In this month’s Sutter Home Book Club selection, Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan, Polly Waterford turns her favorite hobby – baking bread – into a beautiful new life. Polly’s charming story can teach us a thing or two about entertaining.
Here are a few tips to try the next time you are hosting:
Have something baking in the oven when your guests arrive.
Nothing draws people in and makes them feel comfortable like the smell of freshly baked bread. Consider baking one of the recipes in the back of the book, like cheese straws for a light snack or plain white loaves served with warm honey and jam for a sweet treat.
Serve your favorite Sutter Home wine.
Author Jenny Colgan loves pink wine so much that she calls it out as a favorite on her website. Remember to serve your favorite Sutter Home wine, and if Jenny is coming, make sure to pick up a bottle or two of Sutter Home White Zinfandel or Pink Moscato.
Add in local ingredients.
Polly’s life is enriched by the neighbors she meets when sourcing her ingredients and baking her bread. A few local ingredients can make your event feel extra special, so head to your local farmer’s market. Plus, you never know who you may meet!
Don’t be afraid to take risks.
Polly teaches us that the best creations come when you get creative and aren’t afraid to use different ingredients. Polly’s use of nuts and seeds and combination of olives and chorizo make delectable breads and show that being daring pays off!
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