Posts tagged ‘Appetizer’

White Bean and Arugula Baguettes

My fabulous mother-in-law recently had a milestone birthday and we threw her a party with appetizers and desserts!  This white bean baguette was one of the appetizers that I made and it is really really flavorful and delicious!  A really close family friend, Nancy Fike introduced this recipe to me and I will be forever indebted!  Not only are the flavors incredible, but the colors are striking!  The white, green and purple together make a beautiful display while being very easy to put together!  Hope you will try and enjoy!
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Garlic Hummus

So I have not been posting as much lately and I wanted to let you all know that there is a good reason for that.  I am PREGNANT!  And one of the symptoms I have been experiencing pretty strongly is nauseousness and aversions to strong smelling foods!  This has resulted in me living on a steady diet of mostly toast, fruit, ice cream, pasta and Cucumbers!   However as I am getting deeper into the second trimester, I am venturing back into the kitchen and attempting to actually cook a few meals and to prepare some food for myself and my poor starving husband!

Today I made my most basic recipe for hummus.  The great thing about this hummus is that you can flavor it however in the world you would like!   I will expound on that more later, but for now…lets get to the recipe!  I kept it pretty simple today  as simple is better for my taste buds and stomach right now.  This is a really healthy snack that is good to keep in the fridge as you can eat it with crackers, naan bread, veggies, or spread it on sandwiches.  For me right now it is good so that I have something to dip my Cucumbers in!  Also it is actually much CHEAPER to make your own hummus at home…just some food for thought!
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Baked Gouda

Christmas is my VERY FAVORITE time of year!  The cold weather, the giving spirit, the Christmas Story coming alive, special time with family and friends, amazing parties and delicious food everywhere…it really can’t be beat!   Every year my husband and I spend the holidays with both of our families starting on about the 23rd.  So before that date, we have one night that is our own special Christmas at home.   We clear the coffee table out of our living room and put the Queen Size Air Mattress out on the floor right next to the fireplace and Christmas tree.  We cover it with blankets and pillows and settle in for an evening of laughing, christmas movies, our own special stocking time and lots of smooching!  haha…it is one my favorite nights of the whole year!  We both turn into excited little children finding joy in giving each other gifts and delighting in the magic of Christmas!    We sleep out in our Christmas zone with the lights on the tree glowing long after the last embers of the fire have died down and it really is perfect!

This year we made dinner together as part of the evening and also made some yummy treats the next morning and day as our celebration continued with watching some football together!  This Baked Gouda made a short visit  to the Christmas zone before we devoured every morsel!  This is a recipe I got from Nancy Fike and it is a very simple recipe that is extremely tasty!   Once again…anything where the main ingredient is oozing cheese and you know it  MUST be good!   Merry Christmas!
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