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Guest Snacks – Roasted Chickpeas

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

As we move closer to next Thursday, have you considered what you might set out for your guests to nosh on before dinner?

Don’t fill up the guests before you feast!

What to Pair With That Holiday Dish?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Today, I am letting Chef Linnea Johansson take the wheel and give us some tips on holiday entertaining! Enjoy!

What’s new with Chef Linnea?

Mmmm, Chicken Meatballs!

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Oh my goodness. I was totally spoiled this weekend. And as much as I would like to share all the grandeur right now, I must rest.

So tomorrow we will regroup. But today I will leave you with a new food product to ponder before the weather gets too warm. Although it can’t get warm enough fast enough for me. You? These chicken meatballs are yummy. And I don’t ever eat chicken meatballs. But these might have convinced me that it doesn’t always have to be beef meatballs.
What’s new in the food world? Come See.

I Love A Little Tart

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

You know, I was thinking about you and how I listed all those yummies Eric and I made for Holly’s birthday Sunday night with nary a recipe for you. I’m sorry, that was mean. Let me fix that today with the recipe for the Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tarts.
They are very similar to the tarts I buy at Trader Joes for $6.99 for 12, but tastier and far less expensive.

Click Here For The Recipe

Lets Make Some Fun With Pretzel Crisps!

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Pretzel Crisps. What? What exactly is a Pretzel Crisp? I had a chance to find out when the nice folks from Snack Factory sent three bags full to my door. Now, Snack Factory is the swell company that brought you Bagel Chips – remember those? The OMG, let-me-eat-the-whole-bag folks? Believe me when I tell you that Pretzel Crisps are even better. At our house they have been replacing potato chips as a crunchy side to sandwiches and late night munch attacks.

But, how could I use them for a party? Really, Patti? There a zillion ways to use these multi-flavored yummies. This past Sunday I served them as a pre-dinner nibble with the cream cheese/fig dip Wesley had made for the party that week. You know how chips always break? Not my new buddies the Pretzel Crisps. No siree, they held up. So why not top them with any ingredient you would normally top a bruschetta with? They would be divine topped with my favorite dilled chicken salad. You could use them in place of blini and slather them with sour cream and caviar.

And check out all the flavors! Eric and I tried the Plain, Sesame and Everything Crisps. I loved the Everything Crisps best (so did Curtis and Eric). But I checked the website and they have a Buffalo Wing flavor!! Isn’t that crazy? I love it. Get ready for some football y’all!

Original - Super Yummy

Sesame - Ultra Yummy

Garlic Parmesan - Over The Top Yummy

So go on out and grab a bag and try them. Let me know how you would top ’em. I am dying to hear your ideas!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Ohio Express – Yummy Yummy Yummy

Not Black Tie, Not BBQ, But Tons of Fun

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Last night we were tickled to be invited to the home of Spencer & Allison, co-owners of Black Tie Barbecue for an intimate get together with their fabulous, and recently engaged, friends, Joe and Lauren. You’d think Spencer and Allison would be exhausted from catering constantly, but no, they were up for a tasting party. A bruschetta tasting party. I love being a recipe guinea pig.

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