Category Archives: appetizers

Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese and Toasted Hazelnuts

The figs on my new fig tree are ripening so I celebrated by making this quick and easy fresh fig appetizer with goat cheese and nuts as a mid-afternoon snack. I had almost given up on my tree earlier this … Continue reading

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Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini

Sweet figs with a hint of orange are thinly spread over a toasted baguette and topped with fresh goat cheese and a sprinkle of chives or green onions in this, my newest “go-to” appy. I’ve made this one several times … Continue reading

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Greek Salad on a Stick

Kids love anything on a stick, and the kid inside all of us does too. These mini Greek salad appetizers are fun to eat and they offer a healthier alternative to all the high calorie finger foods we often find … Continue reading

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Christmas Finger Foods

Years ago, one of my Christmas traditions was to participate in a cookie exchange. With young children underfoot, year after year I somehow made twelve dozen Nanaimo bars. (Do you know how hard it is to cut through that chocolate … Continue reading

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Homemade Raincoast Crisps

You know those pricey crackers sold in the deli section–the ones you always hope are on sale? Well, here’s the recipe so you can make them yourself. They are a perfect replica. Actually, they’re better because they’re fresh from your … Continue reading

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Cranberry Conserve

Every year at Christmas time, Laura makes gifts from the kitchen for her friends. Her homemade granola packed into a decorated Mason jar is always a hit as are her cookies. This year, she made this beautiful ruby red (I … Continue reading

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Mini Cheese Balls: the easiest appetizer EVER

I’ve made these three times now, and they will definitely be on the top of my Favourite Appies list. They are so easy–a veritable party in your mouth! Five ingredients and a food processor are all you need. Ingredients 1 … Continue reading

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Cheese Crispies–revamped

Remember the old Cheese Krispies recipe from the 50’s or 60’s? I loved those things. My mom made them every year at Christmas time as part of an appetizer tray and we devoured them, batch after batch. I had a … Continue reading

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What to do with ALL THAT Zucchini?

If you’ve planted a zucchini, you’re probably feeling like I am right now. One tiny seed planted in the spring has produced more zucchini than I can keep up with. So today I’m creating a Throwback Thursday post. Here, in … Continue reading

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Shrimp and PIneapple Mini Bites–fit for a Prince :)

Super simple, fast, low-fat, cute. A great appy. Here’s something tiny to celebrate the birth of a royal prince born today. Ingredients For the Wonton Cups: 18 wonton wrappers 2 teaspoons light salad oil 1/4 teaspoon salt For the dressing: … Continue reading

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Gin Gingered Spot Prawns

Where do you usually get YOUR ideas for meals? Cookbooks? Food blogs? Pinterest? All of the above? Me too. But today, my idea for dinner appetizer came from an unlikely source: a quick chat before a meeting. Even before a … Continue reading

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Personalized Veggies ‘n Dip

This one definitely comes under the “Why didn’t I think of that?’ category. I pinned it last week, as I thought it was such a good idea. It makes more sense than having everyone crowd around one plate of veggies. … Continue reading

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Crab and Avocado Bites

Ingredients 1 baguette, sliced on the diagonal extra virgin olive oil  (for brushing the baguette slices) 2 avocados salt and pepper 1 Tbsp. lemon juice pinch dried chili flakes 4 ounces lump crabmeat 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint 2 tsp. freshly … Continue reading

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Rosemary Gruyere and Sea Salt Crisps

Here’s another good one from Smitten Kitchen’s new cookbook.  Author Deb Perelman writes, “Dough can be made a day in advance. It will keep longer in the freezer. Baked crisps keep for up to 2 days at room temperature in … Continue reading

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Smoked Cheddar Cheese Straws

We love these! They’re really fast and easy to prepare. Best part? They taste like junk food, but they’re made from real ingredients: butter, cheese, flour, chili pepper. How can you go wrong? I’ve made these several times to have … Continue reading

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