Ottumwa Life Holiday 2018 - Page 12

EASY ENTERTAINING IDEAS W hen entertaining, keep it simple. I make a couple of favorite homemade dishes and supplement with store-bought goodies that I doctor up. For example, I mix green olives and kalamata olives, add a few tablespoons of olive oil, some rosemary and lemon zest, and I’ve created a delicious olive appetizer. Pour good quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar on a plate, top with salt and Italian seasoning, and serve with slices of French bread to dip. It’s an easy and inexpensive dipping sauce. Take ordinary ingredients, like one cup of spicy salsa and mix it with one block of cream cheese, and viola — you have another dip. Serve with tortilla chips. Another fun idea is to buy store-bought guacamole and decorate it with pomegranate seeds. It’s pretty and delicious. Spread guacamole on a small plate. Place a star or tree-shaped Christmas cookie cutter on the guacamole and then fill it in with pomegranate seeds. Once you’ve filled in the cookie cutter, lift it up, and you have an easy red and green dip. Pomegranate seeds are great in drinks, cocktails, on cupcakes, salads and more. Offer a signature cocktail and a mocktail. You can create two totally separate drinks or make mulled cider or mulled cranberry juice for a mocktail, then keep bottles of rum and bourbon nearby in case anyone wants to add a shot. If you want a take-home gift or place setting, tie a name tag around a cookie cutter and either set it in the middle of the plate or give it to guests as they leave. A healing touch you know and trust. • Cardiac Rehabilitation • Emergency Services • Infusion Center • Laboratory • Occupational Therapy • Outpatient Care • Physical Therapy • Primary Care • Radiology • Skilled Care • Speech Therapy • Surgery Hospital.......................................641-932-2134 Medical Clinic..............................641-932-7172 Infusion Center............................641-932-1653 Outpatient Clinic..........................641-932-1678 6580 165 th Street • Albia, IA 52531 | www.MCHAlbia.com