I took myself out to dinner recently while I was in Chicago. It was early, and I was the only one there at first — which was a good thing, because if anyone has been watching I probably would have made a fool of myself. I completely lost it over an order of chorizo-stuffed-bacon-wrapped dates. The perfect combination of smoky, salty and sweet, all on one plate (and blissfully mine-all-mine!). Naturally, I finished every bite. The world can't live without these, so I'm copying the spectacular dish here for you, but adding cheese to the mix because we all know we deserve it.
We're always grilling during the summer. It keeps the house cool, there's way less cleanup and that savory grilled flavor just can't be beat. But with summer comes summer entertaining, and we're always on the lookout for easy dishes that'll complement our one true passion: committing to entertaining and then getting really overwhelmed beforehand.
No matter how many parties I host, somehow planning the menu still feels so stress every single time. I've learned to conquer that hump by master simplification, like this perfectly easy (but still elegant!) cheese and cracker spread. All you'll need to do is make a quick trip to the store and spend a few minutes arranging.
A massive ball of cheese on the table makes a big, "welcome to our party! " statement. How could it not? It's lovably retro, easy to make in advance and a cinch to customize. So go on and choose your own cheese ball adventure below — just don't forget the crackers.
Meet Anne and begin by learning to create a vibrant arrangement of springtime cookies using a beautiful pastel color palette. Then she shows you how to make cookies that look like vintage watercolor roses, mason jars and simple leaves.