Category Snacks

Shrimp Summer Rolls

Today I am back at work after the most spectacular bachelorette party on Martha’s Vineyard. One of my best friends, Carolyn, is someone who is driven, passionate, and most importantly she knows how to get down on the dance floor.  She goes out of her way for those that she loves and it was no […]

Summer Salsa

I must say, having a 4th of July birthday is a pretty special treat.   Growing up one of my favorite birthday traditions was competing with my friends in an obstacle course we created around our house.  One at a time each of my friends would enter the circuit of elements from skip it, to […]

Spinach and Artichoke dip with Shrimp

Each year my husband and I throw a shrimp fest, yes, you heard that right, a festival of potluck style dishes that include shrimp in some way.  This year folks went over the top and now I have a whole host of new recipes that I’ll eventually need to make and post on here on […]

Berry Smothered Baked Brie with Pistachios and Honey

Girls weekend was another smashing success complete with new puppies, a 90s dance party, and every type of cheese and wine. This year, for our 9th annual trip, we went down to Charlottesville, Virginia to see our friend’s amazing new house. She lives just outside of the city nestled between a hub of stunning wineries […]

The Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Portabellini Mushroom Experiment

Walking through the grocery store this afternoon we found some mini portobello mushrooms that quickly found their way into our cart.  After spending the last few weekends out of town we were excited to ‘treat ourselves’ with a homemade meal of steak tips and green beans (post coming soon).  As an appetizer I made some […]

Potato Skins

“Just show up.”  It is this simple mantra that brings me back to my computer after a decent hiatus.  That, and an energizing conversation with a close friend who has started his own blog that explores school desegregation and/or resegregation happening across our country today. As our friends munched on yummy appetizers and watched the […]

Tiny Quiche Bites

About a month ago my brother in-law was over for dinner when an amazon package arrived.  As I excitedly revealed this delightful tiny muffin tray, he commented “That looks like one of those 1 am purchases that is going to do an impressive job collecting dust in the back of your drawer.”  Well, I was […]

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

I have a love / hate relationship with what I will call the appetizer zone — that time after the guests arrive but before dinner is served.  While the most masterful chefs time everything perfectly, I am usually running around tidying and stirring while simultaneously greeting guests.  Inevitably, while chatting with folks or having a […]

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Slice, wrap, saute, serve. What is easier than that?  This was the first time I’ve ever prepared this delightful appetizer and plan to keep it in the rotation.  It was impossible to mess up – particularly while distracted by family laughter and conversation!   As I’ve noted here before, my family LOVES board games.  Like, […]

Tahini Tofu Fried Wontons

Ok blog world friends, I need some advice about lighting.  In this first year of posting and snapping pictures I’ve realized the dramatic impact of lighting in photographs.  To me, my blog is a place to document all of the things I have learned to cook, and the pictures are a visual reminder that I […]