Barbecue Meatballs Appetizer

Barbecue Meatballs-2

In a nutshell: Juicy barbecue seasoned meatballs are bathed in sweet honey barbecue sauce. Ok. Ok. Meatballs? For Thanksgiving? In barbecue sauce?!? Yes, I know it’s unusual — for Thanksgiving or otherwise. But these are seriously good — and they are just right for pre-big Thanksgiving dinner munching. Making these is simple and can be…

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Apple Asiago Prosciutto Bites

apple asiago prosciutto bites

Today is a very special day. See, the lovely Rachel from Rachel Cooks is expecting her second child. Her little man is scheduled to make his debut in December. With her due date nearing, it’s time to celebrate with a surprise virtual baby shower. Surprise, Rachel! And congratulations. As many of you know, I have…

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Mini Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bites

bacon egg and cheese bites

For the last few years, Will’s school bus came so early that wake up and breakfast was filled with grunts and half-closed eyes. It was brutal. This year is different though, with a later bus and a lot more time to wake, eat and get ready. Still, making quick, easy and fun breakfasts still matters…

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Garlic Tomato Crostini with Ricotta

garlic tomato ricotta crostini

Poor ricotta cheese. It’s usually made with the leftover whey from making other cheeses but is rarely a destination food unto itself. Really, ricotta cheese is highly underrated and underutilized. Generally left to tango with marinara in baked ziti or spread on lasagna noodles all whipped up with egg and Parmesan or sweetened and piped…

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Lemon Rosemary White Bean Dip

lemon rosemary white bean dip2

This dip, made in a mere 10 minutes or less, made me want to kiss Mark Bittman in gratitude. Not in a creepy way, but more in an oh-wow-you-just-saved-my-day way. Let me back up. This morning I roasted a whole cauliflower with garlic and rosemary. It filled the house with this wonderful aroma that left…

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Hot Spinach Artichoke White Bean Dip

spinach artichoke white bean dip

Family birthdays and Sunday dinners are sacred for our extended family. It’s a time when we all get together around the table and share food, laughter and smiles. And some of the best family conversations happen as we linger before dessert, after eating delicious foods. But our dinners (and appetizers too) aren’t without some degree…

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Shredded Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

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Leftovers are a challenge in our house. If it’s pasta, you can pretty much guarantee that if there’s anything leftover (and usually there isn’t) then the kids will be all over it. It’s perfect for warming up and packing into Will’s lunchbox. But soup? It’s 50-50. Sometimes that’s great for lunch too but other times…

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