Category Archives: Extra Simple

Two Step Dip!

Two Step Dip!

Here’s a crowd pleasing dip that will have you two-stepping right out of the kitchen! 3 T sugar 1/4 c apple cider vinegar 1/4 c vegetable oil 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15 oz) can shoepeg corn (small, white kernels) 3 scallions, chopped 2 T minced cilantro 1/2 jalapeño pepper,…Continue Reading

Smoked Salmon with Dill and Cucumber Dip

Smoked Salmon with Dill and Cucumber Dip

We love smoked salmon and wanted to develop a dip that was on the “lighter” side.  In order to do this, we used creme fraîche instead of the typical cream cheese.  The cucumber adds a fresh crunch to the other delicious flavors.  This dip turned out great.  We hope you enjoy it as much as…Continue Reading

Plum Crostini Appetizer

Plum Crostini Appetizer

Vicki’s daughter, Jennifer, was recently in California on business and had this appetizer while dining out.  She loved it so much, she got the recipe and wanted to share it with The Simple Celebration followers: Baguette (sourdough works great) Mascarpone cheese 4-5 plums, thinly sliced Fresh mint Parmesan cheese, grated Balsamic glaze (pictured) Cut the…Continue Reading

Mexi-Corn Salsa Appetizer

Mexi-Corn Salsa Appetizer

  Another simple recipe from The Simple Celebration!  This appetizer goes together very quickly, can be made well ahead of your get-together, and looks and tastes great. Five ears fresh yellow corn (or use frozen if fresh is unavailable) One medium tomato, diced One small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced One clove garlic, crushed One…Continue Reading

Southwest Black Bean & Avocado Dip

Southwest Black Bean & Avocado Dip

This dip is a real “simple” party pleaser.  Mary-Ellen made it recently for a group of us to have with our wine before we went out to dinner.  We enjoyed it so much, we barely had room for the main course! This recipe is so simple …  no cooking involved! 1 (15 ounce) can of…Continue Reading

Pepperoni Pizza and Ham and Cheese Spiral Bites

Pepperoni Pizza and Ham and Cheese Spiral Bites

These bite-size treats are so delicious, your guests will gobble them up! Ham and Cheese Ingredients: 1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese 3 ounces thin, sliced deli ham 2 tablespoons stone ground Dijon mustard 1 sheet frozen puff pastry thawed, cut in half crosswise 1 large egg Bunch flat-leaf  parsley Spread 1 tablespoon mustard over each…Continue Reading

Party on a Stick … Greek Style

Party on a Stick … Greek Style

Easy, easy, easy … and tasty too!  You can make these skewers early in the day of your simple celebration (keep refrigerated). Ingredients: 2 blocks of feta cheese (good quality, such as Boar’s Head) cut into 3/4 inch cubes 2 cucumbers 40 whole, small cherry or grape tomatoes 40 pitted kalamata olives 40 small wooden skewers…Continue Reading

Humdinger of a Hummus Recipe

Humdinger of a Hummus Recipe

Below is a simple, yet delicious hummus recipe to add to your appetizer table for your simple celebration.  Hummus is not the prettiest of food, but by adding toppings and using attractive serving pieces, it will be irresistible! Ingredients 1 can garbanzo beans/chick peas 1/3 cup liquid from canned beans 3 tablespoon lemon juice 2…Continue Reading