Category Archives: Appetizers

Crispy Cheese Straws

Kids will have fun rolling the phyllo dough into straw shapes.  They make an elegant appetizer, and pair well with a ranch or pesto dip. Crispy Cheese Straws Ingredients: 8 ounces cream cheese 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 tsp. salt 1 box phyllo dough, thawed 1/2 cup melted butter Directions: Preheat oven …

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Mini Corn Dog Muffins

These satisfying and slightly sweet morsels are sure to conjure up images of a summertime county fair.  But with a sneaky serving of squash and apples, they’re lighter and more nutritious. Ingredients: 1 cup all purpose flour 1 cup cornmeal 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 3/4 cup milk 1/3 cup unsweetened …

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Broccoli Bites

These little finger foods are great with a variety of dipping sauces, such as ketchup, ranch dressing, and honey mustard. Yield:  About 36 Bites Ingredients:  1 lb broccoli (fresh or frozen), chopped 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded 3 eggs, beaten 1 cup flour 1 tsp. Italian seasoning Salt & pepper to …

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Summer Stuffed Peppers

Paired with soup and a salad, this is a perfect way to enjoy summer garden produce. Serves 4 Ingredients:   2 small bell peppers (5 to 6 ounces each), halved lengthwise through stem, seeds and ribs removed 1 heaping cup small tomatoes, such as Sungold or Cherry (about 6 ounces) 1 1/2 ounces feta cheese …

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Heavenly Figs

We have two very productive fig trees in our backyard, and towards the end of August, this is my favorite appetizer and/or dessert. Ingredients: 4 ripe figs Greek yogurt or mascarpone cheese Honey Salted nuts, any variety, chopped Directions: Slice off stems from figs, and then halve them.  Then slice a little off the rounded side so …

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Goat Cheese and Marinara Dip

Ingredients:  8 ounces goat cheese 1 to 1 1/2 cups marinara or pasta sauce Basil leaves (optional garnish) Directions: Preheat conventional oven or toaster oven to 350°F. Pour marinara sauce into a small, shallow baking dish.  Pat goat cheese into a 1/2-inch pancake and gently lower into the sauce, but do not cover the cheese …

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Chorizo-Stuffed and Grilled Mini Peppers

These addictive little peppers make an ideal first course for a summer barbecue. Ingredients: 12 mini sweet peppers About 5 oz. raw pork or beef chorizo meat Directions: Cook the chorizo over medium heat on the stove.  Drain off excess fat.  Allow to cool. While the meat is cooking, make a slit about 270 degrees …

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Tamales Prontos

Tamales are a favorite comfort food in Mexico.  This recipe comes together quickly with a simple dough made with masa harina (a fine corn meal flour) and a filling of cheese, salsa, and beans.  Wrapping them in cornhusks can be a challenge at first, but even the less-than-perfect ones end up tasting great. Use a …

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Biscuit Veggie Kabobs

Food-on-a-stick is always fun, and these skewers are also a great way to take advantage of tasty summer produce. Scissors are an easy tool for cutting the biscuit rounds into quarters. Dough pieces are then tossed  with grated Parmesan. Threading the vegetables (especially bell pepper) can be a bit tricky. Careful not to poke your …

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Indian Baked Samosas

1 large potato (about 1/2 a pound, use 2 if needed) 1 Tbs olive oil 1 medium apple ½ cup golden raisins, coarsely chopped 1 tsp curry powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed 1 package (2 9-inch rounds) store-bought, raw pie dough 1 egg, beaten with a splash of water Preheat oven …

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