Puerto Rican bacaloa codfish & shrimp fritters

This is a variation of a traditional Puerto Rican appetizer, Bacaloa fritters, except, it includes shrimp. Simple to prepare and pleasing to the most complicated palate. [more]

Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizza Pie

This tangy, tasty, creamy and healthy dish works great as an appetizer, main course, or side. Just make sure you have plenty for everyone, including the kids! [more]

Pecan Encrusted Grapes

These little cocktail sized cheese balls are delightful when you find that sweet, hidden grape at the center. [more]

Italian Cheese Puffs

These little bites are addictive. They make a great appetizer or nibble with a good wine. This is basically a savory pate choux. This recipe makes about 3 dozen. [more]

Mini Crab Cakes

These tasty mini crabcakes will have your party guests clamoring for more. For big parties I make them up to a day before and simply reheat in the oven when it’s time to serve. [more]

Olympia Oysters

When I was a child I would on occasion accompany my father to his shop in downtown Baltimore. He paid me the princely sum of $.06 and hour to clean until the salesman unionized on my behalf and … [more]

Pan fried potsticker dumplings

Children love dumplings and this recipe is a favorite in our family. Keep uncooked dumplings in the freezer on hand for steaming, boiling or frying. They are also great in soup. You may use ground … [more]

Grilled Figs with Rosemary and Honey

Kadota figs herald the beginning of late summer. Here is a delightful way to enjoy them. (Serves two) [more]

Firecracker shrimp

This festive appetizer, which is great for a Fourth of July gathering or a Chinese New Year celebration, looks just like a firecracker. In China firecrackers light up the sky on New Year’s Day. … [more]


The word “ sacristain ” refers to puff pastry dough that is formed into the shape of a twist, sprinkled with stuff, and then baked off. I made sacristains using fresh rosemary and thyme. … [more]

Pig, Fig, and Melon with Balsamic Dipping Sauce

This simple tapas inspired nibble is a great addition to tapas menu or served as an appetizer with cocktails. A nice balance of saltiness, and cool sweetness. This makes about 12. [more]

Spiced Coconut Shrimp with Tangy Orange Dipping Sauce

I adapted this recipe that my chef friend, Chris, passed along to me.This has become one of my favorites. The spices counter balance the sweetness of the coconut. When this is dipped into the orange … [more]

Scallops on toast

I invited a good friend for dinner this weekend. Given her penchant for fish, I visited my local fish market and was instantly taken with the fresh scallops which were extraordinarily plump and … [more]

Bean sprout, blackberry and avocado salad

Is this fusion food? Somewhere between Asia and South America with a stop off in England? Has all this recipe publishing got me all fancy and chefy? Who cares? This is a great hearty yet light salad … [more]

Empanada Pastry

For the traditionalist who has the time and like to make things from scratch, I give you this recipe that can be used with Goat Cheese and Green Olive Empanadas . Enjoy! Makes about 1 ½ lb dough … [more]

Goat Cheese and Green Olive Empanadas

I love these little guys for serving with wine for cocktail hour or just appetizers. Traditionally these are deep-fried but this is baked. I use the green olives because they have a little more … [more]

Grilled goat's cheese salad

I know it looks like there are a lot of steps here, but this really is very easy and quick. I love the mix of different flavors and textures. Quantities given are for 2. [more]

Gambas al ajillo y chiles

This is an essential tapas dish of prawns (shrimp in the US) in garlic and chilli — well I hope it is; my Spanish is somewhat dubious. I’ve seen it on some menus as Gambas al pil-pil , … [more]

Super Fast Prosciutto & Basil Flatbread

Too many dishes, and a truncated schedule equals a crazy off the wall experiement that turned out brilliantly. I’m 100% sure I’m not the only person to ever make it, this is just a super … [more]

Pickled Shrimp

This is a great alternative to the classic shrimp cocktail. You’ll definitely want to have bread on hand to sop-up the sauce. Be warned that you need to let this sit in the refrigerator 7 to 8 … [more]

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