Appetizers

Whenever you have leftover risotto, save it for risotto cakes.  Serve them as an appetizer, side dish or served on baby arugula as a hearty salad.

Risotto Cakes

Whenever you have leftover risotto, save it for risotto cakes.  Mushroom risotto makes especially good risotto cakes. Serve them as an appetizer, side dish or served on baby arugula as a hearty salad. When I’m traveling in the motorhome, I occasionally use store-bought risotto, especially if I’m preparing other dishes on […]

 
Bacon candy

Bacon Candy

Bacon candy is sweet, salty, spicy and crispy. When I first heard of it, I wondered if it was an appetizer or a dessert. That just shows how limited my thinking was. It can also be crumpled in a salad, placed on a hamburger, or used to garnish a Bloody […]

 
turkey nachos with cranberry salsa

Turkey Nachos with Cranberry Salsa

What do you do with all that leftover turkey after Thanksgiving? Turkey Nachos with Cranberry Salsa, that’s what! I found this recipe in a Whole Foods flier years ago. I changed a few ingredients, then down-sized it for my one-butt kitchen.  I’ve never attempted to cook a turkey in our […]

 
Guacamole with Pomegranate and Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds

Guacamole with Pomegranate and Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds

Oh, happy day! Pomegranates are in season. When I made this for the first time during the holidays, I called it Christmas Guacamole because of the colors. I like it enough that it’s not just for Christmas anymore. Peeled pomegranate arils (fancy name for the seeds) are available in the produce […]

 
hummus and smoked salmon canapés

Hummus and Smoked Salmon Canapé 

Hummus and smoked salmon canapés are easy to make with only four delicious ingredients. With store-bought hummus, these can be assembled in just a few minutes. Plan on 1 to 3 per person, depending on what else you are serving.  Active time: 5 minutes             […]

 
Carnitas Nachos

Carnitas Nachos

Carnitas nachos! Imagine Mexican slow-cooked pork over tortilla chips and topped with jalapeños, avocados, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream. Doesn’t that make your mouth water? Not long ago I saw that on the appetizer menu in a barbecue restaurant. I didn’t order them, but didn’t forget about them either.  One […]

 
parmesan zucchini rounds

Parmesan Zucchini Rounds

  Parmesan Zucchini Rounds are one of my current favorite appetizers for two reasons. First, they are very simple to make with only three ingredients: zucchini, parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper. Second, they are delicious. Crispy, golden brown parmesan covers the soft zucchini for a tasty treat.   […]

 

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

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

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. […]