Charcuterie Board

Here I go – jumping on the proverbial bandwagon of the popular meat and cheese plate. These have been around forever and I have made my fair share over time, but have always been hesitant to post about them because of the sheer volume of combinations that can be built can be a bit intimidating….

Baked Goat Cheese

Any dish that starts with good Artisan bread, fresh tomatoes and goat cheese, will finish with happy faces and full bellies (just ask my bookclub about bread consumption at group gatherings).  Hand crafted bread brings about a celebration, an elevation and elegance to a home cooked date night or dinner with friends. A while back,…

Candied Bacon

This post is soooo worth saving, tagging, pinning, or whatever the kids are doing these days. From the love of bacon that so many people share, to the tangy, sweet candied coating, this is a recipe to keep in the rotation. Here are some of the acclaimed family reviews… First Review – Eric’s brother and…

Orleans Parrish Style BBQ Shrimp

This is a recipe that I feel like I could enjoy once a week. Beyond the amazing taste of creole seasonings, butter, and juicy shrimp, it is one of those recipes that paints a mental picture that romanticizes both where you are and the experience that you are having while you are there. It could…

Ricotta Spread with Home Made Ricotta

I took a day off from work recently with the thought of relaxing and doing almost nothing.  From the moment I woke up, I did whatever I wanted – long walk with the dog, coffee on the coach, watching master classes, flipping channels, etc.  The lack of the ‘have to do’s’ left me open to…

Prosciutto with Mozzarella & Melon

Every time there is entertaining, I like to start with something simple and fun with just a hint of elevation. Spring is more than in the air, bringing with it the urge to find fresh meal ideas and tasty treats that are colorful and light – this appetizer does not disappoint. Although all soft in…

Marinaded Beef Tips

Looking for that appetizer to help make your Super Bowl party pop!  Well, I may be a little late on the planning, but just in case – here you are – Marinaded Beef Tips!!!  These tips are tender and perfect when served on a toothpick for everyone to enjoy – adults and kids alike.  The…

Avocado Cream Cheese Wontons

We have been so set on weeknight dinners lately that we have forgotten the glory that is appetizers.  That perfect little bite to satisfy your taste buds that you get to use either your fingers or a tiny fork!   Wontons are the definition of a well rounded appetizer – it includes the creamy inside…

Go To Fresh Mozzarella Appetizer

I call this our Go To Mozzarella Appetizer/Snack because it is unbelievably easy to put together.  Using ingredients you have on hand to create yourself an quick and easy snack while dinner is baking or if friends come over unexpectedly. There is something really great about this appetizer because you eat it with your hands.  It adds a…

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

There is so much that can be said about this recipe that I don’t totally know where to start. I have been making this (and versions of this) for years; it is requested at almost all holiday functions I attend (both sides of the family); it is an amazing appetizer to fit any number of…