Category Archives: Hot

Spicy Black Bean Tortilla Appetizer

Spicy Black Bean Tortilla Appetizer

Having friends over and want to serve something easy that can be made in advance?  Whip up this tortilla appetizer,  serve with our great margaritas, and watch the smiles on your guests grow.  Olè! 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened 1 c. sour cream 1 c. shredded Mexican cheese 1/2 c. chopped green olives…Continue Reading

Ina Garten’s Spinach Puff Pastry

Ina Garten’s Spinach Puff Pastry

This recipe is not our own, but it is so wonderful, we had to share.  We are huge fans of Ina Garten.  She has excellent cookbooks (any one would make a great gift) and all of her recipes are delicious.  We made this dish for our mixology party and it turned out to be everyone’s…Continue Reading

Fresh Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls

Fresh Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls

These were a lot of fun to make (as you can see from the video link below).   The rice paper rolls look like a plastic disc when you open the package.  Once you thoroughly soak them, either by wiping them with a wet towel or dipping them into water, they become much more pliable…Continue Reading

Ginger, Pork & Shrimp Dumplings

Ginger, Pork & Shrimp Dumplings

Are you getting tired of us telling you that our recipes are delicious and simple?  Sorry, but you are about to hear it again!  Wow your friends and family the next time you serve an appetizer or need to bring a pot luck dish with these, yes, delicious, and yes, simple dumplings. This Asian recipe…Continue Reading

Potato & Smoked Salmon Starter

Potato & Smoked Salmon Starter

Instead of serving salad as a first course, try this potato and smoked salmon dish.  Jumbo cooked shrimp easily substitutes for the salmon if one of your guests does not care for smoked salmon. 1 pound fingerling potatoes – variety of colors 8 oz. smoked salmon, sliced thin 8 ounces creme fraîche 1 tablespoon minced…Continue Reading

Hot ‘N Spicy Shrimp Dip

Hot ‘N Spicy Shrimp Dip

It’s Friday night.  We’ve been eating (mostly) healthy for the month so far.  Let’s reward ourselves with a simple appetizer and a glass of wine.  This recipe’s ingredients have been adjusted to make it a healthier version: 1 can artichoke hearts (14 oz.), drained and diced 1 can medium deveined shrimp (4 oz.) or fresh…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