Archives: Appetizer

Aloha From Oregon Cranberry Pepper Jelly

November 24, 2014 by andrea | Comments Off on Aloha From Oregon Cranberry Pepper Jelly | Filed in Appetizer, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Products I Love, Recipes

I’ve been buying locally-made Aloha From Oregon pepper jellies for years. They have a potpourri of flavors so you can switch it up depending on the season (Cranberry Pepper Jelly for Thanksgiving, Mango Pepper Jelly in the summer, etc). This last weekend I took a jar of their pepper jelly to a barn party and […]

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Herb Deviled Eggs

June 21, 2013 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Appetizer, Eggs, Recipes, Side Dish, Snack, Vegetarian

I never met a deviled egg I didn’t like. Seriously, I  love all versions of this classic summer potluck staple! This particular version sports tangy dill pickles, Dijon mustard and white wine vinegar, a punch of flavor from fresh herbs, and a bit of heat from cayenne pepper. Feel free to add more dill and/or chives if […]

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Tomato Chile Salsa

April 30, 2013 by andrea | Comments Off on Tomato Chile Salsa | Filed in Appetizer, Condiment, Dip, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce, Snack, Vegetarian

If you’ve never made your own salsa, it’s time you step out and give it a whirl. Not only is fresh salsa super easy to make but it tastes much, much better than the jarred stuff. Plus, you’ll be the star of the party when you walk in with a bowl of this fresh, smoky […]

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Grilled Monterey Jack and Corn Quesadillas

September 29, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Grilled Monterey Jack and Corn Quesadillas | Filed in Appetizer, Main Dish, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Snack, Southwestern, Vegetarian

Not only are quesadillas super easy to whip up but they make a great snack, lunch or light dinner. This particular recipe is jazzed up with a creamy, smoky chipotle and corn filling…it’s delicious! Serve the quesadillas with mixed greens drizzled with Southwestern Vinaigrette and you’ve got a tasty meal! Note: The recipe calls for a grill […]

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Oven-Roasted Fries

September 18, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Oven-Roasted Fries | Filed in Appetizer, Kid-friendly, Potatoes, Recipes, Side Dish, Snack, Vegetable, Vegetarian

  These delicious thick-cut fries couldn’t be any easier to make! I served them with a smoky Chipotle Mayo dipping sauce along side grilled burgers…sooo good! Instead of using non-stick spray on the baking sheet, I lined it with parchment paper. In the past, I’ve had potatoes stick to the pan even with the non-stick spray but […]

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Mozzarella and Basil

December 29, 2011 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Appetizer, Holidays, Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Snack

Here’s a quick and very delicious appetizer to serve this New Year’s Eve…or anytime, for that matter. Basically, it’s a bite-sized version of prosciutto-wrapped (pronounced proh-shoo-toh) caprese salad. Prosciutto is an Italian salt-cured ham that can be found in many supermarkets and gourmet food stores. I found mine at Trader Joe’s. Actually, I got everything for this recipe […]

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Roasted Tomato Salsa (Salsa Quemada)

September 7, 2011 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Appetizer, Dip, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce, Snack, Vegetable, Vegetarian

This salsa rocks! If you’ve never made fresh salsa before, I highly encourage you to make a batch of it. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to whip up and how delicious it is! Of course, starting with top quality ingredients (vine-ripened tomatoes) is key to a good salsa, while dry roasting the veggies in a pan […]

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Pico De Gallo Salsa

July 19, 2011 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Appetizer, Condiment, Dip, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Sauce, Snack

Homemade salsa is super easy to make and waaaaay better than most you’ll buy at the grocery store. Plus, you can make it exactly how you like it (spicier, milder, more lime, etc.). Whip up a batch of this salsa, buy the best tortilla chips you can find and invite some friend over! Homemade salsa is […]

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Roasted Garlic

July 5, 2011 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Appetizer, Condiment, Recipes

Boy, did my house smell good when I made some roasted garlic recently! The first thing I did with it when it came out of the oven was slather a few cloves on a piece of rustic ciabatta bread drizzled with a little fruity olive oil and a slight sprinkling of kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper. Yum!  […]

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Great Guacamole!

May 2, 2011 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Appetizer, Condiment, Dip, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce, Southwestern

Guacamole…so simple yet so incredibly delicious. The first time I had really great guacamole was at a resort in Tuscon, Arizona. The waiter made it at our table so, of course, we were impressed with the presentation: mashing the perfect avocado right before our very eyes in a molcajete, the traditional Mexican version of a mortar […]

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