I have since learned the wisdom of her words. A great party is just a group of great people in a room. The more relaxed the hostess the happier the guests.
This Sunday I hosted an absolutely delightful 6hr brunch. You know you've done good when your guests linger. The food was good but my girls made it great and one of the biggest hits on the menu was store bought. You see Ina was right!
Trader Joe's has absolutely marvelous frozen croissants. I stuffed them with Prosciutto and Gruyere for added yumm.
2 packs of Trader Joe's Frozen Croissants (16)
1 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
6 slices of prosciutto
Allow croissants to proof overnight. Lift the uppermost pastry layer and gently fill croissants with a thin wedge of ham and about a tablespoon of cheese.
Brush pastry with an egg wash for shine. Bake at 350 for 15 - 20 minutes.