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Fresh Fruit Champagne Cocktails

Brunch Cocktails remixed.

I love the idea of a brunch cocktail bar, but a champagne cocktail bar is even better.  Fresh fruit pureed and served in mason jars – the perfect mix-in for your favorite sparkling wine on a hot summer day. These don’t taste like your average Bellini or Mimosa- they’re much lighter and still slightly tart. The champagne is the star of the show, flecked with the fruit.

I served these this past weekend, and everyone had a lot of fun mixing up their own drinks and watching the champagne foam turn strawberry and raspberry colored. This isn’t really a “recipe” per se, but here’s what I did.

Fresh Fruit Champagne Cocktails

I pureed a package of strawberries, a package of raspberries and juiced two oranges. I didn’t strain the berries, but I did slightly strain the orange juice. Each yielded about 1/3 – 1/2 of a small mason jar. With about one – two teaspoons per drink, this was just about enough to cover two bottles of champagne. I set the mason jars out with a teaspoon in each and my champagne bar was ready for my guests to mix up their own delicious fresh fruit champagne cocktails.

Happy Entertaining (& Drinking!)

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Triple Potato Baked Home Fries


The only word coming out of your mouth will be yum (or some sound that resembles that) when you taste these potatoes. They come out crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside. Since they’re baked, they’re a little healthier than fried potatoes and you don’t have to stand there watching them the whole time.

I introduced these on Saturday for brunch and they were so amazing. Served with a chipotle crab dip quiche (coming soon!) and a side of mixed greens, it made for an easy and delicious brunch party. Make these for your next party (or a smaller portion just for yourself!) and you’ll be getting some serious compliments.

Triple Potato Baked Home Fries

Serves 6

1 Large Sweet Potato

2 Large Red Potatoes

2 Large White Potatoes

1/2 Large Onion

1 & 1/2 cup Diced Pepper ( I used red and yellow)

Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Oil

Preheat your oven to 425°F

Cut your potatoes into even sized cubes, right into a large pot of water. Bring the potatoes to a boil, and let boil for about a minute or two. Remove the potatoes from the pot and drop them into a large bowl of cold water. After a minute, drain the potatoes into a large bowl and toss with a couple tablespoons oil, sprinkling with salt, freshly ground pepper and garlic powder. Spray a baking sheet with pam/olive oil, and move your potatoes to the baking sheet. Bake for 30 – 45 minutes, until crispy.

While your potatoes are baking, heat a tablespoon of olive or grape seed oil in pan on medium low heat. Dice your pepper, and cut your onion into thin, medium sized strips. Add the onion to the pan, and stirring occasionly, cook for about 25- 30 minutes, or until just browned. At that time, add the pepper, season with salt and pepper and cook for about another 10 minutes until browning and tender.

Once your potatoes are done, transfer to a serving dish and toss with your onions and peppers.

Serve warm.

in Entertaining

Vintage Entertaining: Toledo Cocktail Swords

I am utterly obsessed with mid-century antique serving and housewares. Basically, if it’s old, shiny, and has to do with entertaining, I’ll probably love it.

I first discovered these Vintage Toledo Cocktail Swords on etsy during one of my antique housewares hunts. Unfortunately, the price was a little overwhelming. Most ranged around $40 and up with shipping, which for cocktail picks, is a bit out of my price range. Luckily, I kept searching, and was finally able to secure these bad boys for $20 with shipping on ebay. For 8 cocktail picks, it seems a bit pricy, but when you take into account that new metal cocktail picks start at about $10 for 6 without a stand, these are basically a steal.

The swords being used to skewer olives in my Dirty Martini Shooters

The picks come from Toledo, Spain circa 1950, modeled after the same swords manufactured there since 500 B.C.   They are made of stainless steel with brass handles and come with a brass stand. There are a few different style swords in my set and each is emblazoned with “Toledo.” They are seriously the coolest little replicas, and great conversation starters. Everyone loves a good (mini) sword fight.

If you’d like to purchase some of these for your own, check and There’s usually a few auctions happening at any given time.

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Happy Hunting xo