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Easy, Brie-zy Party Foods

Having a gathering to watch the game or celebrate an event does not mean you have to stress about the food or spend hours in the kitchen preparing for the event. You can make impressive looking (and tasting) party foods easily and quickly using brie or similar cheese and a few other items. A delicious […]

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Italian Hoagie Salad

This recipe of my parents-in-law is always popular at gatherings including potlucks, holiday events, and game night parties. It is a great “go-to” dish because it fits in with the food selection no matter the season. Plus, it makes a lot with relatively little effort and no actual cooking. My in-laws usually serve it on […]

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Making Guacamole: Quick and Easy

I knew that every time I mentioned buying avocados to make guacamole my husband turned up his nose. It wasn’t until last year when we went to a Ovelle’s, which is known for really good guacamole made table side, that he finally confessed to never eating freshly-made guacamole and did not like any that he […]

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Egg Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

I went to the grocery store to look for inspiration. I needed an idea for a simple finger food that would be a good sandwich substitute in a semi-formal setting. The first thing that got my attention was a large package of vibrant red on-the-vine tomatoes. They were smaller, but not too small. As I […]

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Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms, Version 2

The reason I have two shrimp stuffed mushroom recipes is simple:  my husband.  He really can’t eat the first version I made and loved.  He has an allergy to a milk protein that causes him misery whenever he consumes milk, cream, soft cheeses, etc.  However,  if that milk protein is changed enough through heat or […]

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Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms, Version 1

Stuffed mushrooms are one of my favorite appetizers and finger foods.  Moderately high in nutrients and relatively low in calories, mushrooms pair nicely with a variety of fillings. As cultivated mushrooms are in season year round, they are great for  any occasion . . .or no occasion. My favorite type of mushroom filling contains seafood. […]

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Warm Crab Dip

A tasty, warm and gooey crab dip is a great addition to any celebratory or entertaining appetizer or finger food menu. This is a recipe is from my husband’s aunt, who spent many hours putting together a collection of recipes for the family after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Not only did she share […]

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Amish Red Beet Eggs

Before I was married, my only experience with red beet eggs was tasting one that was sold from a large jar at a small corner grocery store when I was young…it was not a pleasant experience. The eggs were commercially made (and still are sold under the same brand name), an odd color, and had […]

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Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

Smoked salmon is a great item to have on hand anytime, but especially though the holiday/entertaining season. Its price per pound can be rather expensive, but a little can go a long way…especially when paired with eggs. Although my family loves smoked salmon in mini-frittatas, smoked salmon deviled eggs disappear from the platter faster than […]

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Lamb Meatballs in a Tomato Sauce

For many years now, meatballs have been my main “go-to” dish whether I am having a party or going to a pot luck. Why? There are several reasons.  First, they are easy to make. The most difficult part is getting them in a ball shape without over working them.Second, they can be made well in […]

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