I really thought winter would never end – I think we all did for a while. Finally we’re seeing glimmers of what promises to be a lovely spring. Tiny buds are popping forth dotting our landscape with bursts of pinks and yellows and greens. The days are longer, the skies are bluer and the sun is warmer. Before we know it we’ll hear the sweet sounds of lawnmowers and take in the sweet smells of freshly mowed grass. When that happens we’ll be able to dust the pollen off of our outdoor furniture, set the table and invite our guests over for some great wine, fabulous food and loads of laughter. Just in time for the warm weather comes Danielle Rollins’ Soiree, Entertaining with Style – a book on entertaining that is truly to be savored.
Filled with mouthwatering recipes, exquisite photography and creative themes Soiree should be in everyone’s home library, kitchen book shelf or coffee table. Rollins’ natural knack for entertaining is evident in everywhere, from the
invite to the menu to the carefully executed table. No detail is overlooked. While Rollins’ is indeed the hostess with the “most-est,” she really she is so much more. Under her guidance both the novice as well as the seasoned party planner will find inspiration. Rollins’ carefully walks her readers through every step of the dinner party, whether intimate or large, from the planning to the execution with tips on creating invitations, selecting music, flowers and decoration – to planning a bar and selecting a menu.
The images will grab you. The recipes will inspire you. Her words will calm yet encourage you.
Rollins’ philosophy is simply to keep things simple. Enjoy the moment. Treasure the memories. She believes in using shortcuts. She believes in letting others help. She believes that there are no right or wrong ways to doing something. “All you need is a little passion. Draw on the things that inspire you and make you feel good. Entertaining isn’t about money or decor… It’s about people. People make the party.” These philosophies are evident on every page of this beautiful book.
Soirée, Entertaining with Style, published by Rizzoli, is available at bookstores everywhere.
Here is a sampling of the kinds of delicious recipes you will find in Danielle’s book!
STRAWBERRY-BASIL ICE POPS WITH PROSECCO
- ¾ to 1 cup packed brown sugar (depending on sweetness of berries)
- 4 cups fresh ripe strawberries, stems removed
- 3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 12 ice pop molds and sticks
1. Combine 2 cups water and brown sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook until sugar dissolves into a simple syrup. Remove from heat and let cool.
2. In a blender, combine 2 cups strawberries with basil leaves and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; pulse until blended. Set aside. Repeat with remaining strawberries, basil, and lemon juice. Divide simple syrup evenly among batches.
3. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze at least 6 hours (ice pops will keep in freezer up to 2 weeks).
4. Place ice pop upside down in a wineglass and pour Prosecco over. Serve immediately.
PEACH-MINT ICE POPS WITH PROSECCO
- 6 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 4 tablespoons finely chopped mint
- ½ to ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground Vietnamese cinnamon (optional)
1. Place peaches, lime juice, 2 tablespoons mint, sugar, and cinnamon (if using) in a blender and blend to combine. Taste and add more lime juice or sugar. Stir in remaining mint.
2. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze at least 6 hours (ice pops will keep in freezer up to 2 weeks).
3. Place ice pop upside down in a wineglass and pour Prosecco over. Serve immediately.