Tag Archives: appetizer

Fig and Ricotta Canapes

This is a gorgeous fall dish to start a dinner party.  The homemade ricotta really makes the dish.  If that’s just not in the cards, then I would substitute mascarpone. 1 french baguette, sliced thinly 1 C. fresh ricotta click … Continue reading

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Fromage Fort

This sounds fussy and fancy but it’s actually just a form of cheese whiz, and it’s a great way to use up those end pieces of cheese.  The name translates to “strong cheese” but it can be rather mild depending … Continue reading

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Polynesian Party Meatballs

Once again, proving that eating things off of sticks is fun.  This is a great dish to bring to a party or make for Dad’s special day.  The nifty bamboo sticks came from the Asian grocery store, but you could … Continue reading

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White Bean Crostini

A terrific, quick, vegan appetizer.  You can make this with any canned bean and fresh herb combination.  Get creative!  When toasting the crostini you want them a little bit charred.  The nearly-burnt edges give it tons of flavor. 1 baguette … Continue reading

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Betty Draper’s Rumaki

My all time favorite episode of Mad Men is from Season two, called A Night To Remember.  Betty hosts a dinner party for Don’s clients and The Sterlings.  She treats the guests to a “Trip Around the World” with the … Continue reading

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Mezza Sliders

Mezza is a Middle Eastern term for a collection of small appetizer plates.  Usually included are hummus, flatbread, baba ganoush, dolmas, and other delicious dishes.  Here I have combined some of my favorite mezza flavors into one bite-sized slider.  Perfect for your … Continue reading

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Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Here is a great appetizer to serve while you watch the Golden Globes this weekend. I adapted this recipe from Ina Garten with my mom, Chris Macca’s help.  Thanks Mom! 1 lb. medium-sized fresh shrimp, peeled with tails left on 1 -2 … Continue reading

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Smoky Links Forever

This delightfully decadent dish has been made in my family for at least 25 years.  I’m not sure what the origin of the recipe is, I just know that we have been making and eating them for as long as … Continue reading

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Fig and Ricotta Canapes

This is a gorgeous fall dish to start a dinner party.  The homemade ricotta really makes the dish.  If that’s just not in the cards, then I would substitute mascarpone. 1 french baguette, sliced thinly 1 C. fresh ricotta click … Continue reading

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Green Beans in Mint Oil

Here is my new favorite party trick!  Carrots and ranch dip might be good enough for game day, but if you want to serve veggies that are a little more sophisticated, try an herb oil.  The beauty of this is that … Continue reading

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