It’s a Tapas Weekend Special

Pleasant_Lake_Thaw_02For the past few days, we’ve been enjoying (!?!) a typical New Hampshire spring? Snow. Drizzle. Gray skies. Blech! Well, cheer up – sun is promised for the weekend!

Celebrate those clear skies with the help for a few friends. If you’re feeling giddy, break out a bottle of champagne. Add some tasty tapas and enjoy a long and relaxed evening of sips and nibbles. (By the way, no one said you have to do all the cooking yourself. Chances are pretty good that one and all will volunteer to bring along a plate of tasty little treats or a bottle of wine.)

What to cook? By all means you’ll want to try crostini with my Artichoke Pesto. Everyone likes artichokes and, for those of us living in the country, you can always find a jar of oil-packed artichokes in the supermarket. I much prefer the oil-pack artichokes in the jar to those in the can. Canned artichokes always seem to taste tinny. Add some Zucchini Pancakes to your feast.Instead of a salad, try some Roasted Cauliflower (did I mention that you should put out some small plates and forks for the tapas/) If you don’t mind a bit of work, how about Keftedes with Tzatziki. These lovely little meatballs with cucumber-yogurt sauce are delicious. If you are missing the mountains, how about a few Tartelettes au Fromage avec Saucisse et Poireaux. These little tarts with alpine cheese, sausage and leaks are yummy. If you don’t have time for meatballs or tarts, a cheese and sausage board is a great idea.

Now, what else? If you’ve got some in the freezer, nothing could be easier than a mug of soup. I’ve finished off the White Bean Soup with Sweet Potato and Wilted Greens but I think I have a quart or two of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. What about you?

And for a sweet finish? Given the season, how about New Hampshire Mud Pie or Maple Mousse with Apple Compote? Both are in season and delicious.

Have a lovely weekend and bon appétit!

What’s up with you this weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going

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© Susan W. Nye, 2015

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