Cinco de Mayo nachos

Are you looking for a bit of a twist for your Cinco de Mayo party? Here is an interesting recipe that I tried and would be perfect for the celebration.  This one uses frozen waffle fries instead of nacho chips.  It is a hearty recipe and one that the men in your life would really…

Derby Day fondue

Derby Day is Saturday and menu planning should be front and center.  Everyone loves a fondue.  Here is an easy recipe for a great tasting cheesy fondue which is neither grainy nor thick.  The beer gives this dish a great taste and with all of the beer products on the market, the choices are endless. …

Spring Asparagus Tart

Spring asparagus has come to the market and I was feeling like the spring season should be underway in April.  However, it has continued to feel more like winter in Michigan. I made this tart to encourage the weather to change and to bring out those hopeful feelings of the warmer season ahead.  This is…

Game day snacks

College football season is underway and everyone needs a new game day snack to serve. I tried using an old standby–Pepperidge Farm’s Puff Pastry sheets to make a delicious and easy pizza type snack. To make this snack, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. First, I thawed the puff pastry sheet on parchment paper for…

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…

Springtime Spinach Spread

March Madness is upon us again, and there is always another event where a new appetizer could be shared.  Here is an easy recipe that comes together in less than 30 minutes and is very creamy and tasty.  This recipe makes a lot of spread, so it can either be frozen for later events or…

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…

nacho stacks

  with March madness behind us, and the April baseball season beginning, sports enthusiasts will love to try this neat way to serve traditional nachos.  these neat nacho stacks are actually baked on a cookie sheet, and then topped with the cool toppings just prior to serving. basically, they are prepared by stacking about ten…