Archives: Appetizer

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 • Read More »

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Estimating Quantities of Hors d’Oeuvres

December 6, 2010 | By andrea | Comments Off on Estimating Quantities of Hors d’Oeuvres | Filed in: Appetizer, Entertaining Tip, Handy Hints, Holidays, Morsels & Musings.

Figuring out how much food to have at a party is tricky business. I’d much rather have too much food available than not enough. Here’s a few guidelines for getting a party started, whether it’s a cocktail party or a full dinner: Estimating Quantities of Hors d’Oeuvres -Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Hors d’Oeuvre, by • Read More »

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Asian Lettuce Wraps

October 4, 2010 | By andrea | 6 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Asian, Beef, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Snack, Turkey.

Make your friends happy by bringing these delicious Asian Lettuce Wraps to the next gathering. They’ve got loads of flavor and are super easy to make. I guarantee you won’t have any leftovers, which is kind of a bad thing since they’re so good. I substituted ground turkey (93% lean) for the ground beef, and used Romaine • Read More »

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Zucchini Caponata

September 6, 2010 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Condiment, Dip, Italian, Recipes, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

If you’re looking for a way to use up some of that summer zucchini, try this recipe for Zucchini Caponata. The combo of zucchini, tomatoes and olives makes a great topping for grilled bread or a quick, fresh sauce for cooked pasta. I bet it would also be really good as a topping for grilled chicken • Read More »

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Greek Salad Salsa with Toasted Pita Chips

August 26, 2010 | By andrea | 9 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Dip, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Salad, Snack, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

I took this awesome Greek-inspired salsa to a pool party recently. Dang, it’s good! I chose to make it because it’s super easy and I had all the makings for it. It’s a perfect summertime appetizer!!! I followed the recipe for the salsa except that I didn’t have the fresh oregano so I used a little • Read More »

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Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Crostini

August 5, 2010 | By andrea | 10 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Snack, Vegetarian.

Words can not express how much I love this appetizer! In fact, it’s what I had for dinner last night. I didn’t intend to eat only the crostini for dinner but I ate several of them, which led to several more and before I knew it, I was full. This is one of those appetizers • Read More »

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Grilled Zucchini & Goat Cheese Roll-ups

July 15, 2010 | By andrea | 6 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Grilling/BBQ, Recipes, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

This simple appetizer is a perfect starter for a summer dinner. I love the flavor combination of goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh thyme with the grilled zucchini…delicious! Be sure not to overcook the zucchini on the grill…you just want nice char marks on both sides. Also, cooling the cooked zucchini stips on a wire rack is • Read More »

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Satay Dip

June 28, 2010 | By andrea | 7 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Asian, Condiment, Dip, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce.

  If you like any kind of satay, you’re going to LOVE this dip!!! It’s easy to make and extremely versatile because it goes perfectly with a variety of foods: fresh veggies, summer rolls, or grilled shrimp, chicken and pork. When I first saw the list of ingredients, the 1/4 cup of ketchup threw me. But, hey, I trust • Read More »

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Mango and Avocado Salsa

June 16, 2010 | By andrea | 19 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Dip, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Salad, Sauce, Snack, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

This salsa rocks! It’s easy to make and can be served with tortilla chips or as a topping for grilled chicken, pork or seafood. YUMM! Husband was skeptical of the mango/avocade combo at first but after his first bite, he was blown away by all the flavor. He then kept commenting on how good it was. I • Read More »

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April Fools’ Fries: Cinnamon-Sugar Sticks

April 1, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Kid-friendly, Recipes, Snack.

This morning I played an April Fools’ joke on my kids by serving them Cinnamon-Sugar Sticks that look like french fries with ketchup. This recipe definitely isn’t a meal but it is a fun prank. After a few of the cinnamon sticks, the kids were ready for a real breakfast. The small amount of effort • Read More »

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