We don't eat dairy, but baked feta is always the thing I bring to potlucks or family gatherings. Baked feta is a stunning appetizer when placed in a cute ceramic bowl, topped with tomatoes, peppers and herbs. Give it a try!
Festivities are great reason to design new little finger foods that help shape the ambiance of any party. Recently, I was asked to create an appetizer menu for a small literary event. I knew that I wanted to deliver finger foods that appeased both vegetarian and meaty options.
I came up with seven appetizers that were healthy, delicious and down right perfect for events. I would suggest making these for large or small groups of friends and family over for holidays, or an impromptu party.
Take the sweetness of autumn corn and toss it with the tang of kalamata olives, and you get a delicious corn salad. I love this salad because you can turn it into a main dish or hell, get crazy and make it a dip by skipping out on the lettuce.
I love to make this whenever I am strapped for time but still want something that uses all of the fresh produce and takes great. Place this along side a roasted turkey or butternut squash soup.
I'm pretty sure one of my first memories watching a television commercial was Velveeta Cheese. I must have been 5 or 6, perhaps. I can see the ooey gooey golden sauce drizzling from the pan and on top of macaroni pasta. My stomach rumbled and for some reason, I just wanted that cheese sauce. I wanted it on everything.
Needless to say, I didn't get my wish. My mother scoffed at the idea of "cheese" in a box. Or cheese in a hardened cube ready to melt at a moment's notice. This is one of those times that I can humbly thank her for protecting me from liquid poison.
Several years later, my mother taught me the tricks of cheese sauces. She taught me the bechamel and a perfect fondue. Eventually, I took the reins and figured out a cheese sauce for every occasion. But every girl needs a staple cheese sauce. You know the one I am talking about...the cheese sauce that can dress up macaroni, or be dressed up to dip chips into...the chameleon of cheese sauces.
Dips are so taboo. Everybody dipping the same chip or slobbered on carrot into the bowl. Ew. I never ever eat dips at other people's events. EVER.
But that doesn't mean that I don't make them at home. Dips are a family thing. Everybody gets around a hot pan filled to the brim with melty cheeses, seasoned herbs and veggies that come together for the ultimate night. My favorite dip is spinach artichoke dip.
I make it for game night, game day, movie night, lazy afternoons...dips can be very unhealthy, so I must warn you that this isn't for a
nybody looking to "save" calories. Just eat this in moderation (ahahahahhahaha, I dare you!).
Food + Beer= Happy Life
For a woman who loves food, I sure am picky about it.. As a vegetarian who sometimes eats an animal (I prefer "Only Eat Animals if You're Willing to Go Out and Kill it Yourself Minus the Dairy Because That's Just Yuck" Label), I prepare non-processed, home-grown dishes that can be made with any choice of protein that your stomach (psyche) desires.
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