From my RV kitchen
No question, I love to prepare and enjoy fresh, delicious food straight from my RV kitchen but sometimes I, too, want a break. Enter my friends at El Rancho Marketplace.¬†While the fellows were out golfing we¬†gals enjoyed a leisurely "girls night in" tapas party at Flying Flags RV Resort with a wide and appetizing array of delicacies from El Rancho's extensive¬†service deli, cheese counter, bakery and wine shop.¬†
We also had an opportunity to visit Terravant - a custom crush¬†wine making faciltiy - where vintners of all sizes bring their grapes to produce wonderful wines. And there are plenty of them, too.¬†Avant Tapas and Wine Bar offeres a unique tasting option of¬†over 30 wines, amazing local-centric tapas by Executive Chef Brooke¬†Stockwell¬†and a relaxing, wonderful environment.¬†
Tapas, by the way, means "little bites" and is a terrific way to share¬†different tastes and textures with friends. That, some¬†fine wine¬†and a perfect evening...I can't think of anything better, can you?
Consider creating your tapas party following a few simple foodie guidelines. Remember, this is YOUR party. Serve what you and your guests love to nosh on¬†and what fits your budget. Rule number one...there are no rules!
Meats - choose a selection of hard and soft meats including salami, prosciutto, shrimp cocktail or boiled shrimp, smoked fish
Cheeses - Ask your cheese monger to suggest a few types of cheese that will compliment your wine and meats. I love a nice pungent blue, something moderate and smoky like a smoked gouda and soft cheese such as brie or camembert
Spreads and Dips - spreads and dips add a depth of flavor and allow your guests to create their individual flavors.¬†Consider tapenade, fig jam, mustards, hummus, a creamy dip.
Fruit and Nuts - Think dried figs, dates, cranberries, apricots, fresh apple or pear slices, strawberries, spiced walnuts, candies pecans, salty cashews.¬†
MIscellaneous finger foods - Don't forget olives (black, green, greek, stuffed¬†- whatever you love), roasted peppers from a jar, corniche pickles,¬†stuffed grape leaves...anything¬†at all that adds interest and is visually pleasing¬†
Bread and crackers - slice a baguette on an angle, arrange a selection of crackers, wedge cut pitas,¬†toasted flatbread¬†
Sweet things - ¬†Don't forget dessert. At your tapas party we served a light layer cake that was a huge hit. (Some even ate dessert first!)
Beverages - wine (white, red, rose), beer selection, sangria, punch, soda, tea¬†or other libations of your choice
Arrange your tapas items on pretty plates or trays and set out along with small plates, forks, napkins, and beverage glasses. Light a few candles, add¬†a few flowers or plants, set the mood with music¬†and prepare to relax and enjoy.
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