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How to Host a Spring Dinner Party

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[howdini - get yourself a guru] Hi. I'm Tracy Metro for the Kraft Kitchens. Well, spring is here, and after a long winter, I don't know about you, but I'm ready to entertain again. So tonight I'm having a dinner party to celebrate the season. I've set a sweet table with candles and flowers, and for dinner, the main course is this Balsamic-Maple Glazed Ham. [Balsamic-Maple Glazed Ham] It looks impressive, doesn't it? It's such a snap to make. All you have to do is bake the ham. And for the glaze, mix together Dijon mustard, balsamic vinaigrette dressing, and some maple flavored or pancake syrup for that wonderful sweet taste. You begin basting the ham once it's been baking for an hour, and you baste it every 20 minutes until the ham is heated all the way through. Now, this is what all your guests will be talking about later on: delicious mashed potatoes made with a twist. Philly Cream Cheese makes a chive and onion spread [Chive & Onion Mashed Potatoes] that gives them their flavor and creamy texture. And if you are anything like me and you like to plan ahead, it's the perfect dish to do so. Make it the night before, and then all you have to do is heat it up before dinner. Next up is a great cheesy vegetable side dish of roasted green beans with peppers and onions. This is yummy, and I love using fresh veggies. [Roasted Green Beans with Peppers & Onions] All you have to do is cut up your peppers into thin strips, combine them with some green beans and onions, then toss everything with some balsamic vinaigrette dressing and bake. Two to three minutes before it's done add some shredded mozzarella cheese and let it get all melty on top. And now the salad. This is fresh spinach, which is in peak season right now. [Springtime Spinach Salad] And I've got some strawberries in here, some sugar snap peas, red onions, and toasted almonds. Now, toasted almonds are so easy to do yourself. You just spread some sliced almonds on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake them for 8 to 10 minutes until they get just a little bit brown. The dressing is what brings all these flavors together, and I'm using a tangy Catalina this evening. You're going to want to dress it at the last minute to give it that final touch. Oh, and I don't want to forget. I've got to show you dessert. This is Tropical Strawberry Cream Pie. [Tropical Strawberry Cream Pie] I took a slice out so you could see just how beautiful it is on the inside. Yeah, it's one of life's simple pleasures, huh? And it's such a cinch to make, you don't even have to bake it. And as you can see right here, the crust is made of Nilla wafers. So there you have it, a perfect springtime dinner party, and you made it all yourself. You'll find these and lots of other recipes and tips at Howdini. I'm Tracy Metro from the Kraft Kitchens for Howdini. Happy spring. [chimes jingling] []

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Duration: 2 minutes and 54 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Howdini
Views: 92
Posted by: howdini on Jun 22, 2010

Tracy Metro for the Kraft Kitchens has some great ideas for an easy dinner party that combines the best of Spring vegetables, colors, and wonderfully fresh tastes to celebrate the season in style.

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