Tips for Making Parties Easy Yet Unforgettable

Throwing a party is always a lot of fun, but any experienced host or hostess will readily admit that it is always a lot of work as well. In fact, most of us would probably be happy to host many more get-togethers than we do if it weren’t for the daunting prospect of all the preparation and clean up required, not to mention the challenge of getting things done during the party while also trying to enjoy yourself and your guests. Too many times, we tend to think that if we take the easy way out, our party will suffer OR if we make it extra special, we will suffer. What if we could actually have it both ways? Is it really possible to host a party that is easy to put together, yet memorable for all who come? The answer is a resounding… yes!

For an effortless, impressive bash, consider preparing a few simple appetizers and/or desserts ahead of time (keep reading!) and having the rest of the food delivered by one of your favorite nearby restaurants. Order using Chow Call and let local chefs take the cooking burden off of you while putting amazing flavors on every guest’s plate! You won’t regret utilizing this winner among food delivery apps. Party planning could not be more convenient; amazing dishes that are certain to wow your guests are literally now at your fingertips!

Tempt Your Guests with Mouth-Watering Appetizers

Every party needs a few great appetizers to kick things off and welcome guests properly. However, this extra menu item need not cause you extra stress. Here are a few simple, yet delicious, appetizer ideas that you can prepare in just minutes:

Sweet & Sour Sausages: Put two 16 ounce packages of miniature smoked sausage links in a small crock pot along with an 8 ounce jar of grape jelly and an 18 ounce bottle of barbecue sauce. Cook on high for at least 2 hours or on low for at least 4 hours before the party starts. Mix well and serve with little toothpicks. The combination of those sweet and tangy flavors will get rave reviews!

3 Ingredient Sausage & Cheese Dip: In large frying pan, brown one pound of ground breakfast sausage. Drain well. Add one can of Rotel and two 8 ounce packages of cream cheese. Stir together over medium heat until ingredients are well-mixed and the cheese has melted. Serve warm with plenty of tortilla chips. I guarantee there will not be any leftovers of this one!

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Pass the Pasta, Please!

Our last blog post was about all of the wonderful benefits of eating pasta. Hopefully, you read it and came away with a renewed interested in either preparing or ordering this filling, versatile food for your family. You may have read it, however, and wondered, “Which pasta dishes can I fix beyond the standard mac-n-cheese or spaghetti and meatballs?” We’re glad you asked. Today, we are serving up two of our favorite pasta recipes. They have proven to be family favorites consistently through the years, and they are both very simple to prepare. Each recipe can easily be doubled for a crowd, and the leftovers freeze well for future use. So, without further ado, here they are…


Cabbage and Noodles

This is a classic eastern European dish that originated in Hungary but is also popular in Poland, Austria, and Germany. Known in Hungarian as “Kaposzta Halushka,” this satisfying and tasty one-pot meal is the ultimate winter comfort food.

Fry bacon until cooked. Drain grease, leaving a light coating behind in pan. Place bacon in holding bowl. Saute onions in remaining bacon grease until carmelized. Drain and put in bowl with bacon. Save grease. Cook cabbage by boiling in large stockpot until soft and tender. Drain water from pot. Remove cabbage and put in separate holding bowl. Fill pot with water and bring to a boil. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain water from pot when done. Mix noodles with cabbage, bacon, and onions, stirring well. Stir in a bit of extra bacon grease to the mixture if desired. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Baked Ziti with Peppers and Onions

This casserole dish is the perfect weeknight meal or potluck offering. Melted cheese and flavorful sausage combine to create a winner that your family will ask for again and again!

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Boil water and cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In large saucepan, cook sausage, peppers, and onion until meat is browned and vegetables begin to soften. Drain. Return pepper mixture to saucepan. Stir in pasta sauce, 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese, oregano, I cup mozzarella cheese, and ziti noodles. Mix well and spoon into 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Bake covered with aluminum foil for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Perhaps you love cooking pasta and other crowd-pleasing favorites so much, you are planning a restaurant start-up. If so, many advantages await you if you become a restaurant partner with Chow Call. Or, perhaps you are a newbie in the restaurant world and are looking to grow your business. This is within easy reach by becoming a Chow Call restaurant business partner. We will make your culinary specialties available to the greater Jacksonville community by delivering to barracks, homes, and offices. Check us out today, and give your business the jump start it needs!

About ChowCall

I got back from deployment in 2006 and started a food delivery restaurant with a simple mission: “Deliver Marines and Sailors great food with convenience.” After successfully delivering nearly a million orders to Jacksonville, NC and the surrounding bases, I started a new business, ChowCall. ChowCall is a homegrown, Marine veteran-owned, third party food delivery business unlike anything you’ve seen. With a couple taps on your phone, ChowCall delivers your favorite foods from your favorite restaurants right to your barracks, home, or office. Armed with the latest technology, an experienced team of local delivery professionals, and a commitment for service, ChowCall is bringing food delivery to a whole new level. I stand on the shoulders of Marines I served with, team members in our company, and many others who have invested in our success. ChowCall is our way of giving back and creating new value for our customers, partner restaurants, MCCS, and team members, all of which are essential for our success. Feed Your Freedom and Semper Fi!