Search Results for: Cold appetizers

Five-Minute Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Spread

Coming off a four-week, super-intense editing of my next book, “The Welcome Home Diner”, a contemporary novel about two women opening a diner on Detroit’s east side. I get why writers isolate themselves during the process. I was assigned  a well-seasoned editor determined to squeeze the best book that she could out of me. The verdict will be in the hands of … Full recipe post »

Pickled Herring for the “Eves” (a shortcut)

We may be jipped out of a white Christmas in Michigan this year, but the promise of the family rejoined and traditions re-lit has me craving pickled herring. In past years I’ve been lucky enough to receive it––scratch-made––from my Polish neighbor, Krystyna, the week before our family celebrates Christmas and the New Year. This year she’s left … Full recipe post »

Turks & Caicos Ceviche! (using fresh conch, scallops or shrimp)

A sea-to-table recipe for fresh conch salad from Turks and Caicos. Full recipe post »

Manhattan: Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Manchego, Marcona Almonds and Fried Shallots works double-time as a salad or appetizer

(Note the gold holiday ball in the right hand column of this blog. Perhaps some of my past holiday recipe blogs can be of assistance to your meal planning in the next couple of months.) Last week was spent with three lady friends in Manhattan soaking in (breathless) as many museums, plays, Halloween revelry, and….of course—food!—as we could inhale … Full recipe post »

Golden Beet & Orange Relish

Last night I dreamed of beets. Beet relish, specifically. On recent travels, so many dishes were accompanied by a grated beet accoutrement – antipasto platters, a side dish with venison, a topping on a burger – making the food that would have been fine without the condiment, extraordinary. I’m missing beet relish, most surely since … Full recipe post »

Stuffed Eggs with Bacon & Shrimp

Here’s a variation on stuffed eggs that you may find quite savory. Leftover shrimp were sitting next to a carton of eggs in my fridge and, voila, the following recipe was born. Certainly the addition of bacon didn’t hurt one bit, and I loved the tang of the pickle juice and tomato paste, reminding me … Full recipe post »

Super-Fast Caprese Canapes

Beach fires dwindle, the days grow shorter, and we understand the end of summer is upon us. Oh no — say it ain’t so! This summer saw more than its share of rainy days and temperatures below average, our consolation being the lakes and farmers are loving it. But beautiful days are here at last. … Full recipe post »

Smoked Salmon, Beet and Mascarpone Spread

This appealing appetizer is certainly worth of your attention; especially if you enjoy an easy, make-ahead smoked fish nosh that’s a bit different from the status-quo smoked whitefish or smoked salmon types of spreads. I saw the recipe in a Vitamix cookbook and in a brief glance knew it would be a spread I’d love. Certainly the … Full recipe post »

Beet & Yogurt Dip with Goat Cheese & Hazlenuts (and shortcuts)

I know many readers are beet lovers (because you’ve told me!), so here’s a recipe you root vegetable enthusiasts will enjoy. I, too, am crazy about beets. I also appreciate having healthy, delicious dips and snacking foods at the ready, and this beautiful ruby-colored spread will keep several days, refrigerated, for enjoying guilt-free and at random. The recipe was … Full recipe post »

Mint-Pesto Crostini with Smoked Salmon & Goat Cheese

When out-of-town guests pay a quick visit, I don’t do much cooking. I love showing off Ann Arbor; the renowned campus, downtown eateries and shops are far more entertaining than my backyard. But I’m a cook, and guests expect a bit of something special from my kitchen. Last week a good friend from Seattle, Jeannie, … Full recipe post »

Eggplant Tapanade

On July 14, our neighbors—Francophiles to the core—had their annual Bastille Day party. I offered to bring a dish, then racked my brain thinking of an appropriate “deguster” that would evoke the season and, more important, the country they were celebrating. The party hosts, Stephanie and Tom Teague, are drawn to France certainly because of … Full recipe post »

Stacked Shrimp and Avocado Tapas

Downtown sizzles with heat, cranking up the vibe, hotter than a match head. Wandering down Main Street, you locate a seat at a sidewalk cafe, angle the umbrella – just so – that the sun hits your face, and sit to peruse the menu. Basking in warmth while ordering a glass of something cold, your … Full recipe post »

Beet Chips with Tzadziki are healthy alternatives to chips & dip

As a kid, one of my favorite treats was Ruffles Potato Chips and Lipton Onion Soup Dip. All of that sodium, MSG, all of that crunchy grease — I could have a big bowl and still have energy for playing kick-the-can until bedtime. But times have changed, and so too (thankfully) my palate. Don’t misunderstand … Full recipe post »

Pub-Styled Cheddar-Beer Spread for Super Bowl

Note: Other past Super-Bowl favorites have included Beefy Super Bowl Sliders with Pimento Cheese and Chipotle Chili Chicken Skins, divine, buttery Chili-Lime Chicken Wings  and Teriyaki Meatballs.                                                                  ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ Lest you … Full recipe post »

Entertaining Canapé Platter

Looking for ideas for a splashy New Year’s nosh? Here are my biased prerequisites regarding what an appetizer/finger food should accomplish to guarantee it is admired and then devoured at a party. 1. Said appetizer is visually appealing; the more it looks like a fancy wrapped present, the more it will be appreciated. 2. When … Full recipe post »