There are so many blogs out there it is hard for a new blogger to garner a following. I remember when my mom and my daughter were my only followers. Here is a new blog I think you all will enjoy. Think Martha Stewart meets Ree Drummond . She is a fabulous cook and entertains at her lovely Lake Arrowhead home in a wonderfully relaxed style that she makes look simple.
In her own words Celia” fled the chaos of Orange County for a home in the hills on Lake Arrowhead”. I have to say I had no clue where Lake Arrowhead was until I started reading her blog. In “my neck of the woods” people have places in Tahoe or (like us) at Lake Nacimiento. I kept spotting all of these wonderful recipes on Pinterest so I thought I should check out her blog. Even though Celia and her husband ditched their frenzied Orange County life for a calmer more agrarian existence she did not abandon her love for innovative and stylish gatherings.
Here are a few of her recipes that I have personally tried and devoured. Her mushroom mostaccioli happens to have two of my favorite ingredients…mushrooms and pasta…yum!! You can find the recipe here
We had a work weekend at my daughter’s house last weekend and I knew we would not have a lot of time to cook so I took this recipe for this appetizer (which happens to be composed of three premade Trader Joe’s ingredients). Her is the recipe for her lentil, bruschetta & feta cheese appetizer http://afterorangecounty.com/category/cook/page/4/. Guaranteed to please and it is SIMPLE!!! I purchased a bag of chopped kale for my daughter. Celia tosses the leftovers over kale for a next day salad! My daughter ate it for her lunch today and loved it!
They say every great party has a great host. Did I also mention that she entertains with style even on her dock? This was her Fourth of July spread that she prepared for friends. Doestn’t this dock look inviting? Wouldn’t you love to cruise up in your boat up for a fabulous dinner on the lake prepared by Celia?
She prepared the amazing feast below to honor these two lovely ladies on their birthdays.
Doesn’t this Roasted Beet Salad look heavenly served in these pretty glasses?
Here she shares all kinds of clever ideas here for a graduation party
That is a sneak peek of her lovely home in the background
Wouldn’t you love to dine under the pines like this?
Celia is Spanish so every Christmas she makes her famous Paella. I have made many Paella recipes but I think she has it down to a science. Doesn’t this look fabulous? Find the recipe here http://afterorangecounty.com/2013/12/22/christmas-spanish-style-your-invitation-to-my-paella-party/
I have yet to catch up on all of her recipes and entertaining tips. My advice to you, do as I have, grab a glass of wine and savor all of her past posts. You can follow Celia’s blog here http://afterorangecounty.com/