Category — Appetizer + Snack Recipes

{recipe} Broiled Buffalo Wings

I never liked Buffalo wings that much, but then I married a guy who can’t get enough of them. Tired of paying 10 bucks for a plate of what were clearly frozen Costco wings dressed up on a restaurant plate, I decided it was time to try and make my own. And boy, am I glad I did.

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October 9, 2013   No Comments

{recipe} Oven-Baked Sesame Ginger French Fries (Plus 5 Tips for Making Great Fries in the Oven)

Do you ever look around your kitchen and think “what the heck am I going to feed this kid/myself?” That happens a lot around here; somehow, despite the overwhelming feeling that I’m wasting like a third of my life at the grocery store, there is no desirable food anywhere to be found, no matter how many times I open and close the fridge. On those nights that we happen to have a potato, I find that a batch of oven-baked fries is a good option because a) I know my son will eat them, b) I know I will also enjoy eating the rest of them, and c) I can feel OK about it since they are quasi-healthy as they are made from a potato. Which is totally a plant. Go ahead, sign me up for the “mother of the year” award.


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August 7, 2013   1 Comment

{recipe} Hot Cauliflower & White Cheddar Dip with Chili Garlic Toasts

I am a huge fan of that old-fashioned hot artichoke dip that you make with equal parts mayonnaise and parmesan cheese – you know the one – you eat it even though it is like molten hot magma that burns the roof of your mouth to a crisp, and afterwards, you feel kind of disgusting. After the success of my Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe, I was compelled to keep exploring hot dip possibilities, and this is another winner. It’s hot, cheesy, and super delicious, but a lot more balanced and with the added bonus of actually containing a significant amount of vegetables.

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July 10, 2013   3 Comments

{recipe} Roasted Sesame Edamame Pods

I like eating edamame as a snack or appetizer, but boiled is just so blah. Since nearly everything is better roasted, I decided to toss some of the whole frozen pods with a couple of flavorful ingredients and roast them in the oven. This yielded a terrific snack that went from freezer to table in about 20 minutes flat.

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April 22, 2013   No Comments

{recipe} Charred Asparagus and Brussels Sprouts with Sesame Miso Butter

Ever since I made the incredible miso butter roast chicken from Use Real Butter, I have been trying to find as many other things as possible to slather with miso butter. In this recipe, I combined asparagus and Brussels sprouts and cooked them with a bit of wine, which gives the dish a tart note that offsets the butter and miso.


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April 15, 2013   3 Comments

{recipe} Baked Salt and Vinegar Sweet Potato Chips

Another day, another snack. This time I took sweet potato slices to the oven, seasoned with salt, thyme, and a vinegar tang. Fantastic!

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March 30, 2013   4 Comments

{recipe} Crispy Parmesan-Garlic Edamame

I am a big-time snacker. I love a salty snack with wine or cocktails before dinner, during that afternoon lull around 3 PM when I get sleepy and unmotivated, and late at night watching a movie. I can’t just sit around eating bags of chips all day, so I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting snack ideas that aren’t totally terrible for me. These crispy edamame, seasoned with parmesan and garlic and baked in the oven, are the latest snack craze in my house.


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March 27, 2013   1 Comment

{how to} Spicy Soy Kale Chips

I have talked about why I like kale chips before, but now that I’ve started making them with an Asian twist, I like them even more.

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March 14, 2013   No Comments

{recipe} Pistachio Parsley Pesto

I live in San Francisco, so it shouldn’t surprise you that I have a fair number of vegan friends. I used to dread coming up with a vegan meal that everyone would enjoy, but now I try to view it as a fun challenge and an opportunity to experiment with constraints I’m not used to. That’s how this pistachio parsley pesto was born–and to be honest, I don’t even miss the cheese. Plus, it’s fun to say “pistachio parsley pesto.”


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March 11, 2013   1 Comment

{recipe} Hot, Melty Buffalo Chicken Dip

My friend Christen has excellent taste in everything – decor, wine, food, clothes, and so forth. So when she tells me something is good, I tend to believe her. In this case, I was extremely skeptical. Hot Buffalo chicken dip? Seriously? It sounds like a Midwestern mayonnaise nightmare. But as I mentioned, the woman has great taste- and she was totally right. This stuff is really delicious.

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February 28, 2013   No Comments