Category: Party

Tailgate Wine Pairings

Even though there is nothing like watching football with a great brew in hand, you don’t need to have a beer-only ootball party.  But the Serious Foodies at your party may not be your average American football fan. So, let’s impress them with a nice glass of vino to go with all those great football party munchies. This article focuses on wine suggestions that would work with most foods you’ll have on hand during the big game(s). Let’s start with the starters – chips & salsa, maybe some smoked salmon, or guacamole.   We think that the whites from Campania are magical with guacamole, like Greco di Tufo or Falanghina (try Taburno).  If you want a riper wine to cut through the spice, try Grüner Veltliner from the Wachau region (Hermann Moser, for example).  You want enough alcohol to match the weight and texture of the avocado, but enough acidity to match the lime.  These wines will also work well with shellfish & seafood (crab dip, shrimp, oysters).   If you are starting with something very spice, you can always go to a semi-dry Riesling.  It might be a wine-pairing cliche at this point, but these wines are perfect with Mexican food, […]

Easy Party Foods

We assembled a collection of quick & delicious appetizers for any party - tailgating, dinner party, pot-luck, etc. Our suggestions:  Have a theme, keep it simple, and have some fun.  We've combed the web to find some star-worthy recipes, along with some of our own originals.   Crostini Let's start with one of the easiest - and most versatile - appetizers:  crostini (or bruschetta; click HERE for an explanation about the differences).  We featured a crostini recipe with brie, arugula, and Serious Foodie Fig/Orange sauce recently (click HERE for the article), along with links to other websites for other crostini recipes.  Check out these cool crostini recipes: Kale & White Bean (click HERE), Sweet Potato & Feta (click HERE), Radish & Miso Butter (click HERE), and Smoked Trout & Apple (click HERE). Nachos And the cousin to crostini?  Nachos!  There’s nothing like piled-up chips with your favorite flavors, but you might want to add some twists.  We bought a bunch of flavors from the Better Chip company: Chipotle, Salsa Verde, Beet, and Spinach/Kale.  We dressed up the beet chips with diced veggies, then drizzled with a spicy Caesar dressing (regular Caesar with some hot sauce).  Next, we put some Serious Foodie [...]

Easy Gourmet Salad Recipes

We’ve worked hard to put together a series of salad recipes that you can use any time: parties, holidays, tailgating, picnic, pot lucks.  So put down that store-bought bag of greens and store-bought dressing. Here is our collection of simple, healthy gourmet salad recipes that will put an elegant touch to any meal – whether it’s an casual weekday, or a special occasion.  Click HERE to see our feature recipe: Pear Cranberry Salad with Serious Foodie Fig/Orange dressing. Warm Spinach/Fennel/Apple Salad Crazy simple – and healthy & really delicious.  It’s a change up from the standard warm spinach salad, with a lot more interesting things happening.  Add some feta if you like.  Or some bacon.  What makes this recipe work is the dressing.  You just might want to pour this over everything.  Click HERE for the full recipe. Quinoa Salad with Beets and Oranges We are always for raising our game when it comes to healthy eating – and two of our favorite components are beets and quinoa.  There is a ton of nutrition and flavor in both of these, and this simple salad (which can also serve as a meatless main course) has it all. Click HERE for the full recipe. […]

Impressive – And Easy – Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas

There is nothing sexier than good food and good wine that you bring to the table yourself.  this is especially true for Valentine’s Day, which is second least-favorite day to dine out (next to New Year’s Eve).  Why?  The good-to-great restaurants are packed, the kitchens are stressed, the prices are higher, and many places dumb-down the menus to accommodate the folks who venture to restaurants only on Valentine’s Day. Besides, this is THE DAY for a Serious Foodie to impress with a hand-crafted meal for your significant other(s) in your life – bring along some flowers, add a bit of candlelight, and check out some of these simple & elegant meal ideas. And let the magic happen… Bon Appetit poled 11 celebrity chefs on their sexiest meals ever – so you might want to check them out (click HERE). There’s a website call Seduction Meals – the title says it all   (click HERE). Food & Wine gives a very broad selection of menus, with lots of variety (click HERE). We really liked the meals selected by Delish for Valentine’s Day (click HERE). What about the vegetarian in your life?  Take a look at this great Buzzfeed article (click HERE). Crudo & Sushi In many ways, […]

Wine & Chocolate Pairings: Discover New Ways to Wow Your Valentine

It's a great time to plan for a great Valentine's Day experience.  And we're here to help to plan around two universal elixirs of love:  Wine & Chocolate. Wine & chocolate seems strange to some, but the right wine with the right chocolate is a beautiful thing - magical, in fact.  There is so much exploration to do, since there are so many interesting taste combinations to discover – nuts, fruits, types of chocolates – it really is an endless experiment.  We’ll give you some pairing tips to keep in mind, then some fun wines to discover. Tips for Successfully Pairings Wines with Chocolate Here are a few simple rules – not hard and fast, but more like guidelines: 1.  Chocolate is very complex – just like wine.  For pure chocolate, you’ll find some subtle flavors which are inherent to the region, the cocoa content, and the fat content.  It is best to do some experimenting to find the best wine and chocolate combinations for you. Try to detect some underlying flavors of the chocolate, then the wine separately.  Play with the matches.  If you have several types of chocolates, always work from light to dark. Start with a more [...]

Super Ideas for Your Super Party

Super Bowl parties – or any time you bring a group of friends together – doesn’t need to mean lots of time in the kitchen, or a quick run to the local take-out place. It’s pretty easy to pump up your parties with some simple tricks, using flavorful ingredients. Take popcorn, for instance.  We did an article on why you should make your own, and why everyone will rave about your popcorn (click HERE).  And you can pull the same trick with any nut mixture, Chex, etc.  Just take some unsalted nuts and/or Chex, toss with some healthy oil (we prefer sunflower), then toss with your favorite spice rub or spice blend (we of course prefer the Serious Foodie versions).  Bake at 250 deg for 1 hour, tossing every 15 minutes. How about the world’s easiest fancy finger food –   crostini (or bruschetta; click HERE for an explanation about the differences).   We featured a crostini recipe with brie, arugula, and Serious Foodie Fig/Orange sauce  (click HERE for the article), along with links to other websites for other crostini recipes.  Check out these cool crostini recipes: Kale & White Bean (click HERE), Sweet Potato & Feta (click HERE), Radish & Miso Butter (click HERE), and Smoked Trout […]

Eagles or Patriots? Either Way, Let’s Party!

{Picture above courtesy Food  Network} This year’s Super Bowl pits not only the Philadelphia Eagles off against the New England Patriots, it also pits friendly arguments about who can put together the best party using regional foods. Some items on the list are no surprise. Two different dishes contain cheesesteaks, a Philadelphia staple. Seafood showed up multiple times as New England clam chowder and lobster rolls are both favorites in Patriots’ territory. Drink preferences also vary between the two regions. When it comes to beer, Philadelphians love ales with more alcohol and hops while a local brew tops the chart in New England. Philadelphia Cheesesteaks No doubting this one is most everyone’s favorite. The real key is to find yourself some good meat, cheese, and rolls.  Check out the suggestions and recipes in the full article by Chris Morocco and Brad Leone of Bon Appetit.  If you’re in Philly, you’re lucky – there are great places around every corner – see this Food Network article for their favorites. Lobster Rolls Again, no arguments here.  Philly might say “lobstr”, New England might say “lobsta”, but you can’t beat the sweet creaminess of fresh lobster.  All of the recipes we found were […]

Thanksgiving Dinner – Serious Foodie Style

We are starting the busy holiday season, so we wanted to give you a few recipes to make your preparations for your gourmet Thanksgiving meal a bit easier.  These simple, healthy recipes will put an elegant touch to any meal – but especially for Thanksgiving. Let’s start with The Bird… Our favorite method for turkey is using the spatchcock method – which is very similar to butterflied poultry.  We use a dry-rub marinade (suggestions:  Serious Foodie Bourbon Rub, Tex-Mex, or Harissa – click HERE to order), and bast with a flavorful marinade-type sauce (suggestions:  Serious Foodie Pomegranate Grill Sauce and Marinade, or Korean Grill Sauce for a more exotic flavor).  It is then very easy to either roast or grill – and we prefer the later.  And the method works well with chicken, also. Check out the full article HERE on how to do spatchcocked turkey, including a video. The Gravy We have used, many times, a beer-based gravy which is complex and delicious – and very simple to make (click HERE to see the recipe). If you want to use the Serious Foodie Pomegranate Sauce as the base – which would go along with a pomegranate glazed bird – click […]