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Summer Cooking 101: Recipe Recap

by Arielle J on September 2, 2014

amanda fashionable hostess and arielle haspel of at summer cooking event

Last week, my good friend, Amanda from
hosted a Summer Cooking 101 event for me at her house to celebrate the launch of my
cooking series on!

Here’s the invite she sent out:

summer cooking 101 invite

She recently moved and when I stepped into her apartment,
I knew that we needed to host an event together there.

She has the the most impeccable taste and her kitchen, especially, is just too pretty not to utilize!

We invited some well-known beauty and fashion bloggers
and I made some delicious summery recipes AND
even gave a mini cooking class!

To start, Amanda served the cutest Mini Champagne Bottles by Le Grand Courtage.

Le Grand Cortage at Bewellwitharielle and FashionableHostess Party

Le Grand Cortage at Bewellwitharielle and FashionableHostess Party

Le Grand Cortage at Bewellwitharielle and FashionableHostess Party

Um…notice anything interesting? My friend, Julia from and I wore THE SAME EXACT top and
the iloveme ring!

le grand courtage champgne bottles with julia from

In addition to champagne,  I served banana chips, jack fruit chips and my Maple Sesame Cashews for guests to nosh on at the beginning of the night.

Tip: Always have little treats to nosh on so when guests arrive and you haven’t served the food yet, they have something to keep their stomaches from rumbling!

P.S. How cool are Amanda’s bowls?

appetizers by arielle haspel

To complement my delicious, light and fresh dishes, Amanda had refreshing
wine pairings to pair with the clean eats by Santa Margherita.


Santa Margherita wine at Be well with Arielle and Fashionable Hostess event

First, Amanda welcomed everyone and
I thanked her for having impeccable taste, teaching me about time management
and, of course, for hosting.

bewellwitharielle and fashionable hostess event

And then we showed a little preview of my cooking videos to kick off the night.

Arielle of cooking class

bewellwitharielle and fashionable hostess event

After the preview, we got to the fun part – the cooking class!

Here is Katie from MeyersStyles helping me measure out the ingredients for the Pistachio Pesto.

be well with arielle cooking class hosted by fashionable hostess

Arielle of cooking class

Katie from Katie’s Bliss learned my trick to cutting peaches…. and
Lindsey from Caviar Taste Tuna Fish Wallet learned how to chop without
slicing off her well-manicured nails!

Arielle of cooking class


Here is a taste of everything that I served:

1. Peach Sangria Fruit Salad – one of my famous recipes featured on my series:
a light, refreshing summertime dessert
(AND healthy way to get a buzz)!
Peaches are in season in NY and they’re a summertime favorite,
so it’s a great addition to a summer dinner – and just so easy to make.

peach sangria fruit salad made by arielle haspel

peach sangria fruit salad made by arielle haspel

2.  Zucchini Bites with Pistachio Pesto and Honey Drizzle

For another light bite, I wanted to serve something filling, yet tasty and refreshing.

Zucchini is in season in NY, so I bought a mix of green
and yellow summer zucchini and made a fresh pistachio pesto to go with it –
a taste off of traditional Pine Nut Pesto
and an alternative to my Almond Pesto!

Zucchini Bites with Pistachio Pesto and Drizzled Honey

Zucchini Bites with Pistachio Pesto and Drizzled Honey

Zucchini Bites with Pistachio Pesto and Drizzled Honey

Zucchini Bites with Pistachio Pesto and Drizzled Honey

3. I made healthy “Kale Caprese Pizzettes” and “Kale Caprese Cups” – a cuter and healthier version of pizza!
Tomatoes are also in season at the New York Farmers Market –
not just red tomatoes, but yellow beauties too.
Instead of making a boring caprese salad
(typically just tomatoes, onions, mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette),

I made these with brown rice tortillas, kale,
fresh mozzarella and tomatoes in a light Italian vinaigrette
and the guests loved them!

Kale Caprese Pizettes

Kale Caprese Pizettes

Kale Caprese Pizettes

Kale Caprese Pizettes

Kale Caprese Pizettes

Kale Caprese Pizettes

be well with arielle setting up at fashionable hostess


Hostessing Tip: always make extra of everything! Instead of making extra pizzettes, I decided to just serve the caprese on top of kale.

Kale Caprese Salad

Then, I made Watermelon, Feta and Mint Skewers.

I wanted to serve another light, refreshing bite, but something a little filling…
and of course, something that looked cute!
A lot of people steer clear of dairy because of the lactose,
which makes their stomach ache, cramp or bloat.
To prevent any bloating at the party,
I bought local sheep’s milk feta cheese,
which has less lactose than cow’s milk feta!
These skewers are so easy to make: just cube up some watermelon,
add a cube of feta and a mint leaf, stick them into a cute skewer or umbrella toothpick and voila!

watermelon mint feta skewers by

watermelon feta and mint skewers by

Again, I didn’t want anyone to get hungry,
so in addition to the skewers, I put out a bowl of the skewers in salad form –
another great party appetizer to serve during the summer.

watermelon mint feta salad

watermelon mint feta salad

 When I entertain, I ALWAYS have the guests part with something
and I always think, home-made is best.

I found these cute mini mason jars
and packed them up with some home-made Maple Sesame Cashews. A cute little thank you
to for our guests to “treat themselves” on the way home!

mason jars with maple sesame cashews by

 Amanda, thank you again for letting me cook up a storm in your gorgeous apartment!

For more cooking and hostessing tips, check out my cooking series on

Until my next event…treat yourself and be well!


be well,


treat yourself glamour magazine be well with arielle


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