January has become the month for getaway weekends with "the girls"-- my college girlfriends two weeks ago and three of my childhood friends this weekend. For our college friends' gathering, we decided that total relaxation was the goal and we wouldn't worry about preparing elaborate meals. All of us love to cook and entertain, but this was the time for packing light and heading for this year's destination, Reynolds Plantation, with nothing but our jeans, PJs and spa appointments.
Don't get me wrong. Just because we opted out of elaborate meal preparation doesn't mean that we did not dine well. Our definition of light packing includes tote bags and coolers filled with bottles of wine and all the makings for a mighty fine appetizer buffet.
Here are a few of the recipes on our menu:
Steamed Gulf Coast shrimp
Blue Moon Pimiento Cheese (photo above)
Herbed goat cheese
Brie with whole grain crackers
Assortment of crackers, breads, and pretzels
Because our spread was so satisfying (and so plentiful), we only ate out for dinner one night. There's nothing better than sitting in front of the fireplace, savoring an assortment of tasty appetizers, and catching up with your dearest friends. My new motto for the girls' weekend menu is 'Keep it simple, satisfying, and, of course, stylish." Isn't that what we all want out of life?