Appetizer

Jalapeno Artichoke and Crab Dip

2018-02-13T10:30:17+00:00 Appetizer, Fish and Seafood|

Just by mixing two ready available products and you will have this creamy, rich, hearty crab dip…  I learned this recipe while visiting a friend in Palm Desert and no need to mention that I liked so much that I made when we had a small family get together.  When my friend told me that she was planning to serve Jalapeno Artichoke and Crab dip I didn’t think much about it until I tried it.  I was a bit puzzle, as I had tried “Jalapeno Artichoke Dip”, from Costco, but never saw it with crab…and when she told me that she just added crab, I was like…”no wonder I have never seen it…this is really good!”.  I dressed it up [...]

Baked Zucchini Blossoms

2018-02-09T13:47:58+00:00 Appetizer, Vegetarian|

I got these zucchini blossoms when visiting the local farmer’s market…they were so beautiful therefore could not resist them…isn’t this an awesome way to celebrate the first day of summer? One thing I knew…I did not want to fry them, and searched for a baked recipe…came across this recipe which I pretty much followed it with some changes. These are so easy and very attractive little bites. By stuffing the flowers with ricotta, every bite is a combination of creamy ricotta with the crunchy panko…heavenly delicious! So if you come across zucchini blossoms, do not hesitate in getting them and try this simple recipe. Ingredients: Approximately 12 zucchini blossoms 1 cup ricotta Freshly chopped parsley to taste Salt and pepper to taste [...]

Charred Shishito Peppers

2018-02-09T13:37:52+00:00 Appetizer, Vegetarian|

When I saw these finger long peppers at Trader Joe’s I had to get them regardless of how they taste…by the way, this is one of my “normal” behavior when shopping…by husband will ask me if I know or have ever eaten something new and I would answer…I don’t know, but I will find out. Well, after searching in the internet “how to cook Shishito peppers”, it was to my surprised that it could not be easier and simpler than this…and yes, they are so good, not hot at all, a touch of sweet. Apparently in every batch of these peppers there might be a very spicy one…so far we have not encountered one…luck or not…you can be the judge. [...]

Simply Hummus

2018-02-09T13:31:07+00:00 Appetizer, Vegetarian|

This is my first time making hummus, and I am so proud to say that I really made it from scratch…It all started when I got the dry garbanzo beans or chickpeas. The great thing about making your own hummus is that you can make it thinner, thicker, spicy, lemony…in another words, dress as your palate desire. This simple hummus is great on crackers, as vegetable dip, on top of salad, sandwich spread…there is no end to where you can add some hummus. I end up with a lot of cooked chickpeas and froze them for future use after placing into small bags.   Ingredients: 300g drained cooked chickpeas ½ cup tahini (approximately 135g) 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 ½ [...]

Chunky Crab Cakes

2018-02-09T03:47:25+00:00 Appetizer, Fish and Seafood|

Leftover crab meat? Yes, it sounds kind of unheard, but everytime we eat at this particular restaurant, Captain Jack’s, we end up bringing home lots of Alaskan King crab. I usually remove all the meat from the shell and use in salad dishes. Well, this time I decided to make crab cakes…crab cakes with lots of crab meat…big lumps…nothing that will overpower the crab meat…so simple and yet delicious…as a matter of fact I just serve with lemon, nothing else… I love crab cakes, everytime I see crab cakes in the menu I am tempted to order…once I had an awful experience…the crab used in the crab cakes were imitation crab…since then, everytime ordering crab cakes I make sure to [...]

Figs with Blue Cheese

2018-02-09T03:44:01+00:00 Appetizer|

I am back from a week vacation…I really needed a break from work…the last few months I have been overwhelmed with the new clinical trial that we just launched…now that the study started I think I will have more time… Going back to the “vacation”, we took a cruise to Alaska…it was phenomenal! Although I am not into cruises, we just thought that this would be an easier way to see Alaska. I have some pictures at the end of the post…now back to today’s recipe, if you can call this a recipe hehehe! Fresh figs…we used to eat fresh figs so often when living in Brazil…fig were easily found in “feira” which is a kind of farmer’s market, would [...]

Chicken Potato Egg Salad Cups

2018-01-31T15:24:18+00:00 Appetizer, Poultry|

Chicken Egg Potato Salad in Wonton Cups I hope you all had a great weekend…and for the ones that celebrated Easter I am sure that you have lots and lots of eggs. Here is very simple recipe to use up the hard boiled or cooked eggs that you might have. There is no secret in this recipe, it is pretty much your classic recipe for potato salad, I added some shredded chicken, hard cooked eggs and served in a wonton cup. Again, you can color this recipe, I mean flavor it as your palate desire by adding or taking away ingredients that will make your family happy. I have added in this particular salad, pickles, celery, raisin, apple to give [...]

Bacon Chive Cheese Balls

2018-02-13T14:39:24+00:00 Appetizer, Asian Inspired Recipe, Bread, Gluten Free|

This is another version of the Brazilian cheese balls or “pão de queijo”, and of course has an Asian twist since glutinous flour is added to the tapioca flour in order to give a softer and slightly chewy texture. Since the combination of green onion or chives and bacon is so good in biscuits, I thought why not adding these into the original cheese balls…so this new version of pão de queijo was born. These little treats are great because they can be made in advance and kept frozen until you are ready to serve. Just pop these at a preheated oven and they are ready in no time. I have these (all kind of versions) in my freezer year [...]

Panko Crusted Crab Cakes

2018-02-01T12:33:18+00:00 Appetizer, Fish and Seafood, Freeze Ahead, Keep It Simple|

Crab Cakes…with Panko, and Some Pictures… I am baaaack…and want to share with you a simple recipe for crab cakes and some of my vacation pictures. I love crab cakes, every time when in restaurants that serve crab cakes I am ordering…so I decided to make myself. After searching for recipes throughout the internet I opted out to come out with my own version, which I must confess that I kind of mix and match what I thought I would like in my crab cake…and yes I used panko for the crust. After making these crab cakes I realized that they are so simple to make… The good thing about making your own crab cakes, is that you can store [...]

Smoked Salmon in Wonton Cups

2018-01-30T01:00:09+00:00 Appetizer, Fish and Seafood|

This is a very simple recipe for a great appetizer. Once you have the wonton cups ready, which can be baked days ahead and stored in an airtight container, the filling is almost infinite…sweet or savory, whatever is your preference. It is great filled with party cream and topped with fresh fruit or any creamy salad, like potato salad, chicken salad, hummus, you name it… This time I made them with cream cheese filling, topped with smoked salmon and decorated with capers. The trick here is to avoid the wonton cups from getting soggy, so I placed a layer of iceberg lettuce and then placed the other “wet” layers. This way there is none or very little contact of the “sauce” [...]

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