Taste This!

I have never been a big fan of Pier One, but their latest line of party accessories has really caught my attention as they are encouraging home entertaining by hosting a tasting Party!


image:  Pier One


The concept is simple.  Create a menu in which everything is served in small portions to encourage your guests to try a “taste” of it all.

I truly believe the concept that big flavor  often comes in small packages, so this really inspired me to create a little tasting of my own using the mini martini cups.  I wanted to do a dessert, so I put together my own version of an English dish known as Eaton Mess.

I call mine Eaton Chaos!

First I needed meringues.  If you have ever made them before, you know that they are very time consuming, but oh wow, how fabulous they are!  I have been attempting to make the perfect meringue for a couple of months now and finally found success at just right time!

All I used for this meringue was five fresh eggs from our hens and 1 1/2 cups of sugar.

First, separate the whites from the yolks.

Use a medium to large bowl for beating your whites because they will most definitely expand!

Whip on high speed for about ten minutes or so as they will become frothy and eventually take on a beautiful whipped look.  At this point gradually fold in your sugar, and if you are coloring your meringues a drop or two of your color.


When you whites are stiff and can stand alone, take spoonfuls of the meringue and glob onto parchment lined baking sheets.  They don’t have to be perfect.

Bake at 200 degrees for four hours.  The outside will be crispy while the insides will be chewy.

Let cool for about 15 minutes and then crumble the meringues into little chunks…. you’ll need about two cups.

NOW, for the Eaton Chaos!

Layer whipped cream with the crumbled meringue mixed in (I whipped about 16 ounces & added three tablespoons of sugar to it), with sliced strawberries, another layer of whipped cream and then top with strawberries.

Simple, elegant, and just the right amount of a sweet tasting.  This recipe served 12.

What all inspiration do you have for a tasting?

2 thoughts on “Taste This!

  1. I can NOT believe you only use half of the egg when it has been in the 20's at night. My girls are freezing there egg producting butts off and you only use the whites of their eggs. HOW RUDE!

    But it was really good.


  2. I just found your blog read this and then opened up House Beautiful while waiting at the doctor and the desert they featured… Eaton Mess – LOL – I had never heard of this before and twice within 15 minutes – must mean i need to try it!


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