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Superbowl Party 2014 – Once more with Feeling…

Kicking off your Super Bowl party in 2014 with style will leave your friends and family speechless at your party hosting skills. Easily score a winning touchdown by providing your guests with eye catching decorations, delicious snacks, and a well set up entertainment center for this year’s Super Bowl on February 2, 2014. Here are some simple game day tips that will help you become the neighborhood MVP year after year. Decorations: Filling your home with the teams logos can mean war for some of your guests but making sure you have a little bit of both sports teams throughout … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Five Definitive Hangover Cures…

New Year’s Eve is the one time of the year that you can get wild while saying goodbye to the year prior and hello to a fresh start with New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you promised yourself you would lose those last 15lbs, you wouldn’t drink quite as much, or you would finally pay off that credit card. For most of us, we will probably have very similar resolutions this year!  Regardless of what your New Year’s resolutions were, you can count on one thing, this year, New Year’s will be better than last years! New Year’s Eve is no stranger … Continue reading

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Make Life Easier With An Organized Pantry and Fridge

Your guests will be arriving soon, and you’re in need of party food ingredients in a hurry. You go to the pantry, or to your refrigerator/freezer and it’s a disorganized mess. You fumble around and may not find something you actually have. Sound familiar? Maybe you go to the store and purchase some items you’re sure you’ll need, only to discover that you already had those ingredients. It’s frustrating, but it happens. If you’re tired of wasting time and feeling disorganized every time you prepare party food, dinner, or even a snack recipe, then read on! Getting organized is one … Continue reading

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Quick and Easy Entertaining With Finger Foods For Parties

The clock is ticking. It seems almost as if the minute hands are spinning. You just got home and have guests coming in one hour. The panic sets in. What you need in this moment are some quick and easy entertaining ideas. One simple solution is serving finger foods for parties. The Rush If you have decided to throw a last minute event, or are rushing home from a previous engagement that went too long – no worries. Panic doesn’t help anything. As long as your home isn’t in complete disarray, don’t worry about cleaning yet. Food and drinks come … Continue reading

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Entertaining Ideas with Healthy Snacks

The invitations have been sent. The guest list is set. In a few hours your guests will arrive and you’ll serve gourmet snacks. You know they deserve healthy snacks. You want to make sure the foods you serve are healthy, hearty and will make your guests happy. Here are three ideas to make your next event as healthy as it can be. 1. Fruits and Vegetables It’s no secret a lot the food we eat is loaded with unhealthy fat and sugar. Our bodies are showing the consequences of such food abuse. Let’s choose healthy snacks! When you’re selecting the … Continue reading

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How to Entertain with Gourmet Food without Ruining Your Budget

My sister Beth is a self-proclaimed master of the art of entertaining- gourmet entertaining to be precise.  As both an amateur chef and single mom however, her caviar dreams don’t always align with her Cheese-Its budget. And yet her dinner parties are the stuff of legend: a combination of elegant presentation, delicious and unheard of appetizer creations mixed with crowd-pleasing favorites.  Somehow Beth is always able to keep to a tighter than tight entertaining budget while making her guests feel like they’re getting the full gourmet entertaining treatment. I asked Beth recently what some of her entertaining secrets were and … Continue reading

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Bypass the Boring: Healthy Snacks You Will Want To Try

I’m not sure about you, but I actually have gotten used to the idea of eating healthy. Making well-balanced, low-calorie meals is becoming a way of life. Where I have trouble though, is when it comes to healthy snacks. What is a Healthy Snack? A healthy snack is one that provides nutrients, is low in calories, and serves to fill you up just enough until mealtime. I’m also going to add “…is satisfying enough to your taste buds that you don’t overdo the snacking in search of satisfaction.” In other words… I want something healthy that at least feels a … Continue reading

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The Art of a Gourmet Café Conversation

Step into any gourmet café shop and your senses are immediately stirred. The aroma of fresh coffee makes its way to your nose. Your mouth begins to water for the perfect espresso. You can practically taste the hints of the requested cinnamon on your tongue. You’ve come to the right place. The History When you think of classic cafés what image first comes to your mind? Are they the famous Parisian cafés filled with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein or F. Scott Fitzgerald? All were known to frequent La Rotonde in located in Paris’ 6th Arrondissement. Perhaps you … Continue reading

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Little Known Ways to Entertain

Entertaining in your home can seem like a challenge. You want the evening to go well. You want to show your friends a good time. You also want to serve good appetizers to your guests. Of course, gourmet appetizers are the best! Here at John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks, we love to entertain. Here are some lessons we’ve learned when it comes to entertaining guests. 1. Set the Tone of the Evening What kind of evening do you envision? Are you entertaining formally or is this an informal affair?Will you play music in the background? To make it a memorable affair, … Continue reading

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Now You Can Have the Perfect Snack

Foodies, sophisticated partiers and healthy snack aficionados, welcome to a new blog dedicated to one goal, one lofty ideal, one dream among impossible dreams… We refer, of course, to the quest for the perfect snack! Whether you’re looking for appetizer ideas, gourmet or baked snacks or a healthy snack, you have come to the right place. John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks have been delivering “the perfect crunch” in our twice-baked sourdough and cheese appetizers for 30 years. But what defines the perfect snack? Is it just great taste? Or does it go beyond taste into texture, flexibility of use, ease of … Continue reading

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