Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Spa Party Anyone?

Last night my mom and I hosted a BeautiControl Spa Party where we were pampered with relaxing techniques and wonderful lotions. By the time the party actually started I needed some relaxation time because of my whole day cooking experience! Actually I enjoyed the cooking but I enjoyed the eating even more :) I was looking to make "spa type food" and think I accomplished just that. Almost everything was gobbled
up very quickly and sharing my menu before hand was my hook, line, and sinker for my guests! Here's what we had:

Garlic, Italian, and Plain Crostini for dipping into Spinach Artichoke Dip
and Feta Basil Tomato Dip
Chocolate Covered Orange Peels

Chocolate Eclairs filled with Vanilla Custard

Raspberry Iced Tea

And here's what the table looked like. Sorry no close ups of the finished dips!

Of course when you host a spa party you get free gifts!
(this is one of the only times you will see me without make up on by the way)

Overall we were very happy with the outcome of the event and would recommend the BeautiControl products to anyone. It's really great stuff!

If you want any of the recipes shown above just email me and I'll get them sent out right away. Everything is super simple but packed full of flavor!

Thanks for reading my experiences of 'becoming a Chef!'


  1. Great blog Stephanie! I LOVE to cook too, but you WAY outshine me! Could you give me your recipe for the tea? Also...the orange rinds in chocolate???
    Connie Isaacson
    PS...I got to taste your eclairs ...yummy...however I loved the cupcakes the best! =-)

  2. Hey Connie, I'm sorry I didn't see your post until just now! I'm new to this blog thing :) Thanks for the compliments.. here's the recipes you asked for:

    Raspberry Iced Tea..

    4 quarts water
    1-1/2 cups sugar
    1 package (12 ounces) frozen unsweetened raspberries
    10 individual tea bags
    1/4 cup lemon juice

    In a large kettle or Dutch oven, bring water and sugar to a boil. Remove from the heat; stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the raspberries, tea bags and lemon juice. Cover and steep for 3 minutes. Strain; discard berries and tea bags.
    Transfer tea to a large container or pitcher. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice. Yield: 16 servings (4 quarts).

    Orange Rinds..

    4 to 6 oranges
    Good melting dark Chocolate
    Heavy Cream

    Use a good paring knife to remove the peels from the oranges. Keep all white pithe in tact and if there is any extra flesh from the fruit I use a spoon to remove it. Cut the peels into strips and blanch for 3 minutes. After blanching simmer the peels in a 3 to 1 sugar to water ratio for 45 minutes. Let the peels lay flat to dry on wax paper for around 4 hours. Then melt your chocolate with a splash of cream and dip away! I find that the chocolate sets up best in the fridge on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Enjoy!