Archive for the ‘Appetizers’ Category

Shrimp Ceviche

July 14, 2016

Is there anything better to eat on a hot summer night then ceviche?

The first time I ever tasted ceviche was on my Honeymoon in Aruba, and I have been in love ever since (both with the dish and my husband).

I went to a tapas party last night, and decided to make ceviche because holy humidity. When I got there, it was the most amazing spread, filled with families from all over the globe, and the best food I have ever eaten. Rice and beans with octopus and mussels, garbanzo beans with spinach and buttered bread crumbs, stuffed fried sardines, manchego and olives and dates, spicy cheese fondu-type dips with cubes of bread, something amazing and creamy with chicken and mushrooms that was supposed to go into a tortilla but I ate it without and it was delicious, and …

Tuscan Pork Loin in Herb Bread

April 20, 2016

This dish is just a gem to have in your repertoire. It might be in the top three for my favorite recipes I’ve ever posted. If it looks rustic and heavenly in these pics, that’s because it is. 

It is also a testament to how some things are worth the wait. I first tore this idea out of a magazine years ago, and kept it in my trusty binder of recipes (it was before Pinterest, that’s how long ago it was! But I still love my binder of magical recipes.) The article was on a Tuscan cooking class by the Divina Cuccina, which just sounds like Heaven, right? For those of us who can’t hop on a plane and head over there, this dish is the next best thing.

When the recipe somehow disappeared from my binder, I took to the internet to search for …

Almond Gazpacho + Introduction

August 12, 2015

I know I just posted a gazpacho recipe, but consider this a recipe post + introduction to a cookbook that has me totally inspired.

Before we left for our trip to France, I took the kids to Barnes + Noble , and while I was there I decided to get a French cookbook to use when we get back since I would likely want to dive into cooking the foods we tasted (which turned out to be très vrais). This was the one I picked up:

Every review I could find since learning of her and her (much better) food blog, Manger, points out the high degree of life envy people get from her, since she lives in the country in Médoc, France, in a gorgeous house with her photographer husband (who shoots all the pics on her blog and in the book) and lots of …

Gazpacho with Crab & Avocado

July 28, 2015

Is there anything more refreshing on a hot day then Gazpacho? It is one of my all time favorite summer dishes. It is like drinking your salad – so filling and delicious, with the tang of vinegar and kick from jalapeño.

On our first day in Paris, it was a 100 degrees, and we ate lunch at a bistro where I saw it on a chalk board menu served with vegetable tartar on top. It was so refreshing – ice cold, and the tartar made of just cucumbers, onions and zucchini was so different (and so precisely chopped! The woman who waited on us came up and asked how I liked it and I am guessing she made it herself).

Her dish made me think about adding something on top, and I wanted to add a protein to make it a meal. I adore the combination of crab and avocado, and I was craving …

Artichoke Bruschetta

June 20, 2015

Does anything scream “grab a glass of spritzer and sit outside” more then bruschetta?

Seriously, these are so easy and they take a nano second to put together. And they are so good you can’t stop eating them.  So when this weather beckons you to sit out side and savor everything… spouses, friends, life, sunshine, health, kids, wine, nature…you have the perfect companion snack.

I made these because we were going to a daytime party last weekend, and I knew the food would be sitting out in the sun. I actually mixed all the ingredients together in a bowl and just served the crostini on the side, but I remade them for my husband the more traditional way. You just toast your baguette…

Then mix these heroes together. Can you say …