Appetizer Recipes

 

Appetizer RecipesAlthough sometimes called hors d’oeuvres and sometimes called starters, appetizers are those small delightful dishes served before a meal. I earliest memory of an appetizer is one of those little mini hot dogs in puff pastry my Aunt Gert used to serve us at holiday times.

Appetizers can be served hot or cold, simple or elaborate, they are handed out to get your appetite stimulated before the big meal. I’m guessing they are often used to hold off your appetite to give the host more time to get the food on the table.

Either way, here are a few of my favorite appetizer recipes:

Chinese Dumplings Recipe

September 21, 2010 7 Comments
Chinese Dumplings Recipe

A New Look At Dumplings Contributing Food Writer Chef Mark R. Vogel Whenever I’m on a deadline and scouring my brain for ideas for an article, a simple trip to the grocery store or some random restaurant will often provide grist for the “Food for Thought” mill.  It’s not uncommon for me to encounter something […]

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Summertime Spring Roll Recipe

May 27, 2010 2 Comments
Summertime Spring Roll Recipe

Spring Roll Recipe OK, now that everybody has rolled in, let’s get started.  The ultimate topic of this article is summer rolls.  But to do justice to that endeavor, one should understand the often bewildering context of Asian rolls in general.  My plan was to elucidate the culinary differences and history of these rolls, but […]

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Spicy Meatballs in Beer Chili Sauce Recipe

March 6, 2010 4 Comments
Spicy Meatballs in Beer Chili Sauce Recipe

 Meat & Heat – Cooking with Hot Pepper One of my favorite combinations is meat and hot peppers.  There is something about meat, particularly red meat, and hot peppers that I find irresistibly enticing.  Like most “chile heads” I think a wide variety of foods are amenable to heat augmentation, but for our present purposes […]

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Crostini Toscani

January 17, 2010 6 Comments
Crostini Toscani

Chicken Pate Served On “Little Toasts” A while back we were in New York City for an event and we went out to dinner with a group of friends downtown in Tribeca to an Italian restaurant called Gigino Trattoria. They have a special appetizer called Crostini Toscani that’s not on the menu but available if […]

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Brie en Croute

January 29, 2009 2 Comments
Brie en Croute

Romantic Cheeses and Brie en Croute for Valentine’s Day I thought cheese might be a great way to start off your home cooked romantic Valentine’s dinner  for two. It can be simple, elegant, rich and a great way to start off the night. There is cheese, and then there is cheese. The first kind of […]

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Hors d-Oeuvres and Appetizers

January 11, 2009 5 Comments
Hors d-Oeuvres and Appetizers

  Hors d’Oeuvres and Appetizers This post comes from my friend Chef Todd Mohr who you may have seen in my Novice2Pro Chef Interview with Todd Mohr. Inspiration – Hors d’ Oeuvres and Appetizers Hors d’Oeuvres is translated as “outside the meal”. These one to two bite morsels are meant to stimulate the palate and […]

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Blue Cheese and Pear Quesadillas with Mango Salsa

January 3, 2008 2 Comments
Blue Cheese and Pear Quesadillas with Mango Salsa

This recipe was sent to me from Chef Enedina Andrews of The Clandestine Chef Experience out of Denver, Colorado. I interviewed Chef Andrews as part of my  Novice2Pro Chef Interviews.This is one of her favorite recipes. PrintBlue Cheese and Pear Quesadillas with Mango Salsa Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 15 minutesTotal Time: 30 minutes Yield: […]

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Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

October 25, 2007 1 Comment
Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

It’s pumpkin carving time and we all know what we get when we carve pumpkins with the kids? No, not a big mess. Pumpkin Seeds! Don’t throw them out. Here’s how to make a delicious and nutritious snack with those slippery little seeds. PrintRoasting Pumpkin Seeds Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 30 minutesTotal Time: 40 […]

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Cream Puff Cheese Biscuits

January 3, 2007 7 Comments
Cream Puff Cheese Biscuits

Cream Puff Cheese Biscuits also known as Gougere One of the many cooking related gifts I received for Christmas was a cookbook from my daughter’s elementary school. It was filled with recipes sent in from various students’ parents. Funny, I sent one in but don’t see it listed. Hmmm. Looking over the recipes, they are […]

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Dumplings In A Row

June 27, 2006 4 Comments
Dumplings In A Row

How to Make Chinese Dumplings at Home I recently wrote about a couple of cookbooks I borrowed from our local library. One of them was Susanna Foo’s Chinese Cuisine and last night we thought it would be a fun family project to try her Pork Dumplings with Soy-Ginger Sauce. And it turned out to be […]

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