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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 […]

Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

Back to school with homemade macaroni and cheese It’s back to school this week for Jayson and to celebrate we made macaroni and cheese with bacon.  This is not your traditional box version, our macaroni and cheese is all homemade… and it is certainly worth the effort!   Jayson assisted me in the kitchen as we created this comfort food classic.  […]

Watermelon Feta Salad with Reduced Balsamic Dressing

Watermelon feta salad with reduced balsamic dressing Cool and refreshing, colorful and vibrant, light and delicious… watermelon feta salad is sure to appeal to your dinner guests.  And why not, who doesn’t love watermelon?  It’s such a treat when fresh watermelons arrive at your local grocer; you know that summer is just around the corner.  […]

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 […]

Spinach Cheddar Quiche Made Easy

Spinach cheddar quiche is a light and flavorful meal for any time of day. Eggs aren’t just for breakfast and brunch… and the same is true for a great quiche.  It makes a light lunch or dinner when you’re not interested in eating a meal that’s too heavy.  Quiches are versatile and can be prepared […]

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan Cheese

Roasted spaghetti squash with garlic and Parmesan cheese is a comforting cold weather dish. Roasting is by far one of my favorite ways to cook food.  Vegetables benefit especially well from this method.  Roasting provides a depth of flavor to your vegetables that you can’t achieve by boiling or steaming them.  In fact, vegetables taste […]

Baked Buffalo Chicken Dip Appetizer

Baked Buffalo chicken dip is your comfort food appetizer. Love the taste of Buffalo wings?  The rich spicy taste that combines the heat from hot peppers with the cool flavors of blue cheese.  What’s not to love about that?  Baked buffalo chicken dip is a tasty appetizer that combines all of the goodness of Buffalo […]

Parmesan Garlic Bread Slices

Parmesan garlic bread adds an easy side to any pasta entry. If you’re like me, you love garlic bread!  And quite frankly, what’s not to love about it?  It always complements any pasta main dish being served and it’s easy to prepare, especially when you easily have all of these ingredients on hand.  You can make my […]

Guacamole Dip Served with Chorizo and Manchego

Halloween platter with guacamole dip, chorizo, and Manchego cheese Here is something quick and festive for your Halloween holiday.  Guacamole dip served with sautéed chorizo and Manchego cheese.  Guacamole is a real crowd pleaser and it certainly adds a colorful addition to any holiday celebration.  I added some carrot zest for color… how cool is […]

Cauliflower Casserole with Cheddar Cracker Topping

Cauliflower casserole with crushed green cheddar fish gives this recipe some howling good cheer. No, this cauliflower casserole is not moldy; it’s just a little holiday cheer.  I love Halloween, and keeping it festive with great food is half the fun.  The other half is decorating… but let’s save that for another time.  The nice thing about […]

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, […]

Pineapple Casserole with Cheese and Rosemary

Pineapple casserole is a must have side when baking ham! We all know pineapple and ham make a great combination.  Having ham for dinner?  Then try something different like my pineapple casserole as a side dish.  It’s easy to prepare and it makes a great addition to your meal.  My baked ham with pineapple and […]

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Cheese

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes are a twice baked potato dish for any celebration. Who doesn’t love potatoes?  They compliment just about any meat dish you pair them with.  Add a vegetable and you have a very balanced meal.  I love mashed potatoes and so does my family.  They are versatile enough to serve for a […]

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 […]

Broccoli Casserole

An easy side dish that works with any holiday gathering. This broccoli casserole recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember, and it is still one of my favorite side dishes.  Not only is it a recipe that goes with everything, it is heartily delicious and very easy to make.  I […]

Halloween Cheese Platter with Poison Apples

Serve this Halloween cheese platter at your next event…but don’t forget your poison apples. I enjoyed making this Halloween cheese platter and you will too.  It takes a few simple steps and a little creativity but the end result is an amazing presentation. Here is how I did it. Start by making your poison apples.  This display will be […]

Halloween Parmesan Cheese Bites

Halloween Parmesan cheese bites are an edible way to decorate your food for the holiday! Rather than focusing on the tableware to decorate your holiday feast, why not make your table come alive with my clever, edible accents instead.  These Halloween Parmesan cheese bites add a ghoulish flare to any ordinary dish.  Whether you top a bite-sized […]

Shrimp Orzo Salad

This pasta salad combines the flavors of shrimp, feta cheese, and dill. I love a great pasta salad and this recipe is no exception.  I was invited to a party recently and was first introduced to the shrimp orzo salad.  This pasta salad combines shrimp, feta cheese, and dill for a tasty Mediterranean flavor.  I have to thank my two friends Donna […]

Broccoli Salad with Olives and Feta

It’s a summer broccoli salad with a Greek influence.   Summer is a perfect time to add vegetables and salad to your daily meals.   When I make a salad, I prefer to use organic vegetables. We also grow tomatoes on our back deck; which make for a welcome treat on those lazy August afternoons.  My […]

Zucchini Blossoms with Mozzarella Cheese

Zucchini blossoms are the perfect appetizer for your mid summer party. I have eaten zucchini squash in many different ways; from grated slivers in zucchini bread, to sautéed slices as part of a spicy Italian ratatouille, to just plain, raw chunks tossed into a salad.  One way that I was just recently introduced to, is […]

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