This past weekend I had a bit of a freak out moment. While having tea with girlfriends on Sunday afternoon at a nearby hotel (in lieu of watching the Superbowl), in walked my favorite chef: Ina Garten. For those of you who've followed my blog for even a short amount of time, you know all about my obsession with her. Since I didn't get up the nerve to say hello (or much less even speak), I decided the only acceptable thing would be to whip up one of my favorite Barefoot Contessa Recipes: her Cheese Straws. Lowfat they are not, but they're a guaranteed hit at parties, take mere minutes to whip up and come out cheesy and flaky. Now what could be bad about that?
Most times when we entertain, I'll throw together a cheese plate. But, when I'm feeling particularly ambitious (and when we've done something really simple for the main course), I like to make little home-baked bites to kick off the meal. I had these cheese puffs at a friend's ...read more