Category — Appetizer + Snack Recipes

{recipe} No-Bake Date Nut Snack Bars

Are you prone to snack attacks? Heaven forbid I’m not carrying a bag of nuts or crackers with me at all times – because I get seriously hangry and it’s not pretty. In an attempt to make things a little more interesting and a little more healthy, I have been experimenting with some snack bars. These are the simplest and the best – with just dates, nuts, coconut, and a sprinkling of flaky sea salt.

No-Bake Date Nut Snack Bars

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May 8, 2017   1 Comment

{secret chef tips} Here Is All The Thanksgiving Advice I Have to Offer

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that a lot of people ask me for advice about cooking Thanksgiving dinner. But why keep it to my inner circle? Here, in pretty much random order, are the resources, advice, and tips I have to make your Thanksgiving cooking successful!

turkey-meal

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November 18, 2016   4 Comments

{try this} How To Make Labneh

Do you have enough labneh in your life? It really is delightful stuff. In case you’re not familiar with it, labneh is simply strained, full-fat yogurt – thick, creamy, tangy, and good on everything. It’s a staple of the Levant region (Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Israel, and Jordan) and it should always be in your fridge.

How to make homemade labneh

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May 15, 2016   No Comments

{recipe} Coconut Candied Pecans

I love candied nuts, and make them each year for the holidays. I usually do a sweet, salty, and spicy version. But lately I have discovered a way to make candied nuts that are better than the usual: by adding a generous helping of unsweetened coconut flakes to the mix. It adds a subtle coconut flavor and a welcome chewiness to the mix. I like the Bob’s Red Mill brand┬ábecause the flakes are paper-thin but big enough to stand up to the nuts.

coconut candied pecans

I have been putting these on all kinds of things. I first made a version with pistachios and slivered almonds and put it on a spinach salad that also had pomegranate seeds and roasted squash on it. That was great, but last night I made them with pecans to top a pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

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November 17, 2015   No Comments

{recipe} Salty-Sweet Caramel Popcorn

I had a major popcorn craving the other day. I was in a big supermarket and couldn’t find regular popcorn to buy; only microwave. In a HUGE store. That is a travesty because microwave popcorn has nothing on fresh-popped kernels from the stovetop. At any rate after hitting up a fancier store I bought some organic popcorn and set to work on handling that craving, and decided just to target all possible cravings in one go. Popcorn, check. Salt, check. Sugar, check.

caramel popcorn recipe

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May 31, 2015   No Comments

{idea} Questionable Practice: Pass Off TJ’s Hummus As Homemade

You probably already know that the hummus at Trader Joe’s is pretty tasty. I used to make hummus from scratch but now I often just make the TJ’s hummus all fancy looking and homemade which is way easier and still super delicious. So, buy the hummus, put it in a different bowl, drizzle some high quality olive oil over it, sprinkle with fleur de sel or black flake salt, and then sprinkle over a good amount of garam masala or ground cumin. I’m eating some right now.

hummus

I love the multigrain pita chips at TJ’s too! Or, even better, you can also make your own hot delicious pita chips by cutting up pita bread, drizzling with olive oil and salt, and baking them in the oven for 10 or 15 minutes until crispy.

No one will know your dirty little secret!

May 27, 2015   No Comments

{easy appetizer} Bruschetta with Prosciutto, Asparagus, and Stracchino

I am surprised it’s taken me so long to share this “recipe” (which is really more of a how-to than a recipe) because it so often makes an appearance at my house. The key is to get great quality ingredients and let them really shine.

prosciutto asparagus

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January 26, 2015   1 Comment

{life changing} How To Make Croutons That Taste 1,000 Times Better Than Any Kind You Can Buy

I am almost always disappointed by a crouton. It is too big, too hard, too crumbly, too dry. It is not good. It should get out of my salad already.

make croutons

And even in a fancy store, you think: OK, these are like 7 bucks a bag, and I’m in a fancy store, so they’ve got to be good.

And then they are not good.

But there is so much potential there! I mean it’s basically bread, oil, and herbs – so why is that not working out better? And is this the best we can do? Stale tasting, tooth-shattering, dust bombs adorning our salads?

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June 24, 2014   2 Comments

{recipe} Potato, Radish, and Shallot Pancakes with Honey Soy Dipping Sauce

The other day one of my sisters foisted a big bag of radishes on me. “I love getting the CSA box delivered,” she said. “But what am I supposed to do with all these radishes?” Apparently, they send them every week. So she challenged me to create something delicious using radishes. Challenge: accepted, and in fact, totally rocked. These are terrific.

radish pancakes

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February 14, 2014   No Comments

{recipe roundup} 25 of the Best Super Bowl Party Recipes

Planning to watch the game tomorrow? Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite recipes from my own collection and from around the web. Bring any of these to a Super Bowl party and I guarantee you will be voted “MVP” of the day!

buffalo wings

25 of the Best Super Bowl Party Recipes

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February 1, 2014   No Comments