Home Bar Styling Ideas

Today’s post is an updated version of Home Bar Styling Ideas featuring new finds and classic favorites.

Home bar styling ideas reach beyond a portable card table or kitchen countertop.  A home bar serves up more than just cocktails when the spirits, wine, glassware, decor finds and beverage accouterments are stylishly displayed on a bar cart, accent cabinet or table, bookshelf, inside an antique armoire or atop a mid-century modern credenza.

Let me expand on that thought.

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Domino

The mix and the marvel is in details, proportion and placement.  Styling a home bar works off the same principle applied to styling a coffee table.

X marks the center spot which is the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.  The outer areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow and engage the eye.

Metal Mirror 2-Tier Bar Cart, 34"x34"

Metal Mirror 2-Tier Bar Cart, 34″x34″

 

Badash Crystal Chelsea Ice BucketBadash Crystal Chelsea Ice Bucket

 

Artland Milano Cordial Glass - Set of 6

Artland Milano Cordial Glass – Set of 6

Cocktail stirrers, straws, mixology tools and accessories house well in vintage candy dishes.

westmorland-argonaut-pink-milk-glass-footed-candy-dishWestmorland Argonaut Pink Milk Glass Footed Candy Dish

Take the party and the home bar styling ideas outside.

old-man-by-the-sea-home-barDomino

Garber-ice-bucket

Garber Ice Bucket

a-weathered-sea-captainA Weathered Sea Captain Oil Painting Reproduction Print

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Rope Bar Ice BucketRope Bar Ice Bucket

claw-bottle-opener

Claw Bottle Opener

You can’t go wrong with classic blue and white porcelain vases and accents.

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Goldinger-Dublin-gobletGodinger Dublin Goblet – Set of 4

blue pane

Blue Pane Framed Print

Marbled Swirl Ginger Jar - Blue/WhiteMarbled Swirl Ginger Jar – Blue/White

Porcelain Helmet CanisterPorcelain Helmet Canister

The secret to successful entertaining is creating an ambiance of effortless elegance.  This image exemplifies just that as the simple yet elegant touches set the tone and the style for an evening of sips and toasts.

foyer-bar Martha Stewart – Photography by Paul Costello

 

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

 

Gold Rim Coupe Glasses

Gold Rim Coupe Glasses

Christmas-walnutsHouse & Home

chinoiserie-home-barHouse Beautiful

 

Moses Console Table

Moses Console Table

Ellis Art Print 23 Beautiful Antique Sea Ocean Red Coral Ellis Art Print 23 Beautiful Antique Sea Ocean Red Coral

 

Artland Inc. Iris Ruby DOF Glasses - Set of 4Artland Inc. Iris Ruby DOF Glasses – Set of 4

 

Viv-all-purpose-big-wine-glass

Viv All Purpose Big Wine Glasses, Set of 8

red-lacquer-trayRed Rectangular Lacquer Serving Tray

 

Red Murano Glass Bowl w/ Infused FlakesRed Murano Glass Bowl w/ Infused Flakes

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Rue Magazine

Vintage Stieff Historic Newport Decanter Tags - Set of 4

Vintage Stieff Historic Newport Decanter Tags – Set of 4

ford-decanter

Ford Decanter

Antique Silver Sentiment PitcherAntique Silver Sentiment Pitcher

 

silver-hammered-pitcher

Hammered Straight Pitcher

Garnish your home bar with a hint of whimsical.

 

Vintage Irish Mist Liquor Soldier Decanter

Vintage Irish Mist Liquor Soldier Decanter

 

1960s-vintage-jim-beam-white-bowling-pin-decanter1960s Vintage Jim Beam White Bowling Pin Decanter

Beethoven's Fifth Whiskey Decanter with Pour Spout, Vintage Liquor Bottle Man Cave Bar Decor

Beethoven’s Fifth Whiskey Decanter with Pour Spout

 

Katrina Dog Shaped Liquor Whiskey DecanterKatrina Dog Shaped Liquor Whiskey Decanter

 

Vintage Political Decanters Vintage Political Decanters

Mix and mingle classic accents and barware essentials with modern with vintage, metals, colors, textures, and patterns.  Unconventional pieces shake and stir up interest.  I use a vintage creamer as a jigger, and it never fails to start the “where did you get this?” conversation.

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Disaronno Limited Edition Roberto Cavalli and Versace

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Art, stunning glassware, liquor, wine bottles and decanters heavy on color and pattern, a bouquet of fresh flowers or greenery in a vase, jar, or bottle, and one front and center conversation piece pull the look together.

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Mong 3 Drawer Accent ChestMong 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Console, cabinet, chest, or cart- cheers to the glamorously chic home bar, stylish and responsible entertaining and the holiday sip and social season.

Uttermost Amaranto Gold Serving Tea Cart

Uttermost Amaranto Gold Serving Tea Cart

Lagasse Bar CartLagasse Bar Cart

 

Rondo Crystal Whiskey/Liquor Rectangular 25 oz. DecanterRondo Crystal Whiskey/Liquor Rectangular 25 oz. Decanter

Pryce Gold Rocks Glass Pryce Gold Glassware

 

jiggerTwo of a Kind Less/More Jigger ~ kate spade new york

 

vintage-heisey-gold-accent-candy-dishVintage Heisey Paneled 22 kt Gold Accent Candy Dish

 

The Eye Match Set, Black

The Eye Match Set, Black

 

hollywood-regency-brass-shell-ashtray-dish

Hollywood Regency Brass Shell Ashtray Dish

Before many of us became smarter and healthier and the laws of the land changed, the ash tray was part of the cocktail bar landscape.  A vintage ash tray repurposed as a cocktail spoon or stirrer holder makes a great conversation piece.

neo-classical-Traditional-HomeTraditional Home on Pinterest

 

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Duggins DecanterDuggins Decanter

 

Anchor Hocking Fairfield Green Glass Pedestal Bowl

Anchor Hocking Fairfield Green Glass Pedestal Bowl

Making spirits bright this holiday social season starts with the well-appointed home bar.

Holiday-Happy-Hour-Bar-cartHouse & Home

 

Melania 9 oz. Stemmed Wine Glass

Melania 9 oz. Stemmed Wine Glass

toasting cocktails

Better Homes & Gardens

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Tadcaster Bar Cart

Tadcaster Bar Cart

Plastic Wine Bottle Rack

Clear Wine Bottle Rack

The essential pop of color welcomes style home.

Double Old Fashioned Glass 9.4Oz Edo Kiriko Design Cut Glass Kasane Yarai - Blue Double Old Fashioned Glass 9.4Oz Edo Kiriko Design Cut Glass Kasane Yarai 

gentlemens bar cartSouthern Living

S/6 Whiskey Neat Note CardsSet of 6 Whiskey Neat Note Cards – Lana’s Shop

 

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DecMode 18 in. Aluminum Wine Cooler Ice Bucket

DecMode 18 in. Aluminum Wine Cooler Ice Bucket

 

Rattan Rectangular Tray with Rounded Corners and Cutout Handles

Rattan Rectangular Tray with Rounded Corners and Cutout Handles

In Spirits of the Holiday Style-

Colvin 2 Door Accent CabinetColvin 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Desmond Resin Glitter Sitting Reindeer

Desmond Resin Glitter Sitting Reindeer

Godinger Serpentine Gallery Tray

Godinger Serpentine Gallery Tray

 

Badash Crystal Rimini Gold Serving TrayBadash Crystal Rimini Gold Serving Tray

 

 Ruby Etched Decanter

 Ruby Etched Decanter

 

Renaissance Holiday Santa Pitcher

Renaissance Holiday Santa Pitcher

 

Red Tumblers with Gold Jewel

Red Tumblers with Gold Jewel

 

Crystal Stemmed Wine GlassCrystal Stemmed Wine Glass

holiday cocktails book

Workman Publishing Holiday Cocktails Book

 

 Candy Dish Collection from Godinger Candy Dish Collection from Godinger

 

Holiday Gatherings Tartan Plaid Appetizer Plates Set of 4Holiday Gatherings Tartan Plaid Appetizer Plates Set of 4

bar menu mirror Southern Living

butler console tableRothwell Butler Console Table

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Casual Tier Console TableCasual Tier Console Table

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

gold-Christmas-woodland-tree-cocktail-napkin

Woodland Tree Gold Beverage/Cocktail Paper Napkins

Dollar store nickel-plated serving trays make a lovely presentation and prove budget-friendly.  I use these trays for everything from serving trays to cocktail napkin holders to coasters.

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waiting-on-martha-bar-trayWaiting on Martha

 

Queen+Anne+Small+Oblong+Gallery+Tray

crystal-cut-glass-bowl-honeysuckleRoyal Brierley Honeysuckle Crystal Bowl

The art of farmhouse style courtesy of casually elegant pieces.

Cattle Graze I Hand Embellished Canvas Art Print

Cattle Graze I Hand Embellished Canvas Art Print

Gold Metallic Double Bulb Scroll Table Lamp

Gold Metallic Double Bulb Scroll Table Lamp

Henriksen Coastal Inspired 2 Door Bar CabinetHenriksen Coastal Inspired 2 Door Bar Cabinet

Torched Copper Ice BucketTorched Copper Ice Bucket

Tuscany Classics - Whiskey 3pc SetTuscany Classics – Whiskey 3pc Set

Prosper Iron Round Accent Tray

Prosper Iron Round Accent Tray

Black Marble Board with Copper Finish Edge

Black Marble Board with Copper Finish Edge

Super cute idea for a farmhouse style home bar shot glass or jigger.

all in good taste piping hot creamer Kate Spade

kate spade new york All in Good Taste Piping Hot Creamer

Home Bar FYI:

Shot glasses range in size from 1 to 1¼  to 1½ ounces.

A pony shot equals 1 fluid ounce.

A jigger equals 1½ fluid ounces.

Vintage Hotel Waldorf Systems Jackson China Pitcher Creamer

Vintage Hotel Waldorf Systems Jackson China Pitcher Creamer 

industrial style home barSlesinski Design Group, Inc.

 

pinecone-base-lucite-lampPine Cone and Crystal Table Lamp

 

stag-cocktail-shakerStag Cocktail Shaker

 

Angus Cocktail TumblersAngus Cocktail Tumblers

 

Ken Fulk Retriever JiggerKen Fulk Retriever Jigger

bar-cart-lucite-chair-leopardBliss at Home – Bloglovin’

8 Oak Lane Black Bamboo Bar Cart

8 Oak Lane Black Bamboo Bar Card

 

Leopard-Print Wine Cooler

Leopard-Print Wine Cooler

 

Ardsley+Acrylic+Klismos+Upholstered+Dining+Chair

Ardsley Acrylic Klismos Upholstered Chair

 

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Leopard Velvet Lumbar Pillow

 

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Regency-eagle-convex-mirror

Regency Eagle Bevel Mirror

 

Small Gold Mirror Ornate Americana Federal Style Eagle Plastic Home DecorSmall Gold Mirror Ornate Americana Federal Style 

A small plastic framed gold Federal style mirror with a significantly lower price may be of decorative interest to you.

brass-bar-cart-stockedBetter Homes and Gardens

Molly+Martini+Bar+CartMolly Bar Cart

Maddox 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Maddox 2 Door Accent Cabinet

 

Crystal Dublin Ice BucketCrystal Dublin Ice Bucket 

 

Villeroy & Boch Boston Rose Claret, Set of 4

Villeroy & Boch Boston Rose Claret, Set of 4

 

American Brilliant Period Water Wine Liquor Decanter CarafeAmerican Brilliant Period Water Wine Liquor Decanter Carafe

 

clear-glass-pitcher

Shelly Rectangular Glass Pitcher

bert the peacock gold spoon restBert the Peacock Gold Spoon Rest

 

decanters

Suave Glass Pitcher  ||  Twirl Decanter  ||  Odette Handcut Glass Decanter

crinkle-pink-gold-bowlCrinkle Pink and Gold Bowl

prowl gold cocktail stirrers set of 4Prowl Gold Cocktail Stirrers

Louisiana lagniappe reflects a sense of home state home which reflects a sense of my personal style.

 

Stainless Steel Leather Console Table

Stainless Steel Leather Console Table

 

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arthur-court-ice-scoopArthur Court Alligator Ice Scoop

 

Silver Crocodile Tray

Silver Crocodile Tray

 

croco-ice-scoopCroco Ice Scoop

 

alligator-Pilsner-glasses

Arthur Court Alligator Pilsner Glasses

 

Bistro Croc Glass Highball Glass

Bistro Croc Glass Highball Glass

 

Crocodile+Decorative+BoxCrocodile Decorative Box

 

laveau-crocodile-skull

Laveau Crocodile Skull

Southern entertaining and the home bar go together like Tabasco and tomato juice.

holiday-home-bar-outdoor-entertainingSouthern Living

Take the home bar styling ideas outdoors.  Cocktails on the front or the back porch strike a chord of Southern charm.  I love how a bit of imagine results in an outdoor grill becoming a Bloody Mary bar accessorized with vintage serving pieces of silver, crystal, pottery, and porcelain.

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Bali Collection Glass Carafe,  All Natural Handwoven Rattan Wrapping

 

 band round glass pitcher

 Band Round Glass Pitcher

 

Be Social Monclava Double Old-Fashioned Glasses - Set of 4

Be Social Monclava Double Old-Fashioned Glasses – Set of 4

Magnolia+Foliage+in+Glass+Vase

 

Libbey Southern Comfort Set of Four 22K Gold and Aqua Riverboat Highball Tumblers circa 1968

Southern Comfort Set of Four 22K Gold and Aqua Riverboat Highball Tumblers

Cane Mixing Bowl by Mason Cash

Cane Mixing Bowl by Mason Cash

 

Gold+Accent+TraySilver Accent Tray

table-top-bar-Caitlin-Moran

Glitter Guide

A Mardi Gras mambo always adds Louisiana style to the mix and the mingle.

mask-bottle-opener

Two-of-a-Kind Mask Bottle Opener  – kate spade new york

 

Rubi Wine Cooler, Brass

Rubi Wine Cooler, Brass

Macdougal Gold Accent Tray

Macdougal Gold Accent Tray

 

 sebastian decanterSebastian Decanter

 

Giada Acrylic Wine Glass - Green - Large

Giada Acrylic Wine Glass – Green – Large

 

Vintage Culver Mardi Gras Jester Glasses

Vintage Culver Mardi Gras Jester Glasses 

 

Grassingt Clear 14 oz. Acrylic Every Day Glasses

Grassingt Clear 14 oz. Acrylic Every Day Glasses

 

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Glass “Elixir” Bottle

 Emerald Collection Diamond salad plate from Coton Colors Emerald Collection Diamond Plates from Coton Colors

 

Thirstystone Appetizer Pick, Fleur de Lis S-four

Thirstystone Appetizer Pick, Fleur de Lis 

A candle holder is a stirrer holder is a candy dish is a …

Vintage Gold Crown Candle HolderVintage Gold Crown Candle Holder

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Domino

Everything old is new and in style again.

Breene 2 Door Accent CabinetBreene 2 Door Accent Cabinet

 

Jack Nicholson @ China Town Framed PrintJack Nicholson @ China Town Framed Print

 

Mayton 17" Table Lamp

Mayton 17″ Table Lamp

 

Zhori-Midcentury-Modern-bar-cartZhori Midcentury Modern Bar Cart – Holly & Martin

 

Beck Ottoman/Coffee Table Tray

Beck Ottoman/Coffee Table Tray

Drake Metallic Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

Drake Metallic Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

 

burl-wood-rectangular-trayBurl Wood Rectangular Tray

 

Mid Century Orange Party Bowl

Mid Century Orange Party Bowl

 

franklin-double-old-fashioned-glassFranklin Double Old-Fashioned Glass

 

Lion Wine Bottle HolderLion Wine Bottle Holder

Cocktails and conversation take place around unique home bar pieces.

Steven Sclaroff

Steven Sclaroff

 

radius-decanter

Radius Decanter

airplane-cheese-board

Godinger Wooden Airplane Cheese Board

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

 

Harrison Round TrayHarrison Round Tray

hammered-bar-ware

 

Steady-Temp 8 oz. Martini GlassSteady-Temp 8 oz. Martini Glass

Alsten Pillow - Ralph Lauren Home

Alsten Pillow – Ralph Lauren Home

 

Vintage Military Hats Ashtray

Vintage Military Hats Ashtray

 

pointdexter silver cocktail picks with hat set of 6Pointdexter Silver Cocktail Picks with Hat Set of 6

 

Faux Wood Ice Bucket with Lid

Faux Wood Ice Bucket with Lid

Hammered Candy Nut BowlHammered Candy / Nut Bowl

stovetop sugar free candied nuts Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Nuts 

Entertain these home bar styling ideas for a finished result that’s one part glamour, one part personal style, and one part fabulous now being served.

love your style

 

 

 

 

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New Year’s Eve Soiree Suggestions

Pop a good time for New Year’s Eve with casual fair and flair.  These New Year’s Eve soiree suggestions center around hosting a great get together that is as simple in prep and serve as it is in style and taste.  I think host and hostesses shy from the concept of simple thinking simple translates to open bags of chips tossed about with a if you want it get up and get it yourself party vibe, not that there’s anything wrong with that. No, simple entertaining is the first cousin to comfortable times spent at home with friends over good eats and drinks mixed with great conversation, music and merriment.  Simple takes the lead of the evening setting the tone, the feel and the mood.  It’s a perfected manner of entertaining that should appear to be exactly what it is intended to be- a casual and comfortable gathering of friends with the emphasis on let’s have fun.

PERFECT_CHEESE_BOARD_PIC_02How to build the Perfect Cheese Board

I love the casual glam look created by pairing a denim shirt with the sparkle, glitz and glamour of holiday appropriate jewelry and accessories. Apply that same philosophy by pairing up otherwise ordinary goodies with serveware befitting an all that glitters New Year’s Eve celebration.

View More: http://kristaajones.pass.us/nyeThe Glitter Guide

For example, these porcelain dip bowls in gold and silver from Target retail for $2.99 each. I also noticed a Nate Berkus serving tray on clearance for under $10. Make new and affordable entertaining friends while ringing out the old, a few in silver and a few in gold.

New Year's Eve Soiree Suggestions

Cocktails & Mocktails refreshingly go with ringing in the New Year. Presentation draws ’em in!  Who doesn’t love to sip a cocktail or mocktail from a salt or sugar-rimmed glass?

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Cheers to my very favorite unleaded drink of choice.  A good- no, a great Shirley Temple takes me back to Southern summers spent sipping sparkling Shirley Temples served in tall frosted glass tumblers poolside at The Broadwater Beach Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Delicious mocktail memories, y’all!

Homemade-Fortune-Cookie-RecipeHomemade Fortune Cookies

Festive fortune cookie favors carry out the theme of good luck and fortune for the New Year and New Year’s Eve party goer.  Della Gossett, executive pastry chef at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago Beverly Hills, shares her recipe for homemade fortune cookies with the readers of POPSUGAR.  Talk about luck!

black-eyed-peas1New Orleans Style Blackeye Peas

A midnight black-eyed pea buffet is always a part of our New Year’s Eve party plans.  Starting the New Year off in a simple and casual setting with a bang of tradition, a dash of festive ritual and a dish of good luck is resolution number one.

Love your style!

New Year’s Eve Appetizer And Beverage Suggestions

New Year’s Eve appetizer and beverage suggestions are everywhere, including Places In The Home.

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Allow me to entice you with a few favorite recipes old and new for your New Year’s Eve spread consideration.

Sugar and Nut Glazed Brie

Ingredients

¼ cup packed brown sugar

¼ cup chopped macadamia nuts or pecans

1 tablespoon brandy

1 (14-ounce) round brie

Apple wedges, for serving

Pear wedges, for serving

2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Crackers, for serving

Directions

In a small bowl stir together the sugar, nuts, and brandy. Cover and chill for at least 24 hours or up to 1 week.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Place the brie on an ovenproof platter or pie plate. Bake for 4 or 5 minutes or until the brie is slightly softened. Spread the sugar mixture in an even layer on top of the warm brie and bake for 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until the sugar melts. Brush the fruit wedges with lemon juice and arrange them around 1 side of the brie. Place crackers around the other side.

~The Food Network

Stuffed Mushrooms, Baby!

Ingredients

24 ounces, weight White Button Mushrooms

⅓ pounds Hot Pork Sausage

½ whole Medium Onion, Finely Diced

4 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced

⅓ cups Dry White Wine

8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese

1 whole Egg Yolk

¾ cups Parmesan Cheese, Grated

Salt And Pepper, to taste

Directions

Wipe off or wash mushrooms in cold water. Pop out stems, reserving both parts. Chop mushroom stems finely and set aside. Brown and crumble sausage. Set aside on a plate to cool. Add onions and garlic to the same skillet; cook for 2 minutes over medium low heat. Pour in wine to deglaze pan, allow liquid to evaporate. Add in chopped mushroom stems, stir to cook for 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set mixture aside on a plate to cool.

In a bowl, combine cream cheese and egg yolk. Stir together with Parmesan cheese. Add cooled sausage and cooled mushroom stems. Stir mixture together and refrigerate for a short time to firm up. Smear mixture into the cavity of each mushroom, creating a sizable mound over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool at least ten minutes before serving; the stuffed mushrooms taste better when not piping hot.

~The Pioneer Woman

We had these at a cocktail party a few years ago and I was thrilled to rediscover the recipe.  Rich & indulgent, exactly the way appetizers on New Year’s Eve should be!

Pecan-Crusted Artichoke Spread

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter

½ cup finely chopped onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach

1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1 8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened

½ cup fat-free mayonnaise dressing or salad dressing

2 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (8 oz.)

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (2 oz.)

2 dashes bottled hot pepper sauce

¼ cup finely chopped pecans

Baguette-style French bread slices, toasted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degree F. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook for 3 minutes. Add spinach; cook for 3 to 5 minutes more or until onion is tender and spinach is cooked, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in chopped artichoke hearts, cream cheese, mayonnaise dressing, cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, and hot pepper sauce.

Transfer to an ungreased 1-½-quart casserole. Bake for 40 minutes. Top with pecans; bake for 10 minutes more.

Serve with toasted bread slices. Makes 4 cups spread (sixty-four 1-tablespoon servings).

~Better Homes and Gardens

Party Crab Puffs

Ingredients

1 cup water

½  cup butter, cubed

¼  teaspoon salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

4 eggs

FILLING:

4 hard-cooked eggs, finely chopped

1 can (6 ounces) lump crabmeat, drained

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

¼ cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained

Minced fresh parsley, optional

Directions

In a large saucepan, bring the water, butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.

Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack. Immediately split puffs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard soft dough from inside. Cool puffs.

In a large bowl, combine the filling ingredients. Just before serving, spoon 1 teaspoonful filling into each puff; sprinkle with parsley if desired. Replace tops. Yield: 8 dozen.

~Taste of Home

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Mr. B’s Barbecued Shrimp

Ingredients

3 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus 12 tbsp. cut into ½ ” cubes and chilled

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

½  cup Crystal hot sauce

¼  cup Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp. Creole seasoning

4 tsp. ground black pepper

1 ½ lb. head-on large shrimp, unpeeled

Kosher salt, to taste

French bread, for serving

Directions

Heat 3 tbsp. butter in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat.  Add garlic; cook until soft, 1-2 minutes.  Add hot sauce, Worcestershire, juice, Creole seasoning and pepper.  Bring to a simmer; cook until sauce is reduced by half, 5-7 minutes.  Add shrimp; cook, flipping once, until cooked through, 3-4 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in chilled butter to make a smooth sauce.  Season with salt.  Serve with French bread.

~Saveur

I prepared these for Christmas dinner and the reviews were rave!  The recipe is balanced correctly for a not- too-sweet side dish for baked ham, scrambled eggs, or as dessert.

Butterscotch Pears 

Ingredients

4 large firm pears

1 tablespoon lemon juice

¼  cup packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons butter, softened

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

½  teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

½  cup chopped pecans

½  cup pear nectar

2 tablespoons honey

Directions

Cut pears in half lengthwise; remove cores. Brush pears with lemon juice. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, flour, cinnamon and salt; stir in pecans. Spoon into pears; place in 4-qt. slow cooker.

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Combine pear nectar and honey; drizzle over pears.  Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through.  Serve warm. 

~Taste of Home

Wine and Cocktail Suggestions

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Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco

Bon Appetit

Prosecco- Raspberry Gelée

Ingredients

2 cups (9 ounces) fresh raspberries

¾  cup plus 2 tablespoons. sugar, divided

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided

1 750-ml chilled bottle Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine), divided

3 ½ teaspoon unflavored gelatin (measured from two 1/4-ounce envelopes)

¾  teaspoon orange-flower water (optional)

Directions

Place raspberries, ¼ cup sugar, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a medium bowl; toss gently to combine. Let stand at room temperature until raspberries release their juices, tossing occasionally, 20-30 minutes.

Place ½ cup Prosecco in a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over and let stand 5 minutes to soften. Bring 1 cup Prosecco to a boil with remaining ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; add gelatin mixture and stir until dissolved.

Transfer gelatin mixture to a large pitcher. Add raspberries with juices, remaining Prosecco, remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and orange-flower water (if using), stirring to dissolve any sugar.

Using a slotted spoon, divide raspberries equally among coupe glasses or other small wide, shallow glasses or cups. Divide Prosecco mixture equally among glasses, about ¾ cup per glass.  Chill gelée until firm, about 3 hours.

 

This is my favorite~

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Dr. Loosen Riesling

A perfect spicy alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktail  for New Year’s Eve and/or New Year’s Day!

Creole Bloody Mary Cocktail

Ingredients

1 tsp. celery salt

2 ounces vodka

1 tsp. Pickapeppa sauce

1 tsp.  Worcestershire sauce

1 dash hot sauce

6 ounces Clamato juice

2 lemon wedges

1 tsp. lime juice

Celery hearts, for garnish

*** for an extra spicy garnish, spicy pickled green beans are delicious!***

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Directions

Run lemon wedge around rim of a glass.  Fill glass with ice. Pour in vodka(or delete for non-alcoholic version), Pickapeppa sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce; top with Clamato.  Add celery salt, lime juice, and lemon juice from wedges into glass.  Stir well and garnish with celery heart or spicy green bean.  Serves 1.

© Dave Lauridsen via Food & Wine

Emerald Palmers

Ingredients

8 Persian cucumbers, chopped

2 cups mint leaves

1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice

½  cup agave nectar

1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder

Kosher salt

Ice

Directions

In a bowl, toss the cucumbers with the mint leaves. Transfer half of the mixture to a blender and puree until chunky.

In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice, agave and matcha powder with 5 cups of ice water. With the blender on, add half of the lemon mixture to the puree and blend until very smooth. Transfer to a punch bowl. Blend the remaining cucumbers, mint and lemon mixture until very smooth and transfer to the punch bowl. Season the drink lightly with salt and serve in ice-filled glasses.

~Food & Wine

 

enjoy