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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.

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

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


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

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)
Sesame seeds


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

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


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

Fire Spice and Nuts

Fire Spice and Nuts

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 


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

Teriyaki Drumettes

Teriyaki Drumettes

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


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

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


In […]

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