Roxana's Home Baking Easy recipes, simple ingredients 2014-12-15T12:38:12Z http://roxanashomebaking.com/feed/atom/ Roxana http://roxanashomebaking.com/ <![CDATA[Beans, tomato and raisins bruschetta recipe]]> http://roxanashomebaking.com/?p=28264 2014-12-15T12:29:32Z 2014-12-14T01:00:23Z Toasted ciabatta slices topped with beans, tomato and raisins, bruschetta is a quick and easy party appetizer, last minute dinner idea or a afternoon snack! Throwing a dinner party is always a lot of work. No matter the time of the year, no matter how many guests you have over, there’s always lots of cooking... 

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Toasted ciabatta slices topped with beans, tomato and raisins, bruschetta is a quick and easy party appetizer, last minute dinner idea or a afternoon snack!
Toasted ciabatta slices topped with beans, tomato and raisins, bruschetta is a quick and easy party appetizer, last minute dinner idea or a afternoon snack!

Throwing a dinner party is always a lot of work. No matter the time of the year, no matter how many guests you have over, there’s always lots of cooking involved. It may be just me, but it seems I end up slaving in the kitchen for at least a day prior to the party. Sometimes for two days and it has happen to still be in the kitchen during the party. You know, last-minute heating up that dish, warming up that dish or pulling steaming hot dinner rolls out of the oven.

It was exhausting and I wasn’t enjoying having my friends over anymore. The thought of holidays, birthday party of just get-togethers was giving me goose bumps.

Not anymore! Warm bars are the answer! And this beans, tomato and raisins bruschetta is a party saver! (it really did to the last impromptu get-together I hosted last weekend)

Not only bruschetta is a great appetizer but it can be a snack or a dinner also! It’s so versatile and my simple recipe is definitely a winner! … 

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Roxana http://roxanashomebaking.com/ <![CDATA[Overnight eggs benedict casserole recipe and a Le Creuset giveaway]]> http://roxanashomebaking.com/?p=28239 2014-12-12T22:52:53Z 2014-12-13T01:00:13Z There is nothing like waking up to a delicious eggs benedict casserole awaiting you with little or no effort on your part just ready to be placed in a hot oven until the aroma wafts through the house. With all the stress that Christmas morning brings, there’s nothing like a make-ahead casserole to save the day. I... 

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There is nothing like waking up to a delicious eggs benedict casserole awaiting you with little or no effort on your part just ready to be placed in a hot oven until the aroma wafts through the house.
There is nothing like waking up to a delicious eggs benedict casserole awaiting you with little or no effort on your part just ready to be placed in a hot oven until the aroma wafts through the house.

With all the stress that Christmas morning brings, there’s nothing like a make-ahead casserole to save the day. I absolutely love egg casseroles. After all what’s not to love? You can have them for breakfast, lunch or for dinner and they are so versatile. You can add pretty much any leftovers you have on hand, leave it overnight in the fridge for the flavors to combine and bake when needed.

Casseroles like this are perfect when you have a long day ahead of you and don’t have time to prepare a good breakfast in the morning.

This eggs benedict casserole is so hearty and comes together in no time. Just pop it in the oven while the kids are opening their presents…. 

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Roxana http://roxanashomebaking.com/ <![CDATA[Melt-in-your-mouth snowball cookies]]> http://roxanashomebaking.com/?p=28225 2014-12-12T02:08:22Z 2014-12-12T02:07:26Z Melt-in-your-mouth buttery cookies, these shortbread like snowball cookies are one of the most requested baked treats at the cookie exchange. One bite and you’ll understand why they are so addictive! Snowball cookies always put a smile on my face. They remind me of childhood and my mom always busy in the kitchen making sure everything is ready... 

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Melt-in-your-mouth buttery cookies, these shortbread like snowball cookies are one of the most requested baked treats at the cookie exchange. One bite and you’ll understand why they are so addictive!
Melt-in-your-mouth buttery cookies, these shortbread like snowball cookies are one of the most requested baked treats at the cookie exchange. One bite and you'll understand why they are so addictive!

Snowball cookies always put a smile on my face. They remind me of childhood and my mom always busy in the kitchen making sure everything is ready by Christmas eve.

I was probably 7 or 8 when she asked me for the first time to help her in the kitchen with the Christmas cooking. I couldn’t do much, I was terrified of touching anything for fear I would break or spill something. She sat me down on a chair and asked me to break the nuts.

I could see her, in the corner of my eye, carefully measuring the ingredients and talking to herself making sure there will be plenty of cookies for everyone. She loved having friends and family coming over for holidays. … 

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Roxana http://roxanashomebaking.com/ <![CDATA[Fudgy brownies with candy cane frosting]]> http://roxanashomebaking.com/?p=3023 2014-12-09T18:00:15Z 2014-12-09T17:57:56Z No one can resist these easy-to-make extra fudgy brownies topped with a generous amount of candy cane frosting. The perfect excuse to use those extra candy canes. There’s no surprise Christmas is my favorite time of the year. The smell of fresh tree, the hot cocoa, the lights, the presents but above all the candy cane!... 

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No one can resist these easy-to-make extra fudgy brownies topped with a generous amount of candy cane frosting. The perfect excuse to use those extra candy canes.
No one can resist these easy-to-make extra fudgy brownies topped with a generous amount of candy cane frosting. The perfect excuse to use those extra candy canes.

There’s no surprise Christmas is my favorite time of the year. The smell of fresh tree, the hot cocoa, the lights, the presents but above all the candy cane! I love anything candy cane and already looking for excuses to get my hands on some more. Good thing they are cheap and widely available, right?

From candy cane chocolate bars, to candy candy candles my house smells like a candy factory.

My husband on the other hand, he’s not friends with candy cane. Or so I thought until he ate half of these brownies in one day. And I’m not blaming him! You see, these are not just some boring brownies with candy cane flavored frosting on top.

No, these brownies are one of the best brownies I’ve made! They are so rich, so dense and so fudgy! To make them even more irresistible, I finished them with a generous amount of peppermint buttercream and crushed candy cane! Cut them is small pieces and have a glass of milk close by, you’ll need it!

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Roxana http://roxanashomebaking.com/ <![CDATA[Girls Holiday Wine Night]]> http://roxanashomebaking.com/?p=28141 2014-12-08T13:02:57Z 2014-12-08T17:03:57Z I’ve been a stay at home mom from the very first moment we became parents. We knew we have to make everything we can to make sure we spend every day watching our baby girl grown without the need to place her in a child care center while we commute to and back from work.... 

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I’ve been a stay at home mom from the very first moment we became parents. We knew we have to make everything we can to make sure we spend every day watching our baby girl grown without the need to place her in a child care center while we commute to and back from work.

Spending the days accompanied by her contagious laughter has been a blessing. We have created so many memories of all the things we did together – tea parties, dress up parties, pirate and princess parties or making a total mess in the kitchen trying to decorate a cake or a dozen of cookies.

Easy tips for an unforgettable wine and cheese party

But being a stay at home mom has one downside. Limited adult talk. Quick phone calls with your friends, a couple of words exchanged while meeting at the playground or at kids birthday parties.

As much as I try to grab a coffee with my girlfriends something always happens and our coffee gets canceled. Something had to change and it needed to change quick!

That’s how Girls night came into action! 2-3 times a year we leave our spouses in charge and we get together for some cheese, crackers and a couple of glasses of wine.

Easy tips for an unforgettable wine and cheese party

Throwing a cheese and wine party is my favorite party to host. It’s so much fun! What can be better than a night spend in the company of good friends, chatting away while enjoying good cheese and wine?

Throwing a wine and cheese party gives me the opportunity to enjoy the company of my friends since all the preparation is done days and hours before the first guest arrives.

I’m not a party organizer but after hosting a few get-togethers I learned what works for me and my friends to ensure we have an amazing time!

wine and cheese party

Weeks before the party, decide whom you are going to invite and send out the invitations. Once you know how many guests you’re going to have, it’s time to decide upon the menu and go shopping.

With every party I try to get at least one new cheese. Something I have not tried before and hopefully neither did my guests. In addition to the new cheese I pick at least 3 others cheese types making sure I have at least 1 hard cheese, one soft cheese and one in between. It’s best to have 1-2 oz of each cheese per person.

Once you have the cheese selection down, it’s time to visit the wine center.

Pick 2-4 bottles of wine, making sure you have both red and white. My advice is to ask the wine expert at the store and let him/her make some recommendations based on your cheese selection.

My favorite wine is Sauvignon Blanc (preferably from New Zealand) and I always have one bottle at my parties. Other white wines my friends enjoy are Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio (preferably from Italy).

I may not like red wine but most of my friends enjoy it. This time I served some Beaujolais-Villages (my husband’s favorite) and a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Other red wines that go well with cheese are pinot noir and Merlot.

If desserts are served after your guests enjoyed the cheese, you should serve sweet wines such as Muscat or Port.

wine and cheese party

Last, in addition to cheese and wine, you’ll also need crackers for your party.

Nabisco is offering a wide variety of crackers to be enjoyed with lots of cheese types.

For the hard cheese I prefer Triscuit and Wheat Thins while for the soft cheese (especially if they aren’t too salty) I prefer Ritz crackers.

Are you planning of throwing a party this holiday season? Check out Nabisco website for tips for easy entertaining and irresistible recipes.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of NABISCO. The opinions and text are all mine.

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