With tangy feta cheese and savory dill, Greek Deviled Eggs will be the hit of your next brunch or picnic. Perfect for Easter of Mother's Day!

Mar 28, 2017

Greek Deviled Eggs & a Giveaway

I was a picky eater as a kid.  Hard boiled eggs?  Eeuuuw. Mayo?  No way!  Luckily, I outgrew it!  Otherwise I’d never have made Greek Deviled Eggs!   Last year I noticed lots of fancy deviled egg recipes appearing all over the Internet.  Embellished with tasty add-ins like bacon or salsa, who could resist? 

How I made my first jelly (hot pepper). And fixed it when it didn't gel. And turned it in to a delicious hot pepper jelly cream cheese appetizer.

Mar 19, 2017

Hot Pepper Jelly. Plus (Surprise) Syrup. Oops.

My first jelly.  Hooray!  And (for better or worse) another example of how an “oops” can become a win.  I set out to make Hot Pepper Jelly and (eventually) ended up with a delicious jelly AND a tasty syrup.    This all began with the Food in Jars online Mastery Challenge.  Every month challenge participants make a new kind of preserve—January … Continue reading

Feb 16, 2017

Step by Step Home Cured Gravlax (Salmon)

It’s month two of the Food in Jars Canning Challenge–and I’m still psyched.  This time I’ve made Home Cured Gravlax (Salmon).   If you’re not familiar with gravlax, it is (per Wikipedia) “a Nordic dish consisting of raw salmon, cured in salt, sugar, and dill. Gravlax is usually served as an appetizer, sliced thinly and accompanied by … a dill and mustard … Continue reading

Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

Dec 28, 2016

Easy Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

Whew!  Are you as tired as I am?  Rousing parties, holiday shows and fancy cooking are all fun–but non-stop activity can take a toll.  Even a food blogger can need a cooking break! So, with New Year’s Eve on the horizon, I am sharing a super easy meatball & mozzarella appetizer.  The idea comes from my teenage nieces who made … Continue reading

Italian Sausage Stuffed Mini Pepper

Sep 25, 2016

Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers

I think they may be the breakout vegetable of the season.  I am talking the colorful small peppers you see all over Pinterest and farmers markets.  And lucky for me in my CSA boxes! I’ve been popping them into salads, but today I turned them into Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers.  It’s football Sunday after all! 

Salmon Mousse on Cucumber Slices, served

Sep 22, 2016

Salmon Mousse on Cucumber Slices

Tasty and cute. Easy.  Healthy even. Can’t beat that in an appetizer.  Like this Salmon Mousse on Cucumber Slices.   Omega-3 fats, like those found in oily fish like tuna and salmon, are all over the news today.  Consume twice weekly and your heart, joints, you-name-it, will thank you.  

Cajun Zucchini Fritters

Jul 24, 2016

Cajun Zucchini Fritters

Have you heard the joke about zucchini?  Something like… in the city you need to lock your car doors to keep people from stealing your car.  In the country, you need to lock your car to keep people from leaving zucchini on your back seat.  Ba dum bum. Yup that’s pretty much where I was until I created this recipe … Continue reading

Prosciutto Caprese Bruschetta in Window

Jun 9, 2016

Prosciutto Caprese Bruschetta with Basil Drizzle

Gotta love summer entertaining.  From picnics to cookouts to toasting s’mores, the living is easy–and lots of fun!  My very favorite warm weather treat is drinks and appetizers on the patio. Charcuturie plates, cheese platters and trays of hors d-oeuvres like Prosciutto Caprese Bruschetta are perfect go-to summer dishes!   Prosciutto Caprese Bruschetta is an appetizer of prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and … Continue reading

Wild Ramp Goat Cheese Spread with crackers

Jun 2, 2016

Wild Ramp Goat Cheese Spread (with Ramp Alternative)

Wild harvesting is a joy—full of treasures from violets to berries.  Better still, it comes with a stroll in nature, even if just to the backyard! Spring is my favorite foraging season; after barren winter, an edible discovery is a wonder.  My most recent “find” is a small harvest of wild ramps which I used to make a Wild Ramp … Continue reading

Salmon Burger from above

Dec 10, 2015

Scandinavian Salmon Burgers

Have you seen the PBS series New Scandinavian Cooking?  Besides some of the most breathtaking scenery ever, there’s a lot of fine cooking going on!  When I saw them make burgers out of chopped salmon I was intrigued.  I even meant to give it a try.  But life got busy and I never followed up.  A year or so later, … Continue reading