This weekend my family and most of the Hilton Head crew was in town visiting! I cooked a boatload of chicken riggies on Friday night, and yesterday we went to College Park for the Syracuse/Maryland football game and some tailgate fun.
I love having guests! Let’s talk about being a good hostess.
First, we need a clean house. Nobody likes dusty baseboards- learned that one from my mother.
Second, we need good food. We’ll get to that later.
Third, party games. Always good to have one ready.
Our newest favorite game is perfect for any group because you just need scrap paper and a sense of humor. Everybody writes down three names- it can be a famous actor, a fictional TV character, an athlete, a politician, or a mutual friend. (Suz, your name got thrown in there more than once. You were missed.)
So we mix up the names and split up the group into 2 or 3 teams depending on how many people you have. Split up the names- each team gets a bowl.
Round 1: You can use any words or gestures to get your teammates to guess the person on your paper. Once they guess, next person goes. For example, if you pull “Goofy” you could say “Ugh, that idiot dog that is friends with Mickey” as eloquently as 11 year old Mark did.
Round 2: Same names, but this time you can only use 1 word to describe your person. For example, if you pull “Miley Cyrus” you could say “twerk” which leads to a surprisingly quick and accurate guess from your team. Also a Mark move. Kid knows how to play the game.
Round 3: Charades only. Hopefully at this point you’re familiar with most of the names in your bowl and you can do some crazy gestures to get them to guess. When Kevin pulled the name of a president, he would aggressively shake his finger and not understand why no one was getting it. I’m not anticipating a future in politics for him.
Each round is two minutes, count how many you get. Lots of laughs guaranteed.
Let’s go back to the food. Sure, you can go buy the soup mix and throw it in with sour cream, but that would be Party 101 and we’re looking to up the ante.
Sour Cream & Onion Dip
1-2 medium onions
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbs butter
1-2 tsp salt
8 oz cream cheese, softened
8 oz sour cream
pinch of cayenne
First, we clarify the butter. I discussed this when I made lobster tails, but basically you just melt the butter slowly and it will separate, and you can scoop the milk fat off the top. If you want to skip this step, I would use a mix of butter and olive oil.
Throw in your onions, thickly sliced, with a generous serving of salt. Allow them to cook on medium-low heat until they are sweet and brown and wonderful. This might take you 20-30 minutes. Be patient. Throw the garlic in towards the end- cook for another 2-3 minutes and then remove from heat.
Allow the onions to cool, and then give them a rough chop.
Stir together the cream cheese and sour cream, then add the onions. Add the cayenne, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in some chopped scallions (or chives!) for color, and garnish with them.
Serve with crackers, chips, pretzels, veggies, bread. A spoon.. Can be served cold or at room temperature.
The holidays are coming. Never hurts to have paper, pens, and a delicious dip in your arsenal.