I’m taking you behind the scenes as I talk about hosting a keep it cool party for late summer!
The heat at the end of the summer can definitely put a damper on home entertaining; you may not want to slave for hours in the kitchen, and your guests may not want the typical "hot" party food, which is why I recommend throwing a "Keep it Cool" late summer party.
With awesome, chilly items such as
1 1/2 oz. Rum
1/2 oz. Orgeat or Almond Syrup
2 oz. Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
Juice of ½ lemon
Juice of 2 limes (1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons chopped green chilis (optional-use them if you like it spicy)
Salt and pepper
Makes 16 bite-sized “spoon” hors d’oeuvres or 4 appetizer portions
I suggest canned grapefruit because any skin ruins the texture of the ceviche.
½ cup lime juice
½ cup canned grapefruit sections, cut into quarters
¼ cup coconut milk
¼ cup finely diced picked jalapenos
2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper
The chocolate “abstracts” look very impressive and are easy things to make.
After you melt the chocolate, let it cool a little before making the abstracts. A plastic funnel will help you pour the chocolate into the squeeze bottle without making a mess.
4 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate chips
2 pints vanilla or coffee ice cream
¼ cup amaretto
Line a baking sheet that will fit in your freezer with parchment or wax paper. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe container and microwave on medium for 20 seconds. Stir and return to microwave for another 10 seconds. Chocolate burns easily, so check and stir every 10 seconds until fully melted.
Pour the melted chocolate into a squeeze bottle. Squeeze the chocolate over the parchment paper, making abstract shapes. Leave a bit of space between each shape, for easy removal. Place the tray in the freezer for about 2 hours. Once the chocolate is set, use a spatula to remove it from the parchment. Chocolate abstracts may be stored for several days in the freezer between sheets of parchment paper.
When you are ready to serve dessert, scoop the ice cream into a bowl. Top with one of the chocolate decorations. Serve immediately, splashing amaretto over the ice cream at the table.