Hot Sesame & Garlic Dip

This is a great dip for vegetables, bread, and chips. Makes skant 1 cup. [more]

Creamy Blue Cheese Dip

This dip is right at home straddling buffalo wings or enrobing fresh garden crudités. Makes about 1 cup. [more]

Kalamata Olive Spread

This is a Spainish version of an olive spread as opposed to a Provencial tapenade . This recipe makes about 1 cup. [more]

Tomato Salsa

Freshness counts for a lot and this salsa is no exception. This is simple and basic, but, feel free to “doctor” it up anyway you like. Makes about 1 cup. [more]

Smoked Trout Dip

Growing up in a sportsman’s paradise of Pennsylvania, I often watched my uncles and cousins fish for trout in the abundant streams. This dish is also referred to, in the east, as “smokies” … [more]

Feta and Walnut Dip

This dip of salty, pungent feta pairs great with the flavor of walnuts. Use with vegetables, crackers, or Lebanese bread . This recipe makes about 2 cups. [more]

Chick-Pea Nibbles

These are great for parties or a great snack. This recipe will make about 6 cups. [more]

Olive Tapenade

This classic from Provence takes its name from the French tapeno, or “caper”. An excellent spread for crackers and bread. Also try for topping on broiled poultry or seafood. This recipe makes … [more]

Corn Dogs & Collars

It’s party season and this is one of my favorite which can be served in many ways. Nothing like these “dogs” for football games or “pups” for a nice buffet. [more]


These French cookies/crackers are crisp and a little bit sweet. This is a great accompaniment for cheeses. Makes about 2 dozen. [more]

Layered scallop terrine with red pepper, corn and basil

This is an amazing recipe inspired from an article in a late 80s Gourmet Magazine. Yes, I actually subscribed to Gourmet at that time, which surely dates me. I felt pretty cool when I first made this … [more]

Creamy Homemade Hummus

Hummus is a staple at my house. It’s great for last minute guests or something quick to ward off hunger. Makes about 3 cups. [more]

Lebanese Bread

I love good hummus and contrary to David’s opinion (see his recipe “ Posh humous” ) fresh hummus is better than store bought and you get a better deal than those over-priced tuna … [more]

East-West Apple Avocado Salsa

Talking to my brother-in-law in California, we were comparing notes about what was in season at the farmers markets on our respective coasts. The east coast is seeing the fall line-up: squashes, … [more]

Posh hummus

I don’t make humous anymore. I tried a number of times but I never managed to get it quite as good as the stuff I buy at my local supermarket. I snazz it up a little with this simplest of … [more]

Roast asparagus

I love the asparagus season in England. It only lasts a few weeks but during this time they taste especially wonderful. I never want to do too much with my asparagus. A little melted butter works … [more]

Pigs in a blanket

The eighties weren’t kind to comfort food. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but about the same time as when I started dating girls pigs in a blanket went out of style. Maybe it was the … [more]

Tuna tapenade

I first tasted this at my good friend Rachel’s house and almost died. At least that’s the way I felt. I had recently bitten my tongue and the lemon’s acid aggravated the wound. Maybe it was the … [more]

Chopped liver

This has to be the simplest recipe and yet it has such a good solid taste. Some people add red wine but that takes away the ‘heimish’ element and turns chopped liver into pate de volaille . [more]

Skillet seared scallops

Michael Palin famously stated in a Monty Python sketch, “All I ask of food is that it doesn’t harm me”. Let’s face it; in our over-anxious, cotton wool-lined, bacteria- rein homes it ain’t … [more]

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