Appetizers & Snacks

Scary-Simple Popcorn Mix

Scary-Simple Popcorn Mix

Popcorn balls are fun to eat but can be tricky to shape when working with hot sugar syrup. So keep it simple and make this popcorn snack mix!  Yummy butter, brown sugar and apricot jam masquerade for the typical corn syrup in popcorn balls.  Toasted […]

Red Pepper Walnut Spread with Knäckebröd

Red Pepper Walnut Spread with Knäckebröd

  Whiz up this slightly spicy red bell pepper and walnut spread next time you need a dip. My daughter Ariel introduced it to us as an alternative to hummus to serve with her simple homemade crackers.  (called Knäckebröd). Since she now lives in Ghana […]

Edamame Green Monster Dip

Edamame Green Monster Dip

  Scare up this hummus with edamame and walnuts for your munchkins to dig into before their Halloween treats. A healthy bunch of parsley makes the scary-good green color, boosts Vitamins K and C, adds flavinoids too, which function as antioxidants. And of course loads […]

Nutty Snacks for the Holidays

Nutty Snacks for the Holidays

Nuts–walnuts, cashews, pecans, almonds–make yummie holiday treats. This is Rosie’s dee-liciously easy Rosemary Roasted Cashews. She ‘borrowed’ the recipe from our friend Mary Margaret a while back, and it’s now her go-to recipe for quick gifts and snacks.  Update: One of my readers Tina Mark shared that […]

Tomato-Peach-Mint Bruschetta

Tomato-Peach-Mint Bruschetta

At the time of this post, devastating fires just 75 miles from here make thinking about recipes seem so insignificant. Yet we still fuel body and soul as we continue on. End-of-summer golden tomatoes and peaches make this classic tomato-topped toast called Bruschetta. (Pronounced “broos […]

Mango Tango Ice Pops

Mango Tango Ice Pops

A refreshing, ice-y treat before summer ends? I shared this last August, and just had to again. Rummy-yummy and super easy, my adult popsicles are great for parties, picnics, barbecues, beach bashes – you name it. Tropical fruits are perfect partners with rum and Angostura […]

Black Bean, Corn & Red Pepper Salsa

Black Bean, Corn & Red Pepper Salsa

This refreshing twist on salsa is perfect for summer. Tasty, a bit crunchy and good for you (aside from the chips, of course). A yummy way to eat your veggies. For the corn, leftover cooked corn-on-the-cob is perfect. Just slice it off the cob and […]

Dried Fruit & Nut Crisps

Dried Fruit & Nut Crisps

Bake your own crackers! As simple as slice ‘n bake cookies but more wholesome. Packed with dried apricots, raisins, pistachios, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and no added fat, these crackers are as easy as baking a quick bread then slicing and toasting. You can vary with different spices […]

The ‘Perfect’ Snack Bar

The ‘Perfect’ Snack Bar

They had us at ‘perfect’! A perfect or best-ever anything is intriguing especially when it’s a recipe, and it’s sampled at the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC), where food writers are eager to compare and analyze food.  Since I recently shared my favorite Travel Snack Bars, I was […]

Toasted Walnut Hummus

Toasted Walnut Hummus

Hummus is having a heyday as a healthy spread and dip, and there are endless variations on the traditional version with chickpeas, tahini (sesame paste), lemon and garlic. This recipe from California Walnut Board substitutes walnuts and walnut oil for tahini, and orange for lemon juice, but I couldn’t quite […]