TIP OF THE DAY: Spring Crostini

We recently wrote about spring crudités, but what else should be spring-ified? How about crostini, one of our favorite, easy-to-make nibbles. We serve them as snacks and with cocktails (including wine, beer and cider). You can also serve a couple of them as a first course, with a small lettuce salad.   SPRING CROSTINI INGREDIENTS…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Bake Canapé Bread

[1] Star-shaped canapés are perfect for the holidays, Independence Day and any celebratory occasion. These are topped with caramelized onions and goat cheese. Here’s the recipe from King Arthur Flour. [2] The set of three canapé bread tubes from King Arthur Flour. [3] A classic: pumpernickel topped with crème fraîche, smoked salmon and dill. Here’s…
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RECIPE: Stuffed Cucumber Hors d’Oeuvre

You don’t need to train as a sushi chef to make these hors d’oeuvre suggested by Sunset Products, growers of Sunset One Sweet Cucumbers. The mini cucumbers easily turn into a crunchy base. They’re green enough—and elegant enough—to serve with St. Patrick’s Day cocktails. The first recipe is a twist on the traditional California roll.…
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RECIPE: Homemade Bacon Jam

In this clever version, bacon jam on toast is turned into a holiday treat. Photo courtesy DomesticFits.com. Here’s the recipe.   You’ve got time to whip up a batch of bacon jam, either to serve at Christmas breakfast or to give as a special gift. Thia recipe is from chef Johnny Gnall, who teaches us…
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RECIPE: Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Looking for “gourmet” Super Bowl fare? Try this recipe from Dietz & Watson. Just a bit of fresh basil elevates bacon-wrapped shrimp to new flavor heights. Serve the shrimp on a platter for game-watching, with cocktails or as an appetizer or first course for dinner. RECIPE: BACON-WRAPPED SHRIMP WITH BASIL Ingredients For 4 Servings 16…
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