I’m not a very good “cooker,” as my daughter would say. Well, she wouldn’t say I’m bad; she’s not that much of a critic. So when the holidays come around most of the cooking duties fall to my younger sister. But inevitably around the holidays things crop up where I have to bring food. There’s the monthly wine and cheese club holiday party, the monthly wine and book club holiday party, the monthly art gallery opening and wine tasting, the monthly wine and women’s discussion group holiday party, the weekly sewing circle and wine holiday party (I don’t sew, I just show up and pretend), the monthly Beer and LEGO club meeting holiday party (that’s the hubby).
Hmm, that’s a lot of wine. Maybe I should stop listing them out and stick with the fact that I have a lot of holiday parties to go to, and I have to bring something. And as I said, I’m not Mrs. Experienced in the holiday appetizer/cooking arena. I usually delegate that to the hubby, or my sister, or the local grocery store. Can you say tortilla chips and salsa? I can. And you’d be amazed at the variety. But I’m trying to expand my horizons and bring something a little more original and creative this year. So I’ve always been a fan of New York Style Pita Chips and Hummus. And yes, the hummus was always store bought. But as I was looking at the display in the store it struck me that New York Style has something called Panetini. And I thought that Panetini looks a lot like Bruschetta. I don’t know what exactly bruschetta is other than it looks like a little piece of toast with some chopped tomatoes and cheese on it and I thought to myself “I CAN chop tomatoes. Mostly. I’ve sort of mastered that. A little piece of toast with tomatoes and cheese. That looks fancy, but it looks easy to make. I’ll bet I could score points for that.” And then I looked at their website. And I started drooling a little. And then I knew I was going to be the hit of the holiday party circuit this year.
Talk about easy. They have tons and tons of different recipes. Most of them with a bunch of ingredients I already have, or the list of ingredients is like three things. And prep time of 5 minutes? How easy can they make it? Pretty easy. How about bleu cheese and roast beef on New York Style Panetini? Or Brie and Raspberries on a New York Style Bagel Crisp? Or herbed cream cheese on bagel crisps? Ok that one has a 35 minute prep time, but honestly, 30 minutes of that is “chill in refrigerator.” These are all recipes that are super easy for someone like me to make, look super fancy and taste super yummy. Like I said, I’m going to be the hit of the holiday wine tasting party circuit this year. Now I wonder if I’ll get funny looks if I bring some beer with me, since I don’t like wine?