Easy Summer Party Appetizers Are Canapes

The canape is such a perfect solution to party food appetizers and yet too often entertainers drop a bag of chips in a bowl instead. I wrote about canapes for New Year’s Eve and thought it was time to revisit the topic for the summer.  Canapes are easy, but are best when made close to […]

4 Easy Seafood Canapes for New Year’s Eve

If you are throwing a small New Year’s Eve party, say for twelve people or less, one dilemma faced is what food to serve. The drinks are no problem since we all know champagne will be drunk. But food is another matter. It’s key that you, the host, does not find themselves stuck in the […]

Beignets for the Holidays

A wonderful starter for a holiday dinner are beignets, the light and airy morsels of bake dough that can be stuffed with a variety of fillings. They’re easy to make and perfect to serve when family and guests are arriving and milling around having their wine, beer, or eggnog. The beignets themselves can be made […]

Simple Appetizer, A 4-Can Antipasto

“Fresh is best” is usually a good rule to live by. But if you know how to find quality preserved items, a few well-chosen canned foods in your pantry can save the day, especially during the busy holidays. Healthy food is food that is minimally processed. All the foods’ transformation should happen when you turn […]

Juicy Figs Stuffed in Tomatoes Make a Summer Appetizer

Our figs in California are so abundant and delicious that throughout the summer we dream all ways of using them.  This particular preparation is wonderful as an appetizer to a barbeque party.  The tomatoes I call for are a cultivar called Carmelo, but you can use any tomato which, when cut in half, could be […]

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