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Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini

Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini – a fresh, light, flavorful and unusual crostini appetizer. This recipe for these delectable Green Pea, Basil and Mint Crostini came to me from good friend Missy Glauch. Peas, basil, mint, jalapeño pepper, ricotta cheese and olive oil are quickly blended together in a food processor or blender. After… Read more »

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Goat Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Crostini

Goat Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Crostini – these little bites are colorful, beautiful and super easy to prepare. Festive red tomatoes and toasted pine nuts top vibrant green pesto, making these crostini bright and appealing. As always, the quality of the ingredients is the key to this simple recipe. When tomatoes aren’t in season, I… Read more »

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Fast, 4-ingredient Cheesy Crab Dip

Fast, 4-ingredient Cheesy Crab Dip – a crowd-pleasing appetizer for sure! Robert and I both love lump crabmeat. He makes killer crab cakes, and I like to make our Seafood Lasagna (in my cookbook A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®) as well as various crab dips and canapés. This recipe is a favorite, because not only is it… Read more »

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Mexican Black Bean, Tomato and Corn Salsa

Mexican Black Bean, Tomato and Corn Salsa – a wonderfully fresh and scrumptious mix of flavors that can be served as a dip or in one-bite servings.   I’m always looking for fun, new dishes to prepare that utilize local fresh produce. Here in Denver, at our summer farmers’ markets I find lots of juicy… Read more »

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Zesty Pimiento Cheese Spread

Zesty Pimiento Cheese Spread – another scrumptious, versatile recipe from Mom! Mom loved pimiento cheese and made it often, sometimes just for our family to enjoy. She never measured the ingredients, just mixed them to taste. This is my version of her “recipe”. I add cayenne pepper to give it a little kick. Note that… Read more »

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Prosciutto, Fig and Goat Cheese Tarts

Puff pastry squares are filled chopped prosciutto, fig spread and goat cheese, frozen and then baked until bubbly and puffy. A perfect two bite appetizer for your next gathering! For one of Robert’s birthdays, I created this easy, make-ahead recipe and it was a winner. The salty prosciutto and sweet fig spread pair beautifully —… Read more »

Feta Mousse

I am in love with the Feta Mousse appetizer at the local restaurant Charcoal here in Denver. The feta flavor is well balanced, and the consistency of the dish has just the right amount of creaminess. One night I was channeling my mother and did what she always used to do when she loved a… Read more »

Toasted Bagels with Egg Salad & Smoked Salmon

Robert loves egg salad and smoked salmon, so putting them together in an open-faced sandwich for his breakfast one Sunday morning was a no-brainer. Making egg salad is not an exact science; it depends on the size and freshness of your ingredients. My proportions are a good place to start; add more mustard for more… Read more »

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Benedictine Cheese Canapés

Mom was raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and as a result, Derby Day is a major holiday for our family! We partake in all the traditional Kentucky items including Corn Pudding, Country Ham, Derby Pie and, of course, our family’s special recipe for Mint Juleps (all these recipes are in our cookbook). This recipe for Benedictine… Read more »

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Country Ham Cheese Spread

Mom’s favorite way to use up leftover country ham was in a spread with cream cheese – just two ingredients, that’s it! While her simple method is delicious, I decided to jazz it up a bit by adding a whopping two more ingredients – a bit of mayonnaise and some chopped fresh chives. Instead of… Read more »

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