Appetizers & Snacks

Travel Snack Bars (Gluten-free)

Travel Snack Bars (Gluten-free)

With summer holidays in high gear, it’s always good to have healthful travel snacks to bring along. These crispy cereal bars are packed with almonds, dried apricots and dates or figs, plus cacao nibs for a surprise chocolate hit (as in My Favorite Chocolate Shortbread cookie). You […]

Bedevil those Easter Eggs

Bedevil those Easter Eggs

Get cracking with Rita and Rosie’s Deviled Easter Eggs!  Of course, Rita’s have a splash of bitters — but wait! How about Rosie’s mashed potato deviled eggs? A combo of mashed potato flakes, cheddar and bacon bits. Think of warm twice-baked potatoes tucked into a deviled egg. Either […]

Roasted Asparagus with Warm Bitters Mayonnaise

Roasted Asparagus with Warm Bitters Mayonnaise

Roasted Vegetables with Angostura Mayonnaise Drizzle (or simply… Angostura Mayonnaise  See bottom of page) * Angostura Mayonnaise Drizzle for Roasted Vegetables 1/2    cup mayonnaise 2       Tbsp. grated pecorino Romano cheese or tangy Parmesan 1       Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1       tsp. grated lemon peel […]

Go Nuts for New Years!

Go Nuts for New Years!

Sweet-Salty-Bitter Glazed Nuts Prep time 30-35 minutes       Makes 3 cups 2          Tbsp. butter 2          Tbsp. Angostura aromatic bitters 6          Tbsp. sugar 1-1/2    tsp. kosher salt 1/2       tsp. cinnamon 3          cups raw nuts – pecan or walnut halves, whole almonds or cashews, 12-14 oz total (Pre-roasted cashews […]

Can You Take The Heat?  Raisin Serrano Quesadillas

Can You Take The Heat? Raisin Serrano Quesadillas

Do flavor combinations in recipes sometimes give you a double-take? This one did for me: raisins, lots of serrano chiles, soy sauce and Monterey jack cheese in a quesadilla?!  I had to try it, the recipe was an entry in a contest I was judging for Sun-Maid raisins. […]

Be-Deviled Eggs

Be-Deviled Eggs

You are probably aware that Angostura bitters is my new “go to” food ingredient. I’m in love with the flavor boost it adds to so many foods. I can’t get enough of it. Angostura bitters is an umami of sorts, something like soy sauce or […]

Summer Melons on the Grill

Summer Melons on the Grill

Juicy, grilled melons—cantaloupe, honeydew or small seedless watermelon—make terrific, light appetizers or between-courses refreshers. A brush of mild, seasoned rice vinegar adds a perfectly-balanced sweet tang that brings out the best of these summer gems. A sprinkle of chili powder or mint complements the fresh fruity flavor. That’s it. […]

Summer Fruit Gazpacho

Summer Fruit Gazpacho

Summer Fruit Gazpacho Makes 4 servings (about 3/4 cup each)    Prep time 10 minutes 4         cups (approx.) cubed ripe cantaloupe * 2         nectarines, pitted and sliced 1/4      cup white grape juice 2         Tbsp. Holland House Champagne vinegar (7% acidity) 1          Tbsp. honey 2         tsp. lime zest Dash salt Dash cayenne pepper […]

Devil-ish Potato Eggs

Devil-ish Potato Eggs

When I make deviled eggs there never seems to be enough filling for the number of egg halves. So when I was asked to develop a unique Easter recipe for Idaho Spuds, they loved my creative solution!  With the addition of instant mashed potatoes there’s plenty of egg-y […]

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 almonds and dried apricots sneak in an […]