02.04.2016

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You can’t talk about a Super Bowl party without talking about BEER! For today’s post, we went right to the experts. We asked our friends at Outer Light Brewing Company in Groton, our host venue for our February 16th Pop Up Dinner (some seats still available!), for some input and Tyler Cox, their Brewmaster, sent in the following phenomenal piece. Cheers!

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Howdy folks. Tyler Cox here, Brewmaster for Outer Light Brewing Company in Groton, CT.

Unless you’ve been living with your head in a keg, you’ve probably heard that the Super Bowl takes place Sunday night. The Super Bowl is the most watched television show in the history of US television. Last year, more than 114 million people tuned in. That’s over a third of the US population!

Sports fan or not, the Super Bowl makes for a great excuse to throw a party. When you’re serving up delectable dishes for your friends, make sure you’ve got the right beers to pair with them. A proper pairing enhances the taste of both the food and the beers and may highlight subtle flavors that you’d never noticed. Plus, it’s fun to geek out a little, and having fun is the whole point of parties, right?

Here are a few ideas for your festive day, from the mind of a guy who knows a little something about beer.

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02.03.2016

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As we get nearer to the big game on Sunday – the team at A Thyme to Cook is sharing our ideas and guidance for your Super Bowl party.

We’ve talking about food, and decorating…. but we can’t talk about the Super Bowl and not talk about the commercials!

We turned to our pop-pulture guru, Keith, who also happens to be a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, to share his favorite food-related commercials…

You gather your friends and get more excited for the commercials than the game. You start to talk about your favorites from the past years – but then your mind goes blank! You have nothing to offer up! No worries, I’m here to help! The Super Bowl is filled with commercials with animals, talking babies, and lots and lots of cars. But the top commercials, in my opinion are the food ones! I searched my brain came up with my Top 10 Favorites. Mention them at your party and you’ll sound like a TV genius!

How many of these do you remember?

#10 – The Showdown, 1993

For Super Bowl XXVII McDonald’s staged the most epic game of ‘HORSE’ ever with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird. Who’s got next?



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02.02.2016

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You have the guest list and menu figured out. But what in the world are you going to do to your home?

Our team of Event Managers – Lexie, Brian, Fiona, Megan and Patti shared some great ideas, trends and more!

DECORATIONS

  • Use the colors of the two playing teams in linen, napkins, balloons, etc. Dark blue, electric blue, white with hints of orange. It’s the 50th, so use gold somewhere in there too.

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02.01.2016

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Less than a week til the Super Bowl! This week, the team at A Thyme to Cook is going to share some great ideas for making your Super Bowl party the best on the block!

Kicking off our week is Chef Joe and his thoughts on, of course, Super Bowl Party FOOD!

The holidays have drawn to a close and the blistery weather has arrived, and yet there is still something to celebrate other than the New Year – THE SUPER BOWL!!! Baseball has long been regarded as America’s Pastime and yet American Football stands tallest among all other sports, and with Super Bowl 50 right around the corner, nothing can completely compare to the level of fandom and excitement that this event looks to provide.

So whilst many believe that the most important element is the game itself and treasured time with family and friends, many MORE believe that an equally important element to the perfect “Super Bowl Party” is the FOOD!!!

Regardless of the outcome of the game or who you’re rooting for, good food can truly make a “Super Bowl Party” really come together.

Taking the classics and giving them a twist is always a fun and exciting way to mix things up and stir the senses. Some other examples to try out are some cool things we do here at the cookery:

Mini Corn Dogs served with a Local Beer Shot

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12.30.2015

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With New Years Eve rapidly approaching, we were looking for a fun beverage that was both tasty and unique to wow your guests.

We went directly to Patti – one of our amazing Event Managers and longtime bartender – for one of her go-to drinks for New Years.

Here is Patti’s New Year Champagne Margarita. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Makes 2 Margaritas:
• 4 T. Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice
• 2 oz. white tequila
• 2 oz. Triple Sec
• 1 T. fresh squeezed lime juice
• 6 oz. brut champagne/sparkling wine

For Sugared Rims & Garnish:
• About 1 T. turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
• About 1 T. granulated sugar
• Lime wedges

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12.22.2015

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We are happy to present the 6TH post of our 2015 Holiday Entertaining Tips series. This week, Linda Sample shares her thoughts on potential issues (disasters!?) to your holiday parties.

Chapter 6 has been affectionately dubbed “Cautionary Tales” by Keith; so this could go in several different directions. I considered talking about some of the ‘behind-the-scenes’ issues that happen and how we can prevent/and or handle them in such a way that guests are oblivious. I love to chat about the importance of thinking on your feet and letting nothing interfere with a wonderful guest experience.

However, we are talking about Holiday Parties now, and we are in New England, so there is a lot to consider. Rather than focus on the negative, I chose to look at logistical aspects that can make or break a good time. We’ll chat about safety, comfort/environment, and food. All are equally important to the success of a party and keeping your guests happy!

SAFETY

We are in New England and SUPPOSED to be enjoying snow and cold temperatures at this time of year. This may not be the case this year, but today is the official first day of winter, so there is still plenty of time for “real” winter to show its face. In fact, we got a taste of those chilly temps on Saturday!

When I walk into a home to do an assessment for a job, I pay attention to lots of details. How do people enter, where do they park, do they need to walk up several stairs, where should coats go?

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Weather is always the big unknown. In the event of snow/ice/freezing conditions, you want to pay particular attention to PARKING. You want it to be as easy as possible and may want someone to just get the parking started; once guests see a pattern, they will follow suit. You need to make sure that there is clear access to your home, which means shoveling/ clearing out. Ice is often worse than snow – stock up on rock salt or kitty litter (in a pinch). Once your guests get from their cars to your door, do you have a place for lots of wet boots?

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12.16.2015

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Chef Angela’s Holiday Chocolate and Peppermint No-Bake Cheesecake Balls

Looking for an easy treat that will amaze your holiday guests and allow you to get out of the kitchen and actually enjoy your company? We have you covered! We asked Angela, our award-winning Pastry Chef, for a quick idea on a crowd-pleaser.

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You can prepare this sweet snack well in advance and keep in your refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. Perfect for a late night sweet, the final round of a great cocktail party, or to have on hand for unexpected company who stop by to carol at your door.

Makes 20 portions (balls)

INGREDIENT LIST

8oz Cream Cheese (softened)
5 Tablespoons Butter
½ Cup Crushed Graham Cracker
4 Cups Powdered Sugar
½ Teaspoon Vanilla
½ Teaspoon Peppermint Schnapps
1 ½ Cups Melting Chocolate
Crushed Pinwheel Candies or Candy Canes

Mix cream cheese, butter, graham crackers, powdered sugar, vanilla and schnapps in a mixer to a smooth creamy texture.

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12.15.2015

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In our 5TH post of our 2015 Holiday Entertaining Tips series, Linda Sample shares her thoughts on the first line of defense for your holiday guests – the hors d’oeuvres!

Let’s talk about hors d’oeuvres (hd’s) – especially, balancing them with the entrée/meal. Also, let’s look at some of the factors that affect both passed and stationary.

If you are serving a main dish later in the evening, consider what you’re serving and do not replicate the flavors. You also want to make sure you are not redundant with protein; beef, fish, pork, chicken, lamb, or shellfish. This holds true whether you’re doing a seated meal or a forkable station.

WORK FOR A BALANCE OF…

COLORS – Bright vs brown or all pale.

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TEXTURES – Some with crunch, some soft, some in-between.

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12.08.2015

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Here is the fourth in the series of Holiday entertaining season tips from A Thyme to Cook Founder and President, Linda Sample

Now that you have decided to host a soiree and your home is all decorated, you need to figure out what KIND of food to serve, and a lot of these decisions are based on the type of party you want.

COCKTAIL PARTY

In the previous post, I mentioned how the time frame of your party dictates the appropriate kinds of foods. Make sure to balance some stationary items, (requiring a cocktail napkin ONLY) as well as some hot hors d’oeuvres. By balance, I mean combining different colors, textures, temperature, and a representation of meat, poultry, veggie, fish/seafood, and cheese. You will also want to think seasonal and utilize what ingredients are currently at their peak for both flavor and quality. This is why ATTC does not routinely give lists of suggested hors d’oeuvres items, as people tend to choose what they like – only to realize that what was chosen, was all some variation of cheese!

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It is nice to offer some take-away sweets as guests leave, too – depending on the length of the party, you may or may not need to provide coffee. If you do, you need to provide it for ½ the guests, as not everyone will trade their wine glass for the a coffee mug.

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12.01.2015

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We are often asked for our advice on entertaining during the holidays. Recently, A Thyme to Cook Founder and President, Linda Sample, took some time to discuss her thoughts. Here is the third in the series of Holiday entertaining season tips

Decorating for the holidays is probably my MOST favorite thing to do. So, I want to make sure I do not get carried away with this one and start rambling….

It is important to make your home feel warm and inviting (use candles, make the entryway festive and smell wonderful). However, DO NOT GO CRAZY CLEANING THE HOUSE!

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The only place to focus on is the bathroom. No one will notice the kitchen, as they assume you are as crazed as everyone else at this time of year; but they WILL visit the bathroom. Make sure it is clean, smells great; and I always recommend adding some unexpected holiday touches to this neglected, but also, frequently visited room – some greens, twinkle lights, perhaps an Elf on a Shelf? And if some of your family are of the fuzzy kind, make sure to clean their “bathrooms” too and tend to the litter box and scooping the lawn before guests arrive.

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