Appetizers & Small Bites

Easy and Useful Take Out for a Friend In Need or New Parents! A La Carte Wraps with Herb Goat Cheese Spread/Sauce or Dressing

  Do you ever have the take your friend dinner dilemma?  What to bring for a new mom or family or friend home recovering after surgery?  Well, join the club!  It’s not easy to find a dish that isn’t loaded with fat and is also easy to keep warm...

Quick Spring Appetizer: Endive Salad Bites with Creamy Dijon and Minced Leek Dressing

Just in time for the upcoming spring season, I wanted to create a post for a spring menu that is simple to prepare with no cooking necessary.  Spring time also seems to bring out the brunches, luncheons and ladies gatherings.  This little bite is really tasty and easy, but...

Game Day Super Side: Crispy Italian Fingerling Potatoes

As promised, this is the recipe using the Homemade Italian Seasoning that was previously posted.  These potatoes were inspired by a favorite side at an Italian eatery I often dine at.  They are uniquely crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, with a coating that made them...

Naturally Sweet, Cornbread Banana Muffins

     This muffin was the brainchild of wanting something slightly sweet to accompany my Posole soup and tamales on Christmas Eve.  I wanted them to be versatile enough to eat with dinner or even for breakfast the next morning.  Well, these did the trick and have worked out...

“Twas 2 Days Before Christmas” Gift Idea: Roasted Pecans, 2 Ways!

Tick Tock, Tick Tock goes the Christmas Clock!  If you’re in need of a last minute Christmas gift for your special family friends, neighbors or your holiday happy hour just needs a flavorful handful to serve, these roasted pecans are an easy but timeless present to prepare and wrap...

Your New Fall Staple, Honey & Thyme Roasted Figs

If you have been perusing the grocery isles lately, chances are that you have begun to see the second round of fresh figs making an appearance.  To me, nothing feels more like fall than fresh figs and red wine, hmmm.   I decided to post a recipe with a...

Party Favor or Weeknight Fare: Oven “Fried” Basil Parmesan Breaded Chicken Strips

  If you need a recipe that is sure to please young and old alike, these chicken strips will do the trick.  They are easy and can be done in bulk or just for a family dinner.  Another great detail about them is that various condiments go well with...

Watermelon Salsa: Two Ways

Well parents, it’s here…Summer Break!  School is out, for us anyways and will be soon for the rest of you!  Many of you will be hitting the roads or sending out an invitation to a fun Memorial weekend gathering.  Because this last 2 weeks of school has been nuts,...

Naturally Sweet: Honey Vanilla Kumquat Marmalade

  The other day I was wondering through the market and there they sat, a fresh box of kumquats.  Teeny, tiny little oranges, as my daughter describes them.  I’ve always wondered about kumquats and eyed them hoping for a light bulb moment as to how I can use them....

Party Bites: Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizzettas

I made these little pizzettas for a fundraiser I recently held at my home. Overall, they are really easy, visually beautiful and tasty. They are yummy served warm as well as after they cool to room temperature. They can also be prepared in stages in advance, only having to...

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