Appetizers · Pick-Em-Ups

Bacon Wrapped Cocktail Weiners

For the serious football fans in your household. Three ingredients, done. Bacon, enough said. Make ahead, I'm in. Always a hit. Game on! 1 package of cocktail wieners 1 cup of brown sugar (or so) 1 package of bacon Cover a cookie sheet with foil. Wrap 1/3 slice of bacon around cocktail wiener and secure… Continue reading Bacon Wrapped Cocktail Weiners

Appetizers · Pick-Em-Ups · Sweet Endings

Sugared Cranberries

After three people told me about this sweet treat this week, I couldn't wait  to try them.  Each friend had a slightly different variation.  The recipe I used comes from an old edition of Cooking Light.  They taste as good as they look.  The chrystallized cranberries will stand alone on a pretty plate or one friend… Continue reading Sugared Cranberries


Warm Blue Cheese, Bacon and Garlic Dip

This recipe is an oldie but a goodie - adapted from the fabulous and beautiful Jr. League of Houston cookbook, Stop and Smell the Rosemary. I have a bunch of smoked almonds, so suddenly I was reminded of this dip. It's great if you love strong flavors, particularly with a glass of red wine. Oh… Continue reading Warm Blue Cheese, Bacon and Garlic Dip


Raspberry Cheese Spread

We have staple appetizers at my house.  Ones that are made without glancing at the recipe and also, made over and over.  I can count on a request for this recipe from several friends if they are coming over.  I first learned of this recipe from a friend in Victoria, Texas.  BJ and her mom… Continue reading Raspberry Cheese Spread

On the Side · Pick-Em-Ups · Vegetarian/General

Marinated Green Beans

Healthy can be yummy!  Lyn served these at a party as an appetizer.  She was gracious enough to share her recipe about a year ago and it has been a great addition to several menus.  I love the color, the crunch, and the simplicity.    Green beans a finger food?  Why not.   Using a wire wisk, mix the 4 ingredients… Continue reading Marinated Green Beans


Bacon Wrapped Apricot Almond

Parties and bacon go together like,  well.....bacon goes with everything.   We love people like Caren that bring the new and different.   Put on a pretty plate with a nice pottery bowl for the sauce and wa-la,  an appetizer that will have people asking, "what is this, yum?"   These can be assembled the night before which is an… Continue reading Bacon Wrapped Apricot Almond


Roasted Rosemary Pecans

I adapted this recipe from my beloved cooking show host Nigella (is it wrong to say I have a teensy crush on her?). I added sugar to balance the herby/savory taste, and I think they are great as little gifts. I usually double the recipe, as it freezes beautifully. 2 1/2 T. unsalted butter 2… Continue reading Roasted Rosemary Pecans


Crisp Rosemary Flatbread

If you want to impress your friends with a recipe that really isn't that hard, please make this recipe. I bet you have all the ingredients on hand right now. The only tricky ingredient is rosemary. Now please don't go buy some cut rosemary. Spend your money instead on a rosemary plant. Stick it someplace… Continue reading Crisp Rosemary Flatbread


Polenta Cups

I'm sure we've all been there (please tell me I'm not the only one!)... you're at a party, and someone brings out an app, and you literally can NOT Step Away from the Appetizer! This happened to me years ago at our beloved wine tasting group in Portland. Iva-Marie brought these, and I can still… Continue reading Polenta Cups


The Perfect Guacamole

We know, you make guacamole , but never write down how much you add of this and that.  We were in the same boat until Barbara served it at a Pokeno party and had something down on paper for proof!   Barbara is a wonderful cook, but for now, I will share her perfect Guacamole recipe....that she… Continue reading The Perfect Guacamole