Entertaining Week: Pears with Goat Cheese and Cranberries
Still need a quickie starter for tonight’s party? Laura posted this dead-easy recipe last December and the response was overwhelming. For something so simple it makes a very schmancy impression to come out of the kitchen with a platter of these. Plus, kids can make them while you’re getting changed… oh, is that just at our house? Whether you’ll be partying all night or raising a glass early and be in bed by 9 p.m. – from all of us at SPC: Happy New Year! – C.M.
I was thinking about what makes a good host/hostess after I shot these hors d’oeuvre for SPC. Working in the kitchen of my new home (where did I put the spreaders?), I thought a great hostess is organzied. It’s always so disappointing when you go to someone’s home and they are stuck slaving away in their kitchen. Or maybe what makes a gathering is a host/hostess who has thoughtfully orchestrated the evening with the guests in mind. Maybe it’s just amazing food? Good wine? Music? Conversation?
Then we went to dinner at our neighbors. The meal was simple–prepared with fresh ingredients–and our friends were at ease, warm and not at all stressed by preparation. There was no fussing over when to throw the steaks on, everything that could be prepared in advance was done and there was lots of time for enjoying each others company. When we left I thought to myself that it felt like I had spent the evening at home–eating homecooking, relaxing and laughing. So there it was. A great host/hostess makes you feel like you’re at home. And the best part? When you do get home, there is no clean up.
Pears with Goat Cheese and Cranberries
2 pears, cored and cut into two dozen slices
1/2 cup goat cheese
2 tablespoons pistachio pieces
2 tablespoons cranberries
1 tablespoon orange or lemon juice
Core pears and cut into slices. Toss in orange or lemon juice to keep from browning. Spread cheese on widest part of slice and then shower cheese with cranberries and some pistachio pieces. Arrange on platter and serve.
The green and red combination of this hors d’oevre looks festive and they require very little prep. You could practically pull it together as people come up your walkway. It’s also not a heavy nibble that fills guests up before they even sit down at the table (I’m talking to you baked brie. Oh, how I love thee.) In other words, this munchie will help make your next event. Don’t forget the homecooking served with a healthy dose of hospitality.
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