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Cranberry Topped Brie Cheese

A party just isn’t a party without cheese and crackers…at least in my mind. While the standard cheese cubes on crackers is okay, a festive presentation of a soft cheese topped with cranberries adds so much more to a celebration. The creamy richness of warm brie cheese is complimented by the tartness of the cranberries […]

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Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Yesterday, I started sharing recipes from my menu of miniature foods for a dinner party at my house with miniature lamb sliders. Today, I am pushing the small bites even further by making what resembles an even smaller version of the popular bacon-wrapped scallop appetizer. The second dish is bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. Why make bacon-wrapped […]

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Lamb Sliders and Tzatziki Sauce

When planning for a group to come over to my house, I decided to have a selection of finger foods (appetizers) instead of having a formal dinner. Although I did not have a “theme,” I did try to make as many miniature versions of dishes that I would normally make or serve in larger portions. […]

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Mini Smoked Salmon Frittatas

My daughter loves salmon. When it is not in season (oh yeah…I don’t buy fresh farm raised salmon, a personal preference) I often buy smoked salmon from a large warehouse store and it is more than we use in one (or two or three) meal(s). Although my daughter likes to eat it plain, I like […]

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Beer Cheese Dip

I have been trying to recreate a beer cheese dip/sauce that one of my favorite German restaurants serves. My latest version turned out to be very tasty! The mixture of the different cheeses along with a light flavor of an ale really worked. One of the keys to a smooth cheese sauce is to slowly […]

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Pretzel and Honey Chicken Tenders (or Nuggets)

This recipe is a result of my planning to enter a chicken recipe contest.  Although I never got around to actually entering the contest, my work on  the recipe was not lost as it is a big hit with my family. These are on my Super Bowl day menu. When served with beer cheese dip […]

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Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Bacon-wrapped scallops are among those snacks/appetizers that are always popular, never left over and easy to make. Despite this, the only time I used to ever have them was at large, semi-formal to formal occasions (anniversary parties, cocktail receptions, holiday events).  In fact, I found that I had never had any that were homemade.  They had […]

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Easy Party Foods With Cream Cheese

As an adult, I have discovered you do not need to spend endless hours in the kitchen just to have good food for a party or other gathering of family and/or friends. You just need a few key ingredients to make yummy appetizers and snacks. One of the must have key ingredients is cream cheese. […]

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Alan’s Shrimp Mousse Mold

There are some recipes that are great for gatherings and parties that need to be made ahead of time to be their best…Alan’s shrimp mousse is one of them. I like to have several dishes that can be made before the day of the event so I don’t have to do all the cooking just […]

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Crescent Chicken

I have been working on creating some new chicken recipes to enter Pilgram’s 22nd Annual Winning Taste Recipe Contest. My family, of course, are my taste tester and worst critics. However, I think I may end up with a couple of new recipes to submit. I am very excited about the contest. Pilgrim asked me […]

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