Appetizers

Loaded Steak Nachos

Loaded Steak Nachos

Posted on Oct 19, 2016
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Who doesn’t love a pan of nachos?  Or a plate, like my kids used to make after school.  They’d pile chips on a plate, top with some shredded Mexican blend cheese and pop in the microwave.  Then came a big plop of sour cream and their snack was complete.  I’m opting for something a little more …

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Fried Okra with Louisiana Rémoulade

Posted on Aug 25, 2016
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Meathead and I went to a real dive last week for dinner.  We heard they had good food so we checked it out.  First, we had to eat outside because of the smoke.  I reeked after just two minutes inside.  Second, the place was full of regulars and they were friendly, loud and hilarious, but mostly welcoming …

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Perfect Guacamole

Perfect Guacamole

Posted on Jul 8, 2016
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Guac.  Chips.  Queso.  Margaritas.  Doesn’t that just hit the spot sometimes?  That could easily be dinner for me.  For most, though, guacamole and chips are an appetizer to enjoy with margaritas and friends.  I stumbled across this recipe for perfect guacamole to make at home. There must be a gazillion guacamole recipes, all pretty similar …

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Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar

Posted on Jul 7, 2016
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Have you heard of Texas Caviar or Cowboy Caviar?  I decided to try it over the long, rainy holiday weekend.  It’s a dip, made with black-eyed peas, lots of other good stuff, and tossed in a garlic balsamic vinaigrette.  At least that’s the version I made.  Some Texas Caviar recipes call for corn, some for …

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Hot Apricot Glazed Wings

Hot Apricot Glazed Wings

Posted on Jun 17, 2016
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Ever since I tried making wings at home, I’ve been obsessed.  I made chicken wings the first time with a stout beer and mustard glaze.  Delicious, and I’ve been trying some new ways to glaze them.  The cooking of the wings is the same, dredge in cornstarch and fry them up.  I’ve tried a glaze …

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Polenta with Mushrooms

Polenta with Mushrooms

Posted on Feb 18, 2016
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Years ago, many years ago, when we still lived in Chicago, one of our favorite restaurants was Vinci on Halsted.  We went many times with friends or just for a date night.  They had an appetizer on the menu, Polenta con Funghi.  We always started with this polenta and mushroom appetizer.  The waiter would bring it out …

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Featured Image Crostini

Ricotta, Prosciutto and Honey Crostini

Posted on Sep 14, 2015
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  My really good friends, Beth and Steve, live in Minnesota just west of Minneapolis.  They have a gorgeous house and property on several acres.  Their gardens are beautiful and they have worked hard on them over the years.  I visited them earlier this summer and their gardens were so pretty and inviting.  And they …

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Classic Hummus

Classic Hummus

Posted on Aug 17, 2015
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  I first made hummus years ago when we lived in Chicago.  Meathead raved about the hummus at an Armenian restaurant he often went to for lunch, Sayat Nova.  I came across a recipe in one of my cookbooks and decided to try making it.  I thought it was really good but my husband didn’t think …

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