appetizer, CONDIMENTS, Recipes, Salad, sandwich, Side dishes, Vegetables

Sephardic Eggplant and Tomato Relish

The following tasty eggplant-tomato relish, or side dish – called “alburnia” in Ladino – comes from the Sephardic cuisine, which I’ve mentioned here quite a few times. Continue reading “Sephardic Eggplant and Tomato Relish”

appetizer, Bakes, Brunch, Cheese, Eggs, Muffins, Recipes, Snack, Vegetables

Corn and Cheese Mini Bakes

With fresh corn season about to end, I chose the next best thing, frozen corn, to make the following tasty mini bakes. Continue reading “Corn and Cheese Mini Bakes”

appetizer, Brunch, CONDIMENTS, Recipes, Seafood

Inari Pockets with Rice and Shrimp

The following appetizer has all the components of the more known sushi rolls, but it is much easier to prepare. The secret lies in the use of Inari tofu skin pockets as the shell, rather than the more elaborate and time consuming use of Nori seaweed sheet, which require a sushi rolling mat and expertise. Continue reading “Inari Pockets with Rice and Shrimp”

appetizer, Brunch, Eggs, Entree, Recipes, Side dishes, Vegetables

Radish and Beet Greens Frittata

Too often, we find at the store beets or radishes, with their fresh greens cut off. This is a real shame, as the greens are highly nutritious and flavorful. Continue reading “Radish and Beet Greens Frittata”

appetizer, Brunch, Recipes, sandwich, Side dishes

Eggplant Preserved in Olive Oil, with Oregano and Garlic

Eggplants are one of my most favorite vegetables. They can be prepared in so many ways, and in each they demonstrate a new flavor and texture, as in the following recipe. Continue reading “Eggplant Preserved in Olive Oil, with Oregano and Garlic”

appetizer, Chicken, Entree, Recipes

Spicy Crispy Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are the ultimate finger food, and are great for outdoors entertaining. They can be prepared in many ways (for more recipes, press HERE) and with different flavors. This time, I’ve decided to make them crispier and spicier than usual. Continue reading “Spicy Crispy Chicken Wings”

appetizer, Brunch, Recipes, Salad, Vegetables

High Protein Israeli Couscous Salad with Asparagus and Cherry tomatoes

Israeli couscous is actually a type of toasted pasta, and can be used in different ways, besides the most obvious one, which is to serve it as a starchy side dish. In the following recipe, I’ve used it as a base for a high protein colorful salad. The protein in the salad comes from the mix of tofu, chickpeas and Lupini beans. This combination of legumes and grain is highly nutritious, yet fairly light, compared to other proteins. Continue reading “High Protein Israeli Couscous Salad with Asparagus and Cherry tomatoes”

appetizer, Brunch, Cheese

Baked Camembert Cheese with Kumquat Marmalade and Brandy

Baked white rind cheese, such as and Camembert or Brie, is one of the easiest, yet most festive dishes for relaxed entertainment. Baking the cheese turns it even creamier, enhances its flavor, and keeps it in the perfect texture for serving with tasty additions, such as crackers and fruits. The pairing of delicately salty cheese and sweetish/aromatic additions is loved by all.

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appetizer, breakfast, Brunch, Cheese, Recipes, Snack

Cheddar, Feta and Pimientos Baked Cheese Balls

The combination of cheddar cheese and pimientos is mostly known as the base for the tasty pimiento cheese spread, which was the inspiration for creating the following baked cheese balls. Continue reading “Cheddar, Feta and Pimientos Baked Cheese Balls”

appetizer, Brunch, Recipes, Snack

Sweet and Spicy Baked Sesame Tofu

The following tofu snacks will no doubt delight even hard core carnivores. Continue reading “Sweet and Spicy Baked Sesame Tofu”

appetizer, Brunch, Cheese, Dips, fruit, Recipes, Snack

Blue Cheese and Goat Cheese Appetizers

When entertaining, whether a small or large party, it’s always a good idea to have a plate of finger-food style appetizers, to keep the guests busy while serving drinks, and preparing to serve the food. Continue reading “Blue Cheese and Goat Cheese Appetizers”