Archive for the ‘Appetizers’ Category

Crema Funghi – Creamy Mushroom Soup

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

This is an elegant and rich mushroom soup. The recipe is inspired by one from Carnival Creations, the cookbook based off of Carnival Cruise recipes. My folks picked up this book on our first cruise back in the day, and I made copies of a few of my ...

Hom Bao

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

We had hom bao for dinner tonight. The pork was a little fattier than usual, I think, and it made them especially tasty. I made the dipping sauce with microplane grated ginger, which worked very nicely.

Vegetable Miso Soup

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

A very easy quick soup as long as you have access to a couple ingredients that you may or may not be able to find in your local grocery store. I get these either at H Mart or Central Market, though I do regularly see wakame in the Asian ...

Broiled Oysters with Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade

Friday, April 9th, 2010

These are inspired by an appetizer I had at Anthony's in Everett for our anniversary dinner back on March 25th. I got a raw oyster sampler and a pair of "barbecue oysters" that were both just wonderful. The oyster sampler was so much fun. I got to ...

Hot and Sour Soup, Take 2

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

This is my next iteration of that Chinese restaurant classic, hot and sour soup. This is getting really close to my ideal now, and I think it might at this point just be a matter of adding a bit more vinegar and/or pepper to suit my taste on that ...

Chipotle Tomatillo Salsa

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

This is another great recipe from The Border Cookbook : Authentic Home Cooking of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. I omitted the cilantro called for in the recipe, grated my onion instead of chopping, and poured the whole lot in my blender to get a nice smooth sauce. ...

New Year’s Eve Snacks

Friday, January 1st, 2010

This year I tried a new snack - meatballs in a mixture of cranberry sauce and chili sauce. It's much vaunted, but Shaun and I just weren't impressed. I'd make it again as an easy appetizer for a large party, but that's about it. We also made ...

Christmas Eve Dinner

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

We had our traditional Christmas Eve dinner of bacon wrapped shrimp and steamed crab legs (about 5 minutes from frozen to perfectly hot, moist, and tender). It was very nice :-) We topped it off with some tasty cookies. I hope you all have a ...

Desert Drowned Shrimp

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

This is a great recipe that I've paraphrased from the wonderful The Border Cookbook : Authentic Home Cooking of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico Desert Drowned Shrimp Serves 4-6 2 pounds medium to large shrimp, unshelled (I used 31-40 EZ peel) 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes) 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice ...

Olive and Tomato Tapenade on Crostini

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

This is another wonderful recipe from my mother. She makes this as an appetizer when they have a friend or two over for dinner. It's easy and wonderfully flavorful. There's a lot going on, but all the flavors work well together. For the crostini, I sliced a baguette ...