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…

Cheesy Brussels sprouts

Gaining popularity in recent years has been a member of the cabbage family, namely Brussels sprouts.  Having been popular in the European city of Brussels, the green vegetable has gathered fame from some of the most noteworthy television chefs.  Guy Fieri of the Food Network shared a recipe in the December issue of Food Network…

a party wreath of cheese: appetizer idea

Recently, I shared an appetizer wreath of cheese at a morning garden club meeting.  I used fresh rosemary from my garden, which was still plentiful even in November.  I arranged the rosemary into a circle or wreath pattern on waxed paper on a chilled armetale tray. Then, I simply cubed cheese and arranged on the…

twice baked potato casserole

The chill is in the air.  Potato season is back.  Some of the best comfort foods feature potatoes, and this recipe should be classified as an all-time comfort food recipe.  It comes from Gooseberry Patch, which is a collection of recipes from home cooks around the country featured into categorized recipe books. Twice baked potatoes…

shells al forno

from the blue jean chef Meredith Lawrence comes this recipe which is certainly cheesy and not low-calorie.  it can be divided into small portions and frozen for future meals.  it is very similar to a baked macaroni and cheese, with the choice of cheeses being the main difference in flavor. i would say that this…

soft mozzarella bites

everyone loves mozzarella bites.  here is a great baked recipe to avoid all of the frying usually required.  i used low-fat light mozzarella sticks and simply sliced them into one inch pieces. dip them in milk or egg beaters and milk,  and roll in panko crumbs.  place on a prepared baking sheet that has been…

baked mushrooms with fresh thyme

sports fans everywhere are happy that the weekends are filled with great events to watch on television.  from college to professional play, there is something for everyone during the month of November. therefore, easy appetizers are always welcome to accompany the fun of the game.  i love this quick and delicious appetizer that can be…

ina’s vegetable tian

  as a side dish, this tops the list.  i found this recipe to be amazing—tasty with a beautiful presentation.  i find Ina garten’s barefoot in Paris cookbook to have many of my favorites.  this one was made almost to the directions, though i substituted fontina cheese for her suggested Gruyère. i also used my Cuisinart mandoline for slicing the ingredients. this…

fruit and cheese

not too long ago, i hosted a wine and cheese party.  i offered the guests several selections of fruit and cheese along with a variety of crackers, toasts, and other types of small breads. here are a couple of serving ideas for mixing cheese and fruit.  this tray offered Havarti with dill and Jarlsberg cheese…