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Recipe Roundup- How to Host a Fiesta Party

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Recipe Roundup- How to Host a Fiesta Party

Recipe Roundup- How to Host a Fiesta Party

"Let's Taco 'Bout a Fiesta!"  (I know, overused, but still fun:)  Whether it is Taco Tuesday, Cinco De Mayo, or whenever you're in the mood you're for a fiesta, now is the perfect excuse to invite your friends and family over and celebrate your favorite Mexican dishes!   

Themes always make planning easier, but not everyone has the time to plan. We have taken the guess work out of planning the perfect Fiesta and shared our favorite Mexican Foods as well as some fun and festive decorating ideas to make your celebrations easy peasy.  

So, what are you waiting for?? There is no time to siesta, it’s time to fiesta!

Comment below and let us know how your celebration turned out.

Setting the Mood

Decorations- Creativity can go a long way on a budget. Your decorations do not need to be fancy or expensive. Check out these clever and fun ideas on the cheap.

  • Make your celebration colorful and festive without breaking the bank- Use colorful napkins, glasses, and plates. Margarita glasses are a must!

  • Decorate with flowers and fruit or vegetables- decorate today, cook with tomorrow.

  • Make tissue paper flowers- easy and economical- gigglesgalore.net

  • Add mini cacti or succulents to Mexican food cans with rocks for an adorable arrangement.

  • Pinata- A must for every fiesta. Kids and adults will all enjoy. Purchase one at your local party store or get creative and make your own! There are plenty of DIY tutorials on Pinterest to guide you.

Ambiance- Light up the place with these bright solutions.

  • Veggie votives- Hollow out some peppers, add a votive candle for a festive flair.

  • Add mini LED fairy lights to beer bottles.

  • Paper lanterns, found at your local party supply or craft store add an instant ambiance.

  • Make a playlist of Mexican music to entertain your guests during your celebration.

Fiesta Food- Now that you've set the mood, it's time to enjoy food! Here are some of our favorite recipes!

Starters and Dips

Salsas - When life hands you tomatoes, make salsa! Grab your favorite tortilla chips and serve with a variety of salsas.  Here we have three of our favorites.

Taco Bar!  Gather up all your favorite fixings for a festive taco bar and invite your family and friends over for Taco night!  Serve in an array of fun containers. (After all, not only is it about the food, but also the presentation!)

  • Mason jars- Another fabulous use for Mason Jars.

  • Veggie Tray Holder- perfect for taco 'fixins. - source anonymous

  • Flower power- Use inexpensive flower pots for your fixings- hgtv.com

Tacos- Now that you have the perfect presentation, serve your fixings with your favorite tacos.  Here are a few of our favorites!

Sides- The perfect accompaniment to your fiesta celebration.

 Decadent Desserts- Sweet endings

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Champagne Asparagus Roll-Ups Recipe

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Champagne Asparagus Roll-Ups Recipe

Champagne Asparagus Roll-Ups Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

We love it when friends from across the country send us recipes using our gourmet products.  This quick and easy asparagus recipe comes to us from Sharon Brookover, in Chester Springs, PA, and it features our award-winning Champagne Mustard.  This appetizer comes together in minutes and can be made early in the day and baked at the last minute. 

Grace your Spring brunches or gatherings with these tasty, buttery, asparagus, ham and cheese roll-ups. Make sure to grab a plate for yourself, because these delicious morsels will disappear in minutes!

Try this recipe with all three of our mustards and comment below on your favorite combination!

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Ingredients

  • 6 asparagus spears, blanched in boiling water for 3 minutes

  • 6 slices soft white bread

  • 6 Teaspoons (tsp) softened butter ( 1 tsp. per slice of bread)

  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) softened butter

  • 6 slices ham, thinly sliced, cut in half

  • 6 slices Swiss cheese, cut in half

  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) Cherchies® Champagne Mustard (using 1 teaspoon (tsp) per slice of bread).  (or, try this recipe with our Hot Banana Pepper Mustard or Cranberry Mustard)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  

In a medium skillet, add enough water to cover the asparagus.  Blanch asparagus for 2-3 minutes in boiling water, drain, cool, and set aside.

Remove crust from bread with a sharp serrated knife and roll out until very flat and thin.

Spread each slice of bread with 1 teaspoon (tsp) butter and 1 teaspoon (tsp) of Cherchies® Champagne Mustard. 

Cut each slice in half. Place a thin slice of ham on six slices of bread and six slices of Swiss cheese for the other six slices of bread.

**Note, the original recipe called for this method. I personally prefer to add both the ham and cheese. (Unless, your guests are vegetarians or have a dairy intolerance, then consider doing it this way).

Cut the cooled asparagus in half.  Top the ham or cheese slices with one half of each asparagus.

Roll up and brush with melted butter.  Place seam side down on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.  

Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Can either serve whole or cut roll-ups in half to serve a crowd.  

Enjoy!

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Recipe Roundup- 30 Delicious Spring Brunch Recipes (You Need To Try)

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Recipe Roundup- 30 Delicious Spring Brunch Recipes (You Need To Try)

Recipe Roundup- 30 Delicious Spring Brunch Recipes (You Need To Try)

Happy Spring everyone! Will you join us for Brunch?

Why is it Spring and the holidays scream brunch?

Are you hosting a brunch this year? Have you planned your menu yet?

Whether you are planning a small gathering for Easter, Mother’s Day, Graduation, a Wedding, or to wow your guests with a Spring brunch, we have taken the guess-work out and collected 30 of our favorite brunch recipes to make your planning a breeze. Whether you are looking for appetizers, hearty egg casseroles, savory side dishes, salads, or sweet rolls, we have got you covered. Consider us your Spring brunch planners.

Comment below and let us know how you liked these recipes.

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Appetizers

Breakfast/ Brunch Dishes

  • Ham and Biscuits- Smoky ham, buttery biscuits, and a sweet-hot Champagne Mustard.

Side Dishes

Sweet Treats

Enjoy!

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup Recipe

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup Recipe

Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup Recipe

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Prep Time 10 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

I cannot be the only one out there who takes leftovers and creates new masterpieces to stretch a buck, right? Take soup for example.  It is the perfect means for re-purposing leftovers and is one of those dishes to be enjoyed year-round.  Do you eat soup year-round?  We do!  Today we have taken leftovers to a new level and combined the flavors of the classic dish Chicken Cordon Bleu (chicken, ham and Swiss cheese), added Cherchies® award-winning Champagne Mustard, and created this delicious soup your family will love.

If you have been following our blog (thank you, we love you, or if you just found our blog, welcome, we love you, too!), you will recall (or be introduced to) my passion for creating culinary masterpieces using leftovers.  With a family of five, I do my best to waste as little as possible, and leftovers are the way to go.  This delicious soup recipe came together out of necessity last Christmas when I tried to make sense of leftover ham, vegetables from the crudité platter, Swiss cheese, and leftover chicken (which always seems to be a staple in our home).  It dawned on me, Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup!  Something different, and different is good:)

This rich, creamy soup tastes just like its iconic cousin with generous chunks of ham, chicken, Swiss Cheese, hearty vegetables, Cherchies® Champagne Mustard and Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz Seasoning.  The flavors marry together beautifully to create a delicious meal your family will request over and over. 

What are you waiting for? Grab your leftovers and make a batch of this flavorful soup today. If there are any leftovers, portion them off into plastic freezer bags and freeze to be enjoyed year-round.

Bon Appétit!

Comment below and let us know how you liked this deconstructed Chicken Cordon Bleu.  

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 4 Tablespoons (Tbsp) butter

  • 3-4 carrots, peeled and diced

  • 3 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1/3 cup white wine

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Minors chicken base

  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) Thyme

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) Rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz

  • 1 heaping  Tablespoon (Tbsp) Cherchies® Champagne Mustard

  • 1 cup grated Swiss cheese

  • 2 large chicken breasts, cooked and diced

  • 1 cup diced ham (leftover holiday ham is perfect, or chop up a ham slice)

  • 2 Tablespoon (Tbsp) all-purpose flour

  • 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley (optional garnish)


Preparation
Chop onions, carrots,and celery and set aside.

Wash and chop potatoes. In a Dutch oven, add enough water to cover the potatoes and cook potatoes on medium-high, until almost fork tender. Drain potatoes and set aside when they are finished cooking. 

While potatoes are cooking, add onions, carrots, and celery to a large skillet and cook in butter on low until tender.  Add the cooked onions, carrots, and celery to the potatoes in the Dutch oven. 

Add the chicken broth, wine, Thyme, Rosemary, Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz, Cherchies® Champagne Mustard, chicken, and ham to the pot and simmer for 15 minutes.  Add the Swiss cheese.   

To thicken the soup, remove 1 cup of soup from pan and combine it with the flour in a food processor or blender (that can handle heat).  Puree until smooth.  Add the pureed soup back to the Dutch oven and stir.  Add the Swiss cheese.   Allow soup to cook for 5 minutes. 

Garnish with chopped parsley (optional).  Serve with a green salad and our Best Darn Garlic Bread for a complete meal.

Bon Appetit!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup Recipe

Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup Recipe

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