Dill Dip

This is an old family favorite for parties. The half-mayonnaise and half-sour cream combination makes a nice balance between sweet and tangy. I use the same ratio when I make potato salad, in fact. It’s pretty much the only thing I use this Beau Monde seasoning for but it’s worth keeping it around just to […]

Sweet and Sour Little Onions

Every Thanksgiving my mother makes creamed onions, which are delicious and a wonderful treat. But heavy.  I saw this recipe for sweet and sour onions in Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy (affiliate link) and thought they might be a healthier alternative. I made them last night and let me just say they are […]

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.  […]