Category Snacks

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 […]

The Spinach Artichoke Dip Experiment

Those of you who are also teachers and/or work in schools know how special the first day of summer is, and today, we celebrate with the cheesiest spinach and artichoke dip in all the land! Surprisingly, I’ve never made spinach artichoke dip, despite the fact that I tend to hover near it at parties.  After […]

Asian Lettuce Cups

If you haven’t yet heard of the podcast Gastropod ,which “looks at food through the lens of science and history”, and you enjoy learning about various ingredients or how cuisines have shifted over time, then you must go download it today! I was lucky enough to attend a taping earlier this week which also happened to […]

Lemon Parsley Fish Cakes

Tonight is a simple post for a simple dish.  With a TON of work that I need to finish by the end of the week, I will let these divine little bites speak for themselves.   In the original recipe, Martha Stewart used cod instead of haddock, and I also had to leave out the […]

Bruschetta

As my comfort in the kitchen expands, I’m finding more and more joy in planning, preparing, and serving a full meal to family and friends.  Sunday was my first year hosting Easter.  My father made a traditional Ukrainian Easter bread (paska) and the hubs and I prepared a non-traditional dinner of pot roast, jalapeno cornbread […]

The Zucchini Fritter Experiment

The hubs is away this weekend and I took full advantage of the chance to experiment with ingredients he hates.  So, here we have it, I’m officially outing him as a zucchini hater! But, no need to dwell on his losses, I was more than happy to eat all of these myself! In preparation for […]