Laurel’s Stuffed Mushrooms

Having made this recipe so many times, I have forgotten who Laurel actually is. What I haven't forgotten is that is one the most requested recipes. I can't believe I haven't posted it. I have tried several different variations of stuffed mushrooms, but this one is tried and true. These are often made the day… Continue reading Laurel’s Stuffed Mushrooms


Summertime Salty Sweet Snack Mix

Angela was gracious to share this smash hit of a recipe.  Recently a group of girls sat around a fire pit sipping wine and snacking on this mix.  If you are a salty sweet kind of gal, you will love this.  This time of year so many events pop up that require bringing a snack.… Continue reading Summertime Salty Sweet Snack Mix

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

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


Pecan-Covered Olives

This recipe comes  from Mom.    This has been served at many holiday affairs. People always ask about it, because it is so different, but so easy. It is also great because you have to make it ahead. (Kendra's friend Robin serves them at Christmas, since they are red and green, and she calls them Jingle Balls. Feel free… Continue reading Pecan-Covered Olives