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Green Summer Salsa

Why not use that margarita  blender for more than cocktails – after you have mixed the drinks… fill that mixer with 1 or 2 roasted or boiled tomatillo’s, add some fresh garlic, 1/2 avocado, 2 bunches of fresh cilantro, a couple of roasted and peeled and seeded jalapenos, squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper and whirl away till smooth and beautiful bright green, taste for seasoning and heat, adjust and whirl some more and serve… Drinks and Salsa in less than 15 minutes….really! Note: go ahead and add the cilantro stems too – mucho flavor there!

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Pot de Creme Dessert for Your Valentine

Pot de Creme Dessert its very French, very romantic, very rich, very sinful, very simple….Pot de Creme, aka – Pot of Cream – its a classic dessert and can be romantic as …well, you know what im sayin’.

Here is a real different interpretation of it, its so so easy to do, even at the last minute as in you forgot its Valentines Day and its dinner time and your gonna need a sexy dessert….cuz Valentines Day always ends with a Perfectly Romantic Dessert.

Here Go’s:

Ingreds:

12oz choc chips – (good ones)

4 eggs

Gran Marnier Liqueur- a splash or two

pinch of salt

80z very hot very strong java (black)

2 tbsp sugar

Directions:

in a blender – add choc chips,eggs,liqueur  and salt – pulse to blend 5-7 times

with motor runnin – pour in hot java slowly and smoothly in a steady stream- it will melt choc chips and create a smooth mixture – pour into fancy cups, goblets, wine glasses…any kind of sexy vessel…into fridge to chill and firm up…

whip cream and top off each serving with a dollop…

serve with A

Kiss and Enjoy….

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Holiday Party Favorite Deviled Eggs-Start with a perfectly boiled egg

Its always fun to see a platter of Deviled Eggs at a Party Buffet – you can quickly grab one and in one good sized bite, have a good shot of protien before you approach the Fully Hosted Bar…
But it all begins with the Egg – Perfectly Boiled- heres how to do that:
How To: Hard Boil An Egg Step 1

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1Place eggs in a pot filled with cold waterSet eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Water should cover eggs by one to two inches.
How To: Hard Boil An Egg Step 2

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2Boil the waterBring the water to a full, rolling boil, and cover the saucepan. Turn off the stove, remove the pot from the burner, and let  it stand, covered, for 12 minutes (set the timer).
How To: Hard Boil An Egg Step 3

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3Submerge the eggs in cold waterDrain the pot, and transfer the eggs to a bowl of cold water, to stop the cooking process.
How To: Hard Boil An Egg Step 4

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4Crack and peel the eggsTap each egg a few times to crack its shell, then roll it on a work surface to break the shell completely. Start peeling,  dunking the egg into the bowl of water as you go to wash away any bits of shell.
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Holiday Party Panning Guidline and Checklist

The Rush is On! Clocks ticking down the last of this year and you are going celebrate and host a little get-together at your home….May be the first party in your home – or this happens every year and ready to do it again.  Here is a little Santa-Helper of a List to help your Party Stategy.  Its our Holiday Party Panning Guidline and Checklist.

One Week Before

  • Clean the house thoroughly.

This way, you’ll need only a quick once-over before the party.

  • Set the stage.

Arrange the furniture as you’ll want it for the party, making sure that guests can move easily from one part of your house to another. Designate a coffee table or side table for coffee and dessert, if you’ll be serving them. Tuck away things that will be in the way, precious items that might get broken (or even be taken), and any clutter. Figure out the lighting: Using low-wattage bulbs or candlelight will create the right mood.

  • Take inventory of cookware and serving dishes.

If you don’t have enough for every dish you’re serving, consider purchasing inexpensive pieces from a discount or thrift store. Label each dish with a Post-it so you’ll remember what you plan to use it for at party time.

  • Stock the bar.

Plan three bottles of wine for every four people, three to four cocktails per guest for a two- to three-hour cocktail party.

Three Days Before

  • Notify the neighbors.

Let them know you’re having a party if you expect it to be large, loud, or parking-intensive.

  • Decorate.

Arrange candles, put up theme decorations, etc.

  • Check the medicine cabinet.

Remove any personal items you wouldn’t  want guests to see.

  • Set up clean-up stations.

Place a box of salt, Wine Away (red wine stain remover), club soda, and a couple of rags in a wicker basket, and store a few in strategic places in case a nasty spill occurs.

  • Specify a place for coats.

Make space in a closet and fill it with hangers. You could also choose a bed for coats (make sure the room is especially tidy and free of valuables, so you won’t need to worry about them), or purchase an inexpensive portable garment rack.

  • Finish grocery shopping.

Make a detailed cooking schedule for your remaining dishes.

One Day Before

  • Set the tables.

Or set up the buffet.

  • Buy and arrange flowers.
  • Finish as much of the cooking as you can.

Also, for any foods that require cooking on party day, do as much prep (dicing, marinating, rinsing lettuce, etc.) as possible.

  • Give your house a once-over.

Do whatever touch-ups are needed.

Day of the Party

  • Finish any last-minute cooking.

This should be absolutely minimal!

  • Place chairs.

Don’t worry about having enough seating for everyone; fewer seats will encourage mingling.

  • Display food.

One to two hours before guests arrive, set out appetizers and snacks that won’t spoil. Wrap them tightly to ensure freshness; tear off the wrap when the first guest rings the doorbell.

  • Greet guests as they arrive.

Things should be organized so you’re free to mingle, not tied to the kitchen.

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Easy Chicken Caprese Salad…

Easy Chicken Caprese Salad – Its a little late to be talking about tomatoes and summer salads but we just have to share this one with you. Grilled Chicken Breasts with a traditional Caprese Salad.  The usual ingreds. are spicy marinated mozzarella balls, (need the oil marinade for the chicken)…boneless chicken breast and cherry tomatoes sliced and basil.

Simple use the mozz. ball oil marinade to marinade the chicken for a couple

of hours. Grill off chicken, slice into bite-size pieces and toss with the sliced or whole-round mozz.  balls and basil and tomatoes (sliced or whole).

What a great easy salad to make and share even if it is a little late in the season.

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Office Morning Meeting Menu

Office Morning Meeting Menu – new from Millennium Gourmet, a new option to consider when hosting a morning meeting at the office in the greater San Jose Ca. area. mgc office morning mtg menu.  Here you can select one of the three most popular menu items including our famous Fruit and Cream Scones, our Beautiful Sliced Fruit Platter, or our One-Of-A-Kind Carrot Cake with Orange Essence Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Roasted Chicken Leftover – what to do

English: Roasted chicken Español: Pollo asado

English: Roasted chicken Español: Pollo asado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Roasted Chicken Leftover – what to do? – lately we’ve had  chicken a dozen ways , grilled, roasted, baked, slow cooker’d…well what to do with the leftover bird? we take the meat off the bone and piece and coarse-shred the meat. Refridgerate over nite.  When ready use. saute white onions, thinly sliced in EVO and lots of minced garlic,  saute  low and slow to caramelize the onions without burning the garlic, approx 30 minutes (low and slow) then add chicken pieces to heat thru and absorb all the delicious onion/garlic flavor. when heated thru, add to taco shells or warmed/toasted buns/rolls for a great hot sandwich.

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Red Potato Salad – The last rites of the Summer

Red Potato Salad: Red Potatoes, Washed & Cut

Red Potato Salad: Red Potatoes, Washed & Cut (Photo credit: I Believe I Can Fry)

its labor day weekend …yes the unoffical end of summer , last grilling days, fam bbq’s, days at the beach, camping, boating, fishing….all that good summer fun stuff….and of course the unofficial end of all that summer food like grilled everything, meats vegi’s , even breads (on the grill)….time to squeeze in those last deck parties with cool cocktails, lite appetizers, shelling the peanuts and letting the shells fly in the summer breeze (outside of course)….

And farewell to the classic Red Potato Salad we love here at Millennium Gourmet Catering…we don’t peel em, we boil them in garlic water (4-5 cloves in the pot of water) , cool them when knife tender and mix with mayo, celery, pimento, olives dill pickle relish and dash of mustard, lots of salt and pepper, tossed, tasted , re-seasoned and chilled til served.

its such the quintessential summer dish, its cool, refreshing , great with grilled meats and fish and even better the next day with a grilled meat sandwich from the pre-grilled goodies…farewell to the Red Potato Salad

 

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Cosmo Cocktail – Smokin Kool Hot Drink This Summer

Cosmopolitan (cocktail)

Its hot out there, solution is Cosmo Cocktail…i mean its  really really hot out there, the grill is hot,  the deck is hot , the kitchen is hot….

how about some ” koolfrosty smoke” to take you mind off it all….

turn your fave Cosmo Cocktail  Martini into a frosty action packed vessel of bubbling frost…just buy a couple of buck worth of Dry Ice from your grocer – many of them do offer it nowadays, and it wont take much,… (and be sure to take a container Styrofoam preferred) to bring it home in…..

chip off a small rock of it, size of a quarter, and after the drink is poured into the martini glass, drop in the dry ice nugget ,  it will settle to the bottom of the glass and begin to bubble with a small frosty cloud….its so cool to watch….and it keeps that cocktail so chilled, you wont have to rush thru it….this is only for adult use….

Dry Ice can be dangerous – so be careful….a drink with this stuff in it is meant for sippin…. not slammin

Enjoy & Cheers!

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Best Organic Food Store-People and Planet

Best Organic Food Store-People and Planet    – I’m a Meat-a-tarian…I love a good steak, chop,burger….but i do  try to navigate through the “Healthy Food World”.  Here you will find all things for a Healthy Diet including Gluten Free products, organic foods ,  supplements and Fresh local Organic “seasonal” produce.   One feature of this market is that if you cant find “it” Mike and his Team will find it for you….Extreme Customer Service….

Check them out at www.peopleandplanet.com  /  call 408-782-2700

MillenniumGourmet loves these guys!!!

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