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Appies Cocktails

More Crostini! Pickled Grapes with Rosemary and Gruyere

By on December 23, 2011

Pickled grapes?  Really?  Stay with me on this, people.
The Prep:

Quarter large grapes, or halve small ones.  Mix up colors. Pop into ziploc.
Pour in a bit of champagne vinegar – lightly coating, not submerging.  S&P and finely diced fresh rosemary.  Let it sit and get all intimate.
Slice baguette thin,…


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Appies Dinner party

Tapenade Crostini with Goat Cheese Moons

By on December 17, 2011

It’s the holidays, people.  Time for entertaining, time for appies.  Here’s a zippy little number.  Pass around to crunch on with your hot toddies.

The Prep:

slice a baguette thin
brush with olive oil
S&P and garlic powder
350° for 4 mins (they shouldn’t brown much)


clove of garlic, smashed
small handful capers
chopped shallot
a couple anchovy…


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Appies Cravings

The Perfect Guac

By on December 10, 2011

Here’s a quick little ditty to get your weekend started.
The Prep:
Double, triple or quadruple as needed.

open a bottle of tequila
drink the tequila
pit and scoop out 2 ripe avocados
seed and dice fine 1 jalapeño
juice 1 lime
1/3 cup chopped red onion
lots of chopped cilantro

Now with a big utensil smash together the avocados…


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Appies Cravings

Curried Pumpkin Apple Soup with Maple Cream. Hey now…

By on November 19, 2011

Let’s kiss Fall right on the lips.  We still got game.  And who could possibly resist a hot, spiced pumpkin soup with smooth sweet maple cream.  I mean come on now, really.  Hello Fall.  Hey there, you’re lookin’ good.  How you doin’….
The Prep:

The Soup

Halve a white onion, chop….


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Appies Cocktails Cravings

Spicy Smokey Marcona Bar Nuts

By on October 29, 2011

What’s better than Marcona almonds.  They come salted and lightly fried in sunflower oil.  Now I should just leave that alone.  Well, maybe we’ll trick out half of them…
The Prep:

Marcona almonds – I get these from Whole Foods.  Fresh Direct doesn’t carry them yet.
Oven to 425º
Set aside half the…


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Appies Cravings

Bacon-Wrapped Roasted Medjool Dates. With song pairing.

By on August 13, 2011

Good reaction to last week’s post, bacon fat moves the collective soul.  So let’s reprise.  How about an appie this time …   But something on the DL, a little odd, a tad askew.  Is it an appie?  Or a dessert?  Sweet?  Savory?  Let’s mix it up.   Let’s…


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Smoke? Fire? Deviled Eggs.

By on June 18, 2011

It’s getting summertime.   Let’s head out on the patio.  Watch the city roll by with a nice chilly cocktail, maybe a Greyhound.  And a little something something to nosh on.  Like a plate of well-seasoned creamy deviled eggs.  Hey now.  Spicy.  Smokey.  That’s what I’m talking about.
Those in…

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