Caramelized Nuts for Salads

Perk up your green salads with these caramelized nuts. I’ve made these with walnuts and pecans, depending on what I have opened. Last night it was walnuts. This recipe is from The Food Nanny, a great book with good recipes and good menu ideas, essentially assigning a category to each day of the week with […]

Lidia’s Zucchini and Rice Tart

My niece is coming for dinner tonight and I thought it would be fun to have something to nibble on while I’m fixing dinner.  I saw this zucchini and rice tart and thought it sounded good and would taste fine the next day so I made it last night. I roughly halved the original recipe […]

Easy Appetizers: Hearts of Palm Wrapped in Ham, Baked Kale

I always debate about trying new recipes when friends come over or sticking with the tried and true. I went with the familiar for dinner the other night but the odd for appetizers, including the hearts of palm with ham. I remembered an appetizer I made for a family gathering that was a big hit.  […]

Frico or Cheese Crisps

This is what you bring to a party when you think you have nothing to fix and don’t want to go to the store.  You can gussy them up with herbs or pepper, use different cheeses, shape them into little bowls or just serve them flat. It’s not much of a recipe per se but […]


There are lots of ways to make bruschetta. I know it doesn’t always have to have tomatoes on top but in my house, if you say bruschetta people are expecting tomatoes and basil, both from the garden.  You can rub the toasted bread with garlic or just add some garlic to the topping, as I […]