A celebration with friends!

A couple of nights ago we had our good friends and neighbors over to celebrate our friendship, our families, and say goodbye to 2016. It was an evening filled with laughter, a good old game of Family Feud, wine, and delicious appetizers (if I may say so myself).

On the menu for the evening: caramelized onion quiche, bbq kielbasa, mozzarella and tomato skewers, a big salad, cheese, chicken liver pate, and crackers.  (recipes to follow).


For the salad, I used Baby Arugula, almond slivers, and dates. I dressed the salad with white balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. It’s super simple and delicious.

For the skewers, I used Marzano tomatoes cut in half, fresh basil leaves, and store-bought mozzarella balls. I placed the basil in between the cheese and the tomato. Once all the skewers were assembled and arranged on the platter, I drizzled them all with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction.


The bbq kielbasa that I made is a recipe from The Frugal Girls I found on Pinterest. This is the second time I make it but this time I varied it a little bit. The recipe calls for very specific ingredients. I used them all, but instead of regular kielbasa I used turkey kielbasa and I used an additional package of it, so instead of 2 I used 3. The recipe also calls from a bottle of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce, which I used; but I also used half a bottle of Old Mule.



The star was the caramelized onion quiche. I didn’t change anything from the recipe I used from Simply Recipes I just followed the steps exactly as suggested. I also chose to make the crust but you can certainly make this with a frozen, store-bought crust.

We served this with a variety of microbrewery beers, a bottle of 2012 Sean Minor Cabernet Sauvignon, a bottle of 2015 Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blan, and lots of love!

How do you celebrate with friends?

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