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Appetizer

Rainbow Summer Rolls

These refreshing Rainbow Summer Rolls are like a cool breeze on a hot day, and they get bonus points for fitting in to just about any diet you’re on, from low carb and gluten free, to vegan, Paleo, Whole…

Mexican 7 Layer Dip Cups

These colorful 7 Layer Dip Cups are portable little appetizer stations layered up just like everybody’s favorite Tex-Mex bean dip ~ so you can mingle and chow down at the same time ~ genius!…

Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile, and Bacon Salsa

Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile, and Bacon Salsa ~ say that without drooling, I dare you!  I’m crowning this the salsa of the year, it’s stolen my heart and I know it’ll steal yours.  This salsa is going to be…

Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean salad, this cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain GOOD!

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black-eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean dip, this all-American cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain GOOD!  It’s a multi-tasker that’s always welcome at…

Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto ~ this simple salmon and potato soup is the ultimate 30 minute spring meal, with a light cream broth, melt-in-your-mouth chunks of salmon, and tons of fresh dill!

Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto

Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto ~ this simple salmon and potato soup is the ultimate 30 minute spring meal, with a light cream broth, melt-in-your-mouth chunks of salmon, and tons of fresh dill!…

Japanese Pork Dumplings with Ginger and Green Onions ~ these tender potstickers are packed with flavor and make an ideal appetizer or light dinner.

Japanese Pork Dumplings with Ginger and Green Onion

Japanese Pork Dumplings with Ginger and Green Onion ~ everybody’s favorite appetizer!  These tender pot stickers are even better than the ones at your favorite restaurant, and they couldn’t be easier to make.…

My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect side salad ~ it'll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you'll want to make up a big batch to keep in the fridge for quick and healthy lunches, too, it's packed with protein!

Mediterranean Bean Salad

My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect side salad ~ it’ll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you’ll want to make up a big batch to keep in the fridge for quick…

Guinness Battered Onion Rings with Spicy Curried Mayo

Guinness Battered Onion Rings

These Guinness Battered Onion Rings with a spicy curried mayo dip are the ultimate appetizer, these rings are gutsy and satisfying, no meal required! Onion ring lovers you know there are so many wonderful variations on this fab appetizer. …

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Low carb eating just got a whole lot more interesting with my Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps!  Who needs rice when you’ve got fresh crunchy lettuce leaves?  Everybody’s going to come back for seconds and thirds, and that’s ok because…

Classic and elegant Shrimp Bisque ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Shrimp Bisque

Shrimp Bisque ~ it’s a little bit romantic, a little bit ladies who lunch, and it definitely has a 20th century vibe ~ but I think this richly flavored soup is ready for a comeback! Seafood bisques are definitely…

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor. Add lots of toasted pita bread and you could call it dinner.

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor.  Add lots of toasted pita bread and you could call…

Warm Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt ~ a wonderfully unique appetizer! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt

Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt ~ are you ready for a new taste sensation?  The olives are crispy on the outside, warm and juicy inside, the yogurt is cool and creamy, and the herb sauce is zesty.  It’s a…

Mushroom and Brie Soup ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Mushroom and Brie Soup

Mushroom and Brie Soup is a fall classic kicked up a notch with lots of creamy Brie cheese.  It’s perfect for a cozy dinner on the couch or a special first course for holiday meal. The other night I…

Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup

Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, & Maple Syrup

Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, & Maple Syrup ~ this dish gathers together so many fall favorites…with gooey molten cheese and maple syrup, caramelized apples and crunchy roasted pecans, it’s no wonder people just want to hang out by…

Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Bread ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bread

Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bread is the perfect appetizer package….everybody’s favorite garlicky, cheesy dip all hot and bubbly and ready-stuffed into a crunchy baguette.  Slice it up and watch it disappear. It’s unanimous in our family, spinach artichoke dip is…

Homemade Boursin Cheese Recipe ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Homemade Boursin Cheese Recipe

My Homemade Boursin Cheese recipe will blow you away, not only because it’s easy to do, spot on delicious, and will impress the heck out of your friends…but because it will save you SO MUCH money!  Don’t lose track…

7 Tips for Show Stopping Salads

7 Tips for Show Stopping Salads

Take your salad from so-so to stunning with these 7 tips — and when something looks this fabulous and fresh it’s a pleasure to serve, and even more fun to eat. It dawned on me recently that so many…

Spicy Pineapple Habanero Jam with cheese and crackers

Pineapple Habanero Jam

Pineapple Habanero Jam is a delicious no-sugar, no-pectin recipe — the heat and the sweet will duke it out in your mouth, and cheese and crackers will never be the same again. I don’t like to admit how often…

Mahogany Chicken Wings, a fabulous appetizer for the Lunar New Year!

Mahogany Chicken Wings

Mahogany Chicken Wings are just plain irresistible, and the name pretty much tells the whole story — these yummy little guys are glazed to a deep burnished brown and the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender. Just be sure to make…

Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

Skinny Microwave Potato Chips are a quick and guilt-free way to get your daily snack fix.  These chips are light, crisp, and made right in the microwave! I know I’ve got a winner when I can’t even make it…

Super easy cheesy beer dip

Cheesy Beer Dip with Pretzel Rolls

Cheesy Beer Dip with Pretzel Rolls is a quick and easy game night people pleaser.  I’ve used refrigerated dough to make the pretzel rolls super fast…while they bake you can whisk together the cheese dip and have this hot…

Hummus with Forty Cloves is a guaranteed conversation starter!

Hummus with Forty Cloves

Hummus with Forty Cloves is full-bodied but surprisingly mellow…the secret is a long slow roasting of all that garlic! I don’t do things by halves.  Why should I when I can get such great results by pushing the envelope…

Za'atar Spiced Cashews make the perfect holiday starter!

Za’atar Roasted Cashews

Za’atar Roasted Cashews is a super simple crowd pleasing appetizer that brings together the exotic flavors of the Middle East, and comes together in no time! Nuts and the holidays have always gone hand in hand in my family. …

Smokey Onion Dip

This Smokey Onion Dip is patterned after my all time favorite Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip.  When Vidalias aren’t in season, this is my go to.  The smokey flavor of smoked Gouda and Gruyere cheese makes it extra special, and…

Fried Olives

Fried Olives are the best little appetizers in the world ~ they’re crisp on the outside, warm and juicy on the inside ~ dip them in a little garlicky aioli and you’ll be in heaven, guaranteed! My husband is…

Warm and oozy baked Brie with Roasted Cranberries

Baked Brie with Maple Roasted Cranberries

Baked Brie with Maple Roasted Cranberries is an easy holiday appetizer, and it’s so darned pretty! Baked Brie doesn’t always come across my radar when I’m thinking about what to serve for guests.  I think that’s because it’s so…

Fun and festive Antipasto Skewers --- who needs salad?

Antipasto Skewers

I make these colorful and fun Antipasto Skewers all the time ~ everybody gets their own personal antipasto selection right on a stick! I’ve made these Antipasto Skewers for a couple of different parties this year and I thought…

Meatballs smothered in cheese

Cheesy Skillet Meatballs with Garlic Toast

Everyone has their own definition of comfort food, it’s such a personal thing.  For me it’s food that helps erase the stresses of the day, temporarily stops all conversation, and envelopes me in a cozy embrace.  It’s often cheesy,…

Shishito peppers

Grilled Shishito Peppers

Peppers are the unsung heroes of late summer.  While everyone is talking about tomatoes and zucchinis, we forget that peppers are just as abundant and just as delicious.  And they come in more varieties, shapes, colors, and sizes than…

habanero nectarine jam cooling

Habanero Nectarine Jam

Nectarines…a food doesn’t get a name like that for nothing.  The flavor of nectarines is nothing short of transcendent.  It conjures up the food of the gods, the raw material for honey, the sweetest, most delectable taste imaginable.  Nectarines…

Watermelon Gazpacho

You can tell it’s hot here because this is the second chilled soup I’ve posted in a row.  Refreshing is the name of the game in my kitchen this week! The combination of red ripe tomato and crisp watermelon…

The ultimate hot weather refresher --- Iced Cucumber and Yogurt Soup

Iced Cucumber and Yogurt Soup

Iced Cucumber and Yogurt Soup is one of my earliest cooking memories, one of the first times I ventured beyond brownies.  I think I discovered it during the hot summer after college when I was suddenly responsible for feeding…

Restaurant Style Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

Roasted Red Pepper Salsa ~ it’s made entirely without tomatoes, but a jar of roasted red peppers fills in beautifully, giving this salsa a vibrant color and flavor! Mid summer begs for salsa — it’s as much of a…

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 delicious way to take advantage of all that. I saw the idea on Todd…

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! I have an ongoing love affair with onions strings because they’re easy and dependable.  And freaking delicious.  As long as you…

jalapeno goat cheese is fabulous on crackers or pita chips

Jalapeno Goat Cheese

We discovered this amazing jalapeno goat cheese spread, or dip, at our favorite Middle Eastern stand at the farmers market.  The guy sells a dizzying array of yogurts, dips, salads and spreads.  It’s like a colorful mosaic of little…

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! Meet my Sweet Basil Pizza.  I made her in less than an…

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 keep the fridge for healthy snacking, too. Fessing…

sweet walla walla onion rings with basil buttermilk dip

Sweet Walla Walla Onion Rings with Basil Buttermilk Dip

Walla Walla, Vidalia, Maui, or any generic sweet onions will do for these epic Sweet Walla Walla Onion Rings with Basil Buttermilk Dip! Last meal request?  A huge pile of onion rings, no question. And these sweet Walla Walla…

clean, fresh tasting Cilantro hummus

Cilantro Hummus

Cilantro Hummus is a fresh vibrant take on one of the healthiest and most versatile appetizers out there. Cilantrophobes, you may want to make your exit right about now.  I’m not poking fun at you, I know you can’t…

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 good to miss! I grew up in the…

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! *This post is sponsored by Morey’s Seafood ~ thank you for supporting me and the brands…

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 minute idea for you today — it will…

Roasted Olives with Feta and Jalapeno

Effortless Entertaining: Roasted Olives

I’m popping in today with what might be the most stupidly easy effortlessly elegant appetizer on my blog.  I serve these roasted olives when I want to create an especially relaxed, informal atmosphere with friends, and it occurred to…

Drunken Cranberry Meatballs

Drunken Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

Drunken Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs ~ tender meatballs in a cranberry bourbon barbecue sauce ~ oh yeah! You know how I feel about meatballs, they’re nature’s perfect food — bite sized, full of protein, easy to make, they reinvent themselves…

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, you might want to try this warm lentil appetizer from Yotam Ottolenghi ~ this Middle Eastern dip has lots of flavor and texture! This is my second attempt…

cheeseburger jalapeno poppers 3

Cheeseburger Jalapeño Poppers

Cheeseburger Jalapeño Poppers are one of the most satisfying appetizers on the planet! I have a new favorite appetizer — it’s all juicy cheeseburger meets zesty jalapeno, in a poppable form. They are unbelievably delicious, and I think this…

Micro Caprese Salad 7

Minimal Monday: Micro Caprese Salad

These Micro Caprese Salads are a fun way to celebrate the month when tomatoes finally come into their own.   I love this idea because the tomato stays nice and firm, and the basil stays fresh and crisp because there’s…

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! We had this appetizer at a wedding last week and I couldn’t wait to make it…

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 kind of miraculous, actually.  One lone onion will…

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip is an easy appetizer that will have everybody begging for the recipe!  It’s perfect for game nights, holiday entertaining, or just a romantic night in. This is an absolutely fabulous crowd pleasing appetizer, I’m telling…

Fresh Basil Hummus

Fresh Basil Hummus

Fresh Basil Hummus is a vibrant makover of a delicious but sometimes ho-hum appetizer… Hummus is so fantastic that sometimes it feels like a sacrilege to mess with it.  And I already have so many great variations on the…

Blackened Apricots with Creme Fraiche, Pistachios, and Pomegranate Molasses 8

Blackened Apricots with Creme Fraiche & Pistachios

(Today is indeed Minimal Monday, but I couldn’t fit it in the title) We’re all about to get inundated with stone fruits in the next few weeks, and most of us have been waiting around for them since sometime…

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 make and enjoy a truly great gazpacho in…

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, useful links, and DAILY GIVEAWAYS. Homemade popsicles are so incredibly versatile I need an entire week to explore all the reasons why…

salmon potstickers with wasabi sauce

Salmon Potstickers with Wasabi Sauce

Tender homemade Salmon Potstickers with Wasabi Sauce…this appetizer is so good you might be tempted to skip dinner. I love pot stickers.  Who doesn’t?  Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know and love these little pan fried…

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 up these little bite sized blocks of feta…

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 spicy extra ginger-y chicken lettuce wraps for my…

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 fresh mozzarella cheese.  You can do this with…

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, so I’m not going to try to flesh…