Appetizers & Starters

Herb-Marinated Shrimp

Herb-Marinated Shrimp

May 11, 2013
No party would be complete without something special to drink in one hand and something delicious to eat in the other. Herb-Marinated Shrimp is delicious, quick and easy to make and ideal for serving to lots of guests.
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Ahi Tuna Tartare with Sesame, Ginger, & Avocado

Ahi Tuna Tartare with Sesame, Ginger, & Avocado

March 22, 2013
Julia Child once said, “If it’s so beautifully arranged on the plate, you know someone’s fingers have been all over it.” Ahi tuna tartare with sesame, ginger, and avocado is not only quick and easy to make, it’s pretty and delicious and relatively finger free. It starts with a marinade [...]
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Truffled Mushroom Puffs with Herbed Goat Cheese

Truffled Mushroom Puffs with Herbed Goat Cheese

November 21, 2012
It’s that time of year when mushrooms become my go-to ingredient, and one of the best ways I can think of to indulge in my love of them is with Truffled Mushroom Puffs with Herbed Goat Cheese. This two-bite appetizer starts with individual puff pastries that have been baked and then [...]
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Lemony Deviled Eggs with Fresh Herbs

Lemony Deviled Eggs with Fresh Herbs

July 26, 2012
A summer picnic or barbecue just wouldn’t be the same without deviled eggs–a timeless classic and always a favorite. This version, made using crème fraîche, bursts with bright lemony flavor and fresh fine herbs right from the garden. Crème fraîche is French cultured cream and found in most grocery stores. [...]
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Red Grape Gastrique with Goat Cheese on Toasted Garlic Crostini

Red Grape Gastrique with Goat Cheese on Toasted Garlic Crostini

July 9, 2012
One of my favorite pull-together-at-the-last-minute—or make days ahead—appetizers is a fruit gastrique served with an aged goat cheese on toasted garlic crostini. It’s perfect on days when your kitchen runneth over with fresh seasonal grapes, cherries, or blackberries or when you’re just in the mood for something fruity. A gastrique [...]
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Anchovy Toasts with Chickpea Puree, Roasted Garlic, & Thyme

Anchovy Toasts with Chickpea Puree, Roasted Garlic, & Thyme

June 1, 2012
Every apéritif needs a little salty nibble to be complete, but don’t let the thought of anchovy deter you from this umami-rich canapé that will make your taste-buds glad you gave in. Roasting the garlic transforms it from deliciously offensive to sweet and mellow deliciousness. The anchovy adds a salty balance [...]
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Rosemary Gougères with Sea Salt

Rosemary Gougères with Sea Salt

March 13, 2012
Gougères, often called cheese puffs, are my favorite go-to appetizer because they pair well with just about every type of drink. Gougères are made using the classic French pastry dough, pâte à choux (the same pastry dough used for profiteroles and éclairs), and have the addition of cheese. The rosemary gives them a fragrant [...]
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Creamy Hot Clam Dip with a Toasted Herbed-Almond Crust

Creamy Hot Clam Dip with a Toasted Herbed-Almond Crust

February 2, 2011
I profess that I don’t follow football. In fact, if it wasn’t for my friend, Maggie, who is a huge Packers fan, I probably wouldn’t even know who was playing in this year’s Superbowl. Maggie loves the Packers so much that recently when we were stranded in Cancun due to [...]
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Smoked Trout Pate with Horseradish & Chives

Smoked Trout Pate with Horseradish & Chives

January 30, 2011
One of my favorite things about testing recipes for Food52.com is that I get to participate in a wonderful community of home chefs. Smoked Trout Pate was entered into a weekly contest titled “Your Best Open House Dish,” by Healthier Kitchen. It was chosen as an Editors’ Pick and is [...]
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