Category: Appetizers and Starters

Nancy’s Marinated Shrimp: a Party Favorite from the Way Back

Nancy’s Marinated Shrimp: a Party Favorite from the Way Back

Bringing back to life a long-dormant family recipe for marinated shrimp, which tastes as fresh and welcome today as it did 50 years ago.

Fun with Skordalia (Does that sound nerdy?)

Fun with Skordalia (Does that sound nerdy?)

Skordalia is a magical Greek sauce with a “nectar of the gods” feel to it when you first experience it.

Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese are a Match Made in Heaven: Try This Easy Spread

Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese are a Match Made in Heaven: Try This Easy Spread

A simple but delightful recipe for a piquant and savory spread.

Give It Up for Cilantro Pesto, a Bright Green Flavor Machine!

Give It Up for Cilantro Pesto, a Bright Green Flavor Machine!

A quick and easy recipe for cilantro pesto, with 26 ways to use it.

Simple, Classic Deviled Eggs, Because You Know You Want Them

Simple, Classic Deviled Eggs, Because You Know You Want Them

The Glover Gardens recipe for classic deviled eggs, created by Kim of Glover Gardens and niece Joie and tested and approved by The Grill-Meister.

Children Make Their Own 5-Minute Throwdown Apple Appetizer from a Description of “The Formula”

Children Make Their Own 5-Minute Throwdown Apple Appetizer from a Description of “The Formula”

Smart children prove the concept of knowledge transfer on the 5-minute appetizer formula.

A Savory-Sweet Apple Appetizer, and a Formula for the 5-Minute Appetizer

A Savory-Sweet Apple Appetizer, and a Formula for the 5-Minute Appetizer

This is a story about how a gift of homemade jelly made its way into an appetizer, and a formula / template recipe for throwing together a 5-minute appetizer.

So Good They Disappear in Minutes! Jalapeño-Bacon Poppers

So Good They Disappear in Minutes! Jalapeño-Bacon Poppers

Jalapeno-Bacon Poppers have a great balance of spicy-tart-salty flavors and the wonton is a great delivery device for this tasty appetizer.

Dressing Bites: This is What to Do with Leftover Dressing (Trust Me)

Dressing Bites: This is What to Do with Leftover Dressing (Trust Me)

Dressing Bites are a wonderful way to repurpose Thanksgiving leftovers, making for a very satisfying nibble.

Found Recipe: Bobby Flay’s Avocado Toasts (Don’t be a hater)

Found Recipe: Bobby Flay’s Avocado Toasts (Don’t be a hater)

We love avocado toast! Not because we’re trendy, frivolous or extravagant, but simply because we love fresh food that’s bursting with vibrant flavors.

Gimme Chimichurri, Baby!

Gimme Chimichurri, Baby!

Chimichurri is a great sauce for fish, chicken, shrimp, steak, pork…you name it. It’s great as a dip for crudités. It’s a perfect condiment for a panini.

Smoked Salmon and Avocado-Dill Pita

Smoked Salmon and Avocado-Dill Pita

The smoked salmon pita with avocado-dill spread is the essence of summer, whether at a picnic or a ladies’ luncheon.

Avocado-Dill Spread, a Multi-Purpose Condiment

Avocado-Dill Spread, a Multi-Purpose Condiment

Avocado-dill spread is a super-simple, creamy, tangy condiment that stands up to spicy food and holds its own. In other words, it’s a keeper!

Crab, Corn and Black Bean Salad with Guacamole

Crab, Corn and Black Bean Salad with Guacamole

Combining black bean salad with lump crab creates an elegant, delicious and easy starter course.

A Recipe for Bruschetta, “Summer on a Plate”

A Recipe for Bruschetta, “Summer on a Plate”

Bruschetta is so simple, so summery, so garlicky-good. Ripe red tomatoes meet their life partner in soft green basil, with garlic and oil to seal their commitment.

Eating Like It’s Jazz Fest: Congo Square Fish Nachos

Eating Like It’s Jazz Fest: Congo Square Fish Nachos

We took a walk on the wild side and used blacked fish on nachos. Here’s how it went down … it’s not a recipe as much as a set of loose guidelines, kinda like jazz is.

Zippy Crostini

Zippy Crostini

My mom used to make little toasts like this, but the recipe has been lost, so I made up a new one. The Grill-Meister was a big fan.

Simple, Rustic, Good: Catalan Tomato Bread is a Winner

Simple, Rustic, Good: Catalan Tomato Bread is a Winner

From Food & Wine: “This recipe offers irrefutable proof that the best dishes are often the simplest.”

The Best Crab Cake Recipe, Ever

The Best Crab Cake Recipe, Ever

The best crab cakes ever, from the most popular recipe on foodandwine.com. The “test kitchen” at Glover Gardens proved out these results – yum!

Pico de Gallo for Cinco de Mayo

Pico de Gallo for Cinco de Mayo

Simple, bright and fresh, Pico de Gallo brings a liveliness to any dish it accompanies. And it doesn’t need a “quick mix”!


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