Do Drop In!


The challenge of being known as a consummate hostess, is that you occasionally have to deal with droppers-in. It can be a lovely surprise if so

meone is too excited to see you to fool with making an appointment, but you always hope it’s the day you just got your hair done!

It’s a good idea to have a few things on hand for last-minute entertaining. In the afternoons, most people are thrilled to sit on the porch over a glass of iced tea and a plate of cookies. We Southerners usually have tea at the ready, but the key is presentation. A beautiful glass pitcher, beading up on a hot day, with some fresh mint from the garden looks so beckoning and refreshing. The same goes for the evening if you choose to serve a tin of Dee Dee’s Gourmet Cheese Straws and a bottle of chilled wine; try using a decanter, a leisurely little touch that lets your guests know you’re pleased to take the time to spend with them.

You can also keep a few things in the refrigerator for just this sort of emergency:

  • Dee’s Dee’s gourmet cheese straws
  • salsas
  • dips
  • beans (make a quick dip)
  • olives
  • capers
  • crackers
  • cheeses
  • fruit and veggies for quick crudite
  • tortilla chips
  • nuts
  • popcorn (get creative… cayenne pepper and sea salt; grated romano and black pepper
  • wines and beers …

Cool As A Cucumber Sandwich

Dee Dee’s Gourmet Cheese Straws The best hostesses are the ones who have a way of making guests feel instantly comfortable. When people come to your home, you don’t ever want them to feel like you’ve been slaving over the stove for three days. Instead, you want them to feel like it’s just something you whipped up and are so happy to have friends to share it with. The most important thing you can do to make your friends feel special, is to give them your attention.

So, make your goal to never to leave the table. The secret to not only appearing stress-free, but actually being relaxed is to have everything done before your guests arrive. In a sultry summer, who wants to spend an afternoon in a steamy kitchen? Especially in the summertime, it’s perfectly acceptable to serve cooler items, like a chilled gazpacho and a cold salad with watermelon. Cold chicken salad and icebox pies are perfect for a supper on the veranda, and you can make everything the night before. Don’t forget that Dee Dee’s Gourmet Cheese Straws are excellent starters for cocktail hour!