Making Sure Your Kitchen Is Ready For Grandparents Day

Sunrise Senior Living  |  September 7, 2012

Grandparents Day is right around the corner, and many seniors are gearing up for some visits from their loved ones.

However, it's a good idea to make sure you're prepared for guests by taking surveillance of what you have in your pantry.

First, check with your guests to see what they're planning to bring (they may even be looking to celebrate you with your favorite kind of cake). Be sure to mention all of the dishware and utensils you have, so family members can focus on bringing the food rather than the cutlery.

One thing you may want to make yourself is finger foods. This allows people to mingle with one another rather than sitting down at the table.

Sunrise Senior Living offers a great bruschetta recipe that's great for a party and festive for the occasion.

Sunrise of East Meadow, New York

Serves 6-8

1 loaf French bread
6 fresh tomatoes, diced
3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
1/2 medium red onion, diced
10 basil leaves, finely chopped
8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
3 oz. Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. olive oil
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 c. butter or margarine
2 T. balsamic vinegar
Seasoning to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For the crostini
Slice bread at an angle. Melt butter and half of crushed garlic with half of basil. Brush the bread with garlic butter/basil mixture. Sprinkle each with a bit of Parmesan cheese and bake in oven for 10-12 minutes.

For the topping
Combine tomato, onion, remaining garlic, remaining basil, fresh mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic vinegar; mix well. Place 1 heaping T. of combined mixture onto each crostini. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella; and bake in oven 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve warm.