Category: Appetizer

Portobello Mushroom on Puff Pastry

Portobello Mushroom on Puff Pastry

The Portobello Mushroom on Puff Pastry is a recipe I found in a cookbook called Fresh by Michele Cranston. At first glance it looked too elegant, thus too complicated to make (probably due to the combination of making a puff pastry and Portobello in one dish), but the list of ingredients was so simple that I decided to give it a try. Good I did because not only did it turn out looking just like Michele’s picture but it was fast, easy and really REALLY delicious. (more…)

House Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

House Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Have you ever been to a restaurant only to find yourself wanting to eat just their House Salad? Why are House Salads always a side dish anyway? Why do I get the funny look when I order the House Salad as my main course? (Note to the waiter: I’m not trying to be cheap and I’m not on some really weird diet. I just LOVE your House Salad.  There’s nothing else i want to order from your menu.) (more…)

Broccoli Salad With Red Grapes

Broccoli Salad With Red Grapes

With obvious reasons my husband and kids are the first to try any new recipe I make. Most of the time they are willing to try everything, but this time, with the Broccoli Salad with Red Grapes, it took a bit of convincing from my end. I guess you can say I have some non-broccoli lovers at home.  (more…)

Fresh Guacamole

Fresh Guacamole

In my opinion the bowl of guacamole should be bigger than the bowl of chips.  Why does everyone do this the other way around??

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The Classic Korean Gimbap (김밥)

The Classic Korean Gimbap (김밥)

If I were to describe Gimbap (김밥 or Kimbap) I would say it is the friendly version of sushi.  All the ingredients are cooked (no raw fish!) and the popular beef marinade that makes Korean BBQ so popular is included.  It’s easily portable too so it’s a favorite choice for picnics, outdoor events, and large parties to feed a crowd.
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Tuna Salad with Apples

Tuna Salad with Apples

Tuna salad made with finely chopped apples is surprisingly sooooo good.  I would’ve never thought to add apples to my tuna salad until I tried it for the first time a few years ago at a pastry boutique shop (Saranne in Oisterwijk, the NL) here in my local village.

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Homemade Hummus – A Family Tie

Homemade Hummus – A Family Tie

Either you love hummus or you don’t.  Which side are you on? At home we have a 50/50 split with daughter #1 and I loving it and daughter #2 and husband preferring something else.  My son will eat it one day and the next day not, so it continues to remain a family tie.

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Melon Caprese Skewers with Basil Vinaigrette

Melon Caprese Skewers with Basil Vinaigrette

The Melon Caprese Skewers with Basil Vinaigrette is a new recipe for me, and I’m sure glad I found it. It screams summer, and it screams deliciousness even louder. It’s really REALLY good!!! Can you hear me screaming that??

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Spanakopita – Remembering Spinach (CWF: Nadja and Esmee)

Spanakopita – Remembering Spinach (CWF: Nadja and Esmee)

Do you remember spinach? You know, that green superfood that kinda got pushed to the sidelines when foods like kale and chard started taking center stage as the new trendy superfood? Lucky for you I’m here to remind you how tasty spinach can be, that it’s still packed with a wealth of health benefits, and that there is a popular Greek dish called Spanakopita, or spinach pie, that will make you fall in love with spinach all over again.

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Mango Guacamole – A Winner

Mango Guacamole – A Winner

Every summer I used to have a contest with my nephew to decipher who could make the best guacamole. He was convinced he had the better recipe, and naturally I was convinced otherwise. Our families were always (more…)