Search Results for: Cold appetizers

Pimento Cheese with Creme Fraiche and Bacon

I’m pondering the cosmic irony that suggests Thanksgiving and Christmas are times of peace and tranquility; especially when the two holidays collide like a comet into Jupiter. Whether your hobbies be altruistic, creating clever greeting cards, stitching needlepoint pillows resembling your friends pets,  or – sigh – cooking, you barely get a breather before the … Full recipe post »

Rabbit & Pork Belly Terrine with Roasted Pomegranate Cippolines & Grapes

It may be early week but I’m thinking of two parties coming up at week’s end; I’ve promised to bring appetizers to both. These are serious food loving folks; the kind of people who chew their food slowly, with intensity, deliberating if the subtle notes of juniper complement the tannins in the wine. I’m sweating … Full recipe post »

Basic Crostini – The perfect canvas for cheese, patés, dips and spreads

It’s not always convenient purchasing a freshly baked baguette to serve with so many appetizers. Thankfully, there’s always crostini, which can be made ahead and stored in a tin several days in advance. Season the crostini to complement the flavors of what you plan to serve. For example, my Rabbit & Pork Belly Terrine  requests … Full recipe post »

Northern India Cooking Class; Lesson 1: Green Tomato Curry

Note: This is the first of seven recipe installments, which compose a classic Northern Indian Feast. The following recipe for Green Tomato Curry, a recipe inspired from Southern Indian cuisine, is the exception. Fine Indian cuisine is not noted for its brevity. The good news is that each of Achla Karnani’s recipes may be made well in … Full recipe post »

September’s Last Stand Vegetable Basket

In late September, produce stands heave under the weight of the season’s largess. While one hand clutches a bunch of beets, the other grasps a bag of green beans, carrots and eggplant — and the lure of the September siren entices you to keep spending. With remorse, you cut yourself off, nodding at the beauties … Full recipe post »

Grilled Zucchini and Red Pepper Roll-Ups with Goat Cheese

Pity the zucchini. Yesterday’s Farmers Market witnessed kids pointing and sniggering at one gargantuan, misshapen beast. My impulse was to drape my sweater over its lizard-like skin to avoid it suffering further indignities. The indecisive days between summer and fall, shifting from swollen heat to bracing winds, produce these overfed contortionists — a far cry … Full recipe post »

Faux Lobster Rolls

Last month it seemed every time I picked up the recipe section of the Times Magazine, it featured lobster in some guise. Lobster rolls in particular make my taste buds prickle, but lobster is pricy in these parts, and it takes a lot of effort to yield enough lobster meat for an authentic lobster roll. So here’s … Full recipe post »

Smoked Seafood Spread

Many folks enjoy purchasing a souvenir from a vacation. Perhaps some coral earrings from a beach trip, or an “I Wrestled An Alligator In The Bayou” T-shirt to evoke a happy memory. Me? I like to bring home food. Traveling in Tuscany, for example, I returned to Michigan with dried porcini mushrooms, which were sniffed … Full recipe post »

Perfectly Cooked Artichoke

I’m grilling flank steaks — nothing fancy, but I had to think ahead and marinate them overnight. The artichokes are looking quite tempting in area groceries, and when I make artichokes, I also plan ahead. The following recipe is a bit quirky; I’ve never seen or heard of anyone preparing them like this, but it is … Full recipe post »

Stuffed Eggs Florentine

If I hired a kitchen organizer who insisted I only keep one serving piece in my kitchen, I’d select my wooden salad bowl–I use it daily. Flash 40 years back to my mother’s kitchen: Being presented with the same ultimatum, I’m pretty sure she would have kept her stuffed (deviled) egg plate, she made some … Full recipe post »

Endive stuffed with Blue Cheese Chicken Salad

It’s wise not to underestimate chicken salad. Sure, it’s standard deli case fare, ingredients often minced, dressed in cloyingly sweet mayonnaise, then mounded into a slick plastic bowl. But chicken salad can be beautifully delicious, and has come to my rescue on many an occasion. Chicken salad understands me. It appreciates my gustatory needs, and … Full recipe post »

Fresh Cherry and Goat Cheese Crostini

I’m wading in an excess of riches. Unfortunately not of the green back persuasion, but I’ve an abundance of Michigan ruby red cherries to use. I can’t seem to make it through a market without plopping a big bag of the seasonal beauties into my cart, so I’ll be in recipe cherry-land for the next … Full recipe post »

Gorgonzola-Pear Dip and Olive-Cheese Nuggets

“Pour me somethin’ tall and strong… Make it a hurricane before I go insane… It’s only half past twelve but I don’t care… It’s five o’clock somewhere” (Verse from Jimmy Buffet and Alan Jackson song: “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”) My friends and I are are big fans of the “Happy Hour.” Whether we meet at … Full recipe post »

Mixed Grilled Vegetable Platter with Pesto Dipping Sauce

Nothing tastes like summer, to me, more than grilled vegetables. Grilling enhances the natural sweetness and nuances of vegetables more than any other cooking technique. A colorful platter of grilled vegetables is a wonderful appetizer, accompaniment to a main course, or the starring attraction, served with a side of mixed grains or pasta. Though I … Full recipe post »

Mediterranean Appetizer Platter

Who has time to cook when records are being set today for unseasonably warm weather? Not I! However my  daughter and fiancé are driving in for the holiday and will expect something  more than cereal. I purchased some healthy ready-mades creating a simple platter we can enjoy at leisure. I could have spent hours charring my … Full recipe post »