*We are pleased to share these delightful recipes from our good friend Sarah, who likes to experiment and get creative with food. Being her friend means we get the pleasure of being her taste testers!
How I made sour cream and cultured butter so I would have a delicious day…
Photographer: Shaya Stark
Spring is here and love is in the air. Love has been a theme for fluentlife33 this year and since I am single, here are some of my musts when getting to know men. And I hope I inspire some of you other single folks out there.
#1. Tuck that phone away.
When I am spending time with someone, whether it’s just for a quick snack or a fancy dinner, I like to give my undivided attention. I put my phone on mute & hide it in my purse. Getting myself distracted is a lost opportunity to get to know the other person.
#2. Plan loosely.
I like to know the day & time that we’re going out but I don’t need to know where we are going days in advance. Being spontaneous is fun and less nerve-wracking.
#3. Dress up but don’t look like you tried so hard.
When I know where & when we’re going out, I like to get ready ahead of time so my make-up settles & I feel comfortable in the clothes (and shoes) I’ve picked for the occassion. That way I have time to retouch and I am not in a rush.
#4. Be genuinely interested.
I love getting to know people. It’s like reading a book that hasn’t been written yet. So when I am on a date, I talk less and I listen.
#5. Order dessert.
This is not the time to declare that you’re on a diet.
#6. Just one drink.
If you are both drinking, order just one drink. It’s hard to keep your composure if you have a little too much to drink.
#7. Say goodnight (and really have a good night).
Express that you had a good time. Expect nothing and go about your life the next day.
I’ve always talked about having a cocktail party but did not have much time in 2012 because I was still trying to get my life in order. I have been a single mom for 2 years and have a full time career. I was occupied rebuilding my life as well as my family’s. Needless to say, by the end of 2012, I was ready to entertain again and have a party with my girl-friends.
I added a little bit of a challenge for myself when prepping for the party. I wanted to see if I can make healthier versions of traditional hor d’oeuvres – maybe vegan, maybe raw – plus with minimal number of ingredients. Well, given the amount of food left (or lack of), I think the attempt was a success. Not only were these foods appetizing, it was also a lot of fun making them.