In honor of the Real Women of Philadelphia cooking video competition, I decided to test out a recipe by one of the finalists. These Coconut Shrimp Poppers with Chili Mango Cream by finalist Carmell Childs sounded so good, I just had to give them a try. Amazingly, I managed to stop after just one, but the rest were devoured in about five minutes by my husband. They were delicious! Continue reading →
Entries Tagged 'Appetizers'
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there probably hasn’t been a whole lot of “me” showing up in the blog lately. Sure, I’ve been sharing recipes, might have talked about the weather or the Farmer’s Market a few times, but I’ve been pretty guarded about what I share. Yes, I’ve mentioned the divorce, and all the moving I’ve done in the past year, but there’s been something else going on with me lately. Continue reading →
I first made these deviled eggs for Easter when I took them to a barbecue at my Aunt and Uncle’s house out on the ranch. We ate good food, hid eggs for the kids, and were entertained all afternoon by my baby cousin Belle jumping on the mini trampoline. She’s not even two years old, but has already learned some trampoline tricks. Continue reading →
Most baked dips, while usually delicious, aren’t exactly healthy. I love a nice creamy baked artichoke dip or a warm pinto bean dip covered with melted cheese, but they aren’t something I feel like I can indulge in all the time.
That’s why I’m so happy I discovered this Baked White Bean Dip with Rosemary and Parmesan from Faith Durand’s new cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Casseroles. It satisfies my craving for a decadent warm dip, but is healthy enough to enjoy whenever I want. The dip is a snap to make and uses pantry staples like canned beans, olive oil, and bread crumbs so it’s easy to throw together for unexpected guests or impromptu gatherings. Continue reading →
There are tons of tomato jam recipes floating around right now, but the first time I remember reading about it was last summer at Over a Tuscan Stove. Although Judy cooks, teaches, and blogs from Tuscany, the recipe for tomato jam came from a brochure that a friend mailed her from Sicily. Like all of my favorite Sicilian recipes, the jam recipe is very simple – just tomatoes, sugar, lemon juice, and a bit of fresh basil. I bookmarked it back then, but didn’t get around to trying it until recently. Continue reading →
This past weekend might have marked the unofficial end of summer, but Summer Fest is still in full swing over here. This week we’re celebrating garlic and it’s perfect timing for me because my friend Ruby recently sent me home with a big bag of garlic from her mom’s garden.
I wasn’t sure what to do with all the garlic and I toyed with the idea of roasting a huge batch and perhaps freezing it in small portions to use throughout the fall and winter. But then I remembered the pickled garlic that my grandmother used to buy and serve alongside other appetizers during the holidays. It was really good and I wondered if I could make something similar myself. Continue reading →
Don’t forget the deviled eggs this weekend! Friends and family love these Deviled Eggs so much that the whole plate disappears quickly no matter how many I make. I’ve learned that I need to hide a couple in the refrigerator if I want to eat any myself. For an added kick, try sprinkling smoked paprika on top.
I am a big fan of green salads topped with fruit and nuts, especially when the nuts are glazed or spiced! I also love snacking on nuts – salted, spiced, glazed, smoke-flavored – I love them all. I’m not sure why I’ve never tried making something like this before, but these glazed walnuts were so simple I’m kicking myself for not trying it sooner.
When I first saw Ellie Krieger’s recipe for Maple Glazed Walnuts, I was a little skeptical that they would turn out right. It just seemed too easy. If the recipe had been attributed to any other Food Network celebrity I’m not sure I even would have tried it, but I trust Ellie more than some of the others. Continue reading →