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Appetizers

Marinated Tomatoes and Olives Recipe

Marinated Tomatoes and Olives Recipe
2 c. assorted imported olives
2 pints cherry tomatoes
3 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 T. white balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Toss.  Marinate for 1 hour at room temperature.
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Upgrade the Classic Cheese Tray {DIY Gourmet Cheese Board}

 

From Southern Living

Tip of the Week:  Upgrade the Classic Cheese Tray!
In the last tip, I shared my favorite dinner party plan that included suggestions for assembling a diverse cheese platter.  Taking the cheese platter a step further, I’ve recently been reading about interesting pairings for different types of cheeses and am excited to share these […]

Easy Strawberry Appetizer

Easy Strawberry Appetizer

Rinse and hull two pints of strawberries.
Fill a small serving bowl almost full with sour cream.
Top off the sour cream with a thick layer of brown sugar

Serve the strawberries on a large platter with the sour cream bowl in the middle.
Guests will not believe what a GREAT combination this is!  If you’re skeptical, try […]

Delicious Mushroom Dip

Easy and Delicious Mushroom Dip
Ingredients

½ cup sour cream
8 oz cream cheese
1 pound fresh mushrooms – chopped and sautéd in butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
8-10 slices cooked, crumbled bacon

Directions

Mix and scoop into oven proof dish
Bake at 350 degrees farenheit for 20 minutes
Serve with crackers

Tapenade Pastry Crescents Recipe

Easy Tapenade Pastry Crescents
Ingredients

1 c. pitted green olives
¼ c. chopped onion
2 T. olive oil
1 T. capers
2 t. lemon juice
1 clove of garlic, crushed
¼ t. crushed red pepper
1 15 oz. package folded refrigerated unbaked pie crusts (2 crusts)
Milk
Sesame seeds

Directions

Place the first 7 ingredients in a food processor and blend with on/off turns until the mixture […]

Easy Spinach and Artichoke Appetizer

Spinach and Artichoke Appetizer
Ingredients

1 long loaf sesame seed bread
14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 c. shredded Swiss cheese
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
10 oz. package of frozen spinach, cooked and drained
1 T. capers, drained
2 T. parsley
Pinch of torn basil
5 cloves of garlic, minced
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Slice bread loaf horizontally and […]

Fire Spice and Nuts

Fire Spice and Nuts
Ingredients:

2 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder*
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chili powder (preferably chipotle)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 large egg whites
2 c. pecan halves
2 c. walnut halves and pieces
2 c. raw cashews
1/4c. sugar
1/2c. matchstick-size strips crystallized ginger 

 Directions:

Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in […]

Teriyaki Drumettes

Teriyaki Drumettes
Ingredients:

3 T. soy sauce
3 T. dry cooking sherry
30 chicken wing drumettes
¾ c. Kikkoman Teriyaki Baste and Glaze (a commercially available, pre-thickened marinade)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T. sesame seeds, toasted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Blend the soy sauce and sherry in a large bowl.
Add the chicken and turn until well coated.
Arrange in a single layer in […]

Fresh Crudite

Cabbage Bowl with Fresh Crudite
To make an unusual bowl for serving your favorite dip, place the cabbage stem side down on a countertop.  Push aside, but don’t remove, the larger outer leaves and then cut off the top of the cabbage.  Carefully carve out the inner parts of the cabbage to form a bowl and […]

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs a la Sam
Makes 20
Ingredients

10 large hard boiled eggs
1 T. water
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. granulated garlic
1 tsp. salt
2 avocados, halved, pitted, and cut into small chunks
1/2 small red onion, minced
4 cherry tomatoes, minced
Juice of 1 large lime
Dash of hot pepper sauce (or to taste)
2 thick slices of prosciutto, finely chopped
2 tsp. minced fresh cilantro

Directions

In […]

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