Strawberry Basil Sangria

Strawberry Basil Sangria

The sweaters are coming off, the birds are singing, the flowers are in bloom, the Earth smells of awakening, our pale winter bodies rejoice in some sun and processed Vitamin D… it’s spring time, baby!

It might not be bathing suit time yet, but it sure is “park yourself on the porch, and enjoy a tasty beverage time!”  This weekend – you, some sun, and a pitcher of this tasty sangria.

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Deviled Ham Beer Puffs

If the return of Mad Men has you wanting to put on your best Betty Draper-Francis hostess act, sans cigarettes, dysfunctional relationships and kids running around with plastic bags on their heads, have I got a treat for you.  An updated take on a 60s classic, these puffs are perfect for a wedding/baby shower, Spring brunch or luncheon, or a swanky cocktail party full of throw-back appetizers.

If you’ve ever been intimidated by making this kind of puff for savory or sweet treats, don’t be, I’m here to tell you they could not be easier.  They come together in no time, with minimal effort, and the beer adds an amazing dimension to the flavor.  Don’t listen to those silly recipes telling you to put the dough in a pastry bag and pipe them, they’re just as gorgeous by simply dropping them by tablespoons.

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