Roasted Beef Tenderloin Horseradish Crostini

Roasted tenderloin crostini are one my favorite hearty hors d’oeuvres for the holiday season. They are easier to prepare than it appears, yet they feel & taste very special. The kick of the Dijon Horseradish sauce is the perfect compliment to the beef and the crisp, toasted bread. The cheat for this starter is to…

Fig & Walnut Baked Brie

Have you ever seen an adult man lick a plate at a party? Or a Keto diet devotee throw in the towel at the passing of an hors d’oeuvre? This warm, sweet & savory cheese starter is that good. As my December go-to appetizer, it never disappoints and is easy to prepare. Prep the nuts…

Cranberry Goat Cheese Tartlets

Are you looking for an easy but super delicious appetizer this holiday season? I have you covered. The rich, creamy goat cheese and the tang & sweetness of the cranberry make these hot tartlets the perfect flavor combination to kick-off your holiday evening. Recipe Shortcut – In the holiday season, one can often find a…

Heirloom Tomato Zucchini Crostata

This recipe is my favorite go-to appetizer. It’s easy to make, it can be made in advance, and it’s impressive. Between the buttery dough and the fresh vegetables & herbs, the flavors are hard to resist. There are almost never any leftovers when I serve this at a party.  It can be served as one…

Smoked Lake Trout Dip

Our family has been spending the summer days in a small town in northern Michigan since my Dad was a young boy. The days are long with bright sunshine, the lake is busy with boaters & swimmers, and our plates are filled with the freshest fish. We are fortunate to have an incredible fishery in…

Halloween Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients 1 Rotisserie Chicken, shredded (2 cups) 2 Pillsbury Classic Refrigerated Pizza Dough 4 ounce block of Cheddar Cheese, cubed 1 Egg White 8 ounces Cream Cheese 1/2 Cup Buffalo Chicken Sauce 1/2 Cup Ranch Dressing 2/3 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Unroll the pizza dough, and cut out three…

Smoked Salmon Pesto Bite

  I had an impromptu dinner the other night. Two of my girlfriends stopped by and instead of going out as planned, we decided to hang in my kitchen with the bottle of wine we had just popped open. I opened my refrigerator to see what our options were for creating an easy, tapas dinner….

Oven Roasted Figs with Prosciutto

I’ve been wanting to cook with figs for about 10 months now. But like every fresh food item, there is a season. And how excited was I when I came across fresh figs in the produce section of Publix the other day. With a dinner party on the schedule, I planned to kick off my…

Basil Vinaigrette Roasted Artichokes

Barefoot Contessa is one of my favorites, and rarely do I change up any of her recipes.  I had a dinner party and served her Roasted Artichoke Salad, which was delicious. A couple weeks later though, I decided to tweak a couple items in her recipe. While it is still very similar, my repeat guests…

Red Hot Guacamole

My brother is usually in charge of the guacamole in our household. He loves spice, so it’s no surprise his guac would have a kick. His go-to liquid spice is Choluloa, which adds a really nice contrast to the cool, creaminess of the avocado. Red Hot Guacamole Ingredients 2 Ripe Avocados 1 Large Plum tomato,…

Jumbo Lump Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

For New Year’s Eve, I was having a small cocktail party before heading out for an evening of celebrating. As such, I knew my drink menu of course had to have the bubbly stuff. But what appetizer would have that special sparkle effect as well? Wandering the aisles of Publix with my friend, we had…

Pear and Brie Quesadillas with Lime-Honey Dipping Sauce

Have you ever had an appetizer that could double as a dessert? Well this recipe, my friend, has been known to be both. It actually was not intended to be a dessert.  I had made them for a friends BBQ as a starter. But when we were done with dinner, our friend asked if he…