Category Archives: Appetizers

Spiced Glazed Nuts and Bugles

This sweet, salty, and spicy nut mix is crazy good and highly addictive. The original recipe by David Leibovitz calls for mini pretzels but after hunting for them at three different stores I gave up and grabbed some bugles.

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Merry Cheeseball!

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My family loves a good cheeseball. Every Christmas this retro crowd-pleaser appears alongside the cheese and pickle tray, in a variety of flavours, shapes, and sizes. Continue reading

Shiny Tomato Salsa

SalsaEach fall the woman in our family get together to make big batches of canned salsa. It’s a tradition that’s been in our family for over 20 years. It happens each fall in my mom’s kitchen, with all of us pitching in. Continue reading

Zucchini Feta Pancakes with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

Zucchini PancakesZucchini pancakes are a good way to use up those end-of-summer zucchinis. Our friends Louie and Nat gifted us with a couple of monster-sized zucchinis. Continue reading

Baked Mushroom Arancini

baked aranciniArancini are delightful bundles of starchy goodness filled with a gooey cheese surprise. They’re also a handy way to use up leftover risotto.  Continue reading

Bee Stings with Vanilla-infused Sea Salt

Bee StingsMy latest vanilla indulgence has been infusing sea salt with vanilla bean seeds. It adds a nice note to both sweet and savoury dishes. I’ve tried it on my version of Bob Blumer’s Bee Stings, a delightful and easy appetizer that combines cheese, honey and truffle oil. The vanilla sea salt elevates this recipe to a new level. Continue reading

Cream Cheese with Apricot Chipotle Spread

Chipotle-Apricot Cream Cheese SpreadThis spicy jam topped appetizer was introduced to me by Lorena, our friend from Oaxaca. She was visiting Vancouver a couple of summers ago with her husband Sal and family and we got together with them and our friends often. Continue reading