Usually guest posts come from other bloggers, but this one comes from a good friend who I’ve begged to become a blogger, but I haven’t won her over yet. Trust me, y’all want her to blog because Jane Marie has some of the best recipes around! When she isn’t being a rock star in the kitchen, she and her her husband are busy with yard transformations and beautifying their adorable bungalow, so she has a lot to blog about… so feel free to comment on here and tell her to get it going 😉
I want to thank Brittany for allowing me the opportunity to guest blog. We have been friends for many years, and I have her to thank for some of my favorite recipes. My husband Joe and I love to entertain guests at our home, so I want to share with you a recent event that I had for night with the girls.
What is one of the easiest, and most fun organized parties to throw together for your girl friends? A Wine Tasting!! All you’ll need is a few varieties of wine (duh!), reference material for your wines (recommended but not required), wine accessories (opener, glasses, charms, etc…), and a few yummy apps to fill your tummies. To prep, I gathered together a fun display of cocktail napkins, tea candles, and mix-and-match glasses. The deck was the perfect venue for the occasion, and we were blessed with a cool, rain-free evening.
I want to share the app that I made, as it is always a crowd pleaser and very easy to make. You’ll need:
- one pastry sheet
- Fruit preserves of your choice (I chose apricot)
- a large Brie wheel
- 1 egg (lightly beaten)
After thawing your pastry sheet, roll it out on a lightly floured surface. Top your Brie wheel with the preserves and flip it (preserve side down) onto the center of your pastry sheet. Wrap up your cheese like a pretty little present, and flip it over to show the pretty side. Brush the egg over the top of your pastry to ensure a golden-brown finish. I decided to take it a step further and include a few cutouts on top (Valentine’s Day cookie cutters did the trick).
You’ll want to use your egg as “glue” to attach these guys, and also brush them with the egg. Bake your cheese on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. It will come out golden-brown, with a crispy shell. The dramatic flow of warm brie when you cut into this dish will be sure to impress your guests. Serve with crackers and apples.
Now that your easy app is finished, join your guests to enjoy the wine.
I’m so glad I can eat soft, delicious cheese again, because this app is delicious!
Do you prefer white or red wine?
I’m a pinot noir girl myself, though I admittedly don’t know much about wine. I’d love to learn though! 🙂
PS- the continuation of the birth story coming tomorrow!