Snacks

Michael Wurm, Jr.

Game Day Favorites

Written on January 25, 2013 at 8:22 am , by

 

Here’s the thing, I’m not a big football fan. Yes, it’s true; I’m one of those folks who have no idea which teams are playing in the Super Bowl until I actually get to the party. Though, what I lack in terms of interest in the game, I think I make up for through my enthusiasm for party food. Whether it’s a delicious dip, a decadent dessert, or a delightful delicacy (something wrapped in bacon!?) – I’m all over it!  With the holidays more than a month behind us, I’m up for any excuse to get together with friends and family, break our diets, and pig out. (I love watching the commercials, too.) As you know, BHG has been creating fabulous recipes for years. Many have become family favorites and others have yet to be explored. So, in celebration of the upcoming biggest game of the year, I have pulled together a number of recipes for game day. Whether you are watching the game, or just the commercials, enjoy the food as you connect with your family and friends!

 

Cheers!

Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm


Michael Wurm, Jr.

Golden Globes Party

Written on January 9, 2013 at 8:00 am , by

 

Can you believe it’s almost the middle of January? 2013 seems to be moving even more quickly than 2012 did. One thing I do look forward to after the holidays is the Golden Globes. It’s another excuse to get together with friends for a fun show, a few snacks, and a couple drinks. Don’t we all need an excuse to place our New Year’s diets on hold for an evening? This year’s Golden Globes Awards Show is even more exciting for me because it’s being hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Not only are these gals amazing women, they also know how to tickle your funny bone. I think we are all in for a night of fun and laughter.

As I’ve said here, I’m a huge fan of any party that can be hosted by only serving appetizers – easy foods and small bites packed with flavor. You just can’t go wrong. While not totally ignoring everyone’s desire to lose those holiday pounds, I’ve collected some appetizers from the BHG recipe archives that are sure to please your guests. All of these finger foods are delicious and perfectly elegant for a memorable and star-studded evening!

1. Spicy Mustard Stir-Fry Bites // 2. Party Potatoes with Creamy Aioli // 3. Cheesy Mexican Fondue // 4. Hoisin-Garlic Mushrooms // 5. Caribbean Cocktail Sausages // 6. Herbed Deviled Egg Bruschetta // 7. Fresh Arugula Bruschetta // 8. Spicy Grilled Shrimp // 9. Strawberry-Goat Cheese Bruschetta // 10. Spicy Melon Skewers // 11. Jalapeno, Crab, and Corn Dip // 12. Corn Cakes with Garden Relish

 

To top it all off, an awards show party needs a little bling. I don’t know about you, but gold is my color this year. It’s vintage, it’s fresh, and it adds a little sparkle. I’ve found some gold accessories that will bring a bit of sparkle to your Golden Globes Party and keep your future parties feeling festive!

1. Dahlia Candleholder // 2. Gold Wishbone Napkin Ring // 3. Gold Stripe Cocktail Shaker // 4. Gold Trim Glassware // 5. Gold Flatware // 6. Gold Mercury Glassware // 7. Gold Glitter Twine // 8. Square Lacquer Trays // 9. Gold Die-Cut Masks // 10. Gold Brioche Mold // 11. Metallic Gold Taper Candles // 12. Honeycomb Glassware

What’s your favorite way to add a touch of sparkle to your parties?

Cheers!

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm 

 


Delish Dish Editor

last-minute snacks for new year’s eve

Written on December 28, 2012 at 6:05 am , by

Whether you’re a strap-on-your-party-shoes New Year’s reveler or tucked-in-bed-by-ten New Year’s dreamer, there’s no doubt that there’s something special in the air on the last night of the year. It’s a time to reflect on a year’s change and a time to plan for the clean slate ahead.

Jessie here, senior nutrition editor at Diabetic Living magazine, a health brand developed by Better Homes and Gardens. This year I’ll be spending New Year’s Eve in a cabin in the woods drinking hot cocoa, cross-country skiing, and leisurely putting puzzles together with my husband and some of our closest friends. It’s exciting to have plans for the big night, but it also has me busy making lists of all the things I’ll need to pack so we have plenty of food and fun for the weekend. That’s where these easy-peasy snack recipes come in handy. They require minimal ingredients and prep, but they’re also special enough for a holiday get-together.

1. Easy Bake
Mix together a container of ricotta, half a package of thawed, drained frozen spinach, olive oil, a sprinkle of sage, a clove of minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes. Served with toasted baguette slices.

2. No Cook
Wrap pear slices and white cheddar pieces with prosciutto (or use any combo of your favorite cheese and charcuterie).

3. On a Stick
Skewer cooked mini meatballs and cooked tortellini and serve with your favorite homemade or store-bought marinara.

Click here for 20 more simply delicious New Year’s appetizer recipes and click here for a collection of our 10 best New Year’s Eve cocktail recipes. From all of us at Delish Dish and Better Homes and Gardens, cheers to a happy and healthy 2013!


Michael Wurm, Jr.

A Family Christmas

Written on December 13, 2012 at 9:00 am , by

 

For me, Christmas has been, and always will be about family. After college, I moved from my small town to a big city. What I missed the most were holidays at home. Five years later, I’m so thankful to be back in my hometown and able to once again spend the holidays with my family. And, if there are two things my family knows how to do, it’s cook and eat! While my family has lots of traditions, the one I probably look forward to the most is our Christmas Eve celebration at my mom’s house. Presents are piled under the tree in order by recipients’ ages, Christmas lights and decorations sparkle throughout the house, and the kitchen is overflowing with desserts, cookies, and my personal favorite, appetizers!

Have you ever heard people say they could make a meal of appetizers? Well, I am one of those people. If you can dip it or pick it up with a toothpick, count me in! So, in celebration of Christmas, our families, and my love of appetizers, I dug through the BHG recipe archive and found recipes for twelve mouthwateringly delicious appetizers. I know these recipes will keep your family coming back for more.

1. Pimiento Cheese Poppers // 2. Bourbon-Glazed Cocktail Sausages // 3. Olive-Cherry Bruschetta // 4. Tomato Quiche Tartlets // 5. Asiago Cheese Dip // 6. Jalapeno, Crab, and Corn Dip // 7. Meatball Sliders // 8. Cranberry-Barbecue Meatballs // 9. Double-Quick Shrimp Cocktail

Scrumptious, right? No wonder most of us pack on a few pounds over the holidays. It’s hard to resist all that goodness.

Speaking of family, I wanted to share a quick and easy project that I created at my house to remind me of how much my family means to me. I’m calling it my Instamas Tree.  Instagram + Christmas. Get it? Anyway, I printed out my most meaningful Instagram photos from this past year and simply clipped them on a silver tinsel tree.

My little tree is now a memory book with lots of special moments, from hanging out with my nieces and nephews to a few personal memories. And it has easily become one of my favorite Christmas projects.

For all the details and more photographs, swing by my blog, Inspired by Charm, and say hi!

Now, I’m off to fill my plate with appetizers and clip some more pictures to my tree!

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm