short notice entertaining

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Living outside of town by a lake has its perks – little noise, an endless backyard and a 30 second commute to the water. On the other hand, when it comes to entertaining on short notice, living in the boonies can be a challenge. Rather than drive in to town to pick up appetizers I try to keep a few staples on hand.

  • Assorted crackers (Mary’s crackers and other thin wafer types are my favourite)
  • Growing herbs in the garden mean having a fresh supply on hand at all times
  • Preserves like the Old Farmhouse Chutney in the photo above are ideal
  • Because I love sampling new types of cheese, I’ll usually have one or two in the fridge.

With these on hand, I don’t feel too terrible asking a guest to pick up a carton of berries on their way out.
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I’m all about presentation when it comes to appies and entertaining and I’m often swayed by items that catch my eye in the grocery store. I only bought this Salt Spring Island goat cheese (picture above) because of the pretty flowers pressed on. And, yep, luckily it’s delicious.

What are your go-to appetizers for entertaining on short notice?

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