Posts Tagged ‘Appetizers’
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Thank you to Lactalis for sponsoring this post. I am happy for the opportunity to share brands that I believe in with my readers, and I hope you enjoy my recipe for Herbed Roquefort-Stuffed Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Apple Glaze.
I have two favorite meals all year: Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinner. As much as I love the traditional turkey dinner we serve on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve is what I really look forward to all year long. (more…)
Monday, December 1st, 2014
I’m a pretty big wuss when it comes to spicy food.
What the Pakistani guy at our favorite local restaurant calls “medium” is my absolute limit, and even then I can only get down a bowl of their curry if I have a loaf of their fresh bread in my hand to eat intermittently. Total wimp, I know. (But dang, they like it hot!!) (more…)
Monday, November 3rd, 2014
This is the second recipe in my Crazy for Cranberry series, and it’s a good way to tie some festive cranberry flavor into an appetizer that’s always a hit: the cheese ball! (more…)
Monday, October 13th, 2014
You know that creepy neighbor who somehow knows a little too much about your personal business? (more…)
Thursday, August 28th, 2014
When Mike and I can’t agree on dinner, I like to cook “his” and “hers” style.
Sometimes it’s completely different meals, like spaghetti with homemade beef ragu for him and fish or chicken with a side of veggies (preferably roasted) for me. But if I’m lucky, it’s a similar meal that’s easily customizable for both of our tastes, like salad with different toppings or sandwiches with different fillings…or quesadillas! (more…)
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been one to shy away from bold-flavored foods…
Extra, extra onion on every sandwich. (I wish I were kidding. If you’re ever at a sandwich shop and you hear someone order their sandwich with double extra onion, walk up and say hi because it’s probably me.)
At least one more clove of garlic than every recipe calls for.
Tunafish for breakfast…why not?! (more…)
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
I remember the first time I bit into fresh falafel.
Mike and I were in Amman, Jordan on our honeymoon, out and about just strolling along arm-in-arm, the way you’d expect people on their honeymoon to do. We passed a guy frying up falafel on a street corner; simultaneously, Mike’s stomach growled and I inhaled deeply, asking what that amazing smell was.
You know we had to stop and get some. (more…)
Monday, April 7th, 2014
In the collage above, on the left, top to bottom: Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb from An Edible Mosaic, Roasted Broccoli and Carrots with Crispy Quinoa, Goat Cheese, and Lemony Oregano Dressing from With Food + Love, Roasted Shabbat Chicken with Spring Vegetables from What Jew Wanna Eat, and Strawberry Tomato Bruschetta from Lemons for Lulu; on the right, top to bottom: Pan-Roasted Asparagus Almondine from Diethood, Millet Pilaf with Roasted Carrot and Fennel from An Edible Mosaic, and Pea and Herbed Goat Cheese Tart from Gourmande in the Kitchen.
Are you an elegant dinner party sort-of person, or more of a let’s-grab-sandwiches-from-the-local-café sort-of person? Or maybe both?
For family gatherings I like to keep it simple, but when friends are coming over, I’ve been known to go all out with something much more on the fancy side, Julia Child-style. (more…)
Friday, December 27th, 2013
Sometimes you just find yourself with a random 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree in the fridge.
Now, I’m willing to admit that on fridge cleaning day, a normal person would most likely be willing to just toss it. Not me. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times: I am a weird food-waster-phobic.
That 1/4 cup of pumpkin was getting eaten. (more…)
Friday, August 2nd, 2013
A couple times a year my family makes dinner comprised entirely of appetizers.
Like breakfast for dinner, these appetizers-turned-main-courses are some of our favorite meals. Christmas Eve is always a meal of little bites that everyone looks forward to, and just for the fun of it, a couple weeks ago at my parents’ house we decided to do the same thing.
Everyone’s favorites were in abundance (like a cheese and cracker tray, spinach-artichoke dip, crudités, and homemade chicken wings), but this bean dip was the complete star of the show.
And I had no problem making it the star of my meal. (more…)