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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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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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