Posts tagged as appetizers

Using a Pot of Beans Part III: Lentil Hummus

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Feb 7, 2011 at 7:42am

This is the same Creamy, Fluffy Hummus – The Way It’s Supposed To Be recipe I posted a few months ago, except substituting black lentils for the garbanzos. That’s the thing with hummus – you can make it with whatever bean you have on hand and it will always be lovely. As true as it…

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Bagna Cauda

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jan 18, 2011 at 9:12am

I’m a salty girl, always, but I think my cravings are even more intense in the winter. Lately I’ve been plucking little balls of fresh mozzarella cheese from their whey bath, sprinkling them with salt, and popping them in my mouth like cherries. Good Lord they’re good that way – who needs tomatoes and basil?…

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Pan-Fried Cheese with Anchovy-Date Salad

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jan 10, 2011 at 3:12pm

Yes, that is fried cheese. It is every bit as delicious as you’d think it would be – crunchy and melty, a little salty and sweet, pretty much to die for. Thank you Melissa Clark – I asked for her new cookbook for Christmas, In the Kitchen With A Good Appetite, and I’ve been consistently…

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Swedish Meatballs (Gluten-free)

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 29, 2010 at 2:21pm

Swedish meatballs make a scrumptious main dish or festive party appetizer – your call. Tender, fragrant with allspice and nutmeg, and bathed in a lightly creamy sauce, everyone goes wild for them. Only you need to know that they’re not complicated to make, and as a bonus, they’re pretty cheap eats, too. If you serve…

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The Prep Ends, Eating Begins!

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 27, 2010 at 9:56am

To me, it’s not Christmas without my mom’s fabulous 1970s appetizer platter. I use it all the time, this time for fondue vegetables. The smooth, tangy cheese… …and rich beef tenderloin fondue were both amazing. Fried beef. Yes. But I think my very favorite were the crispy cauliflower fritters – ridiculously good. I used two…

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Even More In Progress…

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 24, 2010 at 9:17am

Ooh, here’s another quick crowd-pleaser from the lovely blog Jenn Cuisine: Pan-Roasted Almonds with Thyme & Truffle Oil. They take mere minutes to make and whoamygoodness, they are insanely delicious. I’m putting these away now so there are at least a few left for my guests. Yikes. The skaters arrived! And both sauces are now…

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In Progress…

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 23, 2010 at 10:40am

I asked my son what he would like for Christmas Eve dinner, something out of our ordinary, something that would feel special. He requested…escargot! How fabulous, right?  I immediately jumped online, ordered the snails, and decided I’d rather not deal with the shells.  The dish that inspired Nathan’s request is Cave Vin’s shelless version anyhow,…

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Chile Con Queso

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 19, 2010 at 1:51pm

OK, con queso addicts, it’s time for treatment.  This here’s a real-deal, spicy-melty, creamy-dreamy chili con queso made without 1) gluten, or 2) processed cheese.  And oh, it’s easy and foolproof too. Get out your tortilla chips, it’s a helluva dip. This recipe hails from one of the most delicious blogs on the planet, aka…

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Fresh Cranberry Salsa

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 19, 2010 at 8:35am

I posted this recipe a few weeks ago at Dara & Co./Minnesota Monthly Magazine. I thought it was worth another look in this week before Christmas. As delicious as cranberries are for Thanksgiving, I think they’re even more perfect – red! – on the Christmas table. Delicious with turkey, of course, but also pork or…

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Grainless Sunflower Sesame Crackers

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Nov 9, 2010 at 8:36am

These homemade crackers couldn’t be easier or faster to make. Who knew that nothing but seeds, water, and salt could make such a lovely, crisp cracker? These have an intense and rich sesame taste, which I love, and which is particularly delicious with savory and cheese spreads. I’m particularly enjoying them with cottage cheese for…

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