Having a Bloody Mary Bar is essential to Christmas gatherings in my home. I’ve imported this set-up from my experiences growing up in Alabama; a Bloody Mary bar – plain and simple – is classic Southern hospitality. Spicy Cheddar Cheese Straws are the expecting nosh in these operations. Spicy nuts and cheese are also encouraged.
I like the idea as it’s low-maintenance; guests can make their own drink according to their palates; Virgin (non-alcoholic) Marys encouraged. My daughter Greta’s recent touch was stuffing large pitted olives with creamy gorgonzola, insuring the best Bloody Mary on the planet. The following recipe can be adapted to your palate, as simple or elaborate as you wish.
Composing individual craft cocktails when hosting a party can knock a host under the table, stone-cold sober, I might add – forget having time to sip your own. As soon as you’ve finished passing round one, guests are lined up – empty glass in hand – for round two. One could hire a bartender, I … Full recipe post »
(Halloween candy, not for me; a spritz of bliss, if you please.) On a trip to Italy, some 20 years back, I discovered Campari, an alcoholic beverage in the family of bitters. For many, it’s an acquired taste (a friend says it reminds her of cough syrup), but I took to the potion — an … Full recipe post »
Hi there! I'm Peggy Lampman -
Food writer by trade, curious cook by design.
The past 30 years have witnessed a raucous race from my professional to
home kitchen - persnickety customers, petulant children and piles of dirty dishes
lie in my wake. And the dinnerFeeds - well - they
are my story. More about Peggy and this site...
Taste buds prickle; wanderlust triggered. An Argentine barbecue (asado)
enticed me to Patagonia. A friend gave me a vial of ground sumac berries--4 months later I was
waking at dawn to the "Call To Prayer" in Turkey. Porcini to Tuscany, and so on. Read more about my chronicles of
trips and favorite associated recipes. Browse my travel recipes...
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