cocktail party

Red wine portobello and Brie bites

The end of the year brings with it so many tidings. From holiday cheer to work parties to visits from friends who have moved away, there is much to do in little time.  For occasions when you truly have very little time, this recipe is here to provide relief. It’s low-maintenance, easy, and will let […]

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2 Quick Ideas Featuring Nicoletta Foods’ Blueberry Jam

Disclaimer: I was given free product to review for Nicoletta Foods. All opinions are my own.  Nicoletta Foods is a new small business based in Maryland that makes all-natural jams and marmalade using family recipes. The proprietors sent me a jar of their blueberry jam, and I have been savoring it ever since! The jam tastes fresh […]

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Caprese Dip with Pesto

This isn’t a recipe that I’m sharing because I’m proud of a fancy ingredient or a revolutionary cooking technique. Nope. I’m sharing the recipe because it is one that I fall back on time and time again when I’m cooking for friends. This dip is a real-life, everyday recipe that takes under five minutes of prep […]

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Thai Curried Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is one of those basic dishes that is subject to endless tinkering. I’ve experimented with countless iterations of chicken salad, adding this and swapping that, and I’ve shared several alternative chicken salad recipes on this blog (classic chicken salad with chevre and chicken salad with avocado and lime).  I wanted to try an Asian […]

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Italian Goat Cheese & Zucchini Dip

I was nervous to serve this dip to friends this weekend. I like to try a recipe out a couple of times at home before I’m ready to share it with the world (or just four other people). I provided disclaimer after disclaimer for the spread to my sweet friends. Once this gooey, Italian-inspired veggie […]

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Cranberry Crab Rangoon Dip with Wonton Crust

Crab Rangoon is such a delightful little decadence. I love the hot, fresh-from-the-oil crunch of the wonton wrapper and the smooth cream cheese-based filling. I also thought that those same flavor factors would be perfect to serve at a cocktail party to keep people from finding themselves overserved too soon into the evening.  However, I […]

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Bacon and Blue Cheese Dip

My favorite spot for appetizers is Theo’s. We had an amazing bacon and blue cheese dip last New Years Eve at their Union Kitchen location. They serve the creamy, meaty dip hot, with kettle chips, and it’s pure indulgence at its most, well, indulgent. We rang in the new year happily and with plenty of bacon.This […]

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Cake Batter Truffles

Cookie dough, cake batter, brownie batter – they’re all in the category of “favorite indulgence ever” as far as I’m concerned. It appears that I’m not alone in this designation. I know for sure that at least Ketch and Sammy agree (yes, I’m still somewhat fuming over the Great Dog Truffle Heist of 2013). And […]

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Zucchini Mozzarella Squares

As the new BeyoncĂ© album came out on Friday the 13th, I assumed that any potential “bad luck” associated with the day would have dissipated at Queen Bey’s command. Alas, it seems that her diva powers don’t extend to the mundane. We co-hosted a great shower/party for one of the most fun couples that we know […]

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Pesto-Balsamic Couscous with Butternut Squash and Feta

Fall really feels like it is in full swing now that November is here! The arrival of November marks my one year “blogaversary” and as of today I’ve officially been married for one month (can you believe Husband didn’t wake me up with a poem and flowers?!).  It’s also my first fall in my new […]

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