Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Snack Bracket 2014

Written by Patti on January 26th, 2014

Good Morning Darlings!

It’s Grammy Day, and that means staying home and texting snarky fashion comments with Holly & John. We will whip up something fun to munch while watching, but it is not our biggest food day of the year.


The big commercial um, football day is coming up, and at our house it is a very special day indeed. It is special because:

1. Eric and I met at a Super Bowl party that Holly dragged me to in 1999 (thank you, Holly! best gift ever!!)

2. Snack Bracket

What’s a snack bracket? It’s our version of a football pool. With snacks. Duh.

Last year, I outlined the concept.

This year, I am certain I have a winner. Again. Last year I won the sweets category with my simple little blondies. Here’s a great recipe for them.

And because I love you so much, I am sharing what I believe to be this year’s winner. Go ahead and use it for your own party. Don’t bring it to my party, though. It would be like showing up in the same dress as the hostess. And we’ll have none of that.

I found this gem over at Garnish With Lemon. Not Liz Lemon. Lisa Lemon. I like Lisa. She is going to make me a winner. Thanks, Lisa!

Here is my winning snack bracket recipe. I’ll report back to let you know how it did.

And don’t forget to watch the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet starting at 3 p.m. on 2/2. Gawd, I love those little puppies!!

My winning snack bracket entry!

Bacon Cream Cheese Bites
as seen on Garnish With Lemon

Recipe type: Appetizers
Serves: 12 special note: I’m tripling this recipe. We LOVE bacon!

1 loaf English Muffin Bread or Pepperidge Farm Original White Bread, crusts cut off
1 – 12 ounce tub low-fat Cream Cheese spread
½ cup chopped fresh chives
1 pound bacon (regular thickness)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Spread a thin layer of cream cheese on each slice of bread. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of chives on top of cream cheese.
Starting at one end, roll each slice of bread into a tight cylinder. Wrap a slice of bacon around each cylinder, spiraling to cover the whole piece of bread. Cut each cylinder in half. (I use my kitchen shears.)
Place on baking sheet and bake until crispy and bacon is cooked through, about 20-30 minutes. Serve warm

Enjoy your very own Super Bowl Party. Comment below to fill me in on your plans!

xoxo, Patti


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. John says:

    It makes me so happy to see new Anatomy of a Dinner Party posts!! YAY. You know how much I love to cook and entertain. It makes me very happy to say this year I will be cooking NOTHING for the SuperBowl. That is because I will be embarking on a luxury cruise line for a seven day Caribbean cruise with some of my best friends….yes, life is rough. I will be watching the game, with a fancy cocktail and fancy hors d’oeuves that I can only imagine!! WOO HOO….I’ll be thinking about you!!

  2. Patti says:

    I love you, John!!!