Appetizers and Beverages Recipes

Baked Sweet-Potato Chips

2 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed and sliced 1/8-inch thick 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, preferably sea salt 1 lime, cut into wedges, for serving Preheat oven to 400°, with racks in center and lower positions. Divide sweet potatoes between 2 rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle with oil, toss, and spread them in […]

Spiced Apple Cider

Always read the label and make sure you are purchasing pasteurized apple cider. Raw, unpasteurized cider may contain harmful bacteria. 1 gallon naturally sweet apple cider 1 cup brown sugar 4 cinnamon sticks, broken in half 1 tablespoon whole cloves 1 tablespoon whole allspice 1/2 teaspoon mace (optional) Tie cinnamon, cloves, allspice and mace together […]

Tomato/Tomato Paste Salsa

Yield: About 7 to 9 pints 3 quarts peeled, cored, chopped slicing tomatoes 3 cups chopped onions 6 jalapeno peppers, seeded, finely chopped 4 long green chiles, seeded, chopped 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 (12 ounce) cans tomato paste 2 cups bottled lemon or lime juice 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon […]

Cucumber ranch dip

3 tablespoons Lay?s Dip Creations Country Ranch seasoning mix 1 cup Daisy brand sour cream 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced 1/2 cup buttermilk (optional) 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons cilantro Pinch pepper Add ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly using a rubber spatula.

Zesty Zucchini

1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 2 to 3 medium zucchini, sliced In a large bowl, whisk together the first six ingredients. Add zucchini and toss. Chill until ready to serve. For […]

Potluck Pasta Salad

1 box (12 oz) rotini or penne rigate 4 cups mix-ins (see below) Dressing: 1/2 cup white wine vinegar or rice vinegar 1/3 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, basil, oregano, parsley In small bowl, whisk together vinegar and oil. Whisk […]

Black Olive, Red Pepper and Cucumber Salad

1/2 cup sliced California Black Ripe Olives 1 red bell pepper, chopped into 1/4-inch cubes 1 English cucumber, seeds removed and cut into 1/4-inch cubes 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/4 cup garlic-infused olive oil Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper In medium bowl, toss together olives, red pepper and cucumber. In small […]

Mini Kabobs

Ingredients 10 1/2 inch cheese cubes (whatever variety your child favors) 2 dill pickles, cut in chunks 10 1/2 inch meat cubes (ham, kielbasa, sausage etc.) 10 olives 10 toothpicks Directions Thread one cheese cube, a chunk of pickle, a piece of meat, and an olive onto each toothpick. Continue using up remaining ingredients. Try […]

Cheese & Bacon Popcorn

Ingredients 8 cups popcorn 1/3 cup margarine, melted 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt 1/2 teaspoon hickory smoked salt 1/2 cup American cheese, grated 1/3 cup bacon bits Directions Pour freshly popped corn in large bowl. Combine margarine with hickory-smoked salt. Pour over popcorn. Toss. Sprinkle with cheese and bacon bits and toss again. Once cool, package […]

Apple Tuna Sandwiches

Ingredients 1 can (6.5 ounces) drained tuna, packed in water 1 apple 1/4 cup yogurt, lowfat vanilla 1 teaspoon mustard 1 teaspoon honey 6 slices whole wheat bread 3 lettuce leaves Directions Wash and peel the apple. Chop it into small pieces. Drain the water from the can of tuna. Put the tuna, apple, yogurt, […]


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