Posts Tagged ‘Appetizers’
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…)
Monday, July 15th, 2013
Thank you to Castello® Moments 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 Savory Cheese Crackers with Hirten.
Ring! Riinnngggg!! The telephone impatiently shrieked at me.
Coming, coming! I was just as impatient with it as it was with me.
The phone had been ringing off the hook all morning, with the majority of calls either being telemarketers or wrong numbers (why do these sort of calls always seem to come in batches?), and I was desperately trying to finish cleanup after a morning of baking. My kitchen looked like it had been struck by natural disaster. (more…)
Thursday, July 11th, 2013
We all know not to go grocery shopping hungry. Why do I try to defy the laws of nature and not heed this rule?
A while ago I was shopping on an empty stomach, foolishly thinking I was immune to impulse buys. I was zipping around the store, only grabbing items on my list. I guess I got a little too cocky. (more…)
Friday, February 22nd, 2013
I’ve been finding myself making fusion-type dishes more frequently lately. To name a few, Indian-spiced burgers with tamarind chutney and fresh mint, rolled up in hot naan instead of being sandwiched between a bun…Greek-flavored enchiladas, with garlicky marinated chicken, feta, tomato sauce, and beautiful briny Kalamata olives…boeuf Bourguignon served pot pie-style, enrobed in a melt-in-your-mouth tender, flaky pastry crust.
Up until recently, I never saw the allure of fusion foods. I thought in order for something to be worth eating, it had to be authentic. Oh, how wrong I was. Sometimes the best food marriages are from places that are worlds apart. Why not take the best of both worlds and combine them in one mind-blowing dish? (more…)
Monday, February 11th, 2013
How many of us have a guilty food pleasure? Let me rephrase that: How many of us don’t?
I wholeheartedly admit that one of my favorite guilty pleasures when it comes to food is a blooming onion. Deep fried in a crunchy spiced coating, with tender pieces of onion, which is without a doubt my favorite vegetable (maybe even my favorite food!). Anyone who knows me knows that I order any sandwich “extra, extra onion” because just one “extra” just isn’t enough, lol. Topped off with a spicy little sauce for dipping, a blooming onion is perfection in all its greasy glory.
It’s a good thing treats like that don’t come around often. But I wish they did.
Actually, what I wish is that they did, but in healthier form, which is exactly what Alyssa from Everyday Maven has done with her cauliflower. How is that for brilliance? (more…)
Saturday, December 8th, 2012
I’m a buffalo wing-lover from way back; of course, around here we just call them wings – the buffalo part is assumed. Even so, I should clarify that even in Buffalo, not all wings are created equal; as uncomplicated as a traditional buffalo wing is, it is surprisingly easy to mess it up (as evidenced by the fact that we have a select few places where we will order wings from). A few common problems: some wings are dry and overcooked, which is better than undercooked and pink, but still not ideal…some wings are dry in the sense that they don’t have enough sauce…some are greasy…and surprisingly, the list of common mistakes goes on. (more…)
Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Around the holidays, I’ve noticed that in addition to loads of requests for cookie recipes, new appetizer ideas are always high in demand. Parties are frequent, and what better to serve than a spread of appetizers where people can come and go as they munch and chat, eating little bites from their favorite dishes.
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a holiday party that didn’t have at least one cheese ball – which is good, I happen to adore them! (And truth be told, they are always one of the first things to disappear from a big buffet spread.) A while back I shared a recipe for a Cheddar Cheese Ball Appetizer. The flavors going on in that (like Cheddar, Worcestershire, onion, and paprika) are always a hit, but if you want something a little more complex (and every bit as addictive), this Date, Walnut, & Blue Cheese Ball is perfect. (more…)
Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
I love blurring the lines between sweet and savory recipes, like serving savory garlic-y mashed potato cakes with sweet raspberry ginger mustard chutney. Or using black pepper in a chai-spiced ricotta cake with nutmeg-scented glaze.
Once that perfect balance of flavors is struck, an ordinary dish becomes unforgettable.
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
I love movie nights in with the girls, whether it’s a Disney or Barbie movie marathon with my nine-year-old niece and her BFFs, or something a little more grownup with a few girlfriends. As far as I’m concerned, movie night in = fun finger food for dinner.