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cucumber, goat cheese and salami appetizer

cucumber, goat cheese and salami appetizer

This is possibly the easiest appetizer you’ll ever make. Unless you count pre-made appetizers that you just microwave or bake but this one may even rival those because there is literally no cooking involved in this recipe. It’s just assembling.

It’s also perfect for summer because it’s light and refreshing, and like I mentioned above, you don’t have to turn your stove top or your oven on. I don’t know about you but I eat a TON of cucumber in the summer. It’s full of water and the crisp texture is great for a quick, healthy summer snack. Add some cool, creamy goat cheese and a piece of salami and you got it made. Literally.

Bonus: It’s only 3 ingredients! (more…)

Easy caprese salad

easy caprese salad

Caprese salad is one of the easiest and most delicious salads, appetizers, starters or first courses ever simply because the ingredients do most of the work for you. Good quality ingredients = amazing caprese salad. The rest is just assembly and making it look pretty.

I serve caprese salad often for parties or small get togethers because it’s simple to throw together, can be served at room temperature, and almost everyone loves it. In fact, I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like caprese salad and I’m not sure I want to.

Also, it’s pretty. (more…)

Hot ham dip

hot ham dip

Happy Easter Monday everyone! For those of you who celebrate, I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. We spent Sunday morning at church and then spent the afternoon at my parent’s house for Easter “dinner”, if you can call it that. My husband pointed out that on holidays, for some reason, we never eat at a normal time. We always eat at 2 or 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Does anyone else’s family do this? Anyway, this Easter was no different. We ate at 3 o’clock and we called it Easter “dinner”. In my family, we divide up the food and each person is usually responsible for one of the courses. My favorite, and the one that usually gets assigned to me, is the appetizers. After some thought, I finally settled on making a tomato, mozzarella and basil salad (aka caprese), my famous guacamole (its really only famous amongst my family, but it’s good! I promise!), and hot ham dip. (more…)

Fusion appetizers at Michael’s in midtown manhattan

fusion appetizers

I’ve been in Manhattan a lot lately. It’s been great. I love the city and I like to venture in as often as possible. My brother and his girlfriend, who is from Cambodia, are visiting from Asia for the Holidays and my family wanted to take them into the city to see Rockefeller Center and the famous Christmas tree. I generally avoid midtown because it’s always so packed with tourists but since we were there doing touristy things and it was impossible to take any sort of transportation (I will never take the train into the city the weekend between Christmas and New Years ever again) it seemed easiest to just pick a restaurant near Rockefeller Center for dinner. We settled on <a href=””>Michael’s Restaurant on West 55th Street between 5th and 6th. (more…)

Buffalo Chicken Dip

buffalo chicken dip

There must be a thousand different recipes for buffalo chicken dip. This one is by no means healthy but it’s pretty much the most delicious thing you could eat and it’s incredibly easy.

On Christmas day my sister in law asked me to help her get some of the appetizers ready. She worked on the bruschetta and I worked on the buffalo chicken dip. I also made Ina Garten’s stuffed mushrooms which are to die for, just fyi. This is essentially my sister in law’s recipe for buffalo chicken dip. I may have changed some of the measurements but she is the true mastermind behind this dip. To be honest I was never that thrilled by buffalo chicken dip. I mean it’s good and all but there are definitely other appetizers I’d rather be eating. But for some reason I couldn’t stop eating this one on Christmas day. So, I decided to make it again for New Year’s Eve and just as I suspected, it went over really well. (more…)

Buffalo Calamari at Blue Point

buffalo calamari

One of my favorite local restaurants is Blue Point Grill in Princeton. It’s on the pricey side but you can’t beat the fresh seafood. In fact, the menu changes daily depending upon what is caught that day. The menu is also extensive and offers all kinds of fish and seafood. One thing I love about Blue Point is that many of their fish entrees come prepared very simply with just a light lemon butter sauce. I love this because it really allows the flavor and the freshness of the fish to stand out. Food doesn’t always need tons of ingredients to make it taste good. Sometimes simpler is better and in this case it definitely is. (more…)

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