Tag: appetizers

Party Perfect: Five Pro Tips for Throwing an Elegant Affair from The Verandas

Party Perfect: Five Pro Tips for Throwing an Elegant Affair from The Verandas

When your life is being the “host with the most,” throwing the perfect party is all in a day’s work. Chuck Pennington, innkeeper of Wilmington’s four-diamond bed and breakfast inn, The Verandas, is a party pro. He follows the same party planning protocol for the 

Two Hot Appetizers for Cheese Lovers

Two Hot Appetizers for Cheese Lovers

We don’t think there is anything more universally enticing than cheese-laden appetizers, and these two hot appetizers for cheese lovers are our go-to recipes.

Peachy Pepper Cups with Ghostal Carolina Loco Peach Jam

Peachy Pepper Cups with Ghostal Carolina Loco Peach Jam

We are in love with Loco Peach jam from Ghostal Carolina. They are truly the “Pepper People.” One of the super simple ways to enjoy Loco Peach jam is to add a dollop on top of soft cream cheese on a Ritz cracker. Easy and no effort.

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Favorite Appetizers: Marinated Goat Cheese Spread

Favorite Appetizers: Marinated Goat Cheese Spread

My favorite part of going to a festive event are the appetizers. The starter before the meal.

Game Day Food: Smoked Brisket Nachos

Game Day Food: Smoked Brisket Nachos

Football season is back and so are some of our favorite game day recipes. Here is our smoked brisket nachos recipe; my husband did the heavy lifting, as he smoked the brisket until it was perfectly tender and moist.

Crowd-Pleasing Appetizer: Mini Stuffed Peppers

Crowd-Pleasing Appetizer: Mini Stuffed Peppers

Mini stuffed peppers are great for game day appetizers, and a winner at a pot-luck. They are spicy, but not overwhelmingly hot.

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Penny’s Party Buffalo Bites

Penny’s Party Buffalo Bites

These Buffalo chicken bites are super simple, pretty, and certain to please a crowd. You can get about 80 of these little filled tortilla cups finished in less than thirty minutes – and that’s a win!

Apricot Almond Goat Cheese with Peach Mango Preserves

Apricot Almond Goat Cheese with Peach Mango Preserves

Apricot AlmondĀ Goat Cheese with Peach Mango Preserves Combine roughly equal measurements in a shallow dish: Crushed roasted, salted almonds Chopped dried apricots Chopped fresh parsley Roll a 4 or 8 oz log of soft goat cheese in the mixture so that it is completely coated, 

Baked Camembert with Tomato and Garlic

Baked Camembert with Tomato and Garlic

Cheese is always a winner. This simple version of baked Camembert is from my Mah Jongg buddy, Jean. Our weekly game night has turned into a minor gourmet feast. Anything cheese is always a winner, and if it’s warm, and savory, all the better. Bake the Camembert in a small oven proof dish that you can also serve it in – this goes straight from the oven to the buffet.

Ingredients

1 whole Camembert

3/4 sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil

2 gloves garlic, sliced into paper thin pieces

1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly oil the oven proof dish and place the Camembert in it.
  3. Arrange the sun-dried tomatoes and sliced garlic on top of the cheese. Sprinkle with thyme.
  4. Bake until heated through, about 20 minutes.

Serve with sliced French bagette or Carr’s table water crackers.

Yes, it’s garlic-wonderful, so everyone must sample to keep things friendly!

Hummus and Roasted Grape Tomato Flatbread

Hummus and Roasted Grape Tomato Flatbread

Hummus roasted grape tomato flatbread is a simple appetizer that makes a colorful and lively presentation on an hors d’oeuvres buffet. Using hummus as a base for a “pizza” type offering is more elegant than serving hummus dip in a bowl with chips, and with