Archive for the Appetizers Category

Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 at 2:32 pm
crab cake

Memorial Day weekend marks the official kick off to summer, and what a weekend it was! Along with the BBQs and Patriotism, Monday also brought along a heat wave that sent temperatures into the 90s across the East Coast. Thankfully we were at the beach and had the benefit of a nice ocean breeze. Even [...]

Mushroom Parmesan Wonton Cups

Posted on Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 2:21 pm
Mushroom Parmesan Wonton cups

My Grandmother turned 95 last week! To celebrate this monumental occasion, we threw her a big family party. My Aunt Helen did an incredible job hosting while Grandma relaxed with a dirty martini (guess it runs in the family). I decided to bring an appetizer, and although I heart my tried and true Spinach and [...]

Grilled Lobster and Avocado Cocktail

Posted on Saturday, January 15th, 2011 at 5:26 pm
Lobster and Shrimp

recipe: adapted from Bobby Flay Ingredients 1/2 cup fresh lime juice 2 teaspoons honey 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 ripe Hass avocado, peeled, pitted and finely diced 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced [...]

Baked Eggplant Rolantini

Posted on Thursday, August 19th, 2010 at 5:18 pm
eggplant rolantini with pasta

My parents have upped their garden game this summer, and are starting to grow vegetables at an alarming rate. So far, I have been the beneficiary of eggplant, summer squash, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes. Sadly, with no outdoor space of my own, the only thing I grow is basil…in my windowsill. Actually not totally [...]

Shrimp & Lemon Skewers

Posted on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 2:29 pm
Shrimp Skewers

With summer in full swing, our new grill is also our new favorite accessory. Now, I am not claiming that I have any clue how to even turn the grill on, but I have been a recipient of many wonderful meals it has produced. Steve can keep his title of grill master, and I am perfectly comfortable to help shop and prep, and let him and the grill do the rest.

Sesame-Crusted Salmon with Orange-Ginger Sauce

Posted on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I first made this dish over the holidays as an appetizer. It was such a hit, and had such a nice presentation with the black and white sesame seeds, I had to try it again as a main course. So for Christmas Eve dinner, we served the salmon as filets. I actually prefer when cut [...]

Potato Pancake Latkes

Posted on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at 1:50 pm
Potato Pancake latka

I love all holidays, especially the ones that involve big dinners. When I was younger, I would occasionally score an invite to a Passover Seder at a friends house. I was a repeat guest at my friend Rachel’s, even though I always found the Matzah first. So in honor of Passover, and my obsession with theme dinners, I gave potato pancakes a try. I paired the latkes with matzah ball soup and served with applesauce. Happy Passover to all!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Posted on Thursday, September 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm
Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Today’s post is a real treat. I am sure many of you will be shocked that I am actually posting this recipe. I have kept it a secret for many years, but finally decided to post it on one condition; if you are going to the same party as I am, do not show up with my signature spinach dip. Other than that make it, enjoy it and let me know how it comes out!