Appetizers

Appetizer Recipes

Buffalo Blue Cheese Hummus

Buffalo Blue Cheese Hummus Dip

I’m a bit of a buffalo wing nut – I love wings. But I’m very particular, too. Wings need to be crispy, the hot sauce must be the perfect mix of heat and flavor, and the accompanying sauce should be blue cheese dressing with chunks of real blue cheese. This hummus recipe takes all of […]
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Spicy Hummus Recipe

Spicy Hummus with Chiles in Adobo Sauce

Hummus is a versatile dish that is easy to love. It makes a wonderful dip for toasted pita squares, tortilla chip or veggie sticks or can be used as a spread for toasted crostini or sandwiches. The basic recipe, featuring pureed garbanzo beans, or chickpeas, combined with the mild nutty flavor of toasted sesame seeds […]
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Braised Pork Cheek

Braised Pork Cheeks (Carrilladas)

Slow cooked pork cheeks are a Spanish secret that I can’t believe we hadn’t discovered before a recent trip to Sevilla, Spain. We had ordered Cola de Toro, which is a braised oxtail that is cooked until it’s falling apart, at a small but well-reviewed tapas restaurant. The waiter explained to us that if we […]
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Gambas Al Ajillo

Gambas Al Ajillo (Shrimp in Garlic Sauce)

Gambas Al Ajillo (shrimp in garlic sauce) was one of our favorite dishes while traveling in Spain. It was served as one of many selections of tapas, or small plates, served in restaurants and designed to be shared with friends. The smell of garlic filled the air when waiters rushed by with sizzling plates of […]
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on September 24, 2017
Spanish Tortilla Recipe

Mini Spanish Tortilla (Tortilla Española)

A Spanish Tortilla is a deceptively simple dish. This potato, onion and egg dish has just a few very familiar ingredients. One taste will tell you all you need to know about why you will find this dish in most restaurant menus when traveling throughout Spain. The technique for cooking the potatoes and onions together […]
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on September 17, 2017
Georgian Cheese and Egg Bread Ajarian Khachapuri

Ajarian Khachapuri – Georgian Cheese and Egg Bread

New visitors to the Country of Georgia will quickly discover that the people of this region have a vast love of bread and cheese. Restaurant menus are loaded with several kinds of fresh baked bread, with he most popular stuffed with cheese. We sampled all kinds during our visit to the Caucasus country, and found […]
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spinach pkhali

Georgian Spinach Cilantro and Walnut Salad – Ispanakhis Pkhali

This Georgian Spinach Salad (Ispanakhis Pkhali) absolutely saved our waistlines during our time in Tbilisi, Georgia. Here there is a bakery and a cheese shop on almost every corner, and when putting them together, some of the best cheese bread (called Khachapuri) that we’ve even eaten. Georgian’s are also very fond of plump pasta dumplings […]
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Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Georgian Stuffed Mushrooms with Sulguni Cheese

When I told friends and family that I planned to visit the Republic of Georgia, many admitted that they had either never heard of it and or needed to look on a map to figure out where it was. Georgia is a Eurasian country nestled between Russia, Armenia, Turkey and the Black Sea. It was […]
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GrilledOysters

Easy Grilled Oysters on the Half Shell

I love oysters. But I almost never have them at home. It’s just too much work opening the shells, and I’ve sliced up my fingers multiple times trying to replicate the process that the experts at the oyster bar make look easy. During a recent trip to Maine, my father-in-law shared his recipe for grilled […]
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New England Seafood Chowder

New England Style Seafood Chowder

Having grown up in Maine, I often crave a creamy bowl of chowder. We Mainers have entire festivals devoted to finding the best recipe. Some prefer a thin broth, and others are so thick that you can pile up a chunky bite full on your spoon. Some recipes call for bacon which adds a subtle smoky […]
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