The Chocolate Tasting Party
I took my daughter to Hershey Park Pennsylvania’s Hershey World, during spring break her high school senior year. I was so proud of her because she was getting ready to graduate, and it had been a struggle to keep her in school since kindergarten. Yes, she had to go to summer school, just to pass kindergarten! We went and did major chocolate tasting.
I took her to every event that I could in the chocolate factory. We made our own chocolate bar. A 4D mystery movie. The inside tour on how chocolate is made. The Trolley Tour of the town. We even did a class on learning how to eat chocolate!
There we learned about how to eat chocolate. How to taste chocolate. They gave us all kinds of chocolate to try. We learned about different flavor profiles. We ate a piece, the lecturer asked us what kinds of flavors we tasted, and we compared it with what the experts said the flavor profile of that chocolate tasting was. One guy said he tasted cheese in one bite, which was correct. Cheese? Seriously? He’d obviously been there before.
It was an eye opening experience, one I highly recommend.
Here’s my official tasting certificate
The DIY Home Goddess Party
You’ve been to the same parties, over and over. To the extent you know exactly what is going to happen and what is going too be served. You are bored out of your mind, and Read more
5-Way Rice Recipe
I love rice recipes! This is the beginning of a series of posts on how to take one basic recipe and make it different ways, for different flavors, for different foods. Rice Recipe flavor combinations is what you need to change it up.
Sometimes we like a rice recipe, but we get tired of it. Bored with it. We want something a little different, but we don’t know what to do. Wouldn’t it be great to have an arsenal of recipes to make without having to look it up in the cookbooks? Is there a recipe even in the cookbook for it?
I love rice recipes, probably because I am so addicted to Chinese food. But I cannot cook Chinese food. There are certain things we just get blocked on, and this is one of mine. These and biscuits, which I couldn’t make if my life depended on it!
This is an idea that can be done for just about anything. 5-way rice. 5-way salad. 5-way sandwich. 5-way brownies. 5-way baked pasta. 5-way muffins. You get the idea, right? The list is endless. And I am here to give you a jump start on trying to figure out how to create your own recipes, using very basic ingredients, and making the recipe an extension of you. Read more
Cheese Tasting Party
A cheese tasting party is a great spur of the moment idea. Especially if you want to have people over, but you are intimidated on preparing and cooking a full meal. Just make sure you let them know this is not a dinner party, so they don’t come starving.
The only thing you have to do is shop and put it on the table! Most diy goddesses love to shop (I do occasionally, only at book stores, antique stores and cooking stores), so it is not a chore at all. No skills needed, except maybe when to turn away from the cash register.
This gives you the opportunity to relax before and during the party, because you won’t be stuck in the kitchen for hours on end. You will be allowed to be the diy home goddess hostess that I know you all are. It will be a fun time, you will be able to enjoy stimulating conversation, and if the food sucks, it’s not your fault. You didn’t cook a dang thing!
If you follow these simple instructions, everyone will know you are the goddess you already know you are.
- 5 different Cheeses (about 1-2 ounces of each flavor per person)
- 5 different Cheese knives (you don’t want to blend the flavors together by using the same knife) Read more
Easy Variation Recipes
- Do you have a favorite food that you need easy mass recipes for?
- Tired of the same old potato skins you can get in the grocery store frozen food aisle?
- Do your kids love nachos, but you get tired of giving them the exact same ones every week?
- Does the goddess’ husband LOVE kebobs, but gets bored with chicken every time he fires up the grill?
This cookbook is the bomb for fast and easy variations on recipes on the fly
I have great news for you! There is a very simple cookbook out there that is the answer to all your problems. The Food Network has your solution, and it’s a spin off of their fabulous magazine special sections. “What special sections?” you may be asking yourself. “I don’t subscribe to their magazine.” “It’s too complicated for me!”
No problem! In 2012, The Food Network people put together a cookbook based on many of their most popular articles in their magazine. The 50 varieties of one dish inserts, the Perfect whatever page. It’s called 1,000 Easy Recipes Super Fun Food For Every Day. How about 38 different potato skin combinations? How about 43 varieties of panini? The Perfect Popcorn? The Perfect Bacon? Easy mass recipes for everything!
This is a book for those of us who want to wow people, but draw a blank when it comes to entertaining with food. Here is the Table of Contents, to whet your whistle: