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Dishing It Up With Sharon Insul — Keep Cool And Have A Tapas Party

In hot weather it's time to step away from the stove.
A tapas meal of finger food makes cooking a snap.

Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 2:14 pm

Come sit with me for awhile and see what I’m bringing to the table ….

Who flipped that switch? OMG! It’s sooo hot! From the low, low, low 60s to 90-plus in the blink of an eye. Now I’m all for warm weather, that’s why I live in sunny Southern California, but geez … this ratcheting up 30-plus degrees overnight without benefit of itty-bitty incremental increases of a few degrees at a time is way beyond the pale in my book.

Staying cool has now taken center stage in my world. With the fast approaching heat of summer, I find myself conjuring up exciting over-the-top tapas menus (last week’s tapas blog to entice my guests to “come sit with me for awhile and see what I’m bringing to the table.”

To keep cooking to a minimum—think tapas. Of course you must have at least one dish of olives, but I like to go the extra distance and drench pimiento stuffed olives with marinade of whipped olive oil and Roquefort cheese with a smidgen of grated lemon peel. Allow these beauties to socialize (marinate) for at least a few hours. Mmmmm … yummmmmy.

Now add cubed Spanish chorizo in white wine, frosty glasses of cold gazpacho, plus whatever else your little heart desires. As the napkin says ….go out there and do amazing things.

For those looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting, help is here with Sharon Insul’s new book, “a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper.” The book is available now on Amazon in E-book and hardcover –

For the children in your life, there’s the “I Am Sooo Lucky!!!” trilogy now available on Amazon. Book 1 – ; Book2 –; Book 3 – Prime Amazon members can read for free.

Sharon Insul is the former owner of the Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and…


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