Category: Appetizers and Starters

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”!

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.


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