Appetizers and Beverages Recipes

Cajun Crab Cakes

1 pound crab meat, well drained 1/4 minced onions 3 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions 2 egg whites 1 tablespoons lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon mustard 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup crushed oyster crackers 1/4 cup mayonnaise Jalapeno Tartar Sauce: 1 jalapeno pepper minced 1/2 cup plain yogurt 2 tablespoons minced onions […]

Appetizer Meatballs

2 cups ketchup 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup white vinegar 1/2 cup honey 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon dried minced onion 1/4 teaspoon pepper Dash garlic powder Dash cayenne pepper 1 package (32 ounces) frozen fully cooked homestyle meatballs In a Dutch oven, combine the first nine ingredients Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; […]

Savory Italian-Style Wisconsin Cheese Ball

Cheese is a party and snack time favorite, but it doesn’t have to be boring. This recipe adds pine nuts and a blend of Italian cheeses for a savory treat.

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, […]

Turkey Rolls

Ingredients 2 flour tortillas 2 teaspoons mayonnaise 2 slices thinly sliced deli turkey 1/2 cup shredded lettuce 2 tablespoons shredded cheese, any type Directions Lay out tortillas. Spread with mayonnaise. Layer turkey slice, lettuce and cheese onto tortillas. Roll up and wrap. Makes 2 servings.

Peanut Butterflies

Ingredients 1 stalk celery, cut into 3 inch lengths 2 tablespoons low-fat peanut butter 6 mini pretzels 6 raisins Directions Spread peanut butter evenly onto each celery length. Stick two pretzels in peanut butter – these are the wings. Add two raisins for the eyes. Serve. Univ. of California Cooperative Extension

Granola Bars

Ingredients 1 cup honey 1 cup peanut butter 3 1/2 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup grated carrots 1/2 cup coconut Directions Preheat oven to 350°. Peel and grate the carrots. Put the honey and peanut butter in a large saucepan. Cook on low heat until they melt. Remove the pan from the […]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Ingredients 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 2 cups (18 oz) creamy peanut butter 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 1/2 cups (18 oz) raspberry jam or other jam […]

Mexican Veggies

Ingredients 1 cup cucumber, chopped with peel 1 can (8 3/4 oz) corn, drained 1 can (16 oz) stewed tomatoes 2 tablespoons chopped red peppers 2 tablespoons chopped green peppers 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro or coriander 1/8 teaspoon black pepper Directions Combine […]

Microwave Cucumber Pickles

Ingredients 3 to 4 cups cucumbers, sliced thin 1/2 teaspoon pickling salt 1/2 cup vinegar 1 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon turmeric 1/4 teaspoon mustard seed 1/4 teaspoon celery seed Sliced onion (optional) Directions Put sliced cucumbers in microwave safe container. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over cucumbers and stir. Microwave for 5 minutes on high […]

Zucchini Spears

Ingredients 1 pound zucchini 1 large lemon, juiced 1/4 cup cider vinegar 3 tablespoons salt 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon honey, optional 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional Directions Slice zucchini into spears. Place upright in glass jar. Combine remaining ingredients in saucepan. Bring to a boil; remove from heat and let cool. Pour […]


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