Appetizers

Grape Balls (of Ginger and Almonds)

These tasty morsels will delight your guests.  No one anticipates the surprising grape and ginger flavors beneath the nutty brown exterior. When I first started making this recipe in my two-butt kitchen at home, I used an electric mixer to blend the cream cheese and ginger, and a toaster oven to brown the […]

Devils on Horseback

I first tried devils on horseback several years ago at Justice Snow’s, a hip and historic restaurant in downtown Aspen, Colorado.  They were amazing!  After that, whenever I saw them on a menu, I ordered them. Each time I’d think, “Good, but not as good as those we had at […]

Almond Chicken Salad

My sister-in-law, Roxanna Zalmanek, made a big batch of this at a family reunion. We all loved it and I asked for the recipe.  To me, it’s the Smokehouse almonds that make this so tasty. The first time I made it, I used extra almonds, which made it too salty. […]

Buffalo chicken dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

A friend made buffalo chicken dip for happy hour at an RV park, and that made everyone who tasted it really happy. If you like buffalo wings, you’ll love this.  Thanks to Judy Lyle for this crowd pleaser.  It’s easy to make with just six ingredients. You can heat it […]

Smoked Salmon Pate

Smoked Salmon Pate

My dear friend and neighbor, Bonnie Hildebrandt, gave me this tasty recipe for salmon pate. Like me, she modifies recipes to suit her taste. This is the result of our individual modifications. It’s a good use for leftover salmon, too.  This recipe requires a food processor. When I make it […]

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

When we were inn-sitting at Villa DeCary in Costa Rica, Nuria, one of the employees, taught me to make pico de gallo. She told me pico de gallo should have equal parts red, white and green, the colors of the Mexican flag.  These measures will get you close.  When you […]

Sweet Mini Pepper Nachos

Sweet Mini Pepper Nachos

To cut down on carbs, Kelsey Belsher, my dear friend and a creative cook, makes nachos using sweet mini peppers as the base instead of tortilla chips. Not only is this a brilliant idea, but I can also say from personal experience that the nachos are delicious.  This has become […]

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

When Judy Lyle served this dish for happy hour at an RV resort, I begged for the recipe.  After many years on a gluten-free diet, I’d forgotten how much I liked pepperoni pizza.  This crustless treat has become a new favorite appetizer. Yum! Sometimes when I’m making a familiar recipe, […]

Smoked Salmon Corn Cakes

These corn cakes are delicious with smoked salmon.  My absolute favorite smoked salmon is from the Honey Smoked Fish Company. I’ve also had success with leftover grilled salmon.  This versatile dish can be served as an appetizer, side dish, or entree with a salad. (Thanks to Linda Johnson, Jim’s former […]