Category: Appetizers & Snacks

Maple Nut Spiced Caramel Corn

Maple Nut Spiced Caramel Corn

I love making my own variations of granola and caramel corn because I can add the ingredients I like depending on the season. For Fall I make my caramel corn with pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin seeds, maple syrup and chocolate chips. You can change it up with your favorite nuts, and or dried berries.

Herbed Zucchini slices with Ricotta Dipping Sauce

Herbed Zucchini slices with Ricotta Dipping Sauce

This recipe came about because I had a large zucchini from my garden and I didn’t want it to go to waste. I love fried breaded zucchini, one of my favorites. I had left over ricotta cheese from a competition 2 days before and I didn’t want to waste it, so…. you guessed it.. my recipe was born! I fried up the zucchini and make a spicy dipping sauce with the ricotta, olive oil and Italian spices. It was gone in no time, so I guess this experiment was a big success. Not all recipes turn out that way, so I was happy to hit a home run with this one!

Desert Princess Prawns

Desert Princess Prawns

Any recipes that require minimal cooking and get me out of the kitchen faster while still being able to whip up an awesome dish during these hot summer months is my obvious go to; these Dessert Princess Prawns are just that. I’m obsessed with these Prawns; they’re unique, fresh and flavorful, definitely a new twist on a boring classic. Anyone that eats these Prawns has the same reaction… “Wow!”. Why the name you ask? While in Palm Springs, I discovered these at a local market… I was addicted off my first bite. For the remainder of the week I floated around in a pool with a crisp margarita on the rocks in one hand and a bowl of these little god sends in the other. What I would do to be back in that pool reliving those moments…. especially after this week.

So, clearly I had to recreate this recipe which involved me eating at least 3 lbs of this goodness… (what lengths I go to to get you guys the best recipes) but don’ts even worry about me.. did I forget to mention these are low in calories! Double score marks for me!

This recipe is super simple, cost effective and requires only 5 ingredients. However, I will warn you that finding one of these ingredients (which is an important component to this recipe) is going to be difficult or at least requires you to hit up a couple of different markets to find… Shrimp Bullion cubes. You’ve obviously have seen beef bullion, chicken bullion and vegetable bullion cubes, finding shrimp will be more challenging. I found mine in the ethnic section of a big box grocery store (which you know I hate to shop at) but it was the only place I could find them. They add the intensity and saltiness that makes these stand out… definitely don’t skip this step.

Enough with this writing, lets get down to it.

Crispy Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Crispy Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

A few weeks back, I made these for a bridal shower (except instead of using classic Iceberg Lettuce, I shrank it down and used endive leaves, which was the cutest thing ever) and the women devoured these things faster then I could make them! They couldn’t stop raving about how great they where! Little did they know that this was the easiest dish I made that day. I love this dish for several reasons but mainly because its easy, a great ‘make ahead’ dish (perfect for summer time use), and it’s obviously delicious and very unique in flavor

Curried Halibut Cakes

Curried Halibut Cakes

These Curried Halibut Cakes with Apricot Ginger Dipping Sauce are so fresh and flavorful, I think you might have a smidgen of palate-induced joy when you taste these lovely little cakes.