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Spicy Cocktail Nuts

Spicy Cocktail Nuts

Spicy cocktail nuts are a welcome addition to any happy hour buffet.  They’re filling, satisfying and healthy.  Best of all?  You can make them in under 15 minutes! When I was a little girl, nuts were always an integral part of holiday celebrations.  In those […]

Tangy Fennel and Orange Marinated Olives

Tangy Fennel and Orange Marinated Olives

I love to start a party with marinated olives.  They make a light and healthy finger food that doesn’t leave your guests too full to enjoy their meal. When my guests arrive, I love to have lots of small dishes of nibbles to place around […]

Olives Marinated with Herbs, Garlic and Preserved Lemon

Olives Marinated with Herbs, Garlic and Preserved Lemon

These herby olives make a flavorful accompaniment to cocktails.  The fresh flavors of lemon and green herbs perfectly complement the brininess of the olives.  Truly a match made in heaven! The holiday season is as exciting as it can be stressful.  The calendar year is […]

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Bulgur, Tuna, and Preserved Lemon

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Bulgur, Tuna, and Preserved Lemon

These flavor-packed stuffed peppers make a delicious addition to a holiday cold buffet or a light summer dinner.  They are rich, healthy, and satisfying. If you have been reading this blog for any time at all, you know that I am most inspired by the […]

Gyoza, Japanese Potstickers

Gyoza, Japanese Potstickers

Gyoza, or Japanese potstickers, are very similar to Chinese fried dumplings (jiaozi).  The only difference is that they tend to be more delicately seasoned and the wrappers are generally almost transparent. Visiting New York City’s immense Chinatown recently was an incredible treat and I can’t […]