Summer spinach stuffed mushroom appetizer

Over the years I have shared several stuffed mushroom appetizer recipes, but this one is very different.  It uses spinach as the main ingredient for the mushroom appetizer.  The taste profile of this appetizer is delicious, and one that guests will truly enjoy.  Even though summer appetizers most often are served cold, this one could…

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…

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…

Book review: Celebrate Everything!

As a brand new grandmother, I am so excited to be able to share some special events with our new grandson in the coming years. This book, written by Darcy Miller is brimming with ideas for every occasion. As a celebrity party planner, she shares many ideas on how to personalize every event and bring…

Thanksgiving turkey tray

For an afternoon holiday appetizer tray, I found this cute idea on Pinterest. If you haven’t found Pinterest yet, I highly recommend the website as a great way to find ideas for just about anything.  I have tried many great recipes on the site, and have saved more than 11,000 pins so far into various…

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…

Cashew lettuce wraps

Lettuce wraps are often a staple menu item,  expanding to a variety of family restaurants recently.  Beginning in Asian only restaurants, the wraps have moved mainstream with great popularity.  Understandably, since most lettuce wrap recipes are very tasty and can be made with only vegetables or with added chicken, beef or fish proteins. This inspired…

Martha’s spinach dip 2.0

Another March madness favorite has to be spinach dip.  I have posted on this blog in past years other versions of spinach and artichoke dips, but this one is super easy and from Martha Stewart.  She has updated the dip with ricotta cheese and even suggests that it can be made with other greens, such…

Easy slow cooker chicken wings

  March madness is here and everyone needs an easy recipe for entertaining all those men who get hungry while watching the games. This recipe cooks in the slow cooker for 3 1/2 hours and then just needs to be broiled for 6 minutes in the oven prior to serving.  SO EASY and SO DELICIOUS….