The Craving of Authentic Hospitality

The entire reason I started Savor was to come along side people just like YOU who desire to create lasting memories, deepen current relationships and foster new authentic ones. And, well, I am secretly hoping to be your friend too, because Lord knows the stronger our tribe, the better… amiright?
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I have come to realize that the art of  hospitality that fosters authentic community is deeply craved in our culture; but also a terribly uncultivated and intimidating for most. I even sometimes get a little intimidated and overwhelmed thinking about hosting a party in my home.
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But friends it doesn’t have to be! Honest, we desire to be together they don’t care if your house isn’t perfect, they don’t care if you order in or throw some veggies meat and cheese on a plate and call it good and they do not care if your hair and make up are not picture perfect!
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People just want to connect, share, laugh, cry, be authentic and genuine humans with meaningful connections!
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I of course believe doing this over food especially charcuterie and cheese inspires people to open up and connect more. It’s scientifically proven when people use their hands to do something while talking they tend to feel more comfortable have more authentic conversations and create longer memories.
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What is one simple way you can inspire a meaningful connection this week? I’d love to know your ideas!

You are loved!

XO, Amy

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Cheese Crisps Recipe

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Cheese crisps people! If you haven’t tried them, STOP collaborate and listen right now!!
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Cheese crisps are one of my most favorite snacks and they are a great #gluten free and low carb substitute for crackers and croutons!!!
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I am telling you man could probably live on these alone!
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You can buy them in the grocery store, but my favorite is to use the cypressgrovers cheese and recipe for these crispy wispy circles of bliss!
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You are loved!
XO, Amy
Serves: 5-10

These crisps are perfect for topping salads and soups, and for snack attacks. Make a double batch, because these irresistible crisps disappear fast!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz grated Midnight Moon®
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon sunflower seeds, ½ tsp at a time, into 1 inch diameter rounds, 2 inches apart, for a total of 10 rounds. Top seeds with 1 large tablespoon of Midnight Moon. Spread each mound to a 2 inch diameter. Sprinkle mounds with pepper. Bake at 400° for 6 to 8 minutes, or until crisp and golden.

Remove from baking sheet using a thin spatula, and cool completely on cooling rack. Serve as a tasty snack or with Caesar salad.

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Top 3 Essentials when preparing for a Dinner Party

I often get asked what are the top 3 things one should put the most effort towards when hosting a dinner party to create a welcoming environment where guests can easily make memories and cultivate community

In my opinion, these are my top 3..

1. Make sure you as the host are as relaxed as possible, comfortable and excited! Guests will sense your stress and interpret that as an inconvenience.Prep and set up early and leave yourself enough time to have a glass of wine or a cool drink of water before your guests arrive.

2. Know your guests their dietary needs, pallets etc. serve food that is good for everyone attending. Try and know If your guests are used to pate and duck confit or spaghetti and Cesar salad and go from there!

3. Create an atmosphere of welcoming. Have plenty of seating, music on in the background but softly and beverages ready to be served (self served or host served).

Hope you soon get to taste the difference togetherness makes!
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YOU ARE LOVED!
Xo, Amy.
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Shadow Side of Hospitality

IMG_0803I’ve always enjoyed throwing parties and having enchanting experiences for my guests!

It can be 2 people or 100, I just love gathering people and watching community being built and memories being made!

There is a little shadow side to being hospitable and being the person who gathers. If I am honest friends sometimes, even though my house is full of people laughter and memories it can be very lonely.

Recently I have had some light bulb moments, some very painful and some,well, enlightening.(it’s hard moving to a small town where you have no previous roots)

For me it’s easy to create and cultivate a place for community to be made, I live for it. But because of that I’ve learned that people assume that I am always surrounded by community and sometimes I get to experience others building community deepening relationships and making memories through their social media posts, not by experiences with them. (This is not a pity party stick with me!)

I’ve committed to being a community builder even if it means people make assumptions to my disadvantage. I’ve committed to being inclusive, to always having my doors open and being known for EVERYONE having a seat at my table regardless of what camp they are in. My motives are not for my own gain but I’ve truly tasted the difference togetherness makes and know that it is vital for all humans to have connection and a #tribe.

I want to encourage you to take one small action to deepen a friendship, start a new one, or create an environment where connection can be made. Don’t just be a consumer! Try not too make assumptions about anyone’s community ties or how much they do or don’t have. Just taken an authentic action towards someone or many and taste the difference togetherness makes!

You are loved and there’s always a seat for you at my table! 
XO, AMY

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Baked Feta with Olives Rosemary & Lemon

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Friends if you have never tried baked feta you are missing out! Feta can be quite an acquired taste but once its baked it becomes a totally different cheese. Its soft and gooey and spreadable and just downright AMAZING! This recipe I found on pinterest takes me right back to the scents and tastes of the Mediterranean and I can not wait to open a bottle of Limoncello and get down on this appetizer!

I am going to make this amazing baked feta with olives rosemary and lemon as an appetizer for an upcoming family gathering and guys, I am seriously tempted to make it tonight too just for fun because my mouth is watering already!!! The fresh lemon with the savory olives and the little bit of kick from the red pepper and herbs topped off with some Burrough Family Farms olive oil CAN I GET A WITNESS!

Okay, Have I gotten your attention by now? Are you ready for the recipe?

HERE.YOU.GO!

P.S. If you ever make this please drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts and experience!

XO, Amy

Ingredients

  • one block of sheep’s milk feta (sold in the brine) about 10-14 ounces, give or take
  • 1/2 cup good extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 large lemon
  • 1 – 2 cups mixed olives
  • 3 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • a few coarse grindings of black pepper

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Put the feta in a gratin dish or other small ovenproof dish that you will also serve out of.
  3. Pour the olive oil into the dish, followed by the lemon juice. Arrange the olives around the cheese, with the rosemary. I quarter the squeezed lemon half and throw that in as well. Sprinkle the red and black pepper over all.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbling. I loosely laid a sheet of foil over mine. You can finish under the broiler if you like for a little charring effect.
  5. Serve hot with toasted bread.

 

 

Weekends are for Breakfast!

Do you have a certain food that brings you right down to memory lane? It’s so crazy to me how even just a smell can instantly zip me right back to a memory or time! For me it’s what my house called “German pancakes”, AKA crepes or blintzes.

My mom would make what seemed like dozens and dozens and we would scarf them down just quick enough to get another warm one filled with sweet gooey goodness (I swear it was the nectar of the gods) slid onto our plates.

It was generally a weekend breakfast when my Dad would be home to eat with us and I just knew that day was going to be the best day! German pancakes for me was so much more than breakfast ! It was unhurried family time, laughter and story telling even if it meant we were talking with our mouths full of these delicious pillows of goodness! Full hearts and fully tummies what can beat that? No much in my book!

Since weekends are best when spent with those you love and even better when food is involved, here is my family’s recipe for “German pancakes”

But before I share it…I would love to know what food is nostalgic for you! Tell me in the comments, really I can’t be the only one right?! ✨

Ingredients
2 cups flour
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup water
½ teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoon butter, melted
4 teaspoons sugar if you are making regular crepes, don’t add if they are for savory crepes.

Instructions
In a large mixing bowl, whisk flour and eggs. Slowly add milk and water stirring until smooth. (I use my immersion hand blender.) Add salt and butter (and sugar if making regular crepes) and continue beating until smooth.

Heat and oil pan to medium high temperature. Pour about ¼ cup of batter into pan and tilt the pan to swirl in a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
Cook crepe for about 1 to 2 minutes until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, and turn crepe over and cook its other side for about 1 minute.

We stuffed ours with fruit jam or compote, my favorite is apricot jam with a little butter on top! Enjoy! .

YOU.ARE.LOVED

XO, Amy.
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“Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.”  — Guy Fieri