Slide the Thai

Looking for a unique appetizer that will tickle your guests’ taste buds at your next soiree? Try these tiny and delectable Thai Turkey Sliders with Peanut Sauce. Kicks of typical Thai flavors like peanut, rice vinegar, and ginger pair well with a base of a miniature turkey patty – all accented by the fresh crunch of lettuce. This appetizer is perfect for beginner Thai food diners who might be wary of exotic flavors as it offers only mild spice and focuses more on the familiar taste of [... more]

A Different Kind of Steak and Cheese

These days, inviting your friends for dinner can be both fun and stressful: between special diets, allergies, and just plain picky eaters, you can never be quite sure that what you’re making will please everyone. Luckily for you (and the picky eater – who I’m sure has other redeemable qualities to warrant your invite), tapas make for the perfect dining solution. You and your friends get to try a variety of recipes in a single meal, pick and choose what they please, and still discover new flavors. We can’t [... more]

Celebratory Salsa

While you sit poolside celebrating 4th of July with friends and family, be sure to snack on something festive like this Blueberry, Strawberry and Jicama Salsa.  Not only is this 4th of July recipe pretty, but it’s also full of unique flavor combinations and is super easy to make.  The sweetness of the blueberries and strawberries contrasts perfectly with the bite and spice of cilantro and jalapeno, and the crunch of the jicama adds nice texture.  Pair with whole wheat crackers or cinnamon sugar pita chips for the perfect celebratory [... more]

Two-Bite Macaroni

The boxed macaroni and cheese we all loved as children gets a serious upgrade with these Macaroni and Cheese Baked Cheese Balls. These delicious fried pockets ooze cheesy flavor with each bite you take. A perfect, portable alternative to the classic but messy comfort food, these balls are perfect to take to work or as an on-the-go snack. They also make a great addition to the dinner table as a side dish or appetizer that is sure to please. Covered in tasty, crispy breadcrumbs, this dish will [... more]

A Fig Concoction

Top your bread with a combination that will not only engage your eyes, but your palette as well. This recipe for Crostini with Arugula Walnut Pesto, Blue Cheese and Fresh Figs will undeniably wake up your taste buds. Start off by toasting slices of your favorite bread, sprinkled with olive oil, in the oven until golden brown. Then it’s time for the pesto, which is made by combining all the traditional pesto ingredients with a little arugula and chopped walnuts for a unique flavor. A heaping spoonful [... more]

Un-Fried Green Beans

An egg-free, vegan-breaded green bean recipe doesn’t exactly get the taste buds somersaulting. But trust us, it tastes so much better than it sounds. In fact, these Breaded Green Bean Fries even give the fried alternatives a run for their money—and they’re better for you. In addition to the obvious baking vs. frying benefit, these fries call for unsweetened almond milk instead of regular milk and extra light virgin oil instead of vegetable oil. And for the vegan breading, a seasoning blend of onion powder, garlic powder, [... more]

French Onion Minus the Soup

French onion soup takes on a new, but just as mouthwatering, form with this recipe. The brainchild of blogger Ree Drummond, French Onion Soup Stuffed Mushrooms just might become your new favorite appetizer. In this recipe, the onions, which have been cooked in butter, wine, and broth and then flavored with a little Worcestershire sauce, serve as the stuffing for the mushroom caps. A sprinkling of gruyere cheese melts perfectly to seal in the onions. Serve these one-bite wonders as hors d’oeuvres at your next party or [... more]

Honey Brie

Known as the “king of cheeses,” Brie dates back to the year 774, when French emperor Charlemagne first tasted this soft cheese and immediately fell in love with it. Today, commoners like us are able to enjoy the mild, sweet flavors of Brie, usually as an appetizer. With its bloomy white rind, a wheel of this delicious cheese not only looks elegant but also keeps guests coming back for more. This recipe for Baked Brie With Rosemary, Honey, and Candied Walnuts calls for a few sprigs of [... more]

A Twisted Toast Treat

Bacon is America’s favorite breakfast meat, and for good reason. These versatile little slices of cured pork complement the flavors of so many foods and add a savory, salty crunch to any dish. For this recipe, crumbled bacon tops a delicious avocado spread that’s been slathered on sliced baguettes. The French bread is served as-is without any additional baking, creating a soft base for the toppings. Providing a tasty surprise, a drizzle of honey acts as a sweet foil to the bacon’s saltiness. Each savory bite of [... more]

Reinventing a Classic

The classic Caprese salad features layers of mozzarella cheese, basil, and tomatoes drizzled with olive oil or a balsamic glaze. However, these Caprese Quinoa Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms with Balsamic Glaze are a riff on the antipasto staple and create a crowd-pleasing appetizer worthy of a special occasion. Quinoa, mozzarella, tomatoes, and chopped basil infuse grilled mushrooms with Italian flavor. All of this deliciousness is topped off with a glaze made from balsamic vinegar and brown sugar for an extra kick. Serve these bite-size beauties to guests at [... more]

Simple 5-Minute Snack

Throw together a healthy on-the-go snack that is both fast and delicious. The piquant flavors of ranch dressing and Parmesan cheese create a unique snack mix featuring nuts, pretzels, and popcorn. To make Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix, simply whisk together a package of ranch dip seasoning mix and olive oil, and add the nuts, pretzels, and popcorn; then toss the mixture with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. No baking required! In less than five minutes, you’ll have a satisfying—and highly addictive—snack mix. Photo Credit: Averie Cooks

Loaded Bread

This creative twist on the traditional Caprese salad—red ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil—incorporates another favorite food—bread! Caprese Garlic Bread works well as either an appetizer or an accompaniment to dinner. Scour your local farmers market for the freshest ingredients available to really boost the delicious flavors. A loaf of ciabatta bread serves as the perfect foundation for the other ingredients. We guarantee that this irresistible Italian combination will keep you coming back bite after bite.

The Fried List

Northerners like to say that Southerners will fry anything. Well, we don’t know about that, but after seeing this recipe, we just added avocados to the list. Crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside, Avocado Fries With Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce makes a hearty appetizer or side dish and offers a healthy alternative to the popular potato version. This recipe calls for two avocados sliced into wedges and then coated in breadcrumbs before frying to achieve that delicious crispy texture. The breaded exterior is a [... more]

Easy Apps

Appetizers don’t require a lot of ingredients or a lot of effort to impress guests. You can still “wow” a crowd with quick and easy starters. This Prosciutto, Swiss, and Cucumber Bruschetta recipe only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and yields 40 hors d’oeuvres. The cream cheese and dill spread provides a great flavor, and complements the thinly sliced prosciutto. Top the Bruschetta off with some baby Swiss, and each bite will melt in your mouth. It’s hard to eat just one. Serve at your next [... more]

5 de Mayo: Cheesy Corn Dip

Food just seems to look, smell, and taste better when it’s baked in a cast-iron pan. Summer Corn and Cotija Cheese Dip exceeds all my cast-iron fantasy foods. It’s the perfect party dip to serve straight from the iron beauty you bake it in. Even better, the ease of the recipe, short list of ingredients, and minimal prep and cooking time (only 30 minutes total) will blow your mind. Summer yellow corn shines bright in this recipe, and its sweet flavor heightens when mixed with scallions, garlic, [... more]

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