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Appetizers

CLASSIC PIMENTO CHEESE

CLASSIC PIMENTO CHEESE

Pimento cheese is such a Southern staple and crazy delicious.  And since it’s also crazy easy, it’s a perfect addition to a Kentucky Derby party!  This tangy and creamy spread is always a hit. They don’t call it the pâté of the South for nothing.…

SOUTHERN-FRIED OKRA

SOUTHERN-FRIED OKRA

This Southern-fried okra recipe uses nuggets of fresh okra that are dipped in a spicy buttermilk mixture, dredged in cornmeal, flour, and breadcrumbs, then fried until crisp and golden.  They’re addictive and you can’t stop popping them into your mouth.  There’s a reason Southern-fried okra…

GOAT CHEESE CAPRESE BRUSCHETTA

GOAT CHEESE CAPRESE BRUSCHETTA

This Goat Cheese Caprese Bruschetta recipe is a perfect summer ‘go-to’ appetizer.  So fresh and healthy, it also makes a wonderful light lunch or brunch dish.  Serve this with a Fennel & Orange Salad, a Savory Roasted Garlic Palmiere, and an Italian Amaretti Peach for…

GLAZED BACON WRAPPED ONION RINGS

GLAZED BACON WRAPPED ONION RINGS

Who doesn’t love onion rings or bacon?  This fun Father’s Day side dish combines both for a flavor sensation.  Then just to kick it up a notch, glaze the bacon with maple syrup!  Insanely good!  Treat Dad to a hearty, fun meal by adding an…

PICKLED DEVILED EGGS

PICKLED DEVILED EGGS

This is a vintage recipe that is as tasty today as it was decades ago.  Pickling the eggs gives them a tangy, sweet flavor that goes so well with the creamy, deviled yolks.  It’s subtle and so delicious. Back in the day, this was an…

LOADED SMASHED POTATOES

LOADED SMASHED POTATOES

These loaded smashed potatoes are a perfect side dish or appetizer!  Potatoes that are crispy on the edges and fluffy inside then topped with all the goodness of a loaded baked potato. I seem to always be looking for a new and different side dish. …

SHRIMP COCKTAIL

SHRIMP COCKTAIL

Who doesn’t love this old school classic?  The cold and tender shrimp. The sweet and spicy sauce.  So delicious. I like to serve these Savory Roasted Garlic Palmiers and a Classic Cosmopolitan Martini to wash it all down. If you’ve ever ordered a shrimp cocktail…

CRISPY SPICY ROASTED CHICKPEAS

CRISPY SPICY ROASTED CHICKPEAS

When you’re craving something salty and crunchy, this healthy snack is sure to satisfy.  With only four ingredients, you can whip these up in no time. The difficulty comes with trying not to eat them all in one sitting.  The struggle is real. Do you…

Welcoming Spring with Food

Welcoming Spring with Food

The air is finally beginning to feel a little and this means that our favorite season is right around the corner! The temperatures are beginning to rise have us eager to make the shift from winter foods to the colorful spring-y meals. From crisp asparagus…

SAVORY ROASTED GARLIC AND PARMESAN PALMIERS

SAVORY ROASTED GARLIC AND PARMESAN PALMIERS

This savory appetizer recipe explodes with a cheesy, garlicky flavor.  They make a delicious appetizer, but work well accompanying a cup of tomato soup or a caesar salad.  Is it bad that I can make a meal out of appetizers?  I do, quite often, especially…

HONEY BOURBON GLAZED SCALLOPS

HONEY BOURBON GLAZED SCALLOPS

Every Thanksgiving game-plan needs a great holiday appetizer.  These scallops are my go-to for something to serve while finalizing the last of the dinner prep.  They are salty, meaty, savory, and sweet from the honey bourbon glaze. I like making them year-round, they’re that tasty.…

BONES AND BLOOD (Breadsticks and sauce)

BONES AND BLOOD (Breadsticks and sauce)

This Halloween appetizer may be one of the cutest recipes yet.  Buttery garlic breadsticks, from a refrigerated tube, and prepared marinara sauce or pizza sauce make for a quick appetizer to serve before trick or treating or at your Halloween party. This Halloween appetizer could…

BAKED BRIE WITH HONEY AND PECANS

BAKED BRIE WITH HONEY AND PECANS

This elegant appetizer is as easy as it is delicious.  Creamy brie cheese that is topped with a sugary pecan topping is wrapped in a flaky puff pastry crust.  This is a lovely appetizer for guests, holidays, or even just a Friday night. One of…

PINEAPPLE HABANERO CHEESE BALL

PINEAPPLE HABANERO CHEESE BALL

A quick and easy appetizer that is creamy, tangy, and chock full of delicious sweet heat.  Covered in salty, smoky bacon and even more cheddar, this is wonderful served with crackers or bagel chips. When I call this a quick and easy appetizer, I’m not…

SPICY ROASTED RED PEPPER AND FETA DIP

SPICY ROASTED RED PEPPER AND FETA DIP

This spicy, smoky, garlicky roasted red pepper and feta dip may be a party in a bowl.  Ready in less than 10 minutes using simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand, this flavorful dip is sure to be your new easy ‘go-to’ recipe…