Category Archives: appetizers

Meatball Quesadillas: an edible spaghetti western

Meatball Quesadillas: a real Spaghetti Western snackThis Spaghetti Western is true convenience food.  And yet, you can make it all with real food, too.  Homemade tortillas, homemade spaghetti sauce, homemade meatballs; this dish can take you hours to make, or you can whip it up in mere minutes.  It all depends on your food philosophy or your schedule.  You could even adapt it to be gluten free. Continue reading

Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Hot Baked Buffalo Chicken DipWelcome to Day #6 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. Whether you are a Broncos fan or a Seahawks fan , we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25. Today is our final day of #AppetizerWeek. We hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have! Should we make it an annual event? I think so! Continue reading

Spinach Squares

Spinach Cheese SquaresWelcome to Day #5 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. Whether you are a Broncos fan or a Seahawks fan , we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25.

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Turkey Meatballs with Blackberry Sauce

Turkey Appetizer Meatballs with Blackberry Sauce Welcome to Day #4 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.  With the big football game coming up, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers.  We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25. Lots of great prizes will be up for grabs so you do not want to miss one single day. Follow #AppetizerWeek on Twitter to keep up to date with all our amazing recipes and giveaways!

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#FreshFromFlorida Corn,Tomato & Avocado Quesadillas

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You won’t believe this, but corn is on right now in Florida.   I am talking full grown high-as-the-sky corn.  And that is not all.  Avocados, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery,  Cucumbers, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Oranges, Potatoes, Radishes, Squash, Strawberries,  and Tomatoes are also in season this month.  In my local grocery store, they have these cute little signs or stickers that say “Grown in Florida.”  Continue reading

Onion Pretzels

Gluten Free Onion Butter Pretzels
Welcome to Day #3 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.  Whether you are a Broncos fan or a Seahawks fan , we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25.
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Brie en Croute

Gluten Free Brie en CrouteWelcome to Day #2 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of <a href=”http://cravingsofalunatic.com”>Cravings of a Lunatic</a> and Kristen from <a href=”http://frugalanticsrecipes.com”>Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker</a>. With the big football game coming up, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25

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Crab Layered Dip

Layered Crab Dip

Welcome to Day #1 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. With the big football game coming up, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25.

 

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Black Bean Chicken Quesadilla

Black Bean Chicken QuesadillasHave you ever taken a moment to look at the Latin food section of your grocery store?  There are so many fun things to find there.  Goya Foods is a Latin food brand that, as far as I can tell in all of my moves around the country, is a national brand found everywhere.  Their product line is very extensive.  Some of their foods are even in the freezer section!

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Fresh from Florida Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Appetizers

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I live a short drive from Mayport, FL, one of the state's best shrimping towns.  There is a fleet of fishing boats that brings in fresh shrimp every day.  I was not surprised when the guy behind the fish counter at my local Publix told me that the fresh shrimp I was buying came from there.  I sort of expected it.  The Florida waters abound in wonderful shrimp.

There are four kinds of shrimp harvested off the coasts of Florida,  brown, white, rock and pink.  This time of year, we are mostly eating white shrimp.  Brown shrimp is more plentiful in the summer.  Rock and pink shrimps are found in the deeper waters farther off the coasts.

I often make shrimp dishes for dinner.  There are so many great ideas for using Fresh from Florida shrimp for main dishes.  This time of year, though, as the holiday parties are in full swing, my thoughts turned toward appetizers.  With their handy little tails, shrimp make great finger food, whether they are plain with sauce or wrapped in something as wonderful as bacon.

This is a simple dish that goes together with little effort.  Once your shrimp is clean, simply wrap it in par-baked bacon that has been brushed with honey and sprinkled with garlic powder.  Once it's crispy, you are in for a wonderful treat.  Use thin cut bacon, not thick, as you don't want to overpower the shrimp.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp:

1 pound fresh shrimp, deveined, peeled, leaving the tail whole

12 oz thin cut bacon

1/4 cup honey

2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions: Par-bake bacon for 10 minutes at 400 degrees on a wire rack placed in a foil lined rimmed baking sheet.  Remove bacon from the oven and cool enough to be able to handle it.  Cut each strip of bacon in half crosswise.  Brush them with the honey and sprinkle them liberally with garlic powder.  Wrap each shrimp with a slice of bacon and secure it with a wooden toothpick.  Place them back on the wire rack and bake for another 5 minutes.  Switch on the broiler.  Broil for up to 5 minutes or until bacon is crispy.

What are your favorite ways to prepare shrimp?  Do you buy it cooked or raw?  Fresh or frozen?

 

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#Cookbook Review: Stealth Health Lunches Kids Love

Let’s face it, getting kids to eat healthy foods is not always easy.  I had such plans with all of my children: they were going to love broccoli and hate Sweet Tarts.  I did achieve the former; all five of my kids are broccoli lovers, but dang it, all five of them love red and blue dye, ascorbic acid and corn syrup laden candies, too.  As babies and toddlers, I had so much control over their diets.  They really were pretty good eaters.  However, when they got to be school aged and started playing and eating at friends’ homes, all of my good work went out the window.  Continue reading