Appetizer Recipes

Fig and Onion Chutney

Fig and Onion Chutney

I happened to have several figs left-over from a poached fig with walnuts and chocolate dessert I made earlier in the week. Aren’t figs one of those ingredients that don’t get used very often, and then when you have them the few left over end up lingering in the pantry until you finally decide to […]
on October 19, 2015
Stuffed Eggplant with Onion and Tomato

Stuffed Eggplant with Onion, Tomato and Fresh Herbs

I ran across this dish on a month-long visit to Istanbul. Eggplant was in season at the time and we were able to sample quite a few dishes that were new to me. I love traveling to places that aren’t afraid of variety, spice and flavor – Istanbul is one such place. This dish is served room […]
on September 25, 2015
Yogurt Mint Jalapeno Dip

Yogurt Dip with Jalapeno and Fresh Herbs

This yogurt dip recipe was inspired by a recent trip to Istanbul. In most restaurants after you are seated a waiter comes along with a tray filled with little dishes (mezze or appetizers). There is typically an assortment of hot and cold items available with flavors that vary from mild to spicy. Going out for appetizers […]
on September 17, 2015
Turkish Meatballs Kofte

Turkish Meatballs – KÖFTE

When I first ordered köfte, or Turkish Meatballs in Istanbul I was completely surprised by the flavor. They were like no other meatball that I had ever tried. The Turkish are not afraid of using exotic spices combinations and this dish is no exception. We found köfte on most Turkish menus, and were told that […]
on September 17, 2015
Warm Eggplant Salad

Warm Eggplant Salad with Ottoman Spice Mix

We ordered this dish as part of a mezze (appetizer) platter in Turkey, and I’ll have to admit I wasn’t expecting it to wow me. My experience with eggplant was of having a few poorly made, deep fried eggplant parmesan dishes. Mushy and tasteless. I’m glad I ordered this warm eggplant salad because it officially changed my […]
on September 16, 2015
Curried Black Eyed Peas

Curried Black-Eyed Peas

This dish was inspired by a mezze platter that I had while visiting Turkey. They have a wonderful tradition of offering an assortment of cold and hot appetizers (mezze) along with warm bread. This curried black-eyed pea dish became one of our favorites. It’s easy to make and full of fresh herbs and spices. Ingredients […]
on September 13, 2015
Gluten Free Cheese Puffs

Gluten Free Cheese Puffs – Pão de Queijo

Pão de Queijo are a favorite snack in Brazil. These cheesy pastries are small bites of cheese bread that are eaten all day long. They are loved for a reason. Unlike the cheese puffs that you are acquainted with, these have a stretchy texture and are gluten-free. This is due to the flour used to […]
Pan Toasted Brazilian Cheese

Pan Toasted Cheese and Guava Appetizer

In Brazil, they have a popular dessert called “Romeo and Juliet” (Romeu e Julieta ). It is a simple preparation of a mildly salty cheese paired with a slice of sweet guava paste. Its name is apparently due to the pairing of these two flavors – they just simply and go together perfectly. I’ve changed up […]
Peruvian Ceviche

Peruvian Fish Ceviche

Peru is becoming known as a “foodie” destination. Part of the reason for this is the incredible diversity of available fresh ingredients, due to the large number of microclimates in the country. Chefs in Peru are able to utilize the freshest seafood as well as exotic foods grown high in the Andes mountains or grown […]
Jewish Style Artichokes

Jewish Style Artichokes

Jewish Style Artichokes are a staple in Roman cuisine when the favored choke is in season. Here’s a simple recipe to make them at home courtesy of Eating Italy. Like with most Italian cuisine, the number of ingredients is small, while the flavor is large. CARCIOFI ALLA GIUDIA  (Jewish Style Artichokes) Prep time: 20 minutes • […]