Avocado and Corn Salad

When we were in the Hamptons a few summers ago, we got this amazing avocado and corn salad at a specialty grocery store.  I think it cost like $15 for a small container, which is outrageous.  So, I took a picture of the ingredients and tried to recreate it once I got home.  You can make it for a large crowd or for one!  I made it for Henry’s Baptism BBQ.  It is always a big hit at parties and it is a perfect summer snack with all of the fresh ingredients (some of which we have growing in our garden).

Avocado Corn Salad - LiveDineParty

Ingredients

Avocado

Corn

Tomatoes

Onion

Jalepeno

Cilantro

Lime juice

Honey

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

The amount of each item really depends on how many you are making it for and there is no wrong quantity of each item.  For example, I personally despise cilantro and my husband loves it (it is a battle in our house) so I try to keep that ingredient to a minimum.  For the lime juice, honey and olive oil you just want enough to coat everything so start by adding it slowly.  I usually start with half a lime and just drizzle the olive oil and honey.

Enjoy!

Superbowl Champs Again!

That Superbowl was amazing!  Patriots win…haters keep hating!

Not much could make yesterday’s Superbowl any better, besides maybe some delicious buffalo wings.  It was my first attempt at making wings, but they were the perfect pairing to an evening of football.  This recipe was really easy and they came out tender, crispy and spicy.  If you don’t love buffalo style wings, you can put any type of sauce you want on these.  I also made some homemade mac and cheese and topped off the menu with a few beers.  Football may be over for the season, but that is no reason to not give these a try!

Buffalo Wings - LiveDineParty

Adapted from Alton Brown

Ingredients

Directions

Remove the tips of the wings and discard.  Using kitchen shears or a knife, separate the wings at the joint.  The wings we bought actually came separated so we didn’t need to do this step.

Bring a large saucepan with a steamer basket and about 1-inch of water in the bottom to a boil.

Place the wings into the steamer basket, cover, reduce the heat to medium and steam for 10 minutes.  Remove the wings from the basket and pat dry.  Lay the wings out on a cooling rack set in a baking sheet lined with paper towels and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.  It is great that you can start these ahead of time and just do the next steps once you are ready to serve them.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Replace the paper towels with parchment paper.  Roast on the middle rack of the oven for 40 minutes, turning the wings over after 20 minutes.  The meat should be cooked through and the skin should be golden brown.

While the chicken is roasting, melt the butter in a small bowl.  Pour this along with the Frank’s hot sauce into a bowl large enough to hold all of the chicken and stir to combine.

Remove the wings from the oven and transfer to the bowl and toss with the sauce while the wings are still hot.  Serve warm with extra napkins.

Cheese Platter

Creating the perfect cheese platter is a must for any host/hostess.  Whether it is for a wine and cheese party, appetizer or just a snack, cheese platters are great for any occasion.  It is so simple, but the presentation can make it look much more extravagant.  There are so many different ways to do a cheese platter, but any cheese platter should have some sort of the following:  (1) cheese, (2) a vehicle to eat the cheese, (3) something sweet and (4) an extra spread.

This cheese platter was created as a Sunday afternoon snack for me and the hubby.  There is no reason why you can’t make a snack fancy 🙂

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The Cheese

I chose to do a Brie and an Italian hard cheese called Brenta Stagionato.  I am not super adventurous (some may even call it very picky) when it comes to cheese and I like the milder varieties, but you could choose from a million different cheeses to suit your taste.  I actually went to a fancy wine and cheese shop to buy the cheese and it was so fun to taste all of the different cheeses and pick something I liked with the help of someone who knew what they were talking about.  Certainly more expensive than the grocery store, but so worth it.

Accompaniments

I added some honey (Savannah Bee Company wildflower honey from our weekend getaway) as an extra spread, sliced apples (from our recent annual apple picking adventure), and grapes (no exciting story here…they are just from the grocery store).  I used simple water crackers as the vehicle so that the flavors of the cheese would stand out, but a sliced baguette is also always a good choice.

The options for accompaniments to a cheese platter are endless.  You could add just about anything and it would be delicious.  Depending on the season, you might want to change-up the type of fruit you use.  And for a more hearty platter you may want to add some meats such as salami or prosciutto (I truly believe that if you add prosciutto to anything it makes it better…yes, a true Italian)

Display

I have a great slate cheese board that my mom found on super sale somewhere so, unfortunately, I do not have details on where you can find it.  But, it comes with these little chalkboard labels that you can write the types of cheese on it or I can also write with chalk right on the board.  I never thought I needed a cheese board, but I was so wrong!