Category Appetizers

Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Tart

I love watching Ina Garten, a.k.a. the Barefoot Contessa, live on Foodnetwork TV.  She makes everything look so easy to do at home.  I have made lots of her recipes from lots of her books, and I must admit that every one has come out successfully. The appetizer that I am making today is based […]

Easy Za’atar Bread at Home

Za’atar bread: a savoury flatbread slathered with a za’atar/oil/salt topping.  It’s a delicious take out from my local middle eastern bakery (and they even warm it up for you to go) and I buy some every time I go shopping there.  Yummy substitute for plain old pita to serve with hummus or other dip. However, […]

Dairy-free Nacho Cheese-y Sauce

I like having alternatives.  In this case, a dairy-free nacho cheese-y sauce.  Whether it is for a person with a lactose intolerance, a cholesterol issue or another dietary or kosher restriction, it’s good to have something for those reasons. This recipe intrigued me because there is a cup of grated carrots in the mix…a healthy […]

Flavourful Frittata with Chickpeas and Spinach

Happy New Year 2017!  My first dish of the new year that I want to share with you is a versatile frittata from the website of Food52 —  Chickpea, Spinach, and Chorizo Frittata.   This frittata can be served, cut into squares as an appetizer or tapas, or cut into wedges and served with a salad […]

Dolmas Lasagna

Mezze, tapas, finger food.  All words describing small plates of food on a table for sharing.  What happened to the word ‘smorgasbord’ meaning a meal with many different foods placed out to share? Or am I showing my age? Nowadays, Mezze is a selection of small dishes served in Greece, Turkey and middle eastern countries. […]

One Ingredient Homemade Whole Grain Crackers

I love to peruse cookbooks. And since the library has an abundance of them, I usually have one borrowed at any one time.  Last week, after being on the waiting list for months, I got my hands on Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook. This is a great cookbook with a ‘best recipe’ […]

Moroccan Carrot Spread with Pistachio-Coconut Dukkah

Unexpected company is coming over and what do you have around for an appetizer?  Hummus is always an easy backup but it is time to find something new.  This Moroccan Carrot Spread will fill that something new.  And topped with a Pistachio Dukkah, an aromatic Egyptian blend of nuts, seeds and spices, you will have […]