Search Results for: Cold appetizers

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 »

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus with Crumbled Blue Cheese

It is considered within the  realms of “proper etiquette” to eat asparagus with one’s fingers. I  consulted with “Miss Manners”, whom I consider the authority on matters such as this. According to the web site ““,  Miss Manners answers the burning question…: “Dear Miss Manners, What is the correct way to  eat whole cooked asparagus spears? … Full recipe post »

Caribbean: Beer-Boiled Shrimp

This is a really, really easy recipe to make when guests are coming and you’ve no time to cook. With this version of “Peel ’em & Eat ’em” shrimp–you can let your guests do the work of peeling the shrimp. Just tell them they taste better when peeled right before eating–they really do! I love … Full recipe post »

Edamame Cups with Wasabi Caviar

There are thousands of languages in today’s world so it follows there are thousands of ways to say “Good-bye”. And within this smorgasbord of languages and dialects there are different ways of saying and interpreting “Good-Bye” within each language, depending on familiarity with the person and the situation. After lunching with a dear friend in … Full recipe post »

Beef Tenderloin Canapés, and holiday survival tips

Like it or not, the holidays are upon us. Ironically it’s this time of the year when I most appreciate fluffy slippers and recliners but find myself, instead, standing for hours on end in heels. The cocktail party is the culprit. But I love them anyway. I’m brain dead in November and December so I … Full recipe post »

Fruit and Cheese Platter

Did I really promise a host I’d bring an appetizer for a party for 30 tonight? What was I thinking? It’s a Friday in December–my legal pad can’t contain my to-do list, and I’ll never be able to manufacture enough time to assemble something suitable. Adding to the drama is my busy, paranoid little brain. … Full recipe post »

Wild Mushroom Paté

One of my favorite get-togethers is an annual pot-luck which rolls around the Sunday after every Thanksgiving. Friends bring Thanksgiving leftovers or invent a dish based on random refrigerator leftovers. The results are delicious, if not sometimes, amusing. Last year I had plenty of turkey and cranberry relish which I wrapped in flatbread then cut … Full recipe post »

Marinated Shrimp with Basil and Capers

I love planning and attending parties. It’s genetic; a “party gene” that has been refined and honed through generations of, for lack of a better word, “partying”. My friends, as well, are a party-loving sort and we especially enjoy trading particularly delicious recipes to rev up the party engine. My friend Debbie has refined and … Full recipe post »

Fresh Figs with Honeyed Goat Cheese Spread

Sorry guys, but “girl’s night out” is my favorite evening of the week. On these nights my husband may eat cereal for dinner but he appreciates that an evening I spend sampling finger foods, sipping wine and yacking with my friends does wonders for my temperament: A happy Peggy is a happy Richard. There are … Full recipe post »

Bruschetta with Fava Bean Spread

Favas beans, like fireflies, dart in and out of the Farmer’s Market in early September. They disappeared for a while but have suddenly reappeared at the Produce Station. Catch them while you can! Many bean dips are marvelous because they take so little time to make. And If you’re looking for a quick bean dip … Full recipe post »

Apricots Stuffed with Mascarpone and Pistachios

We’re invited to an impromptu back-yard potluck tonight and my brain is frozen. The host asked me to bring an appetizer or dessert. (Ahem. That’s way too many variables to input into anyone’s Fried-ay brain! Tell me one or the other, I beg of you!) I’m short on time and this must be party as … Full recipe post »