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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Maple Roasted Figs

I put figs in the same camp as black licorice: People love them—or hate them. There never seems to be a middle ground. If you're in the first group, then man-oh-man, are you in for...

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Bundles with Sage Infused Sour Cream

See, I do eat vegetables. (Granted, they're almost always wrapped in some kind of pork product, but still.) Asparagus, even! Some folks would say it's not possible. When I was a kid, I hated asparagus...

Roasted Scallops Wrapped in Prosciutto

I'm pretty sure I'd be tempted to eat almost anything if you wrapped it in bacon or prosciutto. This is my take on the classic appetizer, bacon wrapped scallops. This recipe swaps in prosciutto, bacon's paper thin, salty cousin, which practically guarantees that your scallops will always come out of the oven wearing a crisp little coat.

Shrimp Cocktail

I get a lot of questions about how to properly cook shrimp and seafood. In a lot of cases, fresh seafood is at its best when it's prepared simply, enhanced by a few ingredients and...

Baked Brie with Walnuts and Preserves

Baked Brie should win some kind of prize for Most Impressive Looking Appetizer that Took Almost No Work to Prepare. This is a great appetizer to throw together when you have unexpected guests. Once you have a wheel of brie (the little ones are just fine), you can put it together with stuff from the pantry (frozen puff pastry, nuts, jam).

Crispy Fried Goat Cheese

Be still my heart. I think I would eat these every day if I could. It's definitely my new favorite munchy type thing. These h'ors d'oeuvres are really easy to throw together on the fly. The outside crust is unbelievably crunchy and flavorful. The inside cheese is warm, creamy, and really smooth. The combination makes for a killer app.

A Trio of Easy Holiday Apps

Here's a sneak peek at this week's recipes, which will feature a trio of festive holiday appetizers. The best part? You can do a lot of the cooking ahead of time.

Fresh and Spicy Peach Salsa

This is one of my favorite fruity salsas. The sweetness of the peaches is offset by spicy Serrano chilis, lime, cilantro, and an unexpected party guest: cool, crisp cucumber.
bowl of green almonds

How to Prepare Green Almonds

Green almonds have a really short season—sharing that Endangered Spring Vegetable Status with ramps, fiddlehead ferns, and pea greens—from April to about mid-June. You might find them labeled "fresh almonds."
oxtail marmalade with chives

Oxtail Marmalade

This is, hands down, the most delicious thing I've made in a long time. And the most expensive. And the most time consuming. And the most primally ... viscerally ... carnivorously satisfying.

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