• Appetizers,  Hors d'oeuvres,  mediterranean,  Recipe's,  Sauces and Dips,  Vegan

    Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

    This Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is so flavorful, creamy and delicious! And making it is such a breeze that it’ll have you wondering why you ever bought that store-bought hummus. Preparing it yourself also insures that there are no added preservatives or unwanted chemicals in your food. Hummus is not only delicious, it is actually healthy too! It contains: Protein and Fiber to help keep you satiated. Extra virgin olive oil for heart health and antioxidants Tahini (sesame seed paste) contains antioxidants, healthy fats and anti-inflammatory compounds. Lemon Juice also contains antioxidants as well as Vitamin C. Garlic helps detoxify the liver, boost the immune system, helps lower blood pressure…

  • Pear, Fig and Bacon Chutney
    Appetizers,  Condiments,  Fruit,  Recipe's

    Pear, Fig and Bacon Chutney

    This Pear, Fig and Bacon Chutney is the perfect condiment for roasted or grilled meats, baked brie or goat cheese or a charcuterie board. A delicious blend of salty, sweet and tangy with a little bit of heat. And, oh so good! I could eat it by the spoonful! And it’s actually quite simple to make. Start with a couple of bartlett pears, peeled, cored and diced. Mince some red onion and a clove of garlic Chop the figs Cook (crisp) and chop a couple of slices of thick cut applewood smoked bacon Saute’ the pears, onions and garlic in some butter until tender Add the figs, bacon, seasonings and…

  • Appetizers,  Condiments,  Mexican,  Recipe's,  Salsa,  Sauces and Dips

    Mango Salsa

    Mango Salsa: Sweet ripe mangos, red onion, fresh chopped cilantro, jalapeno and lime juice are the perfect compliment to grilled meats, tacos or just for dipping chips. It’s Mango season! That means Mango’s are on sale everywhere. And I recently purchased these juicy, lip smacking beauties for 69 cents each! Score! Making this yummy Mango Salsa a super budget friendly treat. I just love the taste of sweet, ripe mangos. They can be used in so many different ways. They’re great for both sweet and savory dishes and they’re super healthy. This superfruit contains more than 20 different vitamins and minerals. Just one cup of mango contains 100% of you…

  • Sweet and Spicy Glazed Pecans
    Appetizers,  Entertaining,  Fall Recipes,  Holiday Treats,  Hors d'oeuvres,  Recipe's

    Sweet and Spicy Glazed Pecans

    These Sweet and Spicy Glazed Pecans are crunchy and sweet with just a touch of spicy heat. They’ll make a perfect party snack for your next holiday gathering. Place them in little bowls around the room for your guests to snack on. They also make a nice addition to a cheeseboard, snack mix or tossed into a salad. They do come with a warning though: Highly Addictive!!! Once you start munching on these tasty little morsels, it will be very difficult to stop! These Sweet and Spicy Glazed Pecans would also make a nice addition to a holiday gift basket or a really great hostess gift. Just place these little…

  • Appetizers,  Entertaining,  Recipe's,  Veggies

    Grilled Polenta and Vegetable Stacks

    I just love simple little side dishes and fun hors d’oeuvres. These Grilled Polenta and Vegetable Stacks are the best of both worlds. They can be used for either a side dish or a hors d’oeuvre. Grilled Polenta and Veggie Stacks are not only pleasing to the eye , they are super yummy (and healthy) as well. And, did I mention, simple to make? All you will need are few simple ingredients, a grill and about 30 minutes to make these little tasty bites. First, take a couple of zucchini’s, wash them well and then cut into 1/8-1/4 inch thick biased cut slices. Next, you will need to wash and…

  • Appetizers,  Entertaining,  Featured,  Italian,  Recipe's,  Uncategorized

    Olive Crostini with Fresh Mozzarella

    I recently had these Olive Crostini with Fresh Mozzarella at a friend’s little birthday gathering and they were so yummy that I could not stop popping them in my mouth! I was not the only one indulging in these yummy little bites either. They were the hit of the party! Actually everything they served was delicious, but these were my favorite. And so simple and easy to make. First, slice up some Baguette and drizzle with good quality extra virgin olive oil. Toast until lightly browned. Spread each of the toasted breads with Olive tapenade and then top with a slice of fresh mozzarella. Place the Crostini bake in the…

  • Rosemary Asiago Two Bite Biscuits
    Appetizers,  Breads,  Featured,  Hors d'oeuvres,  Recipe's

    Rosemary Asiago Two Bite Biscuits

    I made these little Rosemary Asiago Two Bite Biscuits a couple of days ago while working on ideas for Super Bowl/Mardi Gras/Valentines Day posts. These were adapted from a yummy looking buttermilk biscuit recipe that I stumbled upon during a google search. What did we do before google, anyway? Here is the original recipe that I found on a site called Cooking Maniac: Grandma’s Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits I added a cup of very finely grated Rosemary Asiago Cheese to mine (my favorite “go to” cheese at the moment) and a bit of granulated garlic. I also cut the biscuits out with a small round cookie cutter. They turned out quite cute…