Ricotta “Vegetable Carpaccio”

This appetizer was served at a recent Zingerman Bakehouse demonstration/participation cooking class and was a favorite with everyone. Baguette slices were lightly toasted, ricotta was generously spread on each piece and topped with veggies which were lightly marinated. Some of the recipes the students made and others like this recipe the instructor  made, but we … Continue reading

Parmigiano Reggiano Cooking Class

Yes, a cooking class where the “star” ingredient was Parmigiano Reggiano.  When I received an email from Zingerman’s Bakehouse about this upcoming class I signed up right away. There are only 12 students per class so you have to respond quickly to get a spot. Parmigiano Reggiano is my favorite cheese above all others and … Continue reading

Fried Pickle Chips

Fried pickles! Be prepared for a special treat. If you are going to fry something try these fried pickles with a beer batter (the best – Tasting Table versus Hooter’s) – your guests will be hanging out in your kitchen and gobbling them up just as fast as you can fry them. Thank you Bernell … Continue reading

Crudite Pouches for Super Bowl

Here is another fun project your children might enjoy doing (the older ones) and this too comes from the Food Network Magazine.  All you need is some parchment paper and some veggies. I’m sure other kinds of paper would work too – just experiment. You cannot just have chicken wings, chili and goodies like that … Continue reading

Avocados with a Twist

This idea appeared in the Food Network Magazine in January, 2013.   I added my herb and flower crystals as another choice in spicing up these slices of avocados. For more information see my post Herb and Flower Crystals for Sweet and Savory Dishes and some ways to use them.          I’m sharing some … Continue reading

Mini Lobster Quiches

HAPPY NEW YE AR AND THE BEST IN 2016!  Each year I try to come up with a new appetizer for New Year’s Eve  and this was my choice for 2015. Serving a variety of appetizers is a favorite way to entertain. So many recipes can be prepped or done ahead of time and even … Continue reading

Buckeye Candy

How about some Buckeyes while you watch college football over the Thanksgiving weekend. There is a lot of eating and watching football during this holiday in my family. It is also the University of Michigan (my alma mater) and Ohio State University game. This is one of the biggest college games for my  hometown of … Continue reading

Boiled Cider-Cinnamon Spread with Assorted Dippers

This is absolutely delicious and a perfect spread to make with homemade boiled cider. I have also included a number of dippers such as apple slices, toasted bread, pita or bagel slices to serve with this very yummy spread. I could not quit eating it and had to force myself to save it for guests … Continue reading

Fruit Appetizers Updated

I made these again recently for some neighbors and they were a big hit.  If you are looking for a simple appetizer give these a try.  The orange juice and zest add just enough flavor in the cream cheese to make this  light appetizer or even dessert very tasty.  You could substitute a flavored cream cheese … Continue reading

Spiced Meatballs with Sriracha Sauce

A merguez appetizer, Paris and David Lebovitz.  This is my special recipe to celebrate Fiesta Friday’s First Anniversary, or FF #52.  I was rather busy until mid-week co-hosting Fiesta Friday #51 along with Jhuls  so I was a little limited on time coming up with a new appetizer or beverage recipe to share.  I have … Continue reading