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by on February 8th, 2010

Honey Pecan Stuffed Snow Peas

I know you may be thinking “she’s crazy for stuffing those tiny little pods”, but they are always a hit a party.

When I started catering 20 years ago it seemed like everything idea I came up with involved a lot of time and handling of food. But, I have to say, those are usually the appetizers people go crazy for. Anyone can throw out a cheese tray or deli tray so I tend to like appetizers that people know you went to a little extra trouble making. I usually cringe when someone calls me and ask me if I […]

by on November 3rd, 2009

Dijon Ham and Cream Cheese Biscuits

Dijon Ham and Cream Cheese Biscuits for holiday brunch.

I can still smell my mother’s homemade biscuits baking away in the oven. She made the best from scratch biscuits. My sister and I use to have her bang the pan on the counter so the biscuits would flatten out and you would have two crunchy sides with no middles. These days, people want big fluffy biscuits and I think, now, I prefer that type of biscuit, but what I wouldn’t give to have one of my mother’s.

A couple of years ago I was flipping through one of my food […]

by on July 3rd, 2009

Parmesan Bacon Wraps

A favorite at parties I have catered

These tiny little pieces of bacon, Parmesan and cracker are to die for. I have been making these for friends, family and catering clients for twenty years now. They are so easy to make. They may take a while in the oven, so that’s why if you want to make plenty and keep them in the freezer for last minute appetizers.

These are good with a glass of wine or even a glass of orange juice for breakfast.

Here’s what you are going to need. Bacon, Parmesan Cheese and Club Crackers. […]

by on June 22nd, 2009

Jalapeno Blue Cheese Spread

Whether you are doing a south of the border meal or not, this appetizer is tasty, with a little crunch and spice.

One night at my sister’s house last week, in between tornado warnings, barbecuing ribs, and entertaining two babies, we whipped out this yummy appetizer.

Jalapeno Blue Cheese Spread

1 pkg. unflavored gelatin 1/4 c. water 3 oz. cream cheese 5 oz. blue cheese, crumbled 16 oz. sour cream 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped fine 2 Tbsp. vinegar 2 oz. pimientos, chopped 1 c. pecans, roasted Assorted crackers

Combine gelatin with water in a custard up, let stand. Place […]

by on June 22nd, 2009

Pecorino Cheese Pudding

Memories of Napa Valley

I have been to Napa Valley 5 times. Each trip was enjoyable but so different from each other. The first trip I took with my husband was when we were thinking over a transfer to San Francisco. (Didn’t happen) We had one day to visit Napa so that was a rushed trip but we fit in as much as possible.

The second trip was after a family ski vacation to Lake Tahoe. We had a day and a half to see Napa, San Francisco (the wharf, China town and all other sites) plus Muir Woods. This […]

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