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Posts from the ‘Appetizer’ Category

savory shortbreads with parmesan, fennel and sea salt.

Savory cookies are totally my new favorite way to cookie.


In fact I baked up this recipe to bring to new neighbors who had moved in next door…except that, well, they sort of disappeared in the time that it took me to throw on some lipstick and get them wrapped up pretty.  I had the best of intentions.  Really. Read more


strawberry basil bruschetta.

If I could have a best foodie friend (BFF), it would be goat cheese.  I’ve been known to eat it at every meal, scrambling it into my morning eggs, tossing a little in a chicken salad  for lunch, or throwing some on top of an arugula pizza for dinner.  I’ll never get tired of goat cheese.   This is a friendship that has stood the test of time. Read more

fig and gorgonzola crostini.

So the other night my husband and some friends were getting together for a guys night, and I was tasked with sending him off with some beer and an appetizer.  I bet you would thoughtfully support your loved one’s extracurricular activities with an appropriate manly dish…meatloaf sliders, 7 layer dip, hot wings… Read more

savory asiago rosemary cookies, and let’s make a deal.

Last night we had a little Tuesday night dinner party soiree at our place. 

I’ve become convinced that any night is a good night for a dinner party.  During the course of the evening the conversation turned to social media and the sea of content, the endless noise we’re bombarded with when we jump online, check out blogs, connect on facebook or twitter, peruse pics on instagram, pin away on pinterest.

I feel it…do you? Read more

pear, bacon and gorgonzola flatbread.

This recipe was a grand experiment.

My hypothesis was it would be fabulous, given the control group ingredients – pear, bacon, gorgonzola, and mascarpone cheeses.

I was, indeed, correct. Read more

caramelized onion and gorgonzola tart, and a baby shower!

Over the weekend I had the privilege of hosting a baby shower brunch honoring my dear friend and college roommate Caitlin.  Caitlin is planning on a tangerine and pink nursery (so adorable) for her baby girl Josslyn (oh the name!…even more adorable) so we wove those colors into the shower and it turned out so beautifully! I thought you might enjoy a few pics. Read more

mini gorgonzola popovers.

It’s been pretty well established that we’re a football family.  But have we talked about the fact that, at the beginning of each season, my husband and I pick 3 teams to follow for the 4 glorious months of football?  First, we each pick our own team…one that we each are individually interested in and hope will end up playing each other for some inner-family competition.  The second is our shared team, the one we pick and cheer for together.  Some couples share a love of sophisticated things like golf or wine-tasting…we love football.  That’s just how we roll. Read more

leek and mushroom tart.

Have you ever had one of those weeks that you wish you could just wish away?

This was one of those weeks…colds, teething, ear infections, urgent care, antibiotics, late nights, incessant crying.   And worst of all it’s one of the most important and magical weeks of the year.

Bah humbug. Read more

eggplant bruschetta.

Raise your hand if you like eggplant.

(both my hands are up) Read more

gorgonzola stuffed dates with prosciutto.

4 ingredients…

…wrapped up…

…and baked into heavenly sweet/salty/cheesy goodness.

Gorgonzola Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

(yields 24 pieces)

What You’ll Need:

24 pitted dates, sliced down the middle (found on sale for $2.99/lb)

24 small pieces of gorgonzola (about 3/4 cup)

8 pieces of prosciutto, sliced



Preheat oven to 425F.

Insert one piece of cheese into each pre-sliced date.  You may have to just squish the cheese in, especially if it’s crumbly.

Sprinkle prosciutto with paprika and slice each piece of prosciutto into 3 pieces.

Wrap each date with a slice of prosciutto, with paprika side toward the date.  Insert a toothpick into the date to secure it.

Bake 8-10 minutes, or until prosciutto is sizzling.  Enjoy immediately…at room temperature they got a little dry.

TOTAL:  $6.50 or $.27 per serving.

Wondering how on earth I arrived at these costs?  Take a look at my shopping guide to show see what I pay for items, per serving, etc.


56 calories per date

2 grams of fat

7 carbs

3 grams protein

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