Fresh Tomato Salsa

fresh tomato salsa ~ no cook recipe, diced tomatoes, jalapeno, onions, cilantro and lime. Tasty appetizer or top any Mexican dish.

Appetizers & Beverages | August 16, 2018 | By

Fresh Tomato Salsa ~ light, spicy fresh tomato salsa with a hint of lime and no cooking involved. Also called pico de gallo ~ it’s a delicious appetizer with tortilla chips or topping your favorite Mexican dish.

We planted our garden again this spring and watered and fertilized all the plants; probably watering more this year than I can ever remember because of the stretches of 90+ temps.

We lovingly cared for these little sprouts like they were our children, anxiously waiting for the first sign there would be a harvest and watching as some of the tomato plants grew as tall as me. Don’t be too impressed ~ I’m only 5’2″.

Our reward for all this tending is lots of tomatoes. I’m talking Lots.Of.Tomatoes. We’ve eaten them in pasta salad, sliced on BLT’s and even a goat cheese-tomato appetizer. Some have a future in marinara but for now, our favorite is this Fresh Tomato Salsa with a basket of tortilla chips and a couple of margaritas

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Tomato Caper Goat Cheese Appetizer

Tomato Caper Goat Cheese Appetizer ~ burst tomatoes, garlic and capers nestled around tangy goat cheese and broiled on top.

Appetizers & Beverages | December 16, 2017 | By

Tomato Caper Goat Cheese Appetizer ~ burst tomatoes, garlic and capers nestled around tangy goat cheese, broiled until golden and served with warm toasted bread.  

Tomato Caper Goat Cheese Appetizer ~ burst tomatoes, garlic and capers nestled around tangy goat cheese and broiled until golden. Serve with toasted bread.

Back in the winter of 2015 I posted a recipe for one of my favorite combinations, roasted tomatoes and goat cheese slathered thick on a lightly toasted baguette slices. Like women and good wine that recipe has improved with age and is now this Tomato Caper Goat Cheese Appetizer.  If you made it before, you’ll notice a couple of subtle changes to the process that in my opinion make the dish even tastier. 

It’s meant to be an appetizer but a nice glass of red or chilled Rosé, depending on the season along with some warm, crusty bread and for me, it’s dinner.

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Blue Cheese Honey Appetizer

Blue Cheese Honey Appetizer ~ the bold flavor of blue cheese paired with sweet, locally sourced honey and warm, lightly toasted artisan bread.

Appetizers & Beverages | September 14, 2017 | By

Blue Cheese Honey Appetizer ~ the bold flavor of blue cheese is paired with sweet, locally sourced honey and warm, lightly toasted artisan bread for a simple, 3-ingredient appetizer.

For the record, I can’t take credit for this Blue Cheese Honey Appetizer even though I ate it twice in just one weekend at Taste restaurant during a recent girls’ trip. The talented chef at Taste gets all the credit; I never imagined how outrageously good pairing these two flavors would be and I’m glad for the chance to share it with you. 

Blue Cheese Honey Appetizer is hardly a recipe at all. It’s actually more of an idea, bordering on a recommendation (from me) and so easy I guarantee you can’t mess it up. Simple, understated, it packs serious wow factor and takes almost no time to assemble.

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Mini Crab Cake Appetizer

Mini Crab Cake Appetizer ~ gently golden crisp outside, lumps of tasty crab inside with a little dollop of Horseradish sauce on top.

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How do you choose a bottle of wine? A cute label has caught my eye more than once, but I’ve gotten zapped on that method because cute doesn’t always translate into flavor.

Notable Wines launched this spring the first ~ and only ~ wines that highlight their flavor profiles on the front of the bottle so you know what’s inside even before the first sip.

I love a good white wine ~ especially going into the summer season so I was anxious to try both the California and Australia varieties. They didn’t disappoint and both paired really well with this Mini Crab Cake Appetizer ~ gently crisp outside, lumps of tasty crabmeat inside with a little dollop of horseradish mayo sauce on top. You might say everything hit just the right note.

Mini Crab Cake Appetizer ~ gently golden crisp outside, lumps of tasty crab inside with a little dollop of Horseradish sauce on top.

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Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer

Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer: the ultimate, easiest 3-ingredient dish. Warm, lemony creamy cheese inside, lightly toasted outside.

Appetizers & Beverages | March 17, 2017 | By

Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer ~ creamy mild cheese pan seared to golden toasted outside, gooey melted cheese inside with light lemon flavor. Opa!

If you’ve wondered how simple an appetizer can be, how about three ingredients and under 10 minutes?

Until now maybe you’ve only had this dish in restaurants because you didn’t realize how simple it is to make at home. No flames are involved here so your eyebrows will remain intact, but feel free to shout a hearty Opa!

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Reuben Wonton Cupcakes

reuben wonton cupcakes ~ corned beef, kraut, cheese and thousand island dressing baked in a mini wonton cup

Appetizers & Beverages | January 11, 2017 | By

Reuben Wonton Cupcakes ~ corned beef, kraut, 2 kinds of cheese and thousand island dressing baked in an easy bite size wonton cup.

It’s hard to believe but it’s been two years since I took a leap of faith and began this food blog journey. Last year I wrote a piece on the one year anniversary, still feeling my way through after reading articles like ‘How to Start a Blog’ in just a few ‘easy’ steps.

Contrary to much of what’s online, it’s not easy and it’s not free but I’m grateful to be here, still writing and still cooking. There’s no where else I’d rather be. 

Last year in lieu of a celebratory blogiversary cake, I shared one of my favorite recipes. This year we’ll blow out a candle with these Reuben Wonton Cupcakes.

If the thought of a Reuben sandwich excites you as much as it does me, you’ve come to the right place. They’ve become one of my top recipes as well as being a family favorite. 

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Taco Cupcakes

Taco Cupcakes: wontons filled with spicy ground beef topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and everything you love on a taco all baked in mini muffin tins.

Appetizers & Beverages | December 30, 2016 | By

Hola! That’s pretty much the extent of my Spanish, even though Mexican food is one of my favorite things to eat pretty much any day of the week. I don’t need National Taco Day or Cinco De May to chow on 4 or 5 of these Taco Cupcakes. They’re really great all by themselves, but put out with a pitcher of margaritas and friends, you’re got yourselves a party. 

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Peach and Prosciutto Bruschetta

Appetizers & Beverages | August 2, 2016 | By

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Peach and Prosciutto Bruschetta ~ the taste of fresh summer peaches combined with a few other ingredients for a delicious, easy any-time appetizer.

 When I was a little girl the closest I came to being a boater was a day on the lake with a friend on her family’s boat. Her mom packed bologna sandwiches for us; what else for a couple of picky eaters?

That little girl grew up, married a boater and became one too. We even raised our kids on the water. We had so much fun taking weeklong ‘camping’ trips every year on the boat to some of our favorite ports, like Cedar Point and Put-In-Bay in Lake Erie.

Packing the boat for the week meant stocking their favorite cereal, juice boxes, bologna and cheese for sandwiches (clearly I didn’t stray far!) and of course, when you travel with kids, no trip is complete without a side of chaos; it adds to the memories.

These days the kids are grown and time spent on the lake is usually adult time anchored somewhere, swimming, eating and relaxing with a glass of wine. Oh and the bologna sandwiches? They’ve been upgraded to this Peach and Prosciutto Bruschetta. Welcome aboard . . .

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Caprese Skewers

Caprese Skewers ~ fresh seasonal fruit skewered with tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. A caprese ~ and more.

When will this excessive heat end? I know I shouldn’t keep complaining about it because come January I’ll be wishing for it ~ the stifling feeling long forgotten ~ but for now, maybe just a few degrees cooler, please? I’m taking a break today from all things cooked and bringing you these Caprese Skewers. Not only do they take in the freshness of summer produce, but it doesn’t take you anywhere near that fire-breathing box in your kitchen.

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Tzatziki

Easy, authentic Tzatziki recipe from A Gouda Life kitchen. Perfect with pita chips, fresh vegetables or over grilled chicken.

Greektown is a fun, lively neighborhood located in the heart of Detroit. The sound of Greek music playing and the aroma of some of the best traditional Greek cuisine anywhere are all around. It’s what I like to imagine Greece is actually like. There is even a casino and high above is the People Mover, Detroit’s transit system.  Baklava from Astoria Bakery is To Die For. Yes, the capital letters are necessary. It’s that good. I’m usually too full for dessert but that doesn’t stop me from getting some to take home, nestled in that little white box tied neatly with string. Flaming cheese served with an enthusiastic opa! and Tzatziki are also staples in Greektown and while Tzatziki is easy to make at home, flaming cheese, because of the potential for your igniting your kitchen or losing your eyebrows, is probably a dish best left to the professionals.

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