At CompuScripts, we stand behind our slogan, “Client Focused, Deadline Driven,” and we don’t just mean during work hours. After a busy day in the office performing paralegal or legal assistant duties, it’s wonderful to attend a Christmas potluck. If you’ve been dueling in a conference room all day, a holiday party after work can be just the right type of celebration to leave your cares in the briefcase. You don’t always have time to prepare an elaborate nibble. A caterer is useful, but wouldn’t you rather spend that money on a little something extra under the tree? So this week, we’d like to focus on you, legal professionals, and offer a few easy appetizer suggestions that will help you meet your party deadline and still leave you enough time to brush your hair and slip on that Ugly Christmas Sweater.
Feta with Honey and Thyme: Drain an 8-oz. block of feta cheese and place on a serving platter. Allow to come to cool room temperature. Microwave ¼ cup honey for 10 seconds on MEDIUM power, and pour over the feta. Pull the leaves off of two or three fresh, washed thyme sprigs, and sprinkle over the honey. Serve with pita chips or your favorite crackers. Serves: 8
Smoked Salmon Spread: Combine 8 oz. softened cream cheese with ½ cup sour cream in a mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon dried dill, 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish; mix until blended. By hand, stir in 4 oz. minced smoked salmon. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve with bagel chips or cocktail rye bread. Serves 8.
Christmas Caprese Skewers: On 8 6-inch skewers, alternate 1-inch bocconcini (small balls of fresh mozzarella) with fresh basil leaves and grape tomatoes, using two of each ingredient per skewer. Serves 8.
Buffalo Chicken Dip: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a small, shallow casserole dish or ceramic pie plate. In a mixing bowl, combine 8 oz. softened cream cheese with ½ cup of your favorite hot sauce. Add 2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken and spread into prepared dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup crumbled blue cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Serve with crackers and celery sticks. Serves 8.
Zack’s Famous Sweet and Spicy Almonds: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread 1 pound unsalted almonds on an ungreased baking sheet. Toast in the oven until light brown, around 10 minutes. In the meantime, melt 1/3 cup butter in a medium-sized saucepan. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, ½ t. cayenne pepper, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon white sugar, 2 teaspoons salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Stir over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the toasted almonds, and stir constantly for another few minutes until the almonds are coated and glazed. Serve warm. Serves 8.
And speaking of easy, don’t forget that at CompuScripts Court Reporters, we make scheduling a court reporter or legal videographer easy during the holiday season and EVERY season of the year. Just go to our scheduling page, and we’ll do the rest. And remember, if the Grinch might steal your Christmas by piling on transcription from audio and media collected at hearings without a court reporter, just send us a quick email or pick up the phone. Our capable staff can assist you with transcribing courtroom audio and deliver a transcript of the testimony, freeing you up to enjoy the holidays.