Category Archives: appetizers

you’ll forget they’re not fried onion rings

This recipe is a funky take on a traditionally deep fried food. Baking saves on the greasy end result but the addition of crunchy potato chips adds enough flavor you won’t miss the oil! Give your Valentine what they really want this year with this tasty treat. Here’s my recipe for Baked Onion Rings.

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Your Valentine will thank you for this one!

 

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toasted artichoke garlic bread

We are all garlic lovers in my house, including my 19 month old son who was probably bombarded with it while I was still pregnant with him! He’s a great eater and this recipe happened to be the first time he tried artichokes (which he loved!). It combines salty parmesan and sweet and tangy artichokes with sharp garlic flavor all on warm toasted bread. It’s like all your favorite things about artichoke dip served on easy to eat bread! I was inspired by a friend who says she makes a similar recipe for her family who loves it as well. Here’s my Toasted Artichoke Garlic Bread.

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Toasted Artichoke Garlic Bread

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tapas tuesday empanadas

It seems like everyone’s on board with Taco Tuesdays these days but here’s a twist that’s just as easy and just as versatile! Think of these empanadas as the perfect finger food. I made these for my cousin Becca’s 14th (eek!) birthday a few weeks ago to go along with her “tapas” theme. It took me back to my study abroad in Spain surrounded by all the tasty pickings, minus throwing my trash on my aunt’s clean floor 🙂 Here’s my weeknight Tapas Tuesday Empanadas.

Homemade empanadas are easier than you think!

Homemade empanadas are easier than you think!

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mommies mummy muffin pizzas

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with this childhood favorite? I can remember making English muffin pizzas as a little girl standing on a stool in my grandparents kitchen. They’re a simple, no frill dinner that everyone loves! Add this spooky twist and you dinner is sure to be ghoulishly gobbled up! Here is Mommies Mummy Muffin Pizzas.

A childhood classic with a spooky twist!

A childhood classic with a spooky twist!

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asparagus ricotta tart with fried tomato skins

As summer comes to an end I’m vowing not to mourn the loss of another season gone too quickly but rather embrace the change of pace of autumn dishes. That being said, here’s a recipe with one last nod to bikini weather. While asparagus’ season is short lived (lasting only a month or so in March to April), it’s bright green stalks and leafy tips always remind me of summer. Crisp tomato skins give the feeling of bacon while still remaining figure friendly. Here’s my end of summer Asparagus Ricotta Tart with Fried Tomato Skins.

A figure friendly toast to the end

A figure friendly toast to the end

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my favorite caprese salad

There are so many great ways to build this classic summertime salad. We grow our own basil in our herb garden every year. It’s easy to maintain and grows like wildfire. A readily available ingredient, this dish is a go-to staple during the warm summer nights. Whether you stack it, skewer it, or toss it in a dish, try my fun and simple alternative to Caprese Salad using homemade garden pesto and ripe tomatoes.

Caprese Skewars

Caprese Skewers

A dish that serves as the perfect side or shines as a main course!

A dish that serves as the perfect side or shines as a main course!

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celebrate your spinach with spinach-walnut pesto

Happy National Spinach Day! This nutritious little culinary kid begins its peak season this month and provides you with a whole bunch of iron, Vitamins A, B2, C, K, and folic acid. It stars in dips, as sides, rollatinis, and as one of my favorite secret ingredients in sauces. Here’s a quick and tasty recipe for Spinach-Walnut Pesto.

Celebrate National Spinach Day with this sauce chocked full of the good for you nutrients!

Celebrate National Spinach Day with this sauce chocked full of good for you nutrients!

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