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  • grilled cherry tomato bruschetta

    Grilled Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

    It’s high summer, tomatoes are at their peak, and the grill can be fired up at a moment’s notice. Grilled Cherry Tomato Bruschetta is a deliciously easy appetizer that can double…

  • Sweet Vidalia Onion Strings make the perfect appetizer

    Easy Onion Strings

    Easy Onion Strings are flash fried ultra thin slices of onion and they are dangerously easy to make!  Serve them up as an easy appetizer or side for all your burgers…

  • jalapeno goat cheese is fabulous on crackers or pita chips

    Jalapeno Goat Cheese

    Jalapeno Goat Cheese is a super simple but unusual cheese spread is an easy appetizer that will have you coming back for more…and more!  …

  • sweet basil pizza, close up

    Homemade Pizza in less than an hour!

    Homemade Pizza in less than an hour ~ and that’s completely from scratch ~ from flour and water to hot pillowy cheesy pizza in under 60 minutes!…

  • vietnamese summer rolls

    Spinach and Basil Summer Rolls

    Spinach and Basil Summer Rolls are light, elegant, and utterly refreshing dipped in a fresh coconut lime sauce! Yesterday’s farmers market had some beautiful Chinese spinach, a large leafy green with…

  • finger salad cups with rhubarb vinaigrette

    Individual Salad Cups with Rhubarb Vinaigrette

    Individual Salad Cups with Rhubarb Vinaigrette are perfect for entertaining, whether you’re having a family picnic, throwing a wedding shower, or hosting a spring brunch.  But make a few extra to…

  • clean, fresh tasting Cilantro hummus

    Cilantro Hummus

    Cilantro Hummus is a fresh vibrant take on one of the healthiest and most versatile vegan appetizers out there.  Vibrant cilantro brightens up a traditional Middle Eastern chickpea dip and gives…

  • caprese salad with micro basil

    Caprese Salad in a Jar

    Caprese Salad in a Jar ~ a cute and handy way of serving up one of summer’s best salads!  These individual tomato, basil, and mozzarella salads can be used as portable…

  • Greek Style Stuffed Artichokes

    Greek Style Stuffed Artichokes

    Greek Style Stuffed Artichokes are super healthy and super delicious ~ even if you’ve never cooked one before, I’ll take you through the process step by step ~ these are too…

  • savory smoked salmon and smoked Gouda cheesecake

    Savory Smoked Salmon ‘Cheesecake’

    This Savory Smoked Salmon ‘Cheesecake’ is a unique and delicious appetizer for any occasion, it’s guaranteed to be the hit of the party!…

  • An easy and healthy appetizer!

    Tandoori Roasted Chickpeas

    Tandoori Roasted Chickpeas are an easy high protein appetizer or snack ~ once you start popping these little guys you won’t be able to stop! I’ve got a great little last…

  • Roasted Olives with Feta and Jalapeno

    Easy Roasted Olives

    Easy Roasted Olives ~ this simple and elegant Mediterranean inspired appetizer is my go to for parties of all kinds.  Healthy olives fit into most everyone’s diet, so it’s always a hit.…

  • making beaded cocktail toothpicks

    Beaded Cocktail Pick Tutorial

    Beaded Cocktail Pick Tutorial ~ these pretty and festive cocktail picks are so easy to put together, you’ll want to make a bunch of them to get you through a year…

  • An easy to throw together light meal or appetizer with pita bread and boiled eggs

    Crushed Lentils with Tahini and Cumin

    Crushed Lentils with Tahini and Cumin ~ if you love hummus, try this healthy Middle Eastern lentil appetizer from Yotam Ottolenghi!  It’s a warm dip that’s hearty, satisfying, and so delicious.…

  • cheeseburger jalapeno poppers 3

    Cheeseburger Jalapeño Poppers

    Cheeseburger Jalapeño Poppers are one of the most satisfying appetizers on the planet!  These healthier baked jalapeño poppers are stuffed with seasoned ground beef, topped with plenty of melty cheese. I…

  • Super Easy Hot Pepper Jelly

    Super Easy Hot Pepper Jelly is a must in every cook’s arsenal.  This easy small batch refrigerator recipe makes use of both sweet and hot peppers for a colorful, confetti-like look…

  • Micro Caprese Salad 7

    Minimal Monday: Micro Caprese Salad

    Micro Caprese Salad ~ I planted a cute little individual caprese salad right inside a hollowed out tomato…these are an elegant presentation for a special occasion, or a healthy little lunch…

  • Mini Grilled Cheese Bites with Tomato Soup Dip

    Mini Grilled Cheese Bites with Tomato Soup Dip ~ a fun, adorable, and delicious way to do a soup and sandwich combo lunch!  Serve it shooter style for a unique appetizer.…

  • Vidalia Onion Srings with Horseradish Sauce 2

    Vidalia Onion Strings with Horseradish Aioli

    Vidalia Onion Strings with Horseradish Aioli might just be the world’s most perfect appetizer, these thin sweet onions rings are fried to perfection in minutes! Onion strings are such fun.  They’re…

  • Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

    Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

    Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip is an easy hot appetizer that will have everybody begging for the recipe!  It’s perfect for game nights, holiday entertaining, or just a romantic night in.…

  • Fresh Basil Hummus

    Fresh Basil Hummus

    Fresh Basil Hummus is a vibrant version of the traditional Middle Eastern bean dip, infused with lots of leafy green basil.  It’s gorgeous, super healthy, and really delicious served with warm…

  • Early Girl Gazpacho

    Gazpacho is one of the glories of summer, and it has to be made with garden fresh tomatoes.  Forget about eating it during the rest of the year, you can only…

  • How to Make Veggie Flower Bouquets 14

    How to Make Edible Bouquets

    How to Make Edible Bouquets ~ bouquets of veggies disguised as colorful blossoms can stand in for flowers on your summer table, and they’re a great idea for barbecues and outdoor…

  • Chilled Cauliflower and Yogurt Soup 4

    Chilled Cauliflower and Yogurt Soup

    I’m so into chilled soups this year.  I love the pale, creamy colors and the inventive little garnishes.   They’re the perfect way to start a summer meal, and for me they…

  • Chilled Beet Soup Popsicles 6

    Chilled Beet Soup Popsicles

    I’m kicking off the unofficial start of summer with a whole week of new popsicle recipes, tips, and useful links. Homemade popsicles are so incredibly versatile I need an entire week…

  • macadamia crusted Maui onion rings | The View from Great Island 2

    Macadamia Crusted Maui Onion Rings (Baked not Fried)

    Macadamia Crusted Maui Onion Rings (Baked not Fried) is a healthier and more flavorful version of everybody’s favorite appetizer! Here’s my thinking on these…if you’re going to forgo the deep frying…

  • Chickpea Fries with Tahini Yogurt Dip 2

    Chickpea Fries with Yogurt Tahini Dip

    Chickpea Fries with Yogurt Tahini Dip are a magical combination of crispy and creamy ~ this Middle Eastern appetizer is always a hit!…

  • Roasted Strawberry Soup

    Simple Roasted Strawberry Soup

    Simple Roasted Strawberry Soup ~ this cold fruit soup is somewhere between a smoothie and a soup, meant to be served as the first course of a spring or summertime supper,…

  • salmon potstickers with wasabi sauce

    Salmon Potstickers with Wasabi Sauce

    Tender homemade Salmon Potstickers with Wasabi Sauce…this authentic Asian appetizer is so good you might be tempted to skip dinner.…

  • Shrimp Cakes with Asparagus Salsa 4

    Shrimp Cakes with Asparagus Salsa

    Shrimp Cakes with Asparagus Salsa ~  these crispy tender shrimp cakes with their unique salsa is one of the most luxuriously healthy meals I’ve ever made! I’m heading down to Florida…

  • The Best Falafel EVER! 7

    The Best Falafel Recipe

    The Best Falafel recipe is crispy on the outside, a brilliant emerald green on the inside, with tons of flavor and a great fluffy texture!  These classic vegan Middle Eastern chickpea…

  • Stuffed Artichokes Provencal 1

    Stuffed Artichokes Provencal

    Stuffed Artichokes Provencal is one of the easiest ways to enjoy artichokes, and this Mediterranean inspired recipe is hearty enough for a main course, just add salad and wine! I’m going…

  • Nordic Smoked Salmon Open Faced Sandwiches 10

    Nordic Open Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwiches

     Nordic Open Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwiches are exquisitely delicate and healthy ~ this is clean eating that that also happens to be insanely delicious.…

  • grapefruit and rosemary marinated feta

    Grapefruit and Rosemary Marinated Feta Cheese

    Grapefruit and Rosemary Marinated Feta Cheese is an easy way to infuse cheese with flavor, and it makes a fabulous homemade food gift, too! We’re slowly slouching toward salad season…and putting…

  • Fire Roasted Tomatillo and Corn Salsa 5

    Fire Roasted Tomatillo and Corn Salsa

    Fire Roasted Tomatillo and Corn Salsa ~ everything that goes into this zesty salsa is charred over an open flame first, so the rich, smokey flavor is infused throughout.  Enjoy it…

  • Bowl of Beet Chips 2

    Pink Beet Kettle Chips

    Pink Beet Kettle Chips ~ these pretty pink kettle chips are a novel way to use gorgeous Chioggia beets.  Serve them as a crunchy appetizer or side for your favorite burgers!…

  • Spicy Ginger Lettuce Wraps 5

    Spicy Ginger Lettuce Wraps

    Spicy Ginger Lettuce Wraps are a delicious low carb appetizer or light meal.  Serrano pepper and an extra dose of ginger give these an extra flavor boost. I made these extra…

  • A Fantasy Lineup of Game Day Snacks…

    A Fantasy Lineup of Game Day Snacks…I’m not a sports fan, but I like to eat like one, and there are lots of great appetizers and snacks on the blog that…

  • (Leftover) Turkey Ranch Nachos

    (Leftover) Turkey Ranch Nachos are the easiest and tastiest way I know of to use up that leftover turkey.  Use rotisserie chicken the rest of the year, these are too good…

  • Whole Wheat Skillet Focaccia with Pine Nuts

    Whole Wheat Skillet Focaccia with Pine Nuts is a quick and easy yeast bread that anybody can make! If you have a fear of working with yeast, you’ve just found your…

  • Pumpkin Hummus

    Pumpkin Hummus is guaranteed to get the conversation started at your next cocktail party!  Pumpkin adds a nice complexity to this hummus without screaming at you.  And don’t worry, there’s nothing…

  • Minimal Monday: Parmesan Cheese Crisps

    If you can open a bag of chips, you can make these Parmesan Cheese Crisps. They’re just as crunchy, and way more impressive. All you need is one ingredient ~ Parmesan…

  • Oven Baked Pumpkin Chipotle Fries

    Oven Baked Pumpkin Chipotle Fries ~ a delicious savory pumpkin recipe that might just put French fries out of business! I’m enjoying exploring savory uses for pumpkin this fall.  It’s such…

  • Fried Rosemary Mozzarella Balls

    Fried Mozzarella Balls ~These crispy little balls of molten cheese will lure everybody to the appetizer table, use your favorite marinara sauce for dipping! Here’s a cold weather way to enjoy…

  • Pumpkin Ale Battered Onion Rings

    Pumpkin Ale Battered Onion Rings

    Pumpkin Ale Battered Onion Rings ~ beer battered onion rings with a hint of fall! I made these on a whim. Sometimes there’s no better explanation for a recipe than that,…

  • cocktail meatballs Stroganoff

    Cocktail Meatballs Stróganov

    Cocktail Meatballs Stróganov~ juicy spiced meatballs in a Sherry laced gravy, this retro appetizer is ready for a comeback!…

  • Baba Ganoush, a wonderful Middle Eastern eggplant appetizer

    Smokey Baba Ganoush

    Smokey Baba Ganoush is a wonderfully rich and creamy Middle Eastern eggplant dip that might just give hummus a run for its money!  This healthy vegan appetizer is easy to make,…

  • Summer Tomato Focaccia

    It’s always the same at this time of year, I race to make sure I’ve  made all my summer favorites as the month of August marches on.  The farmer’s market is…

  • Cardamom Fig Jam

    Grab fresh figs when you see them to make this delicious Cardamom Fig Jam ~ the homemade small batch freezer jam is wonderful on toast and scones, in sandwiches, with cheese…

  • plum glazed barbecue drumettes

    Plum Glazed Barbecue Drumettes

    Plum Glazed Barbecue Drumettes ~ juicy chicken wings cooked up with a killer homemade plum barbecue sauce ~ this is an easy appetizer that can morph into dinner…you won’t be able…

  • Spicy Asian Slaw Summer Rolls

    Spicy Asian Slaw Summer Rolls ~ fresh and crunchy spring rolls filled with a rainbow slaw!  This refreshing appetizer or light meal is naturally gluten free, low calorie, and so delicious.…

  • Sweet Potato Spears with Lemongrass Dip

    Sweet Potato Spears with Lemongrass Dip is a healthy appetizer or side dish that lets you indulge without the guilt ~  if you love sweet potato fries, you’ll love these! Do…

  • two slices of Mushroom and Gruyere Bruschetta on a wooden cutting board

    Mushroom & Gruyere Bruschetta

    Mushroom & Gruyere Bruschetta is the kind of quick and easy appetizer you can throw together on the spur of the moment.  The cheesy toasted bread with savory grilled mushrooms is…