Cupcakes are everywhere. While the yummy, sweet ones I now leave to the masters at Clementine Cupcakes and Occasional Cakes, I had to find a new use for my cupcake pans! I came across several tasty, savory ones. Whether you are up for Mexican, Asian or comfort food these cupcake size treats are perfect for your next summer party on the patio, or Sunday brunch. For Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, try Taco Cupcakes by The Girl who ate Everything along side a pitcher of Margaritas. You could easily try these with ground pork, turkey or make them vegetarian, and maybe add some sliced jalepenos too. For brunch try Quiche in Prosciutto Cups from Epicurious. I might try a green olive tapenade in place of the black olives. Do I hear mimosas calling? Asian Chicken Salad in Crispy Wonton Cups by The Food in my Beard. I really like the look and flavor of the shredded carrots, cucumber and shallots in this recipe. The crab filing for these Mini Crab Cake cupcakes from Epicurious can be made the day before. I love that the crust is made with panko bread crumbs, which are lighter and crispier than traditional bread crumbs. For colder nights these Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes by Bev Cooks look super easy. I’d like to try them in a cast iron cupcake pan over a summer campfire. These Mango Curry Shrimp Wonton Cups from Epicurious are packed with flavor and would go great with your favorite Sauvignon Blanc or dry Riesling.
A girlfriend and I will be hosting a Retro Bridal Shower for our dear friend, Natalie. Here are the invitations that were sent out. I have been gathering 1950/60’s inspired pieces for the party as well as creating a throwback menu for the luncheon. We want to make sure that Natalie is prepared for her role as “perfect wife”. We all know that part of being that perfect wife is to provide nutritious and tasty meals for the Mister. So I requested each guest bring a favorite recipe to share with the bride. The invitations were ordered from One Love Designs and recipe cards from p.ink creative. I will have more party details to share with all of you good housewives next week!
I am breaking from all of the fun Halloween inspiration going on around here to share the Retro Bridal Shower I co-hosted this weekend with my friend Yukie. (Invitations here). It was a lovely Sunday morning with the bride, Natalie, and 8 lovely ladies. It was a casual luncheon among friends, chatting and showering the bride. Yukie’s house was the perfect setting for this shower. We dined out back under the shade of her trees and moved inside for dessert. I made the table cover and cloth napkins. The cocktail napkins were actually from vintage pillowcases. Rolling with the Retro Housewife theme we created a menu reminiscent to the 1950’s with a Modern twist. Appetizers Pigs in a blanket Buffalo Chex Mix Deviled Eggs Lunch Meatloaf Sliders Fruit Kabobs Iceberg Salad Green Bean Salad Dessert Madonna Inn Pink Champagne Cake A shower wouldn’t be complete until we gave the bride some solid words of advice on “How to be a Good Housewife”. I ordered a bridal shower game from From Made by a Princess. The game is based on the 1955 Good Housewife’s Guide. Armed with this advice, Natalie is on her way to being a “Good Housewife”. Here are some highlights from the article: Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time, for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him, and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home, and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed. Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first- remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours. Don’t complain if he comes home late to dinner, or even if he stays out all night.Compare this as minor compared to what he may have gone through that day. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice. Congratulations to our “Good Wife”, Natalie. I was thrilled to host a shower for such a wonderful friend and to enjoy it with her lovely friends. Cheers!