Cousin Dee stopped over today & I decided to make it a cocktail hour type situation at the last minute.

So I made a mad dash out to a few stores to gather a few things for an anitpasta plate, which was totally inspired by the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten.


  • Genoa salami
  • Black mission figs
  • Pepperoni
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Peppadews
  • Vinegar marinated onions
  • Caramelized walnuts
  • Sicilian olives
  • Citrus stuff olives
  • Caper berries
  • Lemon wafer crackers

I also prepared a refreshing globe artichoke salad that was dressed lightly with a pear champagne vinaigrette, which was topped with gorgonzola & shallots.

Oh, you think I’m fancy huh?

I also came up with a sparkling cocktail that contain my raspberry vodka, fresh mint, a hint of sugar & Ooba hibiscus lime soda. It was AWESOME!!!! We tried to give it a name but after 4 of them, it just didn’t happen!

If I make it again, this year, I will be sure to post proper photos & a complete recipe. Stay tuned.

Anyway, when Cousin Dee arrived & saw my spread, she was soooo excited. So was I because I put a lot into my presentation & thought into my flavor combinations.  Plus, this is the type of stuff we get into when it comes to food & entertaining each other.

Over snacks & drinks, we had a great end of summer time on the deck catching up on the latest personal goings on, petite mouths, hot gossip that could end relationships/lives depending on who found out & just plain talking shit.

That’s how we roll!