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Posts from the ‘Appetizers’ Category

Artichoke Face Off

Spring has sprung and so have all the spring vegetables. The long awaited asparagus is ready, beets, garlic scapes, peas and radishes, to name a few. It’s time to get cooking with some in-season veggies, when they are most flavorful and they are the cheapest. Read more

Steamed Artichokes with Cayenne Dipping Sauce

Artichokes are a strange looking vegetable and definitely fall into the category of vegetables I was scared of (at one point in my life). They are big, and spiky, and rough, and definitely don’t look edible. I wonder who was the first person to try to eat one of these things? Read more

Steamed Artichokes with Lemony Butter Sauce

Guess what?! Artichokes are in season! They are everywhere. In all my recipe newsletters, on blogs, on TV. Everywhere! And despite looking utterly confusing, it is pretty simple to turn them in to a perfect appetizer for a party or an evening in with a bottle of wine.

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Herb Goat Cheese & Mushroom Quesadillas

I’ve been traveling a lot for work lately, so I made these quesadillas to enjoy while watching the Super Bowl last Sunday before leaving for Las Vegas at 7am on Monday. Having some goat cheese already in my fridge, I thought it would pair nicely with some sauteed mushrooms and some fresh herbs to have a bit of a spin on the traditional quesadilla.

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Salsa Face Off

Like hummus, salsa should be something you make at home frequently and buy at the store only when time is at a premium. There are so many different ways to throw together a salsa, you can probably make one right now with just a few things from your fridge and cabinets. Now, I use the term “salsa” loosely, as there have been many different versions I have tried over the years. Some are smooth and and liquidy, some have little bits of veggies still floating around in a lovely spicy sauce, and other are just straight up veggies mixed together for a delicious combination of flavors. Any way you put it, salsa is super easy to make, a great way to use up veggies that might be taking a dive, and can be used as a starter to a meal or as a meal enhancer.

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Corn & Bean Salsa

As a child I was always in the kitchen with my mom while she was cooking or baking, trying to learn how to make her recipes so I could one day replicate them myself. I started to keep a recipe file and this very salsa recipe happens to be the first one I put into my card index at the age of 15. Read more

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Improvising. Somethings things just don’t go your way, and you have to do it. To me improvising is the beauty of cooking, you can leave something out, add a dash of something in, or change the amounts of ingredients and whatever you are making can still turn out delicious. And since I tend to forget to pick up at least one item every time I go to the store, I improvise a lot.

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Vegan Ceviche

First Gazpacho and now Ceviche…sticking with the cold summer dishes theme I thought now would be a good time to post my Vegan Ceviche recipe. This cool, crisp salad is great served up with tortilla chips or my personal favorite, on top of a bed of lettuce. Read more

Cauliflower Gazpacho

I’m always trying to think of ways to minimize my food waste and I never realized that stale bread was a staple of gazpacho, did you? Now I know what I am going to do with all the stale bread and leftover vegetables in my house. Read more

Vegan Truffle Cheese

I have tried all different kinds of Vegan store bought cheeses before and even made a Cashew Crema dessert, but this Vegan Truffle Cheese blew my mind. It was borderline embarrassing to see how clean the spatula and bowl were when I finished pouring the cheese into ramekins. I wouldn’t have dared wash the remnants of this delicious “cheese” down the sink. Try out this recipe and you will quickly understand what I am talking about. Read more

Pinto Bean & Avocado Hummus

My sister-in-law sent me THIS LINK to an avocado hummus recipe and I was instantly eager to try an avocado dip that wasn’t guacamole for once. Don’t get me wrong, I adore guacamole, and love even more just avocados o’natural, but I seem to have the hardest time finding good recipes for dips & spreads that contain avocado; for one reason or the other. Anyone out there have some ideas for me? Read more

Hot Giardiniera Hummus

I love all things pickled and giardiniera is one of those pickled items that is a great accompaniment to sandwiches or salads…I’ve even added it to my pasta sauce before to give it a little kick. Giardiniera is an Italian or Italian-American relish of pickled vegetables in vinegar or oil. Read more

White Bean Hummus

Hummus is one of my favorite foodss to make at home. I love being able to make it fresh and have it for lunch and dinner and leftovers for a day or two. Spreading it on a brown rice tortilla, dipping veggies into it or serving on a salad, it is a great way to get protein, fiber, and fill you up. Read more

Super Bowl Sausage Dip: Two Ways

The Super Bowl, time for unnecessary betting, eating, and enjoying a full Sunday dedicated to football with friends and family. Susan and I are headed out to our friend’s house for the big day, and we are bring two version of what might be the best dip ever created. Ok, that might be a bit of an overstatement, but in all seriousness, it’s pretty freaking good. Read more