I received a copy of Cups Sticks and Nibbles to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
We have a friend who is the group hostess. She has an awesome house with a huge yard and over the years she’s learned to master the art of the party. There’s always a banging array of meats, salads, sides, desserts and adult beverages. She breezes among her guests, making sure everyone feels at home and is comfortable. It’s not unusual for her to have more than 50 people in her home. In contrast, Rick and I enjoy hosting a few friends, but the thought of entertaining more than a tableful is worrisome.
If you find the stress of hosting an event sucks all the fun out of it, you’re in luck. There’s a new book available to help master the art of entertaining. It’s written by food blogger and teacher Nicole Meyer and called Cups, Sticks and Nibbles. Inside you’ll find all the help you’ll need to plan and execute your next party, just in time for Summer entertaining!
Nic guides you through the entire process; from deciding how many people to invite, what to serve and how to present your food in a pleasing manner. You’ll find practical checklists to ensure you don’t forget a thing! To help with the menu planning there are recipes suited for special themes like cocktail parties, family gatherings, cookouts and brunches. There’s even a selection of recipes kids of all ages will love. Like these French Toast Kebabs stuffed with almond butter and fresh cherry jam.
Who doesn’t like food on a stick? These guys are perfect for brunch, a kid’s party or even dessert.
- 2 tablespoons almond butter (more or less)
- 1 tablespoon Cherry Jam (more or less)
- A couple fresh cherries, pitted and cut in half (optional)
- Two slices of whole wheat bread (I removed the crusts, but you don't have to)
- Beaten egg (use milk or water as needed)
- Maple syrup
- Oil or butter for frying
- 6 inch skewer
- Stir the almond butter and cherry jam together and spread a generous amount on a slice of bread.
- Top with a few cherries, then the other slice of bread. Press together lightly to help close the edges.
- Soak the sandwich in beaten egg, turning to coat both sides.
- Heat a small amount of oil or butter over medium heat and cook the sandwich like you would french toast. Use the spatula to press the two pieces of bread together.
- After cooking, brush both sides of the sandwich with a little maple syrup and cut into four pieces.
- Stand the pieces on edge and thread the skewer through them.
- Serve the skewer on a platter with more syrup on the side.
Nic’s recipes are accompanied by mouthwatering photos and there’s a wide variety of food to choose from. The text is printed in an easy to read font with cute graphics. You’ll get great advice to help you plan a flawless party in this book. And if you’re the local host like my friend, you’ll find Cups, Sticks & Nibbles will make a perfect shower gift or housewarming present.