Tomato, mozzarella and basil salad

Sometimes a classic salad is the best choice and easiest “go-to” salad for a summer evening.  This dish is certainly one of the old standbys that works for many occasions. Summer tomatoes are the best for this dish and thin slices of fresh mozzarella are super tasty.  I grow basil every summer in my garden…

Cheese Board

For a busy holiday party, I find it easier to serve an appetizer or cheese board while everyone is waiting for the dinner hour.  When guests arrive, it is very easy to have many types of cheese, nuts, dried fruit, condiments, crusty and multi-seeded bread ready to go. Guests can serve themselves while they enjoy…

Boska cheese boards

For Easter appetizers this year, I plan to share a cheese board with my family. I was recently introduced to a company from Holland that offers so many lovely products for preparing and serving cheese. They offer everything from slicers, graters, boards, and knives to fondue and raclette sets. Their products are high quality and…

Stuffed Portobellos

One of my favorite hot appetizer “go-to’s” is always stuffed mushrooms.  I have posted a few ideas on this blog in years past of those recipes.  This recipe, however, is a dinner entrée recipe that is wonderful for a Meatless Monday menu plan. Made with larger mushrooms, this recipe is terrific served with a side…

Tomato and Cheese Tart

Inspired by the Food Network magazine, September 2016 issue, I made this tart last week.  This is a great recipe, as the puff pastry works perfectly to create a tasty savory tart.  This could be a wonderful Super Bowl appetizer, or could be used alongside an arugula salad for a delicious lunch entrée.  This tart…

Summer appetizers

Summer is a great time to invite family and friends for outdoor entertaining.  Even if enjoying the outdoors, it is still possible to offer a selection of appetizers indoors on a buffet.  Whether it is a small group of friends or just another couple, it is easy to have a few appetizers set up for…

Appetizer shells

For years I have used Athens Mini Fillo Shells for many different types of appetizers, both sweet and savory.  Recently, I realized that I could save some money by making my own shells from the company’s phyllo dough which is packaged in sheets. By using this product, I was able to make a very large…

Cheese fondue

For easy entertaining, I have served a variety of cheese fondue recipes over the years.  Some have been made with classic cheddar cheeses, and others are made with a different flavor profile. This past Christmas, I served a new recipe that I enjoyed along with my guests.  One of the best features of serving a…

Serving cheese

Pleasing presentation during entertaining has been encouraged for years by entertaining experts.  Presenting food in an appealing way actually encourages the overall interest for the food, including taste and food satisfaction. I often consider what is the best plate, platter or tray to display appetizers or cheese for guests.  I was thrilled to receive a…

spinach and cheese appetizer

Holiday season is here and most hostesses like to have a few easy appetizers to serve to guests, as they are waiting for the holiday meal. This is one of those easy recipes that have been around for a long time, but I have never featured on my blog. I am not sure if this…

late summer snack on my new bamboo board

Ah, the last day of August is here.  I have been working in my garden for one week now, cleaning and dividing hosta and perennials.  It is the time of year that I look forward to dreaming of what my garden will be next year.  It is a time to think about what grew well…

appetizer presentation

An easy appetizer menu is one that is handy for summer entertaining.  Here is a quick appetizer that looks perfect and takes five minutes to prepare 20-30 bites. I use grape tomatoes and Monterey Jack cheese cubes.  I usually purchase in the block, and cut my own to size.  It is nice if the cube…