramel sauce, like the kind you put on ice cream. It sounds weird, I know. That’s what I thought the first time I tried this, but it totally works. 

Holiday Brie from Awesome on 20

I always hear TV food celebrities talking about people stopping by at the holidays. I guess that’s a thing that happens to some people. If that happens to you, this would be the perfect thing to bring out because the other secret is that you don’t even have to turn on the oven for this. Stick your wheel of brie in the microwave for a minute or two, and it’s perfect. Pile all your goodies on top, surround the whole thing with some buttery crackers, and everybody will be so impressed they’ll think they somehow ended up at Ina’s house. 

You know I love cheese, and it’s one of the things I love to splurge on. You can get a small wheel of brie for $6 to $8 at my grocery store, but if you have time to go to Costco, they have larger wheels of amazing triple cream brie for under $10. This “recipe” is much more assembly than cooking, so just adjust the amounts based on the size of your cheese. 

Holiday Brie from Awesome on 20

I hope you have surprise guests during this holiday season. I hope they show up with a bottle of wine, and I hope you get to stuff their faces with gooey cheese!

Holiday Brie
Serves 6
A sweet and savoury gooey cheese ready in five minutes, perfect for emergency entertaining.
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/8 to 1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  2. 1/8 to 1/4 cup dry roasted macadamia nuts
  3. 2 to 4 tablespoons caramel sauce
  4. 1 wheel of brie
  5. Crackers, preferably of the buttery variety
Instructions
  1. Place dried cranberries in a small dish of hot water to soak for a few minutes. You can skip this step if you're in a big rush.
  2. Place unwrapped brie in the center of a large plate and microwave on high for 1 minute. Give it a little poke in the center. If it feels soft and squishy, you're set. If not, continue to microwave for 30 second intervals until it's gooey all the way through. It shouldn't take very long.
  3. Drain the water from your dried cranberries and dump them on a cutting board. Add the mac nuts to the pile, and give everything a rough chop. How rough or fine is totally up to you.
  4. Drizzle some caramel sauce straight on to your brie. Pile your mac nuts and cranberries on top. It's totally fine if they artfully spill over. Give the top another drizzle of caramel sauce.
  5. Surround the whole mess with some buttery crackers, cut out a skinny wedge, pope it on a cracker, hand it to your favorite person, and witness the whole crowd swoon.
Adapted from 1001 Fast and Easy Recipes
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A Dozen Awesome Labor Day Party Recipes

A Dozen Awesome Labor Day Recipes

A Dozen Awesome Labor Day Party Recipes

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more excited to be looking down the barrel of this long weekend. And I get a bonus fourth day off since I’ll be starting my new job on Wednesday!!!!! I can’t wait. I’ve got a little shopping planned, and I just found out we’re going to a bbq on the beach on Sunday. 

I hope you have some relaxing with friends planned for this final hurrah of summer. For me, there’s really no point to a party if there’s not great food. Make any of these, and I’m pretty sure everyone will love you.

Awesome Party Snacks

 

Show up anywhere with a plate of jalapeno deviled eggs and you are instantly hip. Retro deliciousness!

You’ll have to race my husband to the bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers. He might not leave you any. We brought these to our last bbq on the beach. They didn’t last long.

I think this time it looks like we’re going to show up with sausage rolls. Who else will think to bring British food to such an American holiday?

Awesome Party Burgers

 

You have to have burgers at a bbq. Here’s a great basic burger recipe.

Or you can spice things up with Spicy Southwest Burgers. Get excited! We’ve made both of these at the beach. What else is there?

Awesome Party Salads

And I suppose you should serve something to go along side your burgers. That’s what grown ups do. Keep it traditional but fabulous with this dill potato salad.

Or if you’re diggin’ that spicy action, keep it hot with Southwest Pasta Salad. We make this for almost every picnic.

Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

It’s going to be hot so you’re going to need a giant jug of sweet tea. Make it tropical with passion fruit green tea. And spike it with vodka. It’s a holiday.

Awesome Party Desserts

 

Of course, if you want to be a real labor day hero, show up with a bottle of booze and dessert. Bring giant chocolate chip cookies and everybody will be your best friend.

Caramel swirl cheesecake bars travel well, and are pretty much heaven to eat.

If you love the summery citrusy flavor of lemon, and you want to show some extra love to your gluten-free friends, take along this lemon polenta cake. Not only does it taste amazing, but since it’s unfrosted, you don’t have to worry about anything melting.

And seriously, make someone’s day extra super awesome by making these orange cream cheese swirl brownies. I cannot urge you vehemently enough. Just do it. You can thank me later.

And if you are lucky enough to get Monday off from work, take a moment out of your feasting and relaxing to give thanks to all the people who fought so hard for things many of us take for granted, like a weekend. That hasn’t always been a thing. Even if you’re like me and you have a very unglamorous, low-paying job, you’re still much better off than workers a hundred years ago.  And if you’re interacting with someone who isn’t fortunate enough to get this holiday, for heaven’s sake, be extra nice to them. They’re serving you on a holiday. Make it as special for them as you can.

Happy feasting! Don’t forget to be awesome!

 

 

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs from Awesome on 20

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs from Awesome on 20

Last Saturday we had a surprise party. Not the kind where you plan for weeks and weeks and everybody hides and then jumps out and shouts things, hopefully “Surprise!” I’m talking about the kind of surprise party where as you’re going to bed on Friday night your husband tells you that you have to host a birthday party tomorrow.” Um.. okay… Anything else I should know?” Nope. That’s it.

So, if you’re short on cash but overrun with eggs, there’s only one logical solution for an absolutely delicious party snack, spicy deviled eggs. I bought a red jalapeno to make them pretty, but everything else I already had in my kitchen. I never think much about deviled eggs until they’re in front of me. Then I can’t stop eating them, and I remember they are completely awesome.

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs from Awesome on 20

These particular eggs are loaded with flavor and an extra dash of spice. I got a little heavy handed with the cayenne pepper. It happens to the best of us. I also upped the umami factor with a dash of soy sauce since I was all out of Worcestershire. Work with what you got. And make it awesome! Then top it with a bright red slice of jalapeno because you can and you should.

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs from Awesome on 20

The party was awesome. The food was awesome. The drinks were awesome. And most especially, the people were awesome. Many laughs were had. I think that might be the whole point of life.

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs
Yields 12
Spicy deviled eggs are perfect for a party, no matter how long you have to plan.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 eggs
  2. 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  3. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. 1 teaspoon dill paste
  6. 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  7. 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  8. 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  9. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  10. 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  11. Salt and pepper
  12. 1 red jalapeno, sliced thinly
Instructions
  1. Put your eggs into a medium sauce pan and cover them with cold water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil then turn off the heat, put a lid on the pot, and let it stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Drain the hot water and run cold water over the eggs to cool them off. I like to park mine in the fridge for five minutes to help them cool down more quickly.
  4. Peel your eggs and slice them in half lengthwise. Pop the yolks out into a mixing bowl.
  5. Stir together remaining ingredients, except for the jalapeno, until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.
  6. Put your egg yolk mixture into a zip top bag, then cut off a small corner with scissors. Slightly overfill the cavity on your egg white halves.
  7. Garnish each egg half with a slice of jalapeno.
  8. Stash in fridge until you are ready to party.
Adapted from My Year in Meals by Rachael Ray
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