Appetizers

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

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

 
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

Almond chicken salad can be served in several ways: as a main dish, on a bed of salad greens, on a sandwich, and as a dip with crackers. My sister-in-law, Roxanna Zalmanek, made a big batch at a family reunion. We all loved it and I asked for the recipe.  […]

 
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 […]

 
Baked oysters

Oysters, Oysters, Oysters!

Oysters! I love them! Here are my favorite three ways to prepare them: baked with various toppings, grilled and dipped in spiced butter, or raw with a cocktail sauce. While I used to think of oysters as an appetizer, we now make a full meal out of them, along with […]

 
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 it should have equal parts red, white, and green, the colors of the Mexican flag.  These measures will get you close.  When you are done, […]

 
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 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 the […]