• 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…

  • 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…

  • Food and Wine,  Hors d'oeuvres

    Crafting The Perfect Cheese Tray

    Crafting the perfect cheese tray: Tips for creating a beautiful cheese display, perfect accompaniments and simple wine pairing tips What types of cheese should you use to make the perfect cheese tray? That is a great question! About a week or so ago, my friend Julie contacted me asking for cheese suggestions for a platter that she needed to prepare for an event she was attending. I messaged her back with a selection of cheeses that I thought would be a nice variety for her to use. The next day she texted me this picture of her beautiful cheese tray that she had prepared.   I absolutely love the way…

  • Little Muffuletta Biscuit Bites
    Entertaining,  Hors d'oeuvres,  Recipe's

    Little Muffuletta Biscuit Bites

    Little Muffuletta Biscuit Bites are made using my little rosemary asiago two bite biscuits, freshly made olive salad and assorted Italian meats and cheeses. Have you ever had a Muffuletta sandwich? Muffuletta is a type of round sesame seed topped bread and also a Sicilian inspired sandwich from New Orleans. They are so yummy! The original Muffuletta sandwich was created in the early 1900’s by a Sicilian deli/grocery owner in New Orleans. The Sicilian workers in the area would come in to his store and purchase bread, olive salad, meats and cheeses for their lunch. The owner suggested that they make a sandwich out of the ingredients to make it…

  • 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…

  • Crostini with Pear, Fig and Bacon Chutney, Brie and Pecans
    Featured,  Hors d'oeuvres,  Recipe's

    Crostini with Pear, Fig and Bacon Chutney, Brie and Pecans

    Crostini with Pear, Fig and Bacon Chutney, Brie and Pecans are a delicious, simple and elegant hors d’oeuvre perfect for any special event. Crostini are a perfect vessel for making yummy and creative small bites. These crispy little breads can stand up to just about any topping. Some of my faves are: Cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers and pickled red onion Caprese: tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar Hummus, roasted red peppers, kalamata olive Chicken salad, dried cranberries and toasted almonds Chevre, fig and honey with fresh herbs Not only are they yummy but are super easy to make. Just slice up some baguette, drizzle with a bit of olive oil…