Category Archives: Appetizer

Blue Cheese and Fig Savories blue cheese savories

I needed to put together a few cheese-filled baked goods for a work event and as I’ve been on a bit of a scone kick recently I started thinking about doing something different this time. My first thought was a savory cookie, and I came up with a habanero-cheddar-apple chutney cookie that I just love (more on that another day). Not everyone can stand the heat of habanero peppers, so I’ve got a few other items in the mix to round out the selection.

Then I remembered that not everyone shares my unfortunate blue cheese allergy, and decided I also needed a recipe using blue cheese. As I can’t use my own palate as a guide I did a quick search to see if there was such a thing already out there. Continue reading

Avocado Cilantro Bean Dip Avocado Cilantro Bean DipAfter what seems like weeks of much needed rain, we’ve had enough dry days in a row to tackle the jungle that was formerly our yard. A few hours of mowing and weed eating got the lawn back in shape, and as a bonus we enjoyed a pretty good workout. Needing to replenish the salt and potassium we lost doing an honest day’s work, I thought that this avocado cilantro bean dip was just the thing. Continue reading

Vol-au-Vent | French Pastry Shells

Want to impress the heck out of someone? Vol-au-vents are easy to make puff pastry shells that are light as a feather (vol-au-vent is French for flight of air) and impressive as all get out. Did I mention how easy they are to make? Continue reading

Artichoke & Gruyere Dip

Artichoke & Gruyere Dip

Artichoke & Gruyere dip is a classic, creamy appetizer that really lets the richness of the gruyere shine through.

If you haven’t already noticed we love artisan cheeses. We in fact owned a wine and cheese shop once upon a time and so enjoyed the expierence we had with like minds. We are foodies from way back and so this blog comes from our hearts. Continue reading

Garlic Shrimp Cheesecake Puffs

Garlic Shrimp Cheesecake Puffs

A few years ago I needed to whip up some last minute appetizers for Thanksgiving and in a burst of creativity and desperation I came up with these garlic shrimp cheesecake puffs. They were a big hit, so of course I promptly forgot about them. I’m not entirely certain that I even got to taste them, but vividly remember my brother-in-law raving about how good they were. Continue reading

Spicy Black Bean Salsa

black bean salsa

This is a salsa made with black beans, corn, lime juice and a bunch of other southwestern delightful ingredients.  Served with tortilla chips and maybe a little guacamole on the side you’ll have a hit on your hands. Oh and did I mention it’s fairly healthy as well?

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Beet Juice Pickled Eggs

Beet Juice Pickled Eggs

I don’t know if pickled eggs fell out of fashion, or if I just stopped noticing them, but I went from seeing them practically everywhere to not at all. Last week I picked up a few organic chioggia beets and knew just what I had to do. These beet juice pickled eggs are not only colorful, but the cayenne gives a nice little spark to each bite. Continue reading

Blue Cheese Ball With Walnuts

Blue Cheese Ball

This blue cheese ball comes from a family recipe that goes back as far as I can remember. It’s been such a tradition that even my own children consider this a standard dish at Christmas parties and get togethers with family.  Perhaps because of the green and red bell peppers, but I’ve even had it at Fourth Of July get togethers and replaced the green bell peppers with blue berries for a more patriotic look. Serve with your favorite crackers and you’ll have a hit on your hands. Of course you must enjoy blue cheese to appreciate this appetizer. In our family that’s not a problem, when our youngest daughter was just three she enjoyed eating blue cheese, full strength, which so surprised me to say the least. She definitely was not switched at birth. Continue reading