Bean Dip with Fresh Rosemary and Sage

016I have three great reasons for featuring myriad cocktail party appetizers on this website. Shall I list them for you? Read more »

Herbed Cheese Straws

096These cheese straws are crazy-delicious. Think of elongated "Cheetos," kissed by the sharp tang of real cheddar and the heavenly air of Herbes de Provence. Serve the straws at your next cocktail party, and watch them disappear. Or, just do as I did last night, and hog them all for yourself! Read more »

Lemony Lovage Pesto

062What inspired me to make this sexy sauce? The giant lovage plant in my garden. I snipped its pale green leaves, and blended them with olive oil, almonds, lemon, nutmeg, and cream cheese. In other words, I made Lemony Lovage Pesto -- a swoon-worthy topping for pasta, fish, chicken, and even toast. The simple recipe: Read more »

Roasted Radishes with Honey, Lemon, and Thyme

Roasted Radishes: My step-by-step recipe!What's crispy-tender and slightly-sweet? My own, special version of roasted radishes! Enjoy them as a healthy snack, or serve them as a side dish. You can even turn them into sexy seasonal Crostini, as I did last night. Here's the step-by-step recipe: Read more »

Cocktail Appetizer: Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

044 Sweet, tender asparagus...crisp, smokey bacon...put 'em together, and you'll have a simple-but-sophisticated make-ahead cocktail appetizer! My step-by-step recipe: Read more »

Crispy, Gluten-free Latkes!

079What's so special about these potato pancakes, or Latkes? Well, they are crispy-crunchy on the outside, and creamy-dreamy on the inside. They are gluten-free, too! My step-by-step recipe: Read more »

Cranberry Chutney

IMG_3765 - CopyI love cranberries. I love them in a cocktail. I love them in a tart. But I especially love them in a garlicky, gingery, orange-zesty chutney! Read more »