Cozy Dinner Party

Truth be told, I will find any excuse to get together with my friends. I find hosting to be so gratifying. I enjoy having my home filled with people that I love laughing, talking and eating. My biggest goal in life is to make people happy and that is easy to do at a dinner party. Just hand your guests a cocktail and some food and they'll act like you're a hero. Here are some ideas for a dinner party this winter.

Apple Rum Punch:

Mix together 8 ounces of rum, 3 ounces of lemon juice, 6 ounces of apple cider, and 12 ounces of sparkling apple cider. Garnish with a sprig of thyme and serve to your impressed guests!

Root Vegetables:

Peel tricolor carrots and parsnips.

Brush vegetables and one can of chickpeas with olive oil.

Season with salt and pepper.

Bake at 400 degrees for one hour.

While the vegetables are baking, make a dipping sauce for them.

Dipping Sauce for Vegetables:

Combine 1 cup of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt with 1 clove of crushed garlic.

Mix in 3 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Season with salt and pepper.

Brie Appetizers:

Slice ready rolled pastry dough into one inch squares.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake dough at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Spread brie onto each piece of dough.

Top each piece with a small blog of cranberry sauce (I used a box of organic, whole cranberries).

Put the tray back into the oven for another 3 minutes.

Top each puff with a tiny sprig of thyme and serve!

Apple and Gouda Stuffed Chicken:

Butterfly chicken breasts.

Slice gouda cheese thinly.

Slice honey crisp apples into thin slices.

Stuff each chicken breast with a layer of cheese and then apples.

Brush each chicken breast with olive oil and then season it with salt and pepper.

Place a sprig of rosemary on each piece of chicken.

Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes (or less if you have a strong oven).

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