Category: Appetizers and Starters

Party Recipe: Peppercorn Beef Sausage

Party Recipe: Peppercorn Beef Sausage

With its unexpected and delightful crunch of whole peppercorns and spicy beef flavor, this easy-to-make home-cured sausage will wow your party guests.

Party Recipe: Golden Onion Dip

Party Recipe: Golden Onion Dip

The flavor is reminiscent of the onion dip in the plastic container served alongside potato chips at backyard barbecues, but it also has a jazzy, sophisticated taste and mouth-feel from the fresh yellow onions simmered to golden perfection and a dash of vermouth.

Perfect for a Cold Winter’s Night: Smooth, Creamy, Wonderful Cauliflower Soup

Perfect for a Cold Winter’s Night: Smooth, Creamy, Wonderful Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower Soup is easy and quick, warm and comforting, and yet surprisingly elegant.

Antipasto Advice from Mom and Great Tastes from the Texas Coast

Antipasto Advice from Mom and Great Tastes from the Texas Coast

A well-worn family cookbook, Great Tastes from the Texas Coast, provides my late Mom’s guidance for antipasto success.

Revisiting a Recipe for Fall Parties: Tuscany-Texas Goat Cheese Spread

Revisiting a Recipe for Fall Parties: Tuscany-Texas Goat Cheese Spread

Perfect for fall parties, Tuscany-Texas Goat Cheese Spread is a burst of fresh flavors atop salty, creamy goat cheese.

We Learned How to Smoke Trout! Here’s the Recipe

We Learned How to Smoke Trout! Here’s the Recipe

Bounty from a fishing trip inspires us to learn how to smoke trout. Yum!

Who Wants to Cook on Friday Night?  Not Me!

Who Wants to Cook on Friday Night? Not Me!

An easy-peasy smorgasbord is the treat-yourselves antidote to Friday night cooking.

Big Food for Good Times:  The U-Boat Sub

Big Food for Good Times: The U-Boat Sub

The U-Boat Sub is party food. Big bites for people with big appetites. Perfect for big games or big parties or just a bunch of hungry teenagers.

Chipotle Chicken Salad

Chipotle Chicken Salad

Quick and easy Chipotle Chicken Salad is a great for a tailgate party while also being a foodie-worthy appetizer.

Found Recipe:  Smoked Salmon 7-Layer Dip

Found Recipe: Smoked Salmon 7-Layer Dip

This Smoked Salmon 7-Layer dip from Bon Appetit is very festive and just right for a holiday party.

Rosemary Wreath Appetizer Platter

Rosemary Wreath Appetizer Platter

A rosemary wreath dresses up the standby party platter of cheese, salami and olives.

Creamy Jalapeño Dip, AKA Stephanie’s Green Dip – Great for Game Day

Creamy Jalapeño Dip, AKA Stephanie’s Green Dip – Great for Game Day

My colleague and friend Stephanie makes the most marvelous dip, and we pester her to bring a batch to us at least monthly.  It’s ‘formal’ name is Creamy Jalapeño Dip, but we mostly refer to it as Green Dip.  And sometimes, Crack Dip (because it’s addictive). […]

Found Recipe: Churrasco’s Chimichurri

Found Recipe: Churrasco’s Chimichurri

Churrasco’s chimichurri sauce is sooooo good: foodie-worthy and simple to make.

Glover Gardens Radishes with Pesto-Butter and Coarse Sea Salt

Glover Gardens Radishes with Pesto-Butter and Coarse Sea Salt

Radishes with pesto-butter and sea salt are a garlicky-good appetizer.

Warm and Yummy First Course: Toasted Goat Cheese Salad

Warm and Yummy First Course: Toasted Goat Cheese Salad

A perfect salad for the autumn table.

Found Recipe: McCormick’s Remoulade

Found Recipe: McCormick’s Remoulade

My Aunt-Mom turned me on to this terrific and easy recipe for remoulade a few years ago. The recipe on the McCormick’s web site suggests serving it with boiled shrimp, which is how I first encountered it, but it is good in many, many other ways.


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