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Appetizers Anyone? Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Pastry Bites

Appetizers Anyone? Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Pastry Bites

Are you as crazy about appetizers as I am? I just love eating little morsels of deliciousness. Mr. R and I are known to visit a restaurant just for the wonderful appetizers they offer. One such restaurant served up their version of these super tasty bites and I just had to recreate them at home for one of our appetizer weekends. These savory puff pastry bites hit all the right notes with sweet caramelized onions, marinated Portobello mushrooms, Applewood smoked...

Prosciutto Baskets Stuffed With Cheese & Pistachios

Prosciutto Baskets Stuffed With Cheese & Pistachios

Super Bowl game day is almost here and if you’re like me I really try hard to find special appetizers to serve … not your run of the mill cheese and chili dip at my house! These elegant Prosciutto Baskets are stuffed with a creamy cheese filling and topped with crunchy pistachios for a little extra texture. These appetizers look a lot more complicated than they actually are. The trick is to use prosciutto that is sliced thin enough to manipulate, but...

Tuscan Bean Dip with Pita Chips

Tuscan Bean Dip with Pita Chips

I have family coming through this weekend for the holidays so I will be hosting a wonderful dinner for them. I haven’t seen my family in quite a few years so it’s exciting to reconnect especially during this time of year. On that note, I am planning what to serve for this joyous occasion and I thought my Tuscan Bean Dip with Pita Chips would be a perfect appetizer for this soiree. This delicious Tuscan bean dip is quick and easy to make and I...

Cherry and Brie Pastry Cups

Cherry and Brie Pastry Cups

When it comes to holiday entertaining I always go for the super easy appetizers. This frees my time up for the more complex recipes I plan on serving for dinner and keeps me stress-free. These Cherry and Brie Pastry Cups are super easy and incredibly delicious. The flavors of warm, melted Brie and sweet dark cherries are enhanced with a slight hint of maple syrup. You can sprinkle a few fresh thyme leaves on top prior to baking to add a more savory...

10 Easy Steps to Stop the Thanksgiving Frenzy Right Now!

10 Easy Steps To Stop The Thanksgiving Frenzy Right Now

It’s officially Fall and this is when I usually start my Thanksgiving Dinner planning. I know it may seem a little early but when you plan on hosting a large crowd for dinner it does take a little strategy beforehand. If for nothing else, but to save your sanity! There were years I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for 60 people plus a few additional people I came across who had nowhere else to go. I don’t think anyone should be by themselves on...

French Inspired Pear & Brie Pastry

French Inspired Pear & Brie Pastry

When I was in France many moons ago I had the pleasure of feasting on some of the most blissful foods. However, if I had to pick my favorite it would be the pastries. I hardly ever eat sweets but there was something about the buttery pastry crust, the sweet/tart flavor of the fruits paired with a creamy, savory cheese that sent me to Heaven. Alas, I returned to the States sans pastry and sans baking skills (sigh) … Until...

Mushrooms Stuffed with Sausage & Cheese

Mushrooms Stuffed with Sausage & Cheese

This is my go-to recipe when I’m entertaining or invited to a potluck dinner. It never fails, no matter how many I make they are always one of the first to go, usually before I’ve had the opportunity to savor some myself. But, I got wise and always make a few extra to eat before I put them out on the table lol. When selecting mushrooms for this recipe, choose ones with medium caps for best results. Using a mixture of Cremini and White Mushrooms...

Baked Chicken Wings with Honey Mustard

Baked chicken wings are such a great choice for casual outdoor gatherings because they are easy to make and are perfect for eating with your fingers. They are also extremely versatile because they can be tossed with any number of sauces or seasonings. The honey-mustard sauce used in this recipe is delicious! It also pairs beautifully with potato salad or other picnic-worthy side dishes. Don’t they look yummy! Are you ready for the recipe?  Do you have a favorite chicken wing recipe...

3 Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

Do you need a last minute appetizer? This versatile recipe comes together in under 15 minutes, but looks and tastes like it took a lot longer. How cool this that, right? Mini sweet peppers are great for snacking on right out of the bag, but they are even better when stuffed with your favorite blend of cheeses, fresh thyme and bacon. Pop under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until nicely browned and voila! You have a perfect warm and...

Mussels in a Creamy Garlic Sauce

Summertime at this house means it’s Mussel time! We love Mussels! They are super easy to prepare, inexpensive and incredibly nutritious. Mussels are a rich source of essential vitamins and minerals such as: B vitamins, Vitamin C, Folate, Iron, Phosphorus, Manganese, Selenium Zinc Vitamin B-12 Mussels are also a lean protein and ounce for ounce they provide the same amount of high quality protein as red meat without the saturated fats. Not only that, Mussels are a rich source of heart healthy...