NFL referee cookies

Well, football games are on television almost every day of the week now, so I love to serve my husband some fun treats during the season.  I found this recipe on the Wilton candy website, and thought they were so cute and irresistible.  The technique requires both patience and practice, but the outcome is super…

spicy party poppers

Using a few jalapeno chilies from the garden, I put together this recipe for a party offering. I used some cooked chicken breast from a dinner the previous evening, and had a great easy appetizer or dinner side to spice up that Mexican meal. This recipe was adapted from Southern Living magazine, May 2016. Assemble…

Dad’s Frito Pie

We lived in Houston for less than one year, but I still have a fondness for some of the regional foods and dishes that I experienced while living in Texas. Since today is Father’s Day, here is a salute to dads, as they seem to love this dish any time of year. Keeping with the…

Oscar’s awards appetizer: Taco dip

Just like the big sporting events broadcast on television, we celebrate the awards shows with a few appetizers while watching the Red Carpet coverage. Here is a great appetizer for one of those types of parties. It is a compilation of many recipes I have collected over the years from Internet websites. I use 4 ounces/…

pizza bread appetizer

Many variations of this recipe are featured in the online cookbooks including Pinterest.  These round appetizer breads remind me of the 1970’s spinach dip in a bread round era. Those dips, served with the surrounding bread cubes, were popular for more than ten years, and this pizza bread recipe seems very similar to those popular…

tomato cheese bruschetta

  appetizer time.  here is an old standby that i haven’t made in years.  toast some crusty bread with seasoned garlic butter for about ten minutes.  add some mozzarella cheese and tomato topping in a jar.  i sprinkled the tops with chopped parsley and baked at 350 degrees for another ten minutes.  delicious! this can…

easy crock pot macaroni and cheese

  making macaroni and cheese in a crock pot can be a bit tricky.  the challenge comes from using milk and cheese in a crock pot.  these ingredients tend to curdle when not treated properly. i have been researching recipes, as i have wanted to have a fool-proof way to make this dish without running…

cheddar fondue

fondue was so popular in the seventies.  in fact, i purchased my first fondue pot in 1977.  since then, i have served fondue many times over the years and have found several favorite recipes.  the style of fondue pots has changed, and i seem to always go back to this classic stainless pot that i…

party sandwich sliders

here is a great party sandwich recipe that can be increased to make up to 24 sliders for entertaining.  this is another baked sandwich recipe that can be prepared ahead and then baked just before serving to guests.  any type of sandwich meats and cheeses can be used, based on the time of year or…

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…

playoff snacks

the past few weeks have been filled with playoff games, the Kentucky derby, the Preakness, hockey and just about every type of sports contest. in our home, we are always watching some type of competition and my hubby is looking for an appropriate snack for the event. i turned to Martha’s american food cookbook to…