party food

Honey-Roasted Almonds

It is amazing what you pay in the market for these little morsels. So here is a recipe that will give you more “bang for the buck”. This recipe makes about 2 cups. [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]

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]

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]

Pig around a Blanket

Most everybody has heard of “pigs in a blanket” but now the “pig” has got the upper hand! These rolls are great to eat on their own or with a warm winter meal. Makes a dozen. [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]

Cheddar and Chive Biscuits

Here is a great side to soups, chilis, or for breakfast just by themselves. Makes about 20 small biscuits. [more]

Salmon Cakes Diablo

This recipe has a little more “zing” than the common salmon cake recipe. It is also baked, as opposed to fried. [more]

Flavorful Baked Beans

I am a huge fan of the Barefoot Contessa and think her cookbooks are a must for anyone who is a home cook. But we all like to tweke to our own tastes and I did to create this side dish for a … [more]

Cranberry sage chutney

Here’s a cranberry sauce that will make the driest of birds taste great and take a perfectly done turkey to a whole new level. So whether you are planning a large holiday feast or simply … [more]

Tzatkiki Sauce

This sauce is great for dipping chicken , vegetables, and Lebanese bread to name but a few. It’s a favorite for holiday parties and buffets and is quick and easy to prepare. [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]

No bean hummus

This is a great way to make your own hummus without cooking! It’s easy, fast and packed with protein from the sesame tahini. I make a batch every week and serve it over rice and beans, or with … [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]

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