Category “Appetizers”

Sunday, 5 April, 2009

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus 3

Here is a wonderful spin on the traditional hummus recipe I blogged recently. The roasted red peppers give hummus a tangy sweetness, and an extra zesty spice.

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Saturday, 4 April, 2009

Take a Hike

Trail Mix 1

The key to the perfect trail mix is to hit that ration of sweet-n-savory right on the nose. Here, the sweet tartness of dried fruits and chocolate compliments the salty pretzels, nuts, and goldfish. The combination of textures and flavors is so satisfying – perfect for an extra energy boost on the run.

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Sunday, 29 March, 2009

Sausage-Stuffed Shroomers

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Here is the final recipe from our wine tasting – an appetizer of sausage stuffed mushrooms – the perfect bite-sized taste to accompany our fruity and delicious Barriosa Sombrero Rojo Rioja wine. Our guests are still raving about these mushrooms over a week later – now I call that a successful dish!

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Thursday, 26 March, 2009

Carbonara Pizza

Carbonara Pizza

And yet another recipe from last week’s wine tasting. This tasty little dish was a great appetizer and paired nicely with our Da Vinci Chianti Classico. The topping of this pizza is a re-creating of a carbonara pasta dish – complete with pancetta, eggs, and ricotta!

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Wednesday, 25 March, 2009

Roasted Reds

Here is an easy recipe for making your own roast red bell peppers in the oven or on a grill. We grow loads of bell peppers in our garden during the summer, and I’m already looking forward to this year’s crop.

Smoky, caramelized red bells are great on their own, but you will usually find them included in recipes with other ingredients, like this beef tenderloin dish. You can also puree them to make a sauce or a dip. They have a bold, sweet flavor without being spicy or overpowering. I could eat them like candy.

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Monday, 23 March, 2009

Grilled Salad with Sweet Italian Sausage

Grilled Sausage Salad

Here is the salad that we served during our wine-tasting party. It paired beautifully with the La Crema Pinot Noir. Everyone loved the ginger crostini in this salad – and you will not believe how easy it was to make. This would be a perfect salad to serve at a cook-out – the grilled flavors of the sausage and the onion are complimented so beautifully by the balsamic.

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Sunday, 1 March, 2009

Hummus My Favorite Tune

Hummus 2

Hummus is a favorite snack in our household, and I’ve been wanting to try making my own hummus for a while now. I’ve heard that not only is it cheaper to make it yourself, but it’s also much more delicious to make it from scratch. I am one vintage lady who loves to make things from scratch on the cheap, so I was excited to try this out!

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Sunday, 22 February, 2009

Creamy Salsa Dip

Creamy Salsa Dip 1

Here is an incredibly easy recipe for an incredibly luscious dip.   You can adjust the amount of salsa to your taste.  It also makes a great topping for burgers, nachos, or fries.

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Friday, 13 February, 2009

Olive Canapés

Confession: I don’t like olives. At all. Not even in a martini. I love a good olive oil, but I just can’t get excited about the pungent flavor of an actual olive.
That said, this is one of the only dishes that I absolutely love, which features olives. These tasty, elegant canapés are absolutely delicious – crispy and rich with melted cheese, and the hint of curry powder gives it a subtle zing. Yeah, yeah, and the olives are good too, I guess!

This is from my sweet Auntie Gladys! What could be more delicious and sophisticated than a ripe olive canapé and a glass of wine? But beware – once you taste just one of these, you will be addicted for life!

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Monday, 2 February, 2009

Cheesy Bacon Onion Dip

Good morning, and Happy Groundhog Day to you, dear readers! Last night was the Super Bowl, and I’m excited to post some of the yummy treats I shared with my family while we watched the big game. Let’s start with the sinfully indulgent dip that we enjoyed.

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