Bring the buffet and room to life, as it were, with these simple, special touches. A quick trip to any craft store will yield all the materials you need -- your attic or basement might, too.
Succulent pork spareribs with spicy Jamaican jerk seasoning. The sad, but terribly tasty truth -- he was both a pig and a jerk!
Long, slow cooking is a painless and surefire way to meltingly delicious, fall-off-the-bone pork ribs.
If you ordinarily barbecue ribs on the grill, but can't fit two racks of ribs or fear inclement weather, this recipe allows you develop some flavor on the grill (or under the broiler) and then finish the ribs in a slow oven -- hassle-free and no worries about maintaining grill temp!
Brush on the onion-ginger mixture only at the very end of cooking for a tangy flavor boost and beautiful shine.
You can coat the ribs with the jerk-flavor dry rub and refrigerate for 24 hours for extra flavor and prep the glaze up to three days in advance.
In this outrageously campy canape platter, the "eyes" truly have it! There's a little something for everyone here, from hearty mini meatballs to fresh mozzarella-and-tomato bites to an elegant grape-and-prosciutto nibble.
A melon baller is great for scooping out the insides of the tomatoes and grapes, but a small spoon or paring knife will also work just fine.
The mini meatballs and sauce can prepared up to two days ahead and reheated on the stovetop or in the oven or microwave the day of the party.
If you choose to make all three of these recipes for a lovely array of eyeballs, reduce each recipe. Or, just choose your favorite and make the full recipe -- at 60 appetizer servings each of the 16 guests will receive about four pieces.
This combination of shellfish and bacon served with a spicy little remoulade is a Faustian temptation that few souls can resist.
Be sure to flatten the bacon strips as directed to ensure crisp bacon that cooks through under the broiler. Ask your fish guy to shell and devein the shrimp to save you time.
The remoulade sauce uses Chili-Garlic Sauce -- a great, flavor-packed, time-saving Asian condiment that will find its way into many dishes in your repertoire.
Bearing an uncanny resemblance to the real thing, these tender chicken fingers are going to crawl right off the table on to your guests' plates.
The vibrant and piquant Romesco sauce with an uncommonly delicious combination of roasted red peppers, bread crumbs, and almonds is an addictive accompaniment that isn't just great with chicken, but with fish and pasta as well.
Make the sauce up to three days in advance -- it also freezes well.
These fiery little packages of delight can be prepared in advance and are great served at room temperature -- freeing up both oven and counter space and reducing stress the day of the party.
Prepare the corn cups up to two days in advance and just crisp in 350 F oven before assembly (or opt for ready-made corn tortilla scooper chips if you're pressed for time).
Make the steak and salsa up to one day ahead of the party, and while you're carving, why not toss back a Bloody Mary and groove to "Mack the Knife" to get in the mood?
Meet Devil Dog Redux and his siblings Hound of Hell and Chocolate Cerberus.
Most everyone has a sneaking fondness for the lunchbox treats of a misspent youth and now you can indulge that pleasure in a grown-up, if equally absurd, treat that combines the form of a Swiss roll with the heart of a peanut butter cup.
Fortune cookies can be made from scratch. But there is an easier alternative. There are a number of Internet fortune cookie companies that will make them to order -- with a message of your choosing inside -- for extremely reasonable rates.
Here are some suggestions for do-it-yourself MisFortune Cookies:
Everyone will just be dying to come to this year's Halloween party. Create this simple invitation, and dare your guests to come.
Create a spellbinding seating arrangement with a couple of simple inexpensive materials.
Guests will shudder with delight when you snap their photograph this year during your annual Halloween party. Save the photos from year to year and showcase your collection. You might even want to create a separate photo album for each holiday and other special occasions throughout the year.