Category: Appetizers & Snacks

Mushroom honey crostini bites

Mushroom honey crostini bites

This is a recipe I created. It’s great as an appetizer to wow your guests, just as a snack or a side to dinner. Pan roasted mushrooms meet lovely burrata cheese and amber honey. You cannot lose.

Red Curry Steamer Clams

Red Curry Steamer Clams

For this recipe I harvested manila clams right off the beaches of the Puget Sound in Washington State. Lucky for me I only have to drive a short distance to get these babies. However, any steamer clams will suffice. I’ve eaten more of these than I can even recall, but most of them have been cooked in the typical white wine and butter broth. I had something similar to this off a menu at some fancy restaurant in Seattle many years ago that is no longer open and I’ve never seen anything quite like it anywhere else, so I decided to make my own.

Banana Bread Bars

Banana Bread Bars

Banana Bread Bars are a great variation on a favorite breakfast meal in our home. Similar to banana bread with a cream cheese frosting.

Baby Mexican Street Corn

Baby Mexican Street Corn

Love elote but can’t eat it gracefully? Here’s a version for dates, parties, and fancy clothes that shouldn’t get messy but should still get all the fun.

The corn skewers can be roasted, broiled or grilled before getting all dressed up. Use Polar baby corn or another brand that you know doesn’t smell like a barnyard, or even fresh if you can get it!

Herb Garden Pizzettas

Herb Garden Pizzettas

Growing up in West Virginia, we always had summer gardens full of fresh, delicious herbs as well as fresh fruit from the local farmers market.
Our local food was influenced by Italian immigrants that had settled in the state – what a treat to learn and eat Italian food from some of my friends grandmother’s when we were in school together.

I have combined these flavors for a yummy garden pizzetta!

Watermelon Goat Cheese “Sushi”

Watermelon Goat Cheese “Sushi”

There is nothing better than fresh watermelon in the summer, or in the other seasons to make you think about summer! I came up with this dish as a fun addition to a sushi themed dinner party and it was a big hit.

Banana Pudding  cookie

Banana Pudding cookie

A new found favorite for people who love less fat, but still get that southern taste in a cookie. Who wants to ride around eating banana pudding from a cup when you can eat it in a cookie form and be just as guilty. I am all about creativity and pushing the envelope. Being from the south has brought a new perspective to the word “Southern Banana Pudding”