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ENTERTAIN! Bloody Mary Egg Bar

 

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OxiClean asked me to host a party with one of my favorite ENTERTAIN! brunch themes, a bloody mary egg bar! Perfect for spring and with Easter just around the corner, my tips will show you how to create the perfect spring brunch with my signature bloody mary and egg bar.

Bloody Mary Bar
There are so many versions and styles of the bloody mary bar, so let your guests decide how they want their drinks by setting up a MYO “make your own” bloody mary bar with an array of ingredients – spices, flavors, and garnishes.

1. Rim your glass with a meat rub, salt, or any of the suggested below.
2. Start your drink with a base – can be traditional or non-traditional.
3. Add your liquor.
4. Add other ingredients/flavors (can be the classics – horseradish, worcestershire sauce, lime juice, hot sauce, and cracked pepper)
5. Garnish your drink with everything but the kitchen sink!

Rims:
- Steak rub

– Sesame seeds
– Flavored salts (truffle, wasabi, smoked, etc.)

Bases:
- Tomato juice

Pre-made Bloody Mary Mix
– Clamato juice
– V8 juice

Liquor/Alcohol:
– Vodka = Classic Bloody Mary, Vodka + Sweet Vermouth = Bloody Mariella
– Bacon-infused vodka = Bacon Mary
– Tequila = Bloody Maria
– Gin = Bloody Margaret
– Sake = Bloody Geisha
– Non-alcoholic = Bloody Shame!

Flavors:
– Horseradish
– Worcestershire sauce
– lime juice
– hot sauce
– Sweet Vermouth
– Sriracha
-Fish Sauce

Garnishes:
– Pickled shrimp
– Pickled carrots
– Hot peppers
– Jalapeños
– Cherry tomatoes
– Cocktail onions
– Olives (blue cheese, jalapeño, garlic stuffed)
– Baby corn
– Bamboo shoots
– Caper berries
– Tomatillos

Stir Sticks: 
– Beef jerky
– Slim Jims
– Green peppers
– Carrot sticks
– Bacon
– Asparagus
– Green onion

Egg “Bar”
Start with a basic egg quiche, cut into bars, and create a toppings bar for your guests to dress theirs up. It’ll give them a variety of taste with minimal work!

Suggested combos to go with the Bloody Mary bar:
- Classic: bacon, tomatoes, sour cream, chopped scallions, cheddar cheese
- Mexican (to go with the bloody Maria): queso fresco, salsa, hot sauce, jalapeños, red peppers, corn
- English (to go with the Bloody Margaret): asparagus, creme fraiche, salmon roe, dill
- Asian (to go with the Bloody Geisha): baby corn, ponzu sauce, shiitake mushrooms, black and white sesame seeds, bean sprouts, daikon, wasabi

– Italian (to go with the Bloody Mariella): parmesan cheese, roasted tomatoes, chopped basil, roasted peppers, extra virgin olive oil

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OxiClean Products

OxiClean’s newest products just launched with the brand’s first within the dishwashing detergent and laundry categories, bringing its stain-fighting expertise to even more places in the home. These products will help get your linens party-ready and your tableware crystal clean.

  • Laundry Detergent: has powerful stain-fighters that help break-down and lift out tough, dried-on stains, has a color safe formula that deep cleans for brilliant whites and vivid brights, & leaves clothes smelling fresh and clean
    • Covers stain removals like grass, blood, wine, chocolate, and sauces
  • Dishwasher Detergent: has 4 times the concentrated oxygen cleaning formula that eliminates tough stuck-on food, penetrates and lifts away toughest stains, prevents cloudy film and spots on glasses and dishes, and removes odors as it cleans leaving your dishwasher smelling fresh
  • Whitening Laundry Additive (White Revive): safe on colors and brightens whites better than bleach – maintains whites without yellowing or color damage
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St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Party

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Throw a more formal St. Patrick’s Day themed dinner party this year! Use my menu that’s complete with Irish ingredients, classic and Irish themed recipes, signature cocktails, and spirited desserts as well as my tips below to leave your guests green with envy! Click on the links below for the recipes.

Green Cocktails – in terms of color and because they’re “healthy”

  • Shamrock Royal
    • Mint, Green Apple, Pear, and Sparkling Wine
  • Green-tini
    • Cucumber, dill, parsley, Cork dry gin, Dry vermouth

Appetizer – start off your meal with an Irish flag themed three layered spread

  • Irish Flag Pâté
    • A tri-colored vegetable pate of broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower that reflects the colors of the Irish flag

Main Course – a classic recipe with an Irish take

Dessert –now you can have your cake and “drink” it too!

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Decor - Create an all green floral centerpiece made of green flowers (roses, hydrangea, cymbidiums, hypericum) and of course, Bells of Ireland. Floral arrangement from Scott’s Flowers, NYC

Table Setting - Set your table in green and white with different accents. Seafoam cotton table linen and hunter green napkins from Party Rental Ltd.   

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Shamrock Royal

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Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Using a Breville juicer, juice the apple, pear, lemon, and mint. Store covered in a refrigerator until used.
  2. To serve: fill a champagne glass halfway with the juice mixture, then top with Barefoot Refresh Crisp White.
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Green-tini

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Juice Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 2-3 Stalks of Dill
  • 2-3 Stalks of Parsley
  • 2 oz. Cork Dry Gin
  • ½ oz. Dry vermouth
  • cucumber peel for garnish

Method:

  1. Using a Breville juicer, juice cucumber, dill, and parsley. Store covered in a refrigerator until used.
  2. To serve: combine 3 oz. of the juice, gin, and vermouth to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass and garnish with a cucumber peel.  
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Irish Flag Pate on Soda Bread Crackers

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli Florettes
  • 1 cups diced carrots
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 large eggs separated
  • 3 Tbsp fat free cream cheese
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced fresh chives
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • dash of ground ginger
  • dash of coriander
  • salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. 
  2. Spray the bottom of a mini loaf pan with Pompeian cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  3. Blanch the vegetables separately in lightly salted water for 3-5 minutes and shock immediately in ice water bath.
  4. Dry vegetables thoroughly on paper towels.
  5. Place the broccoli with ½ of the egg yolks, 1 Tbsp cream cheese and 1 tsp lemon juice, mix until pureed and place in a small mixing bowl. 
  6. Repeat the above process with the carrots and then the cauliflower. Clean the processor in between vegetables.
  7. Combine the broccoli with the chives with a pinch of coriander and a dash of salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Combine the carrots with the grated nutmeg and ginger.
  9. Combine the cauliflower with the lemon zest.
  10. Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then place 1/3 into each vegetable mixture and gently fold until combined.
  11. Place the vegetable mixture into individual Ziploc bags, releasing excess air before sealing.
  12. Spoon the carrot mixture into pan until 1/3 full, carefully tapping and smoothing until completely even.
  13. Carefully pipe the caulifower mixture as not to disturb the carrot layer until 2/3 full, carefully tapping and smoothing.
  14. Carefully pipe the broccoli mixture as not to disturb the other layers to the tip of the pan, carefully tapping and smoothing.
  15. Cover with a piece of lightly oiled wax paper.
  16. Transfer to the oven and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until firm.
  17. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan, then refrigerate. 

Suggestion: Serve with soda bread crackers or toast.

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Green Herb Crusted Irish Salmon in Irish Butter Sauce with Golden Potato Coins

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Recipe Credit: Food Network

Serving size: 6

Ingredients:

  •  1 (2- to 2 1/2-pound) skinless salmon fillet
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup minced scallions, white and green parts (4 scallions)
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place the salmon fillet in a glass, ceramic, or stainless-steel roasting dish and season it generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice and drizzle the mixture evenly over the salmon. Let it stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the scallions, dill, and parsley. Scatter the herb mixture over the salmon fillet, turning it so that both sides are generously coated with the green herbs. Pour the wine around the fish fillet.
  5. Roast the salmon for 10 to 12 minutes, until almost cooked in the center at the thickest part. The center will be firm with just a line of uncooked salmon in the very center. (Peek by inserting the tip of a small knife.)
  6. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Cut the salmon crosswise into serving pieces and serve hot with lemon wedges.

 

Irish Butter Sauce
Recipe Credit: The Guardian

Serving size: 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons of cold water
  • 1 stick of butter, diced
  • 1 teaspoon (approximately) lemon juice

To garnish:

  • Sprigs of parsley or watercress

Method:

  1. Put the egg yolks into a heavy-bottomed stainless-steel saucepan on a very low heat. Add the cold water and whisk thoroughly.
  2. Add the butter bit by bit, whisking all the time. As soon as one piece melts, add the next. The mixture will gradually thicken, but if it shows signs of becoming too thick or “scrambling” slightly, remove from the heat immediately and add a little cold water if necessary. Do not leave the pan or stop whisking until the sauce is made.
  3. Add the lemon juice to taste. Pour into a bowl and keep warm over hot, but not boiling, water.

 

Golden Potato Coins
Recipe Credit: White on Rice Couple

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs Baby Gold Potatoes
  • 3 T Olive Oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea Salt or Kosher Salt

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven on Roast to 425º Convection or 450º Regular Roast
  2. Scrub, dry, and slice potatoes into 1/4″ coins (try to have the potatoes sliced consistent in thickness so they will all roast evenly). Toss with olive oil, a decent amount of fresh ground pepper, and season to taste with sea salt.
  3. Spread potatoes out in uniform layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Slide the pan into the oven.
  4. After about 15 min., when the potatoes begin to brown on the bottom side (lift one up and give it a peek), flip all of them over and put them back in the oven (for about another 10 minutes) or until the potatoes have reached a nice golden brown on both sides and remove from oven.
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Guinness Cake with Bushmills Zabaglione

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Serving Size: 4-6 people

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mace
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup seedless raisins
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  •  ½ cup finely chopped candied ginger
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 1 3/4 cups soft brown sugar (dark brown works better)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2/3 cups Guinness
  • 4 eggs, beaten

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325° F.
  2. Spray the inside of a springform bundt pan with Pompeian cooking spray, dust with flour, and set aside.
  3. Sift the flour and spices and half the baking soda together into a large bowl.
  4. Add the butter into the flour bowl with an upright pastry paddle, combine on low until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  5. Add the chopped ginger, both raisins, and the lemon rind in a food processer, pulse until mixture is finely chopped.  
  6. Add the fruit mixture to the flour and butter and combine on low, slowly add the beaten egg into mixture.
  7. Dissolve the remaining baking soda in the Guinness; then add this to the mixture as well and stir or pulse until well combined.
  8. Evenly place the batter into the bundt pan, tapping lightly and smoothing out the top.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Then lower the temperature to 300°F, cover the top of the cake loosely with tin foil, and bake for another 30 minutes.
  10. The cake should be a deep brown color and firm to the touch when finished. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely in its pan before turning it out. When it’s out, dust the top with confectioners’ sugar. Fill the inside with Bushmills Zablagione. See recipe below.

 

Bushmills Zabaglione
Recipe Credit: All Recipes

Serving size: 3 cups

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Fill a large saucepan with several inches of water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat until the water maintains a strong simmer.
  2. Place the egg yolks, Bushmills whiskey, and sugar into a metal mixing bowl. Place the bowl over the simmering water.
  3. Beat constantly with a wire whisk until the zabaglione thickens to the consistency of softly whipped cream.
  4. Scrape the zabaglione into a clean mixing bowl, and set over ice, stirring occasionally until cold. Once cold, fold in the whipped cream.
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Red Carpet Oscar Party

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Entertain your Oscar party guests this year with movie themed cocktails, popcorn, and a make your own photobooth with decor! Following a tradition of mine for the Oscars every year, I’ve created cocktails inspired by the best picture nominees to fit the themes and tone of each movie, as well as internationally-flavored popcorn based on the foreign-language film nominees.

Click on the links below for cocktail recipes for my top film picks out of the Best Picture Nominees:

“Dallas Buyers Club” – Buck Shot with a Bud Chaser
“Her” – Artificial OS Ice
“American Hustle” – Con-tail
“Captain Phillips” – Alabama Tuk Kolok
“Wolf of Wall Street” – Stock Broker
“Gravity” – Anti-Gravity Ice Sphere

Make internationally-flavored popcorn as an added party treat for your guests. Click on the links below for my recipes based on the Foreign Language Nominees:

Belgium: “The Broken Circle Breakdown” – Chocolate Waffle
Italy: “The Great Beauty” – Italian Breadstick
Denmark: “The Hunt” – Cinnamon Sugar
Cambodia: “The Missing Picture” – Curried
Palestine: “Omar” – Middle Eastern

Create your own red carpet decor that doubles as a photo booth. For your backdrop, mimic the red carpet by draping red fabric over a wall. Bring the celebrity style of the red carpet to your party and make your own glamorous props. Accessories such as a bow tie, top hat and oversized jewels will have all your guests feeling red carpet-ready! Add store bought props like top hats and boas.

Click here to watch my segment on The Couch for all of these tips and more!

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Oscar Party: The Broken Circle Breakdown – Chocolate Waffle Popcorn

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Belgium is famous for their delicious chocolates and waffles. Combine a little bit of both favorites and bake melted chocolate and crispy waffles into your popcorn.

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 3.5 oz bag of popped popcorn
  • 1 cup of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of broken waffle cones

Instructions:

  • Melt the milk chocolate chips in the microwave and stir.
  • Pour over the bowl of popcorn and stir along with the broken waffle cone pieces until the popcorn is well coated. 
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