4 heads garlic
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 fresh rosemary sprig
1 fresh thyme sprig
4 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 cups sour cream
5 Tbs. mayonnaise (light mayo is fine)
1 1/2 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary
1 1/2 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper, as needed
Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Cut off the tops of the garlic heads and dress the tops with the olive oil. Put the garlic on a baking sheet. Arrange the rosemary and thyme sprigs on or around the garlic. Cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil. Roast until the garlic cloves are soft and lightly browned, about 1.5 hours. Let cool completely. Squeeze the pulp from the garlic cloves into a mixing bowl. Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, chopped rosemary, thyme and parsley, the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Using an immersion blender, blend until well combined (you can also use a food processor). Cover the dip and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Chili (this is one of my favorite recipes)
Secret Cornbread (I am sworn to secrecy on this recipe by my mother, but it is heavenly)
Rotel Dip and Chips
Super Nachos (my husband’s favorite)
Puppy Chow (I omit the butter)
I am currently loving anything with a pear flavor. I had a Pear-tini here on Sunday night, pear infused tea here recently, and even fashioned this pear-inspired champagne cocktail at home last month (see photo at right).
It is quite easy…
In a champagne flute, stir to combine:
1 shot (or however much you want) chilled Absolut Pear Vodka
Chilled Prosecco or Champagne
Pop in 1 slice green pear for garnish
It is refreshingly light and lovely and makes an easy signature drink for any get-together.
She would love it if anyone had suggests on favorite bridal shower menu items. Feel free to post ideas in the Comments or email us (theplan03 @ yahoo.com) recipes and we will pass them along!
While each of the guidelines is spot-on, the most interesting to me was step 3 , "get the right light."
One of the first things I ever learned at my debut post-college event planning job was from an ambassador's wife. We were hosting a political fundraising reception at her lovely Annapolis home during the last presidential election. When we arrived to set up, one of my interns noticed her staff methodically replacing all of the light bulbs on the first floor of her home. When the hostess saw us observing this ritual, she pointedly let us know that this was a must-do for any party at her house. Soft, pink lighting "makes all ladies look better," she said. As skeptical as we were, I would have to agree -- it cast a subtley fabulous glow on every attendee. Even if you don't have an alternate set of blush light bulbs (found at most home improvement stores) to put in before you host a get-together, lowering your normal wattage is a must.
Obviously this question cannot be made into a real post, but still....WHY? Why do you do this, J. Crew?