I really love gnocchi, but the store-bought variety is less than stellar. I looked into making my own potato gnocchi and discovered it to be very tricky and time consuming. Somehow I stumbled upon ricotta gnocchi– I didn’t even know it existed! I tried it out right away and was hooked. Ricotta gnocchi is so easy and delicious.
I have two orange trees in my backyard here in Arizona, and as they’ve matured, we have been blessed with more and more oranges… this year, more than we could eat and give away. I decided I should try making marmalade and don’t know why I never thought of it before — such a great way to preserve our oranges. My orange marmalade recipe is so delicious and fairly easy. It thickens up all on its own without store-bought pectin… I promise! (The lemon helps in that process.)
I ended up combining two recipes that I found online and had great success. My brother LOVES this marmalade and says that eating it on good toast with peanut butter seriously takes it to the next level. You can cut your peels smaller than suggested and experiment with sugar amounts depending on how bitter you like your marmalade. Give it a try, you will feel so accomplished with yourself!
I’ve had this idea to do a Toast Bar for over a year, but I’ve just been waiting for the right event to come along. I was originally thinking a Toast Bar would be perfect for a bridal shower or baby shower, but when I decided to host an open house to show off my new kitchen, I figured a Toast Bar would be perfect.
I wanted to allow guests to make the toast themselves, so the toaster became the centerpiece on the food table, which, of course, means you need a cute toaster! My long-time favorite has been these classic metal toasters from Cuisinart, and luckily they gladly sent over the toasters for this event. Aren’t they pretty?? It also comes in a 2-slice version, but for this party I think the 4-slice is a must.
My daughter Attalie is so clever, and she thinks I should call this party a “Toast Jam” instead of a “Toast Bar.” Either way I definitely think this needs to be a thing! I mean really, who doesn’t love toast, especially when you have a bunch of breads and spreads to choose from.
Of course toast needs to be eaten fresh and hot, and logistically I didn’t want guests to have to wait forever to use the toaster, so I figured two toasters would be perfect for my crowd. For groups with more than 50 guests you might want to consider additional toasters.