Category Archives: Savory Snacks, Dips and Sauces

Sugared Lavender Almonds

Sugared Lavender Almonds

Sometimes the best things are also the simplest ones. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine brought out a jar of almonds and encouraged me to try one. The nuts were shiny, well-toasted and appeared to have been tossed with coarse sugar. They were Sugared Lavender Almonds and they certainly prove that delicious things come in simple packages. These nuts are easy to make ... Read More »

Parmesan Palmiers

Parmesan Palmiers

Puff pastry is a handy thing to keep in your freezer and I always have a package or two on hand. I like to keep it around because it is so versatile and can be turned into a variety of sweet and savory treats very easily. Palmiers are probably my favorite easy, sweet things to make with puff pastry. The heart-shaped cookies are made with ... Read More »

Turkey and Stuffing Potato Balls

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey and Stuffing Potato Balls

There is a well-known Cuban bakery in Los Angeles called Porto’s that I visit regularly. They make everything from breads to cakes, and offer both sweet and savory options. Their best seller is a deep fried potato ball that is stuffed with a savory mixture of meat and veggies. The potato balls are hearty and come in at under $1, making them a very affordable ... Read More »

Homemade Gorgonzola Cheese Crackers

Gorgonzola Crackers

Bright orange cheese crackers were one of my favorite school yard snacks growing up. These days, my tastes have changed slightly and I enjoy cheeses of many colors, but I still enjoy cheese crackers. Fortunately, I no longer have to rely on little, square orange crackers to get my fix because I can make them easily at home. These Homemade Gorgonzola Crackers are a little ... Read More »

Mulled Wine Cranberry Sauce

Mulled Wine Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions, though I make sauces multiple times throughout the holiday season every year. I always enjoyed the sweet-tart flavor of cranberry sauce growing up, but usually only bought a jar for Thanksgiving. Once I realized that the sauce is so easy to make – and so easy to put different flavor twists on – I started ... Read More »

Sweet & Spicy Candied Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet & Spicy Candied Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are one of the byproducts of carving pumpkins in my house. Also known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds have a mild, nutty flavor to them that is enhanced when they are roasted, so I typically toast my pumpkin seeds to serve as a snack when pumpkin-carving is completed. That being said, I usually buy my pumpkin seeds instead of harvesting them from fresh pumpkins ... Read More »

How to Make Homemade Ketchup

How to Make Homemade Ketchup

You probably have a variety of condiments in your refrigerator right now. At the very least, there are probably a few jars of mustard, a few bottles of sriracha or other hot sauces and some ketchup. Condiments like these are not items that we usually think of making from scratch, but it is possible to make each and every one of them – and the ... Read More »

Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs

Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs

I’ve always enjoyed deviled eggs, but I find that I’ve been eating them a lot more often than I used to. This is because deviled eggs – though never really out of “style” – are going through a bit of a renaissance and I’ve been seeing them on more and more menus over the last year. They’re great appetizers and it is easy to put ... Read More »

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