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Mini Chorizo Mushroom Quiches made Crustless

Mini chorizo mushroom quiches pack a lot of flavor for such a small bite. Need to bring an appetizer for a night out?  Maybe even to a potluck dinner?  Making a dish that travels well is essential when you plan to bring a dish to share at a party or other event you’ve been invited […]

Mini Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Rice Filling

Mini stuffed peppers for your next cocktail party. Are you looking for something new and lively for an appetizer?  Well here’s a thought… why not try my mini stuffed peppers?  They are the perfect “bite-sized” version of the traditional Greek dish.  Packed with flavor and easy to eat, my mini stuffed peppers are a fun […]

Mini Pesto Rosso Pizzas with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Mini pesto rosso pizzas combine the flavors of sundried tomatoes, spinach, and goat cheese I love pizza!  And if you feel the same way, then I have a great recipe to share with you.  First, my mini pesto rosso pizzas are very easy to prepare.  Secondly, they cook on the grill and not in your oven.  I use pocketless pitas […]

Pesto Rosso Sauce with Almonds, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

Create a classic pesto rosso sauce in minutes. A pesto rosso sauce is a classic Italian spread also known as red pesto sauce.  Its main ingredient being sundried tomatoes gives this sauce both its color and taste.  In comparison, green pesto sauce derives its color and flavor from basil.  Both sauces generally contain nuts; pesto rosso […]

Mini Tomato Basil Quiches made Crustless

Mini Tomato Basil Quiches made Crustless Looking for a great appetizer… maybe a small bite for brunch?  Then try my mini tomato basil quiches.  They’re just the perfect finger food for any special occasion; easy to pick up and very easy to eat.  The filling is made of tomato, basil, and chives, now surround that by custard, and you have […]

Berry Martini Cocktail with Sugared Rim

Berry martini cocktail is a poolside pleasure A warm summer day is so welcoming.  I wish we had more days like this… but I live in the northeast.  Seasons change and soon summer will become fall; so I make the most out of every beautiful day that I can.  Many times, I enjoy days like […]

Panna Cotta Topped with Fresh Berries

Panna Cotta topped with fresh berries makes a light and tasty dessert. And sometimes that’s all you need after a full meal; a light dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.  It’s a wonderful end to that perfect evening.  Panna Cotta is an easy dessert to prepare.  In fact, it’s even simpler to make than you […]

Basil Pesto Sauce with Parmesan, Romano, and Pine Nuts

Create a classic basil pesto sauce in minutes Simple and refreshing… especially when you use only the best ingredients.  Basil pesto sauce combines the aromatic flavor of basil with garlic, pine nuts, cheese, and extra virgin olive oil.  The two cheeses that I used for this recipe are, Parmesan and Romano, both hard cheeses that […]

Tarragon Deviled Eggs with Chick Centerpiece

Tarragon deviled eggs lay in a bed of cabbage to celebrate spring! After a few months of winter, it’s time to forget about white and focus on color.  Spring is all about brightness, freshness and color!  So why not celebrate it with my colorful & flavorful tarragon deviled eggs?  These classic treats are just as […]

Spinach Spanakopita Triangles with Feta Cheese

Spinach spanakopita triangles Here’s a delicious appetizer that’s bursting with flavor!  My Greek spinach spanakopita triangles are the perfect indulgence when you are in the mood for a small bite.  These little pockets are made of Filo dough wrapped around a spinach and feta cheese filling.  Filo dough is light, flakey, and crispy and melt-in-your […]

Black Raspberry Baked Brie Mini Bites

Relax on a mid summer’s night with my black raspberry baked brie mini bites. Brie and black raspberry are the perfect combination for my black raspberry baked brie mini bites.  But I didn’t stop there; I served these tasty bites in mini filo shells.  And why not?  These mini filo shells are already made and add a crispy, […]

Tzatziki Sauce with Pita Bread

Tzatziki sauce makes a great dip with pita bread. Tzatziki sauce is a versatile dish that can be used in a variety of ways.  The sauce is traditionally used as a topping for gyros, pared with lamb and vegetables stuffed in pita bread.  The refreshingly light combination of cucumber, dill, lemon and Greek yogurt used […]

Spanakopita Mini Bites with Puff Pastry

Spanakopita mini bites are a great appetizer for indulging your Greek cravings. And don’t they look delicious too?!  They’re certainly not your typical appetizer.  The spinach and feta filling is a tasty combination of vegetable and cheese.  Puff pastry dough adds a rustic, homemade appearance that will help your guests feel warm and welcomed. This dough […]

Chocolate Hummus with Sweet Pita Bread

Chocolate hummus with sweet pita bread is a tasty blend of chocolate, almond and cinnamon. When I first considered making this recipe, I thought that the only thing that chocolate and chick peas had in common was that they both begin with “ch”!  The more I worked on it, the more I realized that the […]

Asian Marinated Chicken Wings

Asian marinated chicken wings are juicy and fall off the bone delicious! Are you in the mood for comfort food?  I have no doubt that this dish will fill the bill…over and over again!  You can believe it when I say that I could sit and eat these wings for days…except they never last long enough.  […]

Baklava Turnovers

Baklava turnovers are an easy alternative to making the real thing. Are you looking for a decadent dessert, without all of the fuss?  It’s something familiar, but with a clever twist?  Try my Baklava turnovers for a delicious change.  These little nuggets are sweet, sticky and bursting with the rich flavors of traditional Baklava without all of the […]

Croque Monsieur Mini Bites Appetizer

Croque monsieur mini bites are a great way to indulge your taste buds with flavors of ham, gruyere, and mustard. When you think about it, croque monsieur is just a fancy grilled cheese sandwich; but my petite appetizers have what it takes to transform that everyday staple into an elegant indulgence.  Using the mini whole wheat toasts […]

Baked Brie with Cranberry and Rosemary

Baked brie is a wonderful combination of cheese, cranberry, honey, pecans, and rosemary. New Year’s Day…a time for reflecting on the past; contemplating new objectives; resolving to accomplish those things we deem to be most important in our lives.  There is a lot to think about at the dawn of a new year, but one […]

Chocolate Dipped Cake Balls

Chocolate dipped cake balls are a sweet dessert for your next holiday party. Do you want something sweet and have a craving for chocolate?  Then I have an idea for you.  Try my chocolate dipped cake balls!  These bite sized treats are as fun to make as they are to eat.  First decide what type of […]

Pecan Pie Muffins with Orange Zest

Pecan pie muffins are the next best thing to eating the pie. With autumn fast approaching, I’ve been looking forward to all of the hearty dishes that go along with the season.  Given all of the activities that surround this time of year, I wanted to create a recipe that’s easy to prepare yet full of […]

Mini Pretzel Hotdogs with Bacon

Mini pretzel hotdogs are the perfect kid-friendly appetizer. Just ask my son Jayson!  Let’s face it, kids have their own ideas when it comes to what good food is, and my son is no exception.  In fact, Jayson was the inspiration for this kid-friendly recipe. When deciding which foods to use for this new creation, […]

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