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This recipe for Spanish-style meatballs packs a lot of flavor into a very small package. They’re perfect for cocktail parties. Tapas, small plates, hors d’oeuvres… whatever you want to call them, appetizers are my favorite kind of food! You can use the ground meat of your choice, but I recommend mixing lamb and beef for a rich, exotic flavor.
¼ lb ground lamb
½ lb ground beef
¾ cup dry bread crumbs
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Deviled eggs are a tasty cocktail party finger food that you cannot go wrong serving!
They look fancy, but take less than 15 minutes to make. Here’s my favorite, super-simple recipe:
½ cup safflower mayonnaise
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbs chopped fresh parsley
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Put eggs in a sauce pan, cover with water and add a splash of vinegar. Bring eggs to … Read more
Making your special someone a home-cooked meal is a romantic (and economical) way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. But remember that wine isn’t the only beverage that pairs well with food.
Cocktails, liquor and beer can compliment a meal. And since you’re in control of the food and the drink, there are a lot of ways you can tie the meal and the beverage together.
For example, you can add a garnish or ingredient to your … Read more
If you’re planning a special Valentine’s Day dinner, don’t forget the wine! Here are some basic food and wine pairing tips.
The first thing to remember is that it is more important to choose a wine that you enjoy than to follow rules. However, there are some tips that will help enhance your food and wine experience:
Match the intensity and “weight” of the dish with the intensity of the wine. So a bold dish … Read more
This artichoke dip is so good! It’s by no means health food, but it fits right in with any Super Bowl Sunday snack menu. Serve it with tortilla chips, potato chips or a good loaf of crusty bread.
1 ½ cups chopped artichoke hearts (frozen and thawed or from a can, drained)
6 oz. cream cheese
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup sour cream
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
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Whether you’re a Steelers or Cards fan, chili is a tasty way to tame your hunger so you can focus on yelling at the screen and second guessing the coach.
2 lbs ground beef
2 16 oz cans kidney beans, drained
2 14 oz cans tomatoes, chopped
1 white onion
1 red bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbs chili powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp parsley
½ … Read more
I had so much turkey left over after Thanksgiving that I froze a great deal of it for use in future recipes.
Of all my leftover turkey cooking adventures, this simple recipe is my favorite one so far.
If you managed to escape Thanksgiving and Christmas without mountains of leftover turkey, you can use chicken or vegetables instead.
This is one of those sauces that actually tastes much better after sitting in the fridge overnight.… Read more
Chef Jamie Oliver created this refreshing granita as an easy, light and elegant dessert. Yummy!
1 & 3/4 pints fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, strained
14 oz superfine sugar
7 oz Campari
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 oranges
Whisk together the grapefruit juice and sugar. Add the Campari, lemon and orange juices. Freeze in an ice cream maker, or in a metal container for a granita texture.
Photo & recipe courtesy Campari.… Read more
Liquor and wine are a big part of many holiday dishes. Here are some of the most delicious recipes I could find that get a boost from the bottle and could be a part of your special holiday meal. Enjoy!
Sweet Potato Bourbon Soup
Drunken Crab Bisque
Roasted Beet and Smoked Sturgeon Salad with Vodka Vinaigrette
Grilled Molasses and Rum-Glazed Fresh Ham
Red Wine Braised Beef Brisket
Roasted Goose With Apple Rum Stuffing… Read more
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