Category Archives: Appetizer

Cheese Ham Ball

If you want to impress someone with a great appetizer this is for you.  It will get you rave reviews no matter where you take it.    My friend Marilyn has served this many, many times and it is always a hit.  In fact, if she doesn’t bring it she is really in trouble.  The recipe has been shared  with everyone and I have it somewhere, but when I wanted to make it last month for my tennis match in Newnan I could not find it.  Syble of course had the recipe and sent it to me.  So I’m in the grocery store buying everything and the recipe doesn’t say what size can of deviled ham to use.  Thank goodness for phone cameras and text messaging.  I took a picture of both sizes of ham and sent it to Syble and the small can was the winner.  Speaking of using your phone camera in the store.  I get the biggest kick watching husbands shopping for groceries.  There will be some conversation followed by picture-taking and more conversation, ” Okay good I’ll get this.”  What a help for husbands that don’t have a clue about shopping.

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Bacon Tomato Cups

Don’t hate me for this recipe that you are going to love!  It’s fantastic, easy, but not healthy.  Invite at least 18 of your friends over when you decide to make it that way everyone gets two and you have no guilt.  Or just have them as a main dish with a big salad.  Anyway, you’ll  have to balance out the calories  some way to keep it all away from your hips if you know what I mean.

Here’s how I got the recipe.  After Easter, Madison in my fourth period class told me that his mother had made the best biscuits with Rotel tomatoes and that was all it took.  I had to have the recipe.  It is really good and you can change it up for whatever meat that you might have.  I think that Canadian Bacon, ham, sausage, and even chicken would work perfectly.

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Goat Cheese with Olives, Lemon, and Thyme

This appetizer from Gourmet is just what we all want and need.  It is so good and can literally be ready in 20 minutes.  What else could you want?  Deliciousness?  Yes, it has that.  I love it!  You might need this for your next football party or when you and your friends get together for dinner.  It is the perfect appetizer!    I don’t have fresh thyme at my beck and call so I purchased some three times to make this.  It did not happen and now I am left wondering why.  Maybe because it is just too easy!

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Bacon Thingeys

Bacon makes everything good!  When these things were the rage in the eighties I was busy changing diapers and then after that it was a whole calendar of children’s events.  You know soccer, tennis, scouts, birthday parties, and homework.  I don’t think that I went to a single adult party during that time.  So therefore,  I missed these fantastic Bacon Thingeys that Ree raved about and then Paula.   If you google these everyone in the world it seems has had these except me  until Jane R.  brought them to a pool party last June.  Let me tell you that they literally flew out of the basket.  I could not for the life of me figure out what they were.  I  just knew they were good.  I was blown away when I learned it was simply a saltine wrapped in bacon with a little cheese and baked.  Easy!   If you haven’t tried these you should try them immediately.  They will be perfect for the upcoming holiday parties.

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Mixed up Popcorn

The name says “mixed up” popcorn, but I really think that it is “kicked up” popcorn.  This is good stuff.  Just for your information this stuff is very addictive.  I don’t really care for caramel popcorn, but this is more on the side of popcorn and other stuff covered in pralines.  I first had this several years ago when I last went on a real vacation.  You know the kind where you stay for a week or more and read several books while sitting in a chair with the beach breeze gently blowing your hair.  The kind of time that you never want to end.  You have no trouble sleeping.  Work is someone else’s problem.  The only decision that you have to make is what are you’re having for dinner.  I need that right now.  Anyway, Anna made this Mixed Up Popcorn for our vacation and it was a fight for the last bite. It is that good!

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Parmesan and Thyme Crackers

When I was in college I made a 100,000 cheese straws for every President’s tea, Alumni luncheon, or fundraiser that was held while I was there.  It seems that one would tire of a certain food when one had to produce that many in such a short time.  But, that is not the case.  I still love them and when I saw this recipe in Ina Garten’s Back to Basic Cookbook using freshly grated parmesan cheese I had to try them.  These are similar to cheese straws in some ways, but  much more rich and oh so flavorful.  In other words they are absolutely divine.  These crackers are a buttery shortbread with the saltiness of  parmesan cheese and a hint of thyme.  Novice cooks these are just for you to pull out of the oven and place on a beautiful tray at a party.  I promise they will be a hit!

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Baked Tortilla Chips Just in Time for Cinco de Mayo

I made baked tortilla chips for my classes the other day and they loved them.  You know when teenagers tell you that something is good it really is.  They tell it like it is most of the time.  I was proving a point to them about portion control  as well as fat grams in servings.  Bagged corn chips that are usually served with cheese dip or salsa have 180 calories with 9 grams of fat for one serving which is thirteen chips.  I piled the chips up and asked them if they considered that one serving.  Everyone said no very loudly!  Next I pulled out a medium-sized flour tortilla which is 110 calories with 2 grams of fat.  And this is what I did.

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Seven Layer Bean Dip

Everyone needs that one appetizer that can be made it a flash.  You know when you just don’t have the time to make anything really fancy.    This bean dip is just that.   Most of the ingredients probably can be found in your kitchen right now and if not just pick up the rest next time you’re  shopping.  You can put this together fifteen minutes before you walk out the door.  But, it can be made three or four hours in advance if needed.  I have carried to my tennis matches and get togethers for years and it is always a hit.  Even those with no cooking skills can impress your friends because it looks beautiful and taste great.  You know that everyone just loves a good dip!

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Sausage Pinwheels

With the Super Bowl coming up next weekend it gave me a good excuse to try out these pinwheels that have been sitting in my recipe file for years.  I don’t know why I haven’t tried them before.  You can make them ahead of time and then when guests come pull them  out of the refrigerator and bake.  Serve them right out of the oven for a fantastic addition to any get together.  As a bonus they are easy and delicious.

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Sausage and Cheese Balls

I love these sausage balls!  Even though this  recipe has been around for a long time,  my students have requested me to make this recipe and post it. So here it is.  This is day four of no school because of the snow and ice.  What better excuse do you have to get in the kitchen?   I think that these were originally intended to be served as a party food, but here we serve them for breakfast.  Let them cool and place them in a freezer bag.  They freeze well for a month, but if your family is like mine they will not last near that long.

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