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Puff Pastry Bell Pepper Quiche for a New Year”s Eve Dinner

Quiche is synonymous for many with a good crust and a great egg filling.  For me however quiche will always be about the veggies that go in it, because without a great tasting veggie mix, that quiche can taste rather boring in my opinion. When I make quiche I make sure my veggie mix is packed with lots of veggies, lots of flavor, and lots of good quality cheese. These are to me what make any quiche taste outstanding. Continue reading Puff Pastry Bell Pepper Quiche for a New Year”s Eve Dinner

Mint Chutney on Pita Bread with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Looking for a totally original, delicious, and healthy appetizer to serve at your next dinner gathering?  This appetizer is the most creative and delicious appetizer I have had in a while – spicy homemade mint chutney spread on pita bread and then topped with roasted Brussels sprouts.  It’s so unique and delicious. Continue reading Mint Chutney on Pita Bread with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Wild Mushrooms & Leeks with Melted Brie

Wild mushrooms and leeks with melted Brie is an appetizer that my daughter Rani and I made for our Thanksgiving appetizer and what a spectacular appetizer this dish turned out to be. Delicious, cheesy, flavorful, and beautiful – melted Brie with mushrooms and leeks is one showstopper of an appetizer! Continue reading Wild Mushrooms & Leeks with Melted Brie

Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted butternut squash with an exotic spice rub elevates a sweet squash into something delectable.  If you like roasted butternut squash and the wonderful flavor of spices, I promise this spicy roasted butternut squash will knock your socks off.  My friend Shalini brought this variation of roasted butternut squash for a dinner gathering and I can honestly say the platter was wiped clean by all 😋.  Everyone loved it! Continue reading Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash

Feta Mozzarella Caprese Salad

I wanted this caprese salad to be the kind where one gets a surprise with the first bite and maybe even the second bite – like a surprise in the palate. When I made this feta/mozzarella combination in a caprese salad I was thinking that Feta with its briny tangy fresh flavor would make the perfect accompaniment to the milder fresh mozzarella cheese. The caprese is unexpected in that you don’t know what you are getting when you take a piece – since both fresh feta and fresh mozzarella are the same color and look similar, its hard to tell them apart creating an unexpected flavor surprise when eaten.  Continue reading Feta Mozzarella Caprese Salad

Raw Mango Chutney & Sweet Apple on Baguette

If you are looking for an artsy avant garde appetizer that tastes outstanding then this recipe is for you. Sour from the raw mango, sweet from the apples, and delicious from the addition of green chillies and onions. This is the type of unique appetizer that comes from Indians who lived in Morocco and now live here in the Bay Area- a true global background my friend Radhika and her Mom have. Continue reading Raw Mango Chutney & Sweet Apple on Baguette

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Mustard Seeds and Turmeric

Shishito peppers are a Japanese variety of peppers that are bright green mild chili peppers that have a green chili pepper flavor without the heat. It is said that one in every 10 shishito peppers is spicy, and it’s hard to know if that one spicy pepper will end up in your batch, making the entire experience of eating shishito peppers a lot of fun. The excitement, the anticipation, the unknown, and the wondering of  “Am I going to bite into that one spicy shishito pepper?”  makes it a fun experience eating shishito peppers 😳😡😀. Shishito peppers are so pupular these days that restaurants around town serve blistered peppers as appetizers.  Continue reading Blistered Shishito Peppers with Mustard Seeds and Turmeric

Creamy Chèvre on Baguette with Fig Jam

Artisanal creamy cheese topped with fig jam on a baguette, it’s a positively decadent combination. This is the easiest appetizer to pull-off with the most luxurious of results. Our friend Shelley brought this delectable cheese appetizer to a holiday party that tasted and looked amazing. Most of the fun in making this appetizer is shopping for the ingredients. Selecting the right creamy cheese, picking up a sweet fig jam, and grabbing an awesome baguette  – this is a great opportunity to try something new and have fun with it! Pick a cheese that is spreadable and packed with flavor for this wonderful appetizer. Any type of soft flavorful creamy cheese such as Blue Cheese, Brie, Camembert, Chèvre, or Gorgonzola will work. Continue reading Creamy Chèvre on Baguette with Fig Jam

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Rather than have the family binge on some cookies and crackers on a Sunday afternoon I made this roasted cauliflower dish for a late afternoon snack which the entire family devoured 😋. I picked up this recipe watching an old episode of Ina Garten’s show Barefoot Contessa on Food Network channel. The episode was all about vegetable side dishes, and this cauliflower dish caught my attention because it was so easy to make and looked scrumptious. It involves just roasting cauliflower and then melting Parmesan cheese over the florets. How easy is that? The best part of this cauliflower dish is how awesome it tastes!! Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower by Ina Garten. Continue reading Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower