Appetizers

Goat Cheese Pesto Torta

This impressive appetizer is quick to assemble using pre-made pesto and tapenade. Allow the torta to soften a bit before serving with fine crackers or toasted thin slices of baguette. The torta will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days; it even freezes well for up to 2 months. 

Baked Brie with Honey & Pears

This is delicious, but beware, it disappears quickly! Try different variations with caramel and toasted pecans or cranberries and herbs. Mix it up with a combination of sweet, salty, and savory toppings for full flavor.

Roasted Radishes

Roasting the radishes mellows out any bitter flavor and makes them a truly delicious treat!

Pear and Blue Cheese Flatbread

Serve as an appetizer course, or with a hearty bowl of soup on a chilly evening. The combination of pears with walnuts and blue cheese is a classic! Substitute fresh spinach for the arugula if you prefer.

Apple Brie Salad

This delicious late summer salad is a must when local apples are in season.

Bruschetta

Pronounced both “brusketta”  or ”bruschetta” depending on the town in Italy, you can use this recipe as a party pleaser. It’s so easy to whip up! 

Elote (Mexican Street Corn)

Cotija cheese is a Spanish, cow’s milk cheese that is very hard and crumbly. You can substitute feta if you cannot find cotija. 

Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad

This chopped salad is amenable to all sorts of variations. Add Kalamata olives, feta cheese, cubes of watermelon or cantaloupe, or just about any other seasonal diced veggies you like. Serve on a bed of fresh spinach or cooked leftover grains.

Watermelon Feta Appetizers

Accompany these colorful and light appetizers with tall glasses of sparkling water spiked with lemonade, or a semi-sweet Prosecco. In a hurry? Use raspberry balsamic vinegar for the sauce; just cook in a small saucepan over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes until it is reduced to the consistency of a sauce.

Crockpot Calico Beans

We love cooking with crockpots because they make flavorful meals with little effort. Try a mix and match of beans with this recipe. With 15g of fiber and 15g of protein per serving, it packs a healthful punch. 

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