Cranberry and Pecan Baked Brie

Just as we say good bye to the holidays it seems we enter into another party season. January and February are filled with things like award shows and the Super Bowl as well as other events. The internet is all abuzz with the latest trends in party planning and appetizers. I do love finding new party foods but I have learned my lesson about trying too many new things for the one event. So for me I find it is important to have a selection of standard tried and true recipes that I can default to for parties. And one of those recipes is my baked Brie. This recipe is an old standard for me and it is also a big food weakness of mine. I actually have to limit this to a party to make sure I don’t overindulge. This simple dish is easy to prepare and is a real crowd pleaser. It is great with fresh bread or crackers.

What is your simple, go to appetizer for parties?

Cranberry and Pecan Baked Brie

1 round Brie cheese
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
3 Tbsp cranberry sauce
handful of chopped pecans

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Brie and Tomato Chutney on Ciabatta Bread

For me there is nothing more dull for lunch then a really boring sandwich. The thing is that I do love sandwiches it is just more often then not it can be a very dully prepared item. It doesn’t have to be that way! Challenging yourself to come up with more exciting sandwiches not only makes your taste buds sing but it can be economical because you are less tempted to go out and spend money on lunch when your own homemade lunch is something you are actually looking forward to eating. So for fun I have challenged myself to come up with delicious and easy sandwich recipes. I am ending this week with my first recipe as I prepare for my lunch focused blog week next week. The challenge being to add some excitement and flavor to what can often be a rather simple meal.


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