Appetizers + Snacks

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Crispy Mushrooms and Melty Cheese

Crispy Mushrooms and Melty Cheese

This recipe is part of my April 2023 TU Story. See the whole thing here. One meal Paul and I ate recently, which was born of necessity and which turned out to be a keeper centered around mushrooms. They were bought on a whim, left in a little brown bag, […]

Cowboy Caviar, Caroline Barrett

Cowboy Caviar, Only Better

This recipe is part of my TU January 2023 story. It goes along with Roasted Broccoli Soup with Turmeric and Coconut Milk and Ginger Apricot Pistachio Bars. Cowboy Caviar is good – it’s a dish that is good for cozy, lazy football dinners, and also great for potlucks and dinner […]

How to Build A Better Cheese Tray

Cheese: choose at least three. Think about a variety of milks, from goat, sheep and cow, but also flavor and texture: creamy, crumbly, sharp and stinky.  Crunchy things: nuts are a must. Choose salted, flavored nuts. Cocoa dusted almonds are a nice addition, as are macadamias, pistachios or marcona almonds. […]

Pineapple-Cranberry Infused Vodka

Serves 8-10 1 ripe pineapple 1 liter vodka (we like Tito’s) 3 cups cranberries Remove the outer layer of the pineapple and trim the top and bottom. Cut the fruit into wedges (you don’t have to remove the core – it’s all good.) Place the pineapple into one large glass […]

Shrimp with Garlic Sauce

4 appetizer servings 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 10 large cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 1 heaping teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 heaping teaspoon sweet Spanish paprika 1 lb. large wild caught shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails on Juice of one lemon 1 small handful fresh flat leaf parsley Sea […]

Hummus with Roasted Vegetables

Hummus with Roasted Vegetables

Part of my February 2022 Times Union story. Read the whole thing here. If you’re going to laze around for a day or so, you need decent snack foods. You’re going to want sustenance, something to get you from the Netflix binge through the afternoon nap. In our house, we […]

Curry Basil Egg Rolls

Curry Basil Egg Rolls + Peanut Sauce

Here’s a recipe, published in the Times Union January, 2020. You can read it here, with the story included. Egg rolls are fun to make and so good to eat. The key to good egg rolls is creating a flavorful filling, and this one’s got lots of crunchy vegetables, a […]