Eddie Recommends: Easy Entertaining

By Eddie Matney

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The holidays are right around the corner. The chill is definitely in the air. So put a pot of apple cider on the stove with some cloves and cinnamon sticks to make your house smell holiday-ish and cozy. The real deal smells so much better than any candle could create.

Also with the cooler weather, the patio returns as the house hangout. And although this seems a bit obvious, please remember to check your propane before your guests arrive. There's nothing more irritating than running up to Home Depot in the middle of your party because your heaters are empty.

And my final word of wisdom is this: order appetizers and salads from a local restaurant and spend more time entertaining your guests. Order the Stetson Chopped Salad from Cowboy Ciao. Grab little burgers from Stax (4400 N. Scottsdale Rd.) or Canal. Check out the bottle rockets from Drift - they pair quite nicely with cold beer. Or grab a few rolls from Ra or Stingray. Your guests (and your local restaurants) will appreciate it.

Chef Eddie Matney is the owner of Eddie's House in Scottsdale.


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