Category Archives: Starters & Appetizers

A great dip or spread: Spicy Cilantro Pesto
Spicy Cilantro Pesto

I’m a huge fan of pesto, so it seemed like the perfect thing to do with my last bit of cilantro.   I had a little less than a bunch left after several rounds of ceviche, the shrimp & fish tacos, and various other uses…  so what better to do with it!  This version is has […]

Guestwhirl! Zesty Twice Baked Potatoes

A big thanks to reader Melissa (@ladyvella) for submitting this easy, tasty, and money saving idea!  These would be great as a side dish, or if cut smaller, party appetizers. About Melissa: “When I am not organizing cyber-clutter as a database administrator, I am changing diapers and taking care of my adorable daughter at our […]

Lemon Thyme Shortbread from Crumpets and Cakes
Lemon, thyme and Sea Salt Shortbreads

Our Spotlight today shines on Crumpets & Cakes.. these shortbreads look divine!  And what an interesting combination of ingredients too, I’m a big fan of all of them. Aromatherapy session while baking??? It turns out with right ingredients even that is possible. Just mixing lemon zest, fresh thyme with flour and butter will fill your […]

A light lunch or an exotic appetizer - Simple Ceviche!
Simple Ceviche

Ceviche is a recent passion of mine– Every time I’ve bought either fish or shrimp lately, I’ve bought some extra so I can make up a batch!  It makes a lovely appetizer for dinner guests, or I just like to eat it for lunch… This is my go-to super easy recipe… It’s incredibly flexible to […]

Whole-grain carrot and cheese crackers

This was an experiment loosely based on a recipe I saw over on foodtale.com.  She drew me in with her beautiful photographs and intrigued me with her carrot and cheese snack crackers. I wanted to do something similar, but use whole wheat flour and flax-seed meal to increase the nutritional benefits.  I was afraid a […]

Spotlight: White Bean & Arugula Dip

One of the best things about doing Foodwhirl is discovering new blogs with new recipe ideas.  I love the idea of doing spicy arugula in a bean dip.. Thanks to reader Elizabeth at the Manhattan [food] Project for sharing with us! “The Big Game” has come and gone, the football season is by most definitions […]

Smoked Tuna Stuffed Mushrooms

I love stuffed mushrooms and decided to make these for an appetizer for our Valentine’s Dinner (see Gulf Coast Grouper Dinner).   I went to the beach for Valentine’s weekend and stopped by my favorite seafood market, Buddy’s, to load up on seafood for the weekend.    I can never go there without getting Buddy’s Smoked Tuna Dip […]

Entertaining: Bourbon Glazed Wings!

Planning a party?  Need some munchies?  I saw these at Patricia‘s other website, Brownies for Dinner, and had to share them here, too!   These look delicious as a party appetizer… Patricia says: I’ve tried making the classic hot wings in the past using a couple of different recipes and I’ll be honest, I’d rather order […]