Posts Tagged ‘Appetizers’

What the Hell is a Macaroon?

Monday, October 18th, 2010

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Every once in a while there’s a wedding trend that leaves those not into weddings scratching their heads and asking “Huh? What is that?”

After talking to some potential grooms, I think the macaroon may fall into that category.  Simply put, a macaroon is a type of cookie. Jewish readers may instantly think of those odd-shaped Passover cookies that come in a tin, but that’s not what your caterer is talking about.

Wedding macaroons are usually small, cake-like cookies with a marshmallow-like or other filling. They come in a variety of colors and have a more sophisticated taste than a cookie or cupcake. Wedding planners, caterers, and pantone-obsessed brides like macaroons because they look so pretty on the plate. Personally, I think they’re yummy, but I’ll admit they’re an acquired taste.

Even if you aren’t particularly interested in serving macaroons as dessert at your wedding, feel free to suggest it to your fiancée as proof that you are, in fact, interested in wedding planning and keeping up with your end of things!

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Have you ever tried a macaroon? Do you plan on having them at your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner? Let us know in the comments.

Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for the Man Shower

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Ribs. I had ribs for lunch, that's why I'm doing this.

Ribs. I had ribs for lunch, that’s why I’m doing this.

They say the way into a man’s heart is through his stomach. We couldn’t agree more. Looking for man-friendly recipe  ideas for your next couples shower or man shower? Don’t stress. We’ve got you covered. Check out some of our ideas to get your creative juices flowing and, of course, feel free to put your own unique spin on them. Keep in mind that these recipes also work great if you’re preparing food for the rehearsal dinner.

A simple, fail-safe idea is to go with a Super Bowl or tailgate party theme. Remember that nearly any food can be fried or grilled. If you have a deep fryer on hand, the possibilities are virtually endless. A few of our favorite foods to fry: fish, chicken wings, cheese, pickles, zucchini, peppers, olives and mushrooms. For grilling, you can go with the traditional burgers, dogs, brats, barbeque chicken, meat and veggie kabobs, fish, or try kicking things up a notch by grilling something a little different such as spicy lamb sliders. To increase the flavor, try grilling on cedar planks. If your guests are die-hard sports fans, try using a burger or dog grill topper with your crowd’s favorite team logo or mascot.

A few more of our favorite recipe ideas:

Tacos/burritos – fill soft tortillas with your meat of choice, pico de gallo, cheese, sour cream and guacamole.

Pigs in a blanket – wrap vienna sausages, polish sausages or hot dogs with store-bought crescent rolls. Lightly brush the outsides with garlic butter and bake.

Bacon-wrapped apricots or dates – because bacon goes well with anything. (recipe at Real Simple)

7-layer dip – Refried beans, jalapenos and fresh avacado. What else is there in life? (recipe at Food Network)

Potato salad with bacon – it takes about 20 minutes to prepare, but the memory of its taste will last a lifetime. (recipe at Real Simple)

Grilled cheese sandwiches with chutney – a fresh take on an All-American classic. (recipe at Real Simple)

Spiced beef empanadas -a great example of something you could buy pre-made in the frozen food section at your local grocery store – if you don’t care about taste. This recipe from Real Simple would get two thumbs up from us if we were willing to put down our empanadas.

Bottom line: Go with your gut. If you like it, odds are your guest will, too. Just make sure to offer a little variety (and a few veggie options for non-meat-eaters) and you’ll be sure to please everyone. Cheers!

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Do you know have any favorite recipes that would work for a manly wedding shower? Let us know in the comments section below.

Keep Walking, Johnnie: Scotch Tasting Party Idea

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Okay guys, most of us have heard of Johnnie Walker Scotch. For those of you who haven’t, we highly recommend trying it. There are several different types (or blends) of this great scotch. The cheapest, which most of us are familiar with, is called Red Label.  Red Label is common in many bars and is a great scotch for making cocktails or even drinking straight or on the rocks. For those of you with a more distinguished taste, Johnnie Walker has the scotch for you. In addition to Red Label, there are several other blends, in order from cheapest to most expensive: Black Label, Green Label, Gold Label, and for the most distinguished gentlemen, the famous Blue Label. At The Man Registry, we prefer Johnnie Walker Blue Label. However, because this is the most expensive of the blends, we’ve devised a way for every person and their friends to be able to enjoy the heavenliness that is Blue Label on the lips. It’s a fun and creative way to get your friends together and have a cocktail party like celebrities do: a cocktail party we like to call “Keep on Walking, Johnnie.”

Believe it or not, this blog post is not a paid advertisment from Johnnie Walker

Believe it or not, this blog post is not a paid advertisement from Johnnie Walker

This party idea isn’t cheap, but broken up between friends and fellow gentlemen, most groups can make it manageable. (If you’re looking for a theme for a guy-friendly couples’ shower, this may be it). First, you’ll need all of your friends to chip in and come up with a total of about $400. Not bad, considering that for $40, you and nine of your friends will all be in for a great night. For the average 750ml of scotch, there are roughly 17 shots, so everyone in the party should have a good time if you have all five common types of Johnnie Walker scotch. Before the party begins, disguise the bottles so that no one, including you, knows which bottle is which. With all of the scotch that will be consumed, it’s a good idea to have plenty of food or appetizers available as well (see our past blog about app day to possibly combine the festivities).

When everyone arrives, make sure you have enough shot glasses or highballs available so you aren’t drinking this divine scotch out of plastic cups. When all of the participants (read: investors in fun) have arrived, start pouring the scotch. Each player should then record each scotch drink of shot in order of their most favorite to least favorite (similar to a mystery wine tasting event). Once all of the scotches have been sampled, uncover the different bottles and see who has the most distinguished pallet. We recommend congratulating the winner or winners with the remainder of the Blue Label bottle. Of course, the most gracious winners will allow the others enjoy the remainder of the bottle with them, but that’s up to them. Most of all, this is an opportunity for all of you to get the chance to drink with the best of ‘em. Have fun, and help Johnnie Keep on Walking.

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What’s your favorite blend of Johnnie Walker scotch? Do you shell out for the blue or stick to the red? Tell us in the comment section below.

The Man Registry’s Super Bowl XLIII Pick

Friday, January 30th, 2009

The Arizona Cardinals were 40-1 odds to win the Super Bowl before the season began. In week 16, they went to New England and were trounced by the Patriots 47-7. Only in the NFL could this team now be playing for a shot at being world champions. Parity has made predicting what’s going to happen during the season and playoffs downright impossible – but we’re going to take our best shot.

Arizona Cardinals 23 Pittsburgh Steelers 20

Hey, who are we to bet against an underdog?  We think Kurt Warner has just a little more magic left and he’ll call it a career after his Cardinals take down the Steelers. He tends to play close games in Super Bowls, and we think this one will be no different.  Arizona is just flat-out a fun team to watch. The Steelers are solid, but by no means unbeatable….and their injury questions do raise some concern.

Also, we’ve gotta mention Larry Fitzgerald. Here is his stat line for the three playoff games that the Cardinals have played so far:

23 catches. 419 yards. 5 touchdowns = RIDICULOUS!

A scene we should see often on Sunday

A scene we should see often on Sunday

If you’re entertaining on Super Sunday, we recommend checking out our app day blog from a few week’s back. It’s got some great ideas for an appetizer-only party.

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What’s your Super Bowl XLIII pick? Post your final score guess in the comment section below.

App Day: A New American Tradition

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

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By Jimmy Horner, Co-Founder of TheManRegistry.com

Today, I’m proposing a new American tradition, hereby dubbed: App Day. This tradition should be treated as every other holiday in this grand country, either by taking the day off work, or to make it even easier to receive approval from the federal holiday commission, it could even be held on a Sunday every year. On second thought, maybe easiest of all would be to collocate it with another existing time-honored and manly tradition — Super Bowl Sunday.

Now that we have the day carefully chosen, let’s expand upon the concept. First off, every citizen (or guest) will be tasked, no — honored, with bringing at least two appetizers to the occasion (read: party). One stipulation: one of the food items must be fried. I know what you’re thinking health-conscious America, “That can’t possibly be on my new 2009 diet!” But fear not, there are multiple ways to thoroughly enjoy this holiday, even with lighter fare. On the healthier side, appetizers could include fried mushrooms, zucchini, ochre, squash or fish. On the more traditional end, dishes could focus on fried chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, sausages, you get the idea. The key to this holiday is to think outside the box — don’t just let your imagination wane. Think chili, little smokies, quesadillas, fried pickles…the possibilities are virtually endless.

If you already have another tradition in place for Super Bowl Sunday that simply can’t be broken, this is a perfect opportunity to extend this holiday to a groom-to-be’s man shower instead. “Man Showers” have become extremely popular in the last several years as men are getting more involved with weddings. I personally can’t think of a better way to celebrate a man’s impending nuptials than by downing plate after plate of fried foods chased by cold beer with close friends and family. So find a day that works for your buddy and get started.

TIP: If you don’t already have one, I’d recommend picking up a deep fryer ASAP because this day will soon become one of the great American holidays citizens look forward to each and every year, so the investment will be well worth it — cheers!

Have a great appetizer recipe? Let us know about it in the comment section below.

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