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Summer Cheese Plate

Cheese Platter by Fashionable Hostess // FashionableHostess.comMichael Aram Molten Bowls, Crate & barrel Tray, Simply and Crisp, Asian Pear, Summer Cheese, Mozzarella Balls, Green Olives, Cheese Platter

Come Spring and Summer I love to make a few updates to my usual cheese platter, and this one is truly a hit. Rather than a heavy and creamy winter cheese, I chose light mozzarella balls marinated in olive oil, red pepper flakes, and fresh parsley. {These balls are great for sharing when served with toothpicks!} A sweet and juicy addition to the platter which are incredibly refreshing for a hot day are freshly sliced Asian Pears. Then for a healthy and weight-conscious crunch I love Simple & Crisps {dried fruit chips} over crackers; here I chose their apple flavor to tie in with my color scheme. And then no platter of mine is complete without green olives; just don’t forget to place a small glass dish alongside them for yours pits!

Mozzarella Balls, Green Olives, and Simple & Crisps Platter // FashionableHostess.comThe Perfect Summer Cheese Plate //

To create this beautiful platter at home, I used my Mallorca Oval Marble Server from Crate and Barrel as my base. I then took one of my Michael Aram Molten Mini Snack Dishes and placed my olives in there, and then used a silver pedestal bowl {similar to this one by Julia Knight} for displaying my marinated mozzarella balls. On either side of the platter I laid out Simple & Crisps and fresh sliced Asian Pears. Lastly I arranged my toothpicks in both my cheese and olives. Tada, enjoy!

Cheese Platter is served //

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Sugarless Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

sugarless blueberry

Today’s recipe actually came from a total accident. I began with the intention of creating the Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins recipe from but it wasn’t until cleanup that I realized I had forgotten to put in the 1/2 cup of recommended sugar – hence “sugarless muffins” came about. Nervous that the muffins would come out totally tasteless ruining my Sunday morning brunch, I realized the one silver lining was that I did use “classic” rather than “unsweetened” applesauce, so I had my fingers crossed that that would do the trick.

Well ladies and gents, I lucked out because low and behold, the muffins were a total success! While I can’t tell you exactly how many calories each muffin contains, I would give an educated guess that they range from 150-175 calories a pop. {I got this math because I made a serving of 8 instead of SkinnyTaste’s allocated 12, but I nixed the sugar for sweetened organic applesauce.} They are low-fat, made with whole wheat flour, and incredibly easy to make. I think that the combo of the regular applesauce plus the blueberries give them just enough sweetness as well. I recommend throwing a few in a ZIPLOC in your freezer for an easy snack on the go later in the week!  {Recipe Below!}

Low Fat Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins


  • 1 cup organic applesauce
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries (about 6.5 oz)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp melted butter or margarine



Preheat oven to 325°.

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.

In a medium bowl, mix eggs, melted butter, vanilla and applesauce. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Gently fold in blueberries.

Grease muffin pan and pour batter into 8 slots, bake at 325° for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes.

Make sure to pick out a beautiful table top to compliment your recipe or better yet, surprise your hubby with breakfast in bed! Enjoy!


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Strawberry and Shredded Mozzarella Salad

Strawberry & Mozzarella Salad by The Fashionable Hostess

I am not usually one to put fruit in my salads, but with my recent overwhelming sweet tooth {thanks pregnancy!} I was hoping to satisfy it with something other than dessert! And what I especially love about this specific recipe is that while most salads with cheese and nuts are on the fattening side, this one you can sit back and enjoy without worrying because it’s a simple {low-cal} Balsamic Vinegar dressing! *Added perk: I also recommend this recipe for kids! The combo of bright colors, fruit, and sweet taste really distract from the whole ‘salad’ idea! So for whoever your guests may be, I hope you enjoy this easy mix!!

Strawberry and Shredded Mozzarella Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups of chopped strawberries
  • 2 cups of chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup of chopped basil
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 4 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar {or one per person}

Salad Ingredients - Romaine // FashionableHostess.comFresh Basil // FashionableHostess.comFresh Strawberries // FashionableHostess.comSlice Mushrooms //

Strawberry and Shredded Mozzarella Salad Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry lettuce, then chop and place in a large mixing bowl
  2. Chop remaining fruits, veggies, and nuts {or buy pre-sliced almonds} and place in the bowl
  3. Top with Balsamic Vinegar and mix with salad tongs
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste
  5. Serve!

Salad with Strawberries // FashionableHostess.comBalsamic Vinegar // FashionableHostess.comToss your Fresh Salad // FashionableHostess.comServe it up // FashionableHostess.comSalad by Fashionable Hostess //

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