Bacon Guacamole Recipe

Bacon Guacamole

 

3 large ripe Hass avocados, halved, pitted, and scooped out
3 strips bacon, cooked crisp and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/4 medium red onion, minced
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle
1/4 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced

  1. In a bowl, mash the avocado with a fork until it is nearly at your desired consistency. Stir in the bacon, red onion, lime juice, paprika, chipotle, salt, and pepper.
  2. Gently fold in the tomatoes. Serve immediately or else press a piece of plastic wrap flush into the top of the guacamole, refrigerate, and serve preferably within 24 hours.

Reposted from: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/bacon-guacamole

 

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San Jose Wedding Catering

San Jose Wedding:  Catering edition

San Jose is a bustling and popular California city, the third largest in the state.  Its eclectic mix of modern and historical make it a beautiful destination for a wedding.

San Jose is a very affluent city being located in the heart of the booming technology.  Many wealthy couples choose the city for their weddings specifically for its five-star venues, decorators, caterers, and wedding planners.  The possibilities are truly endless here.

When it comes to San Jose weddings, there truly is something for everyone.  You can go for a historical feel or a modern city feel.  You can get married indoors or out.  You can get married on a vineyard, a museum, or in a classy hotel.

One of the most important aspects of the wedding day is the food and drinks.  People will remember the food!  When it comes to San Jose catering companies, you can have any taste you desire.  There are traditional and nontraditional dishes, even gluten free and vegetarian menus.  And what if you want a good old fashioned Bar-B-Que?  You can even have that at your classy San Jose wedding.

When booking your wedding venue, verify that you can have outside catering.  Some venues include a caterer or have a list to choose from.  Of course, do not book a caterer based on the venue’s reviews.  Do your own research to come up with the absolute best for your needs.

Perhaps the most important part of choosing a caterer for your San Jose wedding is the customer service the company provides.  You want someone who has your best interests in mind; a company that will cause you no worries on the most important day of your life.  You want a company that will cater to your unique needs and requests.  You want a caterer that will listen.  You want a caterer that will make your vision come to life, whether simple or complex.

The next decision to be made is whether to have a sit-down or buffet service at your San Jose wedding reception.  Generally, the buffet is more casual, thus less expensive.  A sit-down meal will be more expensive and is usually reserved for the more elegant affairs.  You can even do a mixture of the two.  Your San Jose catering service can aid you in making this decision.

One final tip when looking for a caterer in the San Jose area is to ask around.  Get reviews from friends and family.  They will have your best interest at heart and will recommend caterers that will mesh well with your style.  Even online reviews can help, but do not drive yourself crazy reading all of those.

All in all, choosing a San Jose caterer might just be tougher than choosing your wedding dress!  It is important to do your research and go with your gut feeling.  Your San Jose wedding will be just perfect when you choose to go with high quality food and service.

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe

bacon wrapped asparagus

 

  1. Place asparagus on a sheet of waxed paper; coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with pepper; turn to coat. Wrap a bacon piece around each spear; secure ends with toothpicks.
  2. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until bacon is crisp. Discard toothpicks. Yield: 2-3 servings.

reposted from: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/bacon-wrapped-asparagus

Buffet or Sit Down for your Bay Area Wedding Reception

Here are some important points to consider when deciding on whether to have a buffet or sit down dinner for your wedding reception:

 

Buffet-style is a more casual way to serve a large group of guests. A sit-down meal is considered more elegant and may be more expensive.

The first decision with a reception meal is whether it will be buffet-style, sit-down or a combination of the two. However, nothing says you can’t mix and match your service styles. For example, feel free to have waiters plate your first course in the kitchen and then serve your second course family-style at the table followed by a dessert buffet.

How about setting a beautiful buffet with guests casually seated at smaller tables or even on lounge-style furniture instead of the more typical round tables? Your reception should reflect who you are and how you live. After all, your guests are there to celebrate you.

If you decide to serve a buffet, serving the first course at the table can help minimize lines for the main course at the buffet.  As plates for the first course are cleared table by table, it creates a natural staggering of times for guests to visit the buffet.

Try to avoid the look of a hotel Sunday brunch. Those “groaning board” buffets with dozens of dishes may look lavish, but you’re not doing your guests any favors. It’s better to select one main course and just a few side dishes to make a delicious meal.

If you do want to serve several entrée choices, such as chicken, beef and fish, be sure to place them at different buffet tables with the appropriate accompaniments. This will ensure guests dine on a well-thought-out menu.

Using smaller plates encourages guests to visit each station individually and means they will enjoy the dishes in appropriate combinations, as they were planned. Smaller buffets also allow guests to pass more quickly through the buffet line.

While buffets should not feature dozens of dishes, they should be filled with plenty of food. There’s nothing more forlorn than a long buffet with three dishes on it. Keep your buffets smaller and be sure the food is arranged and presented abundantly (a feast for your eyes and belly!).

Reposted from: http://www.colincowieweddings.com/articles/ceremony-reception/buffet-or-sit-down-how-to-choose