Let us introduce you (if we haven’t already) to one of our favorite libations. Delicious over ice or added to a glass of champagne or mixed with a little club soda…this stuff is delish!!
And it makes a great hostess gift, too!
X-Rated…available at your local liquor store or here
These whiskey glasses are a great gift idea for any college fan…young or old…male or female. The drinks will just taste better!
We picked our children’s colleges to take pics of…best to keep the peace between the belles…just sayin’.
And…a belle bonus! Our friends get 15% off with this link. You’re welcome!
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We found this sangria recipe, did some tweaking, and served to rave reviews for a recent shindig. Thought we would share (as all good belles do)…
The key elements to a good, traditional sangria…fruit (apples & oranges), a liquor (we went with Grand Marnier), orange juice, and a fruity, dry Spanish red wine (a Tempranillo or Rioja)
The process is quick and easy. Cut your fruit…
take a moment to muddle the oranges with your liqueur…
1/2 apple, cored and chopped
1 orange, sliced into small pieces
2 T sugar
1/4 c Grand Marnier
3/4 c orange juice
1 bottle dry Spanish red wine (Tempranillo or Rioja)
1 orange, sliced, for garnish
Place apple and orange pieces in pitcher and add sugar. Muddle well. Add Grand Marnier and orange juice and muddle again. Add red wine and stir well. Add ice and stir to chill. Serve in wine glasses garnished with orange segments.
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Mind over matter. Meditate belles.
Maybe we will meditate about this Thai noodle bowl
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We are pretty good in the kitchen, and we often get requests for recipes, but, never have we ever, (we mean never ever) gotten so many accolades and pleadings as we have for these meatballs.
We served these very spicy Asian-style delights at a recent cocktail party in a chafing dish. But they could easily be put over jasmine rice or served in a lettuce wrap to be more of a main course.
But be forewarned belles!! Double, triple, quadruple this recipe as people will be on you like white on rice for these meatballs. They are that tantalizing…unless you are very mild-mouthed, whereupon they might just cause you to have a stroke…just throwing that out there.
They are very easy to make and actually quite cathartic during the rolling process.
The recipe comes from Food 52…a great resource for awesome recipes and a wonderful site to troll when you need an inspiration or two.
Makes 20 meatballs
3 green onions thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves minced
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup panko crumbs
2 T Korean chili paste
1T minced fresh ginger
1 t kosher salt
1/2 t ground white pepper ( we used black with no issue)
2 T canola oil
1/3 cup apricot preserves
2 T Korean chili paste
1 1/2 T rice vinegar
1 T soy sauce
Garnishes : sliced green onions
1. Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl, combine all meatball ingredients except oil. The key to good meatballs is not to over mix them. Gently combine the ingredients until everything is well mixed . Form the mixture into golf ball sized meatballs. ( we made ours much smaller for cocktail party so they’d be easy to eat. )
2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat . In batches ( please don’t crowd the pan) , brown the meatballs on all sides. Transfer meatballs to rimmed baking sheet and place in oven. Bake 10 minutes .
3. Meanwhile, in small saucepan, combine all glaze ingredients. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened.
4. To serve, brush meatballs with glaze and sprinkle with green onion. (we put the meatballs and the sauce all together in the chafing dish for the cocktail party)
If you don’t make these , you’re plum crazy….just sayin’
A good belle always remembers to properly recognize her hosts and hostesses. Here are some ideas to make you the most prized guest…
for a little gold-bug touch…any hostess would love these cocktail napkins from our fave belle-owned treasure trove, Croghans Jewel Box
Cheers, y’all! Focusing on the fellas tomorrow!
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It’s coming…ready or not! Christmas is just a few short weeks away, and those gifts aren’t going to buy themselves! We figured we would brainstorm some kick-ass ideas for you…’cause that’s what belles are for…
We have some ideas for him, her, the techies, the hostess…and we will share them all this week as we prepare to enter the “vortex”. First up:
Some ideas for her…
Ya know how we are always saying, “remember who you are and where you came from”?? These will help with that:
From A. Jaffe:
Choose any location in the world and A. Jaffe will engrave the map and place a diamond where “X marks the spot” for where her heart is (or should be)…(there’s a less expensive sterling version as well)
And from Coordinates Collection (above…we’ve told y’all about these before) use the coordinates of that special place to create a piece that will be all hers
From our fave belle-friend-owned jewelry store, Croghans, in Charleston, this crowning glory of a ring (above) is perfect for the princess or regal matriarch.
From Nordstrom she will love these Stila “sweet kisses”…an excellent stocking stuffer!
From Shopbop, the Shrimps “Abatha” faux fur coat will keep her warm
Stay tuned…there’s more to come!
We love cheese…we admit we are addicted..after we read this, now we understand why…
But everything in moderation…life is too short not to enjoy!
We recently helped host a little fete and our job was the charcuterie platter. What a great assignment/exercise! We enjoyed every moment of putting it together. We thought we’d share how we went about it.
We decided to use a basket and started playing around with some containers..
Then we collected a few cheeses, crackers and condiments…
Saint Angel, an aged Gouda (we prefer 5 year but they only had 3 year and it was delicious nonetheless), a good Parmesan, and and a blue cheese (Bleu d’Auvergne here which is similar to Roquefort).
We always place our cheeses first, it is easy to build off and fill in from there. We then started adding the crackers, breads and fruits.
We used sliced baguette, Alessi breadsticks, Blue Diamond nut thins (we like the pecan) Mary’s Gone crackers (addicting…just sayin’) in black pepper, La Panzanella Rosemary crackers, Raincoast crisps hazelnut and cranberry. We also added grapes, cashews and dried apricots.
We filled in with a couple of pears and some hydrangea from the yard, and them a little charcuterie in the form of Soppressata, prosciutto, and Genoa salami.
We also added some honeycomb which was absolutely incredible and we will use from here on out. It was a hit! Another taste thrill were the Pepedew peppers and they add a great pop of color.
Here is a smaller version we did for a tailgate at Ole Miss a few days later