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FIG AND PISTACHIO TOAST WITH LEMON

FIG & PISTACHIO TOASTI don’t know about you, but I ended 2014 with a new found love of figs. Okay, obsession. I blame Pinterest. It just seems no matter how easy or simple the recipe, just add a few of these beauties, and you’ve got an instantly fancy appetizer that is sure to impress. And you have my word, this recipe for fig and pistachio toast is absolutely foolproof, and divine as a starter for any meal or dinner party!FIG & PISTACHIO TOASTFIG & PISTACHIO TOAST

INGREDIENTS

-1 loaf of fresh honey wheat bread

-8 oz. of good chèvre

-1 1/2 cups of sliced dried figs

-1 1/2 cups of unsalted pistachios

– Zest from one lemon

– Honey

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INSTRUCTIONS

-Set oven on low broil. Distribute slices of the wheat bread evenly on the top rack, and leave oven door cracked while the bread toasts. Watch carefully so bread does not burn.

-In a small mixing bowl, combine the chèvre and lemon zest to taste. Remove bread from oven and let cool.

-Cover each slice with one tablespoon of the chèvre. Top with figs and pistachios and drizzle with honey.

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ENTERTAINING IN AN APARTMENT

HT|DWF0025Hey, we get it. Space is a coveted commodity in an apartment. Don’t let having a lack of space discourage you from entertaining! We’ve got some fool proof, no hassle tricks to entertaining in an apartment that won’t leave you stressed, feeling insecure, or any of those other annoying insecurities. So, what are you waiting for?! Scroll down and invite some people over already.

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1. No Dining Table? No Problem!

Grab a cheap card table from Target or use your breakfast nook as a buffet area. Throw a fun tablecloth, or several if the shape is weird – think of it as layering, and an interesting arrangement on the table & you’ve got a place to put your food. If using a breakfast nook, place plates and flatware in the kitchen as a clean “start” to the buffet line & give your guests a clear path to follow. Interested in a card table option? Make sure to put your table in an area that allows for good traffic flow! No one likes a crowded buffet line.

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2. Makeshift Coat Closet

Coat closets are rarely used as such. More likely, they are seasonal, “I don’t know where the hell to put this” closets. When your guests arrive take their coats and put them in your bedroom or an office. Don’t let purses pile up in the entryway, but let your female guests know where the “coat room” is so they feel encouraged to leave their purses along and hang out. Who knows, you might even get a phone free dinner party out of it!

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3. Rearrange!

Embrace your space. If you don’t have room for everyone to sit, go for a more casual, relaxed vibe. Get a Moroccan vibe going by placing large, colorful pillows on the floor to encourage guests to get cozy on the floor. Have extra lawn chairs? Bring ’em out! Everyone is happy to get together, don’t let seating trip up having friends over.

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4. Shake it up

Have a great outdoor space? Let’s see it! Shake it up a bit by encouraging your guests to take the party outside after dinner. Offer a re-fill on drinks and suggest moving it outside – if weather permits. That being said, make sure you have proper pest control on hand. No one likes pesky pests nipping at your ankles.

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5. Drinks & Dessert

Still don’t feel like you have the space to properly entertain over dinner? Mix it up a bit and have friends over for dinner and drinks. Serve up several sweet options and multiple drink options. Don’t have a full bar? Make sure to have beer, wine, and the fixings for at least one signature cocktail!

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