Princess Edamame\’s Parties

You CAN have a great party – just learn from my mistakes!

What to Serve?

So now my Christmas Champagne Bruch is coming up (just around the corner, I’d say), and I’m deciding what to serve.  Where shall I look or inspiration?

 My “tried and trues” of course!  These are the books I always go to when planning a party.  The recepies are remarkably consistent, even if (when?) I screw up.  There are lots of great-tasting recepies that satill taste great when made ahead.  And, most importantly, they are largely simple recipies.  The last thing you need when planning a soiree is the stress of a difficult recipie!

 Drum roll please….

  • Willams-Sonoma Hors D’Oeuvres & Appetizers
  • Cook’s Illustrated Italian Classics (especially the shrimp scampi recipie, ifyou’re into that sort of thing)
  • Gale Gand’s Short + Sweet
  • Martha Stewart’s Hors D’Oeuvres Handbook

I know what you may be thinking at this point:  “All right, Princess.  What’s up with the Martha Stewart reccomendation?  I thought this wasn’t the typical Martha Stewart-type website!”  It’s not, really!  But I have to hand it to her with this one.  I mean, she has some very simple and tasty items in there!  (Beware, there are also some that you would have to sell your soul to make properly…)

I also wanted to give you some recommendations for everyday cooking.  My absolute faves are:

  • The above, of course
  • Anything from Cook’s Illustrated, and most especially The Best 30-Minute Recipie.  Their recipes are fantastic.  I’ve never made one that didn’t turn out, even after forgetting to put in ingredients!
  • Fondue, by Rich Rogers
  • at the Japanese table by Lesley Downer  (She also wrote some great books about geisha)

And for fun? Anything by Anthony Bourdain and Charlie Trotter.  I will admit that I haven’t been brave enough to try the Les Halles recipes yet, but I will, and I’ll let you know how they come out.  For me, reading the Bourdain books are positively inspiring.  From Kitchen Confidential to The Nasty Bits, I have not been able to put them down.

December 3, 2006 Posted by | Tips, Uncategorized | Leave a comment