Appetizers

Appetizer Recipes

chicken salad crostini with Mexican Caesar Dressing

Chicken Caesar Salad Crostini with Pepitas and Cilantro

Chicken Caesar Salad is one of those staple recipes that I’ve found, in one form or another, on restaurant menus around the world. According to legend, the dressing was originally made by an Italian chef who had immigrated to the United States but was working in Mexico to avoid prohibition in the 1920’s. During a busy day […]
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Beef Chorizo and Guacamole Sliders

Beef, Chorizo and Guacamole Sliders

Looking for a change from your typical everyday cheeseburger? Adding chorizo (spicy sausage) takes the flavor of an average burger to a whole new level. There are several varieties of chorizo to choose from, such as smoked Spanish-style sausage made with paprika or spicy Mexican-style sausage spiked with chile peppers. The consistency of the chorizo […]
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on January 29, 2017
guacamole dip recipe

Ultimate Guacamole Dip

The first time I had guacamole, I really wasn’t a big fan. That is probably because the dip was either store bought or made in a blender so the consistency was runny. Then I had my first guacamole made table side at a restaurant and the whole flavor was completely different. The dip was thick […]
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on January 22, 2017
spicy black bean dip

Black Bean Dip With Cheese and Cilantro

After spending several months traveling through Europe last year, we decided to hop over to Mexico to ride out the winter. And we very quickly started making some of our favorite dishes with one of my favorite spices (which was difficult for us to find in Italy and Eastern Europe) – fresh cilantro (or coriander). I […]
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on November 27, 2016
mussels in wine leeks and tomatoes

Mussels with Leeks, Garlic, Tomato and Wine

Mussels are one of my favorite things to share. It’s rare that I ever eat them alone. A pot of mussels in a savory sauce is meant to be shared. One of my favorite memories of sharing mussels is finding a restaurant in Sydney, Australia that served an all-you-can-eat mussels special on Tuesday nights. They […]
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on September 25, 2016
Italian Herb Frittata

Italian Fresh Herb Frittata

  The fresh herb frittata is a typical dish from Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. It was prepared for us by a local chef who used herbs that he found growing in the surrounding farm. He used a combination of fresh fennel, dill, mint, hops, sage and chives to make the simple dish as an appetizer. […]
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deviled eggs with bacon

Stuffed Deviled Eggs with Bacon

Making stuffed eggs (or deviled eggs) are an American Classic. Making them always reminds me of summer. We always had them with picnics or especially on the 4th of July. Stuffed eggs typically weren’t an everyday dish – when Mom started making the eggs it meant we were getting ready for a party. Summer wouldn’t […]
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Kefta Tagine

Moroccan Kefta Meatball Tagine with Tomato and Egg

Meatball Tagine is Moroccan comfort food at it’s best. We spent a month in Marrakech and tried out quite a few tagine dishes. Tagine or Tajine dishes get their names for the pottery dish with a cone-shaped lid in which they are slow cooked to perfection. In this dish, meatballs are slow cooked in a […]
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Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls – Chả Giò

Vietnamese Spring Rolls are an addictive appetizer that are much lighter than their Chinese Egg Roll cousins. This is because the rice paper wrapper used to make the spring rolls is lighter and results in a more crsipy delicate skin. The same rice paper wrapper is also used to make the refreshing Vietnamese Fresh Spring […]
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on January 22, 2016
Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Shrimp and Peanut Sauce

We order these spring rolls almost every time we go to our favorite Thai restaurant. So it came as a bit of a surprise during a visit to Southeast Asia that the recipe is actually one from Vietnam. But no matter what the origin, these fresh spring rolls always make me feel like I have had […]
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