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SOUTHERN CHEESE SQUARES

SOUTHERN CHEESE SQUARES

Pretty, crisp, buttery homemade Southern cheese squares are an easy and tasty appetizer.  The same taste as the classic cheese straw, but made into a slice and bake roll. I like to serve these at most of my gatherings – especially for a Southern brunch Read More..

EASY EGG SALAD FINGER SANDWICHES

EASY EGG SALAD FINGER SANDWICHES

No Kentucky Derby party would be complete without a platter of little sandwiches.  These easy egg salad finger sandwiches are a delicious nibble that satisfies just about everyone. I like to serve the sandwiches as part of a beautiful Kentucky Derby cocktail party.  I’ve gotten Read More..

KENTUCKY DERBY BENEDICTINE SPREAD

KENTUCKY DERBY BENEDICTINE SPREAD

A vintage recipe that needs to make a comeback, Kentucky Derby Benedictine Spread is a delicious appetizer for any party.  It also makes a great filling for tea sandwiches. I like to serve this spread as a dip with crudites.  For a beautiful Kentucky Derby Read More..

LEMON BLUEBERRY LAVENDER COCKTAIL

LEMON BLUEBERRY LAVENDER COCKTAIL

A Lemon Blueberry Lavender Cocktail is a sophisticated, fruity, citrusy, libation with an aromatic floral note from the lavender simple syrup. This is a take on a mind-blowing drink that I was obsessed with during my years in Houston.  This little dive bar made the Read More..

MEXICAN PICADITAS

MEXICAN PICADITAS

A Mexican Picadita is a traditional dish consisting of a base of fried masa harina with savory toppings.  These picaditas are topped with a smokey Mexican tomato sauce, black beans, chorizo, onions, and cilantro.   They make a delicious appetizer or a light lunch.  Top with Read More..

2 EASTER BRUNCH COCKTAILS

2 EASTER BRUNCH COCKTAILS

Easter celebrations are best when they start early in the day.  First, the kids find their hidden Easter baskets, then look for the hidden eggs.  And the adults watch the shenanigans while sipping a delicious libation.  I have a suggestion for you today for 2 Read More..

TOASTED RAVIOLI

TOASTED RAVIOLI

These toasted ravioli are always a favorite.  Cheese ravioli is breaded in a flavorful, cheesy coating and baked until golden brown.  Serve them with your favorite tomato sauce for dipping. Fried foods seem too heavy for an appetizer.  Yet, I adore the crunchy, cheesy fried Read More..

EASY CORN DOG MUFFINS

EASY CORN DOG MUFFINS

A healthier take on everyone’s favorite amusement park or fair treat, these Easy Corn Dog Muffins make a quick, yet fun brunch, lunch, game day appetizer, or even a quick weeknight dinner. Who doesn’t love a corn dog?  There’s something gratifying about eating food off Read More..

ORANGE LEMON VODKA PUNCH

ORANGE LEMON VODKA PUNCH

Orange-lemon vodka punch combines a childhood throwback with vodka and soda for a bit of bubbly.  Fresh and citrusy punch is topped with vodka and soda for an adult version of what you grew up drinking. If you grew up in Western Pennsylvania, you may Read More..

IRISH POTATO LEEK SOUP

IRISH POTATO LEEK SOUP

This Irish potato leek soup is savory, creamy, cheesy, and so very satisfying.  Serve it with a crusty loaf of bread and a Spinach Salad With Bacon Dressing for a delicious dinner on a cool March evening – like St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re looking Read More..

POMEGRANATE MARTINI

POMEGRANATE MARTINI

This pomegranate martini is exactly what you need at the end of a long day.  It is the perfect blend of tart, sweet, and bitter. During my time in New York City, one of my favorite restaurants was the Tribeca Grill.  It was the perfect Read More..

WHITE CHICKEN CHILI

WHITE CHICKEN CHILI

This white chicken chili is creamy, hearty, and so satisfying.  It’s a great alternative to a rich beef chili and easy enough to become a favorite family dinner staple. I like to serve this chili with a Fenne And Orange Salad, which cuts through the Read More..

FRESH CITRUS MARGARITA

FRESH CITRUS MARGARITA

It’s National Margarita Day!  Why not whip up a fresh citrus margarita and kick back to celebrate.  This margarita is smooth, not too sweet, and packs a punch with the silver tequila and Grand Marnier.  Take the time to rim the glass in both sugar Read More..

FRENCH ONION SOUP

FRENCH ONION SOUP

Is there anything more comforting than a steaming hot bowl of soup?  French onion soup is a savory and slightly sweet bowl of comfort topped with garlicky toast and melted cheese.  Dig your spoon into the cheesy top, the crouton, and ease into your hungry Read More..

EASY BUFFALO CHICKEN SALAD

EASY BUFFALO CHICKEN SALAD

This easy buffalo chicken salad is a spicy and tangy twist on a deli classic.  Chicken is mixed with all the flavors of buffalo chicken wings.  It’s superb on crackers, as a stuffing for celery or cucumber slices, as a filling for a pita or Read More..