I have exciting news to tell you! I’m going to become a grandmother in September! Of course, I can’t wait to meet this little one. They already know that the baby is a boy, so immediately I started thinking baby shower. My mind then went to everything blue and what am I going to serve for refreshments at this shower!
With this thought in mind, I took an excursion through the Jam and Relish Kitchen and the Smokehouse Shop, both of which are in the Village; actually across from one another. I’ve decided to share the ideas I’ve come up with. I love the fact that I will be able to do most of my shopping here and round it out with a single quick trip to the grocery store.
- Kitchen Kettle Pepper Jam – everyone loves this; I’m going to change it up a bit. I plan on softening the jam in the microwave slightly and then pouring it over a goat cheese log and serving it with crackers. The Smokehouse has the most wonderful assortment of cheeses.
- Kitchen Kettle Cranberry Orange Marmalade – I’ll buy prepared chicken salad at the deli counter and add fresh, minced tarragon, halved grapes, and possibly toasted almonds or walnuts to make it my own. It goes into phyllo cups and will have a dollop of Cranberry Orange Marmalade on top.
- Kitchen Kettle fruit jam or preserve of your choice – Buy the small phyllo cups at the grocery store and Brie cheese at the Smokehouse. Place cups on a rimmed baking pan. Cut rind off of Brie and cut into cubes that will fit into phyllo cups. Place Brie filled cups in a 350F oven for 3 – 5 minutes or until cheese is just softened. Top with Jam and serve immediately.
- Skewers of cherry tomatoes, smoked mozzarella balls from the Smokehouse, and a fresh basil leaf from my garden. Right before serving I will drizzle Kitchen Kettle Balsamic Vinaigrette over them.
- Block of Cranberry Stilton from the Smokehouse with the old fashioned crackers. There’s also Apricot Stilton if you prefer or you can have both! It’s great that one can taste before buying.
- For the drink: Lemonade with Kitchen Kettle Raspberry Syrup and Iced Tea with Kitchen Kettle Mint Jelly and fresh blueberries floating on top.
Now that the menu’s set, it’s on to the decorations. Hopefully you’ll find these simple yet elegant small bites useful for a gathering that you have planned for the summer.