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You will find many versions of spiced nuts when shopping, how great it is to make your own in under ten minutes. These peanuts are a little salty, a little sweet, and a little spicy. They are quick to prepare and as the name says, perfect to serve along side your favorite cocktail.
Recipe #1 in the Spartan Oil #EVOOChallenge.
When challenged to create recipes using Spartan Oil Olive, I took the challenge with no hesitation. I use their olive oil in many of my recipes and always find the results outstanding. When testing these recipes, we hosted a party for eight, all of our guests serving as my “taste testers”. This proved to be a wonderful evening of great food, olive oil discussions and candid comments. As the week progresses, you will see my other EVOO challenge recipes.
Looking for a make ahead appetizer that you can make up to one week in advance? This appetizer is perfect with a great glass of wine or a cocktail. Serve the marinated cheese on crackers or baguette slices. If you have any leftover, you can refrigerate and it will be terrific in other recipes. Here are a few ideas: mix with warm pasta and roasted vegetables for a terrific pasta dish, spread on baguette slices and broil until bubbly or put the goat cheese in an oven safe ramekin and top with sun-dried tomatoes and bake in a 350 degree oven until melted, serve with crackers.
I don’t know about you but this is one exciting time of year – the football playoffs. Yes, if you know me well, you know that I am an avid fan and especially loyal to one Midwest NFL team. With the Super Bowl just weeks away and play-off games going on now – I thought it was time to post my Game Day Wing recipe. You can serve these with or without the classic ranch dressing on the side. If you like your wings “hotter”, just step up the amount of red pepper you add. These will definitely put you in the game day mood. Cheers for those pigskins!
This is one of my favorite make ahead appetizer recipes. This recipe can be made in advance and refrigerated up to 10 days. This vegetarian pate is delicious served with water crackers. Perfect to serve during the holidays.
Kitchen tip of the day – Ever wonder how to clean mushrooms?
My featured recipe in CEO Magazine for December is Hot Cheese Puffs – you can check out the recipe in this month’s issue of CEO Magazine ( I have pasted the link below); I have also posted the recipe below. .
I can attribute my cooking skills and entertaining skills to my mother. She was an amazing cook with a flair for entertaining. I remember my parents hosting large parties throughout the holiday season. One of the things my mother was a master of was preparing things in advance. This enables you to enjoy your holiday party with the prep work complete. Hot Cheese Puffs was one of her go-to recipes. I think you will agree these are quick to prepare, store in the freezer and then bake when you need them. They are like eating a cube of bread dipped in the most luscious fondue.
Hot Cheese Puffs
1 loaf French bread
1 – 3 oz. package cream cheese
¼ lb. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
4 ounces of butter (1/2 cup)
2 eggs whites, beaten stiff
Remove crust from French bread and cut into 1” cubes. In a medium saucepan, melt butter, cream cheese and cheddar cheese over medium low heat, stirring frequently. When creamy, carefully fold in beaten egg whites. Dip cubes into mixture and place on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze. When frozen, place in a plastic bag and store in the freezer. When ready to serve – preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bake puffs for approx. 8 minutes until puffed and golden.
Looking for the perfect condiment to serve along side your turkey? Or are you looking for the perfect appetizer to serve over the holidays? Spiced Cranberry Chutney is perfect to have in your refrigerator and ready to serve. I am going to serve this as a condiment on a cheese board with brie cheese, manchego cheese and grapes. Serve crackers along side and you have a quick, easy, delicious and beautiful appetizer or spice up a turkey sandwich with a generous amount of chutney. This recipe is easy to prepare and can be refrigerated for 3 weeks and is always ready to serve.
I am a fan of goat cheese and use it every chance I get on salads, pizzas, main dishes and appetizers. This appetizer is a real winner! Warm goat cheese topped with vegetables and served on plain water crackers. Get the cocktails ready – it is time to party!
This summer when we were on our way to Kentucky and ready to hit the Bourbon Trail; our first stop was the Meridian Hotel in Indianapolis IN and their Spoke and Steel restaurant . Our first course was their smoked salmon dip with potato chips. When you remember what you ate after a few months, you know you really must of enjoyed it. I recreated my version of the dip and I think I hit a home run with this recipe. The fun part is to serve it with potato chips, a very unexpected accompaniment, but truly delicious. The flavor of the smoked salmon is the star of this dip.
I know that Pimento Cheese is a staple in the south and everyone has their own family recipe for Pimento Cheese. I took the liberty of switching a few ingredients and adding a few to make this my version. Delicious served with crackers, a filling for an omelet or a topping for a grilled hamburger.