Month: July 2006

  • Pink Beet Dip



    8 oz cottage cheese 16-oz canned beets, drained and diced 1 T dill Salt and pepper Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. This is lovely with white crudites, like jicama, chayote, sunchokes, or kohlrabi.

  • Chocolate Popcorn

    1 lb semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 C butter 1 t vanilla, almond, coconut, or orange extract 3 quarts popcorn, popped (about 6 T unpopped) 2 C powdered sugar 2 T cocoa powder Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan or in the microwave on low heat. Remove from heat and stir in the extract. Put…

  • Garlicky Mushrooms

    A fine finger food when served with toothpicks…also a great side dish. 50 button mushrooms 1/2 C butter 2 T extra-virgin olive oil 1 T diced onion 8 cloves garlic, minced Handful parsley, minced Clean and trim the ‘shrooms. Melt the butter and oil together in a large skillet. Saute the onion and garlic for…

  • Hot Garlic Popcorn

    1/2 C popcorn, unpopped 3/4 C oil, divided 6 cloves of garlic, minced 2 t chili powder 1/4 t cayenne 1/4-1/2 t salt In a small pot over very low heat, combine and cook 1/2 C oil, the garlic, chili powder, and cayenne for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. In a large pot with…

  • Basil Polenta Squares

    Polenta is all the rage these days. It’s fun to see what chi-chi restaurants do with it, considering that Southern “grits” have been around forever and never achieved such a level of sophistication. This is intended as a finger-food appetizer, but you could also cut the squares larger and serve them as a side dish,…

  • Chicken Fingers Dijon

    This is intended as a finger-food appetizer, but you could also serve it as a main dish, with the chicken pieces over a bed of salad greens and the dip as dressing. For an Italian alternative to this, use the Chicken Fingers Parmesan recipe, and serve it with the tomato sauce on the side. 8…

  • Crudite stars



    You can use either jicama or kohlrabi for this. Peel and slice the vegetables into 1/4-inch discs. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut one or more stars from each slice. If you have other interesting cookie cutters, try those, too.

  • Kalamata Olive Spread

    This is almost too simple. 3 C Kalamata olives, pitted 1/3 C olive oil In a food processor, coarsely chop the olives. Then turn on the machine and add the olive oil in a steady stream until it emulsifies and you have a smooth puree.

  • Crispy Coffee Nuts

    See also Chocolate-Mocha Dusted Almonds, which are less crispy but have chocolate on them. 1/4 C butter, melted 1 lb pecans, almonds, cashews, or a mixture of these 1-1/2 C sugar 2 T instant coffee 2 egg whites (at room temp) Preheat oven to 300 F. Grease a baking sheet with a rim. Toss nuts…