Posts Tagged‘Appetizers’

White Bean Garlic Dip with Green Olives and Tomatoes

Dips and scoop-able salads are really big at our house.  It seems to me that in Middle Eastern/North African cuisine dips are just an excuse to eat more fantastic bread.  I’m ok with that.  I came up with this dip during Ramadan as a side dish for iftar.  It came together out of a bunch of leftovers and a can of great northern beans.  When I shop I always try to get a few pantry items that I have no immediate plans for.  Then when I’m feeling an itch to make something new I have a bunch of different options.…

Lasagna Cups

  Maybe you’ve been noticing that I haven’t been posting as much lately.  I have to confess I haven’t been here as much as normal.  Over the last few months I’ve been struggling with some pretty nasty wrist pain (in both wrists).  While I first wrote it off as just overuse when it didn’t go away and got to the point that I could no longer lift a pan of water with one hand, I knew I had to go to the doctor.  While I am still waiting for some x-ray results the diagnosis currently is severe tendonitis in both…

Moroccan Flavored “Pizzas”

As promised I continue to delve into the appetizers that I tested out during Ramadan.  This recipe came from a group I’m a part of on Facebook but I adapted a little bit while making.  The recipe is a little in depth but once you get into a good rhythm it goes fast.  You can make the dough and use it right away or freeze it for use later. Ingredients Dough 4 c flour 1 tbsp yeast 1 tsp salt 1/4 c vegetable oil 1/2 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp sugar 1/4 c milk 1 c water Filling 1/2 lb…

baked puffs

Cheesy Puffy Appetizers

One thing this Ramadan has brought for me is the testing out of several new appetizers.  I’ll admit my repetoire in this department is limited but luckily I’ve tried several new things.  I’m going to be posting several of them over the next few days.  First up is a cheesy puffy appetizer.  I originally saw the idea for this recipe from Christine at Moroccan Food on About.com.  I didn’t have the time or energy to make the dough from scratch — enter puff pastry.  Normally I don’t buy this because it’s kind of pricy but sometimes the price outweighs the…

olives crab

Planning your Summer Party

Now that you’re loaded up with new recipe ideas (and even more after Monday’s chat) it’s time to start planning the fun part of the party – the decorations!  I love the idea of simple, chic design that’s easy to set up and even easier to clean up.  I put together this little picture collage of ideas.        My top tips: Keep the colors simple, red and blue are always great colors for day or night Multi-purpose functionality; you can always use a fabulous drink dispenser and a basic simple table cloth can be used several times in…

The Settlement Pizza

I live in Wisconsin, the dairy state.  Perhaps you’ve heard that we are known as the dairy state.  However there are some disturbing TV commercials that try to claim that happy cows are in California, ergo California should be the new dairy state.  It’s a bit of a controversy.  So I’m calling this pizza the settlement pizza because it’s the marriage of California and Wisconsin.  Featuring Lindsay’s California Green Natural olives and Wisconsin-made Queso Fresco cheese, this thin crust pizza makes a great appetizer pizza or main dish when served with a green salad. Sauce: 1 tomato skin removed 4-5…

Lindsay Olives Summer Party

This is an exciting week for me and MarocMama, it’s a full week of olive love!  It should come as no surprise to many that we eat a lot of olives. Morocco is well known for their olives and olive oil.  I always come home with kilos of them in my suitcase.  But they only last so long.  My go-to olives have always been the Lindsay brand, just like they were for my mom and grandma.  I didn’t even realize until I was a grown-up and doing my own shopping that there was another brand of olives!  So when  I…

Puff my Pastry! Why I love appetizers

Particularly appetizers that involve creamy mozzerella cheese and buttery puff pastry.  Not that I discriminate but these are good.  They’re fast and easy and you’ll be popping one after another – no lie. I scooped up some puff pastry to make these appetizers in honor of the NFC Championship game two weeks ago.  They were fabulous and a great choice if you’re having a party this weekend for the Superbowl!  This is a very basic recipe. Ingredients: 1 package puff pastry fresh mozzerella cheese (enough to fill each puff) Cherry tomatoes halved (enough for each puff) 2 parts Olive oil…