Archive for the ‘Appetizer’ Category

Grape & Ricotta Crostini with Gluten-Free Udi’s Bagels

I have a lot of friends that have been going gluten free lately. If they are coming over, I like to make sure I have some gluten free options for them, especially with appetizers. Udi’s s gluten free products are great for this purpose. I recently experimented with their Plain gluten free bagels which are [...]

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Crispy Baked Kale

Although I refuse to make the “I’m going to lose weight” resolution each year, I find myself trying to eat healthier in January. This is probably due to the massive calorie holiday meals I’ve consumed, and the upcoming bathing suit season looming in the not-so-distant future. I went to a restaurant with friends recently and [...]

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Basic Cheese Fondue

Recipe: Cheese Fondue Ingredients 1 Garlic Clove – halved 8 oz. White Wine 5 oz. Gruyere Cheese – shredded 5 oz. Emmental Cheese – shredded 1 tbs All Purpose Flour 1 tbs Kirsch (Cherry Brandy) Freshly Grated Nutmeg – to taste Freshly Ground Black Pepper – to taste Instructions Rub the inside of the fondue [...]

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Heart Healthy Tomato-Cranberry Meatballs

Canned tomatoes are a staple in my house. I use them all the time to make tomato soup, tomato sauce, chili the list goes on. I always keep them in the pantry in their many forms. I have heard of the benefits of lycopene, commonly found in tomatoes. But recently, I was made aware of [...]

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Roasted Grape Tomato Bruschetta

This has become one of my go-to appetizers since it is simple, fresh, and delicious. The red tomatoes and green basil make it perfect for the holidays.  It can be prepared the night before and it can be served at room temperature, which makes it easy to bring for a potluck dinner as well. Recipe: Roasted [...]

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Spinach Balls: Always a Crowd Pleaser

I’ve been making these Spinach Balls during the holiday season for years.  They can be served as an appetizer or a side dish.  Both kids and adults love them and they are easy to make! Recipe:  Spinach Balls Ingredients: 2 packages of frozen chopped spinach 1 stick of unsalted butter 3 cups of Pepperidge Farm [...]

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A Few Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers

Recipe: Goat Cheese Beggar’s Purses Thanksgiving is one of those holiday meals where it is really difficult to do everything before your guests arrive. I still like to prepare as much as possible in advance so I can remain organized and capitalize on holiday time with my family. The last thing I want to worry [...]

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Apple, Ham and Brie Crostini

Another easy and delicious appetizer. You can assemble these ahead of time and place in the fridge. Throw them in the oven just before your guests arrive and serve warm. Recipe: Apple, Ham & Brie Crostini Ingredients 1 Baguette 1/2 lb Brie – softened at room temperature 1/8 cup Dijon Mustard 1 Scallion – chopped [...]

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Goat Cheese – Fig Beggar’s Purses

A great, versatile and easy appetizer. I have used Fig Jam and Marsala Jam, but you can really use any kind you wish. You can assemble these a couple hours ahead of time, cover them, place them in the fridge and then bake just before serving. Recipe: Goat Cheese – Fig Beggar’s Purses Ingredients 1 [...]

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Daring Kitchen Challenge October 2010: Mediterranean Stuffed Grape Leaves

This month our hostess, Lori of Lori’s Lipsmacking Goodness, has challenged The Daring Cooks to stuff grape leaves. Lori chose a recipe adapted from The New Book of Middle Eastern Food (a Borzoi Book by Claudia Roden, published by Alfred A. Knopf). This is an interpretation of that recipe. Recipe: Mediterranean Stuffed Grape Leaves Ingredients [...]

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