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…

Martha’s ginger scented pecans

Holiday seasoned nuts are very popular.  I have tried a couple of recipes over the years, and decided to try one from Martha’s Hors d’oeuvres Handbook.  These were very flavorful toasted nuts that were a favorite of my family. The toasting brings out a nice texture of the pecan, and the ginger flavor was not…

nut crusted chicken

i found another recipe in coastal living magazine that worked out very well, coming together for dinner in thirty minutes.  a chicken breast is covered in heart healthy nuts and baked for 20 minutes.  then, out of the oven, sliced and served with your favorite vegetables. i used chopped pecans, but pistachios would also be…

molasses walnut tarts for thanksgiving

traditionally for thanksgiving, most serve pie.  i thought i would try individual nut tarts this year for something different.  these tarts have a distinct molasses taste, and seemed to be just the right size for a sweet dessert after a large thanksgiving meal.  i found this recipe in my magazine collection of recipes that i…

pecan shortbread bars

  here is a recipe for a wonderful pecan bar that has a shortbread texture. it comes from the art of breakfast cookbook. it is perfect for afternoon tea or coffee, but can also be served as a nice dessert with vanilla ice cream.  we enjoyed these for Easter dinner dessert. this recipe will make one 13 by…

sugared pecans

up front, i need to admit that these seasoned pecans are addictive.  they can be served with ice cream, fruit, with a cheese tray, or just for snacking. this recipe comes from scratch herbs and spices. these are excellent and one of my favorite recipes of all time. in a large non-stick skillet, melt 4…

salted peanut bars

here is a three ingredient recipe that is perfect every time.  taken from Martha’s everyday food chefs, it is one of the easiest and best tasting caramel recipes i have ever made.  there is no need for a candy thermometer and an afternoon of mess.  simply unwrap one bag of Kraft caramels, which is 14 ounces. …

pecan praline nuts

here is a recipe that can be used throughout the year when a fancy nut is desired.  these nuts can be served in a pedestal dish along with cocktails or as a dessert topping for ice cream. they are addictive, so be certain to make them when a crowd is coming to avoid eating too…