1. Rhubarb Mint Julep

    Rhubarb Mint Julep Recipe by Hungry Girl por Vida on Fashionable Hostess.jpg2Popular Southern Cocktails - Mint Julep

    It’s cocktail season and I couldn’t be more excited to team up with the talented food blogger Cindy of Hungry Girl por Vida to bring you the most delicious slushy cocktail for all of your Spring entertaining endeavors!

    Cindy writes, “I look forward to Spring every year for a lot of reasons—the longer days and sunshine are always welcome after a long and drizzly winter—but what I really look forward to is the bright, fresh produce that hits the markets. One of my ever-favorite springtime treats is rhubarb. It’s such a strange vegetable but, it’s tart flavor turns deliciously fruity with a little something sweet. It’s pleasantly unexpected flavor and pop of pink color inspired me to mix up a little cocktail using this annual harbinger. I’ve combined the classic flavors of a mint julep with the tangy brightness of rhubarb for a sweet, tart, and herbal cocktail that’s perfect for toasting longer, brighter days.”

    Perfect Summer Coktail Idea- Rhubarb Mint Julep RecipeIngredients for Mint Juleps

    The secret ingredient… Home-made Rhubarb Syrup….

    Rhubarb Syrup Ingredients:

    • Makes about 1 cup of syrup.
    • 2 cups (3-4 stalks) coarsely chopped rhubarb
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

    Directions: In a saucepan combine the rhubarb and sugar. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the rhubarb breaks down completely, stirring occasionally. Bring the syrup to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and pour into a heat-proof jar to cool. Once cool use immediately or fit with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

    Rhubarb Mint Julep Recipe on FashionableHostess.com

    Now you are ready for your cocktail….

    Rhubarb Mint Julep Ingredients: {Makes 1 cocktail}

    • 3 fresh mint leaves
    • 1 ounce rhubarb syrup
    • 2 ounces bourbon
    • splash of water
    • lots of crushed ice

    Directions: Muddle the mint leaves with the rhubarb syrup in a cocktail glass. Add the crushed ice (until the glass is mostly full) followed by the bourbon and a splash of water. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and strips of rhubarb, if you’d like. Cheers!

    Rhubarb Mint Julep Recipe on Fashionable Hostess

    About Cindy & her blog: Hungry Girl por Vida is a blog about all the things Cindy loves and loves to share. She thinks cooking is where the practical meets the creative and pretty. On Hungry Girl por Vida, you will find recipes and pictures that inspire and excite you {they blew me away – hence why I needed to feature her work!!}. There are a lot of sweet treats, some breakfast fare, a smattering of savory recipes, plus a few sprinkles of miscellaneous ramblings, as well. When she’s not cooking in the kitchen or finding her new favorite treat, or trawling the internet for inspiration, she can be found hanging with her husband–Sean, baby boy–Casper, and two dogs—Jezebel and Luxe—in Portland, Oregon.

    Follow Cindy on Pinterest {for incredible recipes}, Instagram {for cute pics of her baby}, and Facebook {for everything else in between!}. *Cindy provided the photos for today’s post

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  2. Create a Gorgeous Cheese Board

    Create a gorgeous cheese platter for summer entertaining with salami, breadsticks, assorted cheeses

    You are hosting a spring party and really want to impress guests with a decadent cheese board? No need to order catering because I have created a checklist for the most gorgeous cheese platter that you can easily make at home. From salami, to cheese, to nuts, and garnish, get excited for a shockingly simple DIY project!

    Beautiful cheese Board ideas from Fashionable Hostess

    Ok so what’s going on here… {Take a moment and drool}… here’s the list:

    • I started with my fabulous Nambé Cheese Block as my base. The silver on the sides are actually hidden cheese knives
    • 3 Cheeses: Parmigiano Reggiano {from one of my favorite New York cheese shops called Murray’s}, Dubliner 100% Natural Cheese which I sliced {from Kerrygold which can be found at Publix or Whole Foods}, and a round Dubliner Cheese {also from Kerrygold}. Sometimes I like a soft cheese like a goat as well. The key is that all cheeses are different shapes and textures.
    • 3 Salamis: Calabrese Salame {a well-spiced, richly-flavored, coarse-ground salami}, Capocollo Salame {a lean and dry-cured for several months}, and Prosciutto which I rolled. As long as you have a variety in shape and flavor, you are good to go! Also you can do thicker pieces with toothpicks if you feel fancy.
    • 2 Crackers: Water Crackers {round crackers by Carrs} and Italian Breadsticks {these are from Trader Joes}.
    • Seedless Red Grapes… seedless being the key word here!
    • Two Small Bowls filled with crunchy snacks like unsalted nuts and wasabi peas
    • Rosemary for Garnish
    • Cheese Knives {the proper etiquette is to have one knife per cheese as to not mix flavors} so here are some of my picks for great cheese knife sets that would perfectly compliment this board: Bone Handled Cheese Knives from Williams-Sonoma, Highlands Cheese Knives from Anthropologie, and the Rope Cheese Knife Set from Michael Aram.

    Ideas for unique cheese board

    Follow my lead on the set-up. Try to alternate cheeses and salamis so there looks to be a wide variety of options. Anywhere there is space, fill with rosemary stalks. Remember the key to making this a success is to really fill the board so it looks over-flowing! You can always add more crackers or even add more small bowls filled with nuts to take up space. Serve alongside fun cocktail napkins and wine!

    For more wine and cheese ideas check out these Fashionable Hostess posts.

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  3. Avocado Toast Three Ways

    Avocado Toast for Breakfast ideasAvocado toast is seriously all the rage right now. Go into any trendy New York City restaurant and they have found a way to incorporate it into their menu, meanwhile the hashtag is exploding on Instagram. So bottom line, serve avocado toast at your next hosting venture if you want to appear in the know. Today I wanted to share three ways to serve avocado toast so no matter what time of day you are hosting, it will feel appropriate, filling, and of course be delish…

    Avocado Toast with with eggs recipe

    Brunch: Avocado Toast with a fried egg on top as a swap to your usual bagel bar. {Each of these recipes start the same way… lightly toasting whole wheat hearty toast and layering on a thick helping of avocado. Personally I like to mash my avocado in a bowl and mix in a bit of black pepper before smearing on my toast. It tastes creamy like guacamole but more importantly it’s so much less messy to eat than slices!} For this recipe, begin as I explained and then fry an egg on your stove top. Allow the egg to cool so the egg yolk is no longer runny and then slice in half before placing on top of your avocado toast.

    Avocado Toast with grilled chicken and cucumbers recipe

    Lunch: Avocado Toast with grilled chicken and sliced cucumber as a swap to wraps or deli meats. I actually created this combo on my own because plain avocado toast at lunch never truly fills me up. By adding a healthy helping of chicken and cucumber we are talking about a way more filling meal. I bought fresh organic chicken cutlets and cooked on my stove top in light olive oil and then diced them into small pieces. Next I sliced a cucumber and alternated placing the chicken and cucumber on top of my avocado toast.

    Avocado Toast with cherry tomatoes and red pepper flakes recipe

    Happy Hour: Chips and dips are out, spicy avocado toast is in! I am obsessed with this spicy mix of avocado toast topped with cherry tomatoes, red chili powder and red pepper flakes. If serving alongside a cheese plate I recommend cutting into smaller bite-sized slices.

    I would love to hear your favorite version of avocado toast! Make sure to comment in my section below!!

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