3 Tips for Hosting the Perfect Party

Posted by Administrator - June 23rd, 2017

Desert Gardens mixes

Dill Dip from Desert Gardens is my secret weapon sauce for perfect salmon that is always a crowd pleaser!


Entertaining made Easy with 3 Important Tips! Let us make your next party a breeze with amazing food and entertaining hacks.

My Gourmet Cafe will make you the Hostess with the Mostess!

Hosting a dinner party can be very stressful. Making sure the house is clean, mastering a delicious meal to present to your guests, setting the table… the list goes on. The thing is, a dinner party doesn’t HAVE to be stressful.

One of the most important aspects of having a party is being a “relaxed” hostess. This sounds silly, but your guests will relax and have fun when they feel your relaxed and welcoming vibe. A stressed hostess does not make for a chill evening! Here are some tips to help make your party the perfect gathering and to ensure that you retain the title of “hostess with the mostest!”

It’s all about embracing a fun and relaxed atmosphere that keeps everyone at ease, including you! Here are some simple tips to hosting a casual dinner party.


This may sound basic, but then again you may not think of it in your pre-party rush. There are few things I hate more than doing the dishes. So I always try to make sure the dishwasher is completely empty when the party begins.

That way you have plenty of room for all the dirty dishes from the party, and you can load as you go.

It’s a super simple step, but one that you’ll be grateful for as the party goes on! I also always make sure the trash has been taken out —there is nothing worse then having a full trash can during the party.


I can’t stress it enough – get the unpleasant tasks out of the way before the party. I prep everything I am cooking ahead of time and wash knifes, cutting boards, and pots right after I’m done with them so there is way less to clean up after the party.

Pro tip: Pre-make dessert as well (I will usually do this the night before)–that way, you just have to put it in the oven or heat it up on the stovetop!


I NEVER try new recipes for a party. I count on the classics that I KNOW everyone loves! It’s no time to cut corners or skimp. I want my guest to feel like they are having a GOURMET experience when they are at my house and here is my big secret! From appetizers to soups to decadent main dish sauces I rely on Desert Gourmet mixes to add that extra zing and flavor that tastes like a fancy restaurant, but is truly simple to make AND is perfect to make ahead and have ready to go! Go here to check out your choices and start planning!

I hope these very simple tips help make your next party perfect and I know that you will love the ease and incredible flavors of Desert Gardens Mixes!!!

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Summertime Treats Mean Kidz Kreamz Cotton Candy Beverages!

Posted by Administrator - May 29th, 2014

 Serve a delicious beverage at your child’s next get together, or just as a fun variation on the cotton candy snacks everyone enjoys at the fair. Kidz Kreamz Cotton Candy blended beverages taste just like the sweet treat, without the sticky mess. Caffeine free and easily prepared with ice and water, these are popular with kids of all ages. Shhh! Don’t tell, but we love them as an after dinner snack!

Here’s to Your Health! It’s Springtime Smoothie Time!

Posted by Administrator - May 1st, 2014

 Get ready for the newest and most delightful trend in everyday refreshment: functional beverages! This is the fancy term for the delicious Dr. Smoothie blends that give you FIVE full servings of organic fruit  with every 20 ounce beverage. That’s no idle claim either, but fully certified by the USDA too for your peace of mind.

 And the great news? You can prepare Dr. Smoothie beverages anywhere you have access to ice, water  and a blender. Dr. Smoothie beverages are a perfect snack for all ages, and a great way to boost your intake of fruits quickly and easily. Cool and refreshing, we can’t think of a better pick me up after the big game or a long meeting at work. Order your inexpensive bottle today and save with My Gourmet Cafe!

Make Pasta Partners Your Easy Dinner Solution

Posted by Administrator - April 17th, 2014

 Everybody loves pasta, but preparing your own sauces from scratch can be time consuming. And yet, who wants to eat something from a jar? My Gourmet Cafe has your solution, with Pasta Partner’s line of healthy sauces, pasta salads and fresh pastas that take only minutes to make and bring from kitchen to table. Add in fresh mushrooms or other vegetables, and no one will know you’ve had a little “help” creating the perfect accompaniment to linguine, fettucine or even angel hair.

 And if you’re looking for a summertime dish perfect for home or outdoor picnic, check out our Pasta Partners convenient pasta salads. One package has everything you’ll need to create a flavorful treat for everyone at the table. Add in chicken, shrimp, or turkey to make it a meal!

Have Your Fruit..and Enjoy It Too!

Posted by Administrator - April 1st, 2014

Have Your Fruit..and Enjoy It Too! Looking for a new way to get in a healthy 5 servings of fruit without all the hassles of preparation and storage? Meet My Gourmet Cafe’s most popular sensation, Dr Smoothie. Made with shelf stable fruit concentrates with NO extra sugars, flavors, colorings or additives, Dr Smoothie drinks are jam packed with the vitamins and minerals that come along naturally in every serving. With no dairy either, it’s a treat for the whole family to enjoy. And did you know that 20 ounces of smoothie contains well over the minimum five daily servings of fruit recommended for maximum health? That’s a functional beverage indeed. Stash some at the office, too, for a late afternoon pick me up!

Country Gardens Green Chile Potato Soup: A New Take on an Old Favorite

Posted by Administrator - February 13th, 2014


Combining the taste of green chile with a classic potato soup, this instant mix needs only a mug and hot water to prepare. It’s made from a recipe that reflects Country Gardens Cuisine’s beginnings in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where a husband and wife team started their company in 1989. Now an industry leader in the gourmet prepared foods and seasoning industry, Country Gardens is your solution for a nutritious, convenient lunch or snack!

Cozy and Comforting: Country Gardens Broccoli and Cheese Soup Mix

Posted by Administrator - January 23rd, 2014


If you’re looking for a warm lunchtime option to enjoy at your desk, consider our convenient Country Garden Broccoli and Cheese Soup. Easy to prepare with a creamy, delicious taste, Country Gardens blends aged cheddar cheeses with fresh broccoli and white rice for a nutritious, healthy snack. Great on the go or as an after school energy boost, it’s a simple, yummy way to get your vegetables using just hot water!

Sticky Fingers Lemon Ginger Scone Mix: The Elegant Snack

Posted by Administrator - November 1st, 2013

Folks are raving about our Sticky Fingers Lemon Ginger Scone mix. Made with real lemon and ginger, its burst of tangy flavor contrasts beautifully with the scone’s buttery goodness. Try it with one of our Xanadu Looseleaf teas for a very British tea time repast. Inexpensive and easy to prepare, these are treats that the whole family will enjoy.

Welcome to Fall with Big Train Mocha Ice Coffee

Posted by Administrator - October 13th, 2013

Have you tried our Big Train Mocha Ice Coffee? In the early days of this fall season, nothing is more refreshing and yet so comforting. It’s simple to prepare your own special beverage that’s perfect on the job as a pick me up, or to sip as you complete your afternoon carpool rounds with the kids. As a careful combination of Arabica coffee and the best fine cocoa, chocolate and coffee lovers alike can rejoice! Some creative folks add banana slices or even a scoop of peanut butter to their Big Train, mixing it up in the blender with milk, water or extra coffee for a creamy treat. And in this era of preservatives and unneeded extras, you can enjoy Big Train Mocha knowing it has absolutely no trans fats, hydrogenated oils or even gluten. It’s also Kosher and Halal Certified.

Spice It Up: Enjoy Different Tea Flavors This Summer

Posted by Administrator - September 7th, 2013

With My Gourmet Cafe’s huge inventory of different tea flavors for your enjoyment, there’s never a reason to get bored with one taste experience. Our Xanadu Loose leaf Teas are available in finely crafted herbal/tisanes like Monk’s Prayer and Chamomile, as well as traditional blends like Darjeeling and Classic Oolong. With green, decaffeinated, scented and spiced flavors as well, you’ll soon understand why so many of our customers are devoted tea lovers too!

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