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Category Archives: appetizers | small plates

bourbon and caramelized shallot dip

It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday and this dip would be a perfect addition to your menu along with chips or crudites.  I will be serving this delish dip accompanied by four new varieties of Terra Chips – Pumpkin Spice Sweets (kissed with cinnamon and nutmeg), Sweet Potato, Exotic Potato (sweet, Yukon gold, and naturally blue), […]

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easy yellow gazpacho

Fall may be just around the corner for a lot of people, but here in Florida we get to endure a few more weeks of temperatures in the 90’s (ugh).  So I think that this chilled soup that I adapted from Food & Wine magazine needs to be on the menu for September for sure. […]

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black pepper parmesan tuiles with heirloom tomato salad

The name of this appetizer may sound fancy, but tuiles are honestly the easiest thing to make and would be a perfect addition to your summer entertaining menu and will wow your guests.  What is a tuile?  It’s nothing more than a thin crisp or wafer of cheese for a savory version, or from a […]

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Romanesco Pesto Two Ways – Tagliatelle Pasta and Spring Bruschetta

Romanesco Pesto?  Okay so it’s just fun to say!!  What the heck is romanesco you may ask??  It’s a farmer’s market find….and the famed Iron Chef and The Chew co-host Mario Batali calls it, “the psychedelic love child of broccoli and cauliflower with lime green British punk hair” in an article on northjersey.com – along […]

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steamed artichokes with meyer lemon butter sauce

A lot of foods eluded me when I was growing up because my mother didn’t like them (or had never had them) such as mushrooms, garlic (gasp!), asparagus, and artichokes.  I’m not even sure how old I was when I had my first fresh artichoke, but once I learned how to properly trim and steam […]

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