Appetizers and Beverages Recipes

King Cake (a Cajun/ Creole recipe)

Ingredients 3 1/2 cups sifted cake flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup water 2/3 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk 3 tsp. baking powder ?1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 tsp. salt 8 egg whites Tiny china or plastic baby doll (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 375°. Grease and flour a 10-inch fancy tube […]

Salt-and-Pepper Chips

Ingredients Olive oil nonstick cooking spray 12 wonton wrappers 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper 1/4 tsp. coarse salt Directions Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly coat a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. Using a sharp knife, cut wonton wrappers diagonally to form 24 triangles. Arrange the triangles in a single layer on […]

Slow-Cooked Sausage Bites

Ingredients 1 ½ cups bottled barbecue sauce 2/3 cup orange marmalade ½ tsp dry mustard 1/8 tsp ground allspice 12 oz cooked bratwurst, cut into ½ in slices 12 oz cooked kielbasa, cut into ½ in slices 8 oz small cooked smoked sausage links 1 8oz can pineapple chunks, drained Directions In a 3 ½ […]

Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix

Ingredients 9 cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex® or Wheat Chex® cereal (or combination) 2 cups bite-size pretzel twists 2 cups bite-size cheese crackers 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted 1 package (1 oz) ranch dressing and seasoning mix 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese Directions In large microwavable bowl, mix cereal, pretzels and crackers. In small […]

Mushrooms Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomato

Ingredients 24 mushrooms (about 2 1/2 pounds), stems removed and chopped fine, reserving 1 cup, and the caps left whole 12 oz. sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained, reserving 4 T. of the oil, and tomatoes minced 1/3 cup finely chopped shallot 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic Pinch of crumbled dried thyme 3 tablespoons heavy […]

Classic Texas Caviar

Ingredients 2 (15.8 oz.) cans black-eyed peas, drained 1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, drained 2 fresh medium jalapenos, stemmed, seeded and minced 1 small onion, cut into small dice 1/2 yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into small dice 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar 6 tablespoons olive […]


Ingredients 4 1/2 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ 1/2 cup wheat bran 1/2 cup oat bran 1 cup raisins 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds Directions In large mixing bowl combine oats, wheat germ, wheat bran, oat bran, dried fruit, nuts, sugar, and seeds. […]

Anti-Vampire Garlic Bites

Ingredients 1/2 of 16-ounce package frozen phyllo dough, thawed to room temperature 3/4 cup butter, melted 3 large heads garlic, separated into cloves, peeled 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts 1 cup Italian-style bread crumbs Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove phyllo from package; unroll and place on large sheet of waxed paper. Cut phyllo crosswise […]

Abracadabra Hats

Ingredients 1 package crescent dinner rolls (8 rolls) 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (optional) 16 turkey pepperoni slices 3 to 4 salami sticks, cut into 2-inch pieces 2 cups pizza or marinara sauce Directions Preheat oven to 375°. Separate dough and place individual pieces on work surface. Gently shape each piece into long triangle. Sprinkle triangles […]

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients 1 1/2 tablespoons margarine, melted 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds Directions Preheat oven to 275°. Combine margarine, salt, garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce and pumpkin seeds. Mix thoroughly and place in shallow baking dish. Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Key Lime Barbecue Chicken Wings Recipe

Ingredients 1 cup ketchup 1/4 cup fresh Key lime juice or Persian lime juice 2 tablespoons liquid smoke 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder 1/4 cup minced sweet onion 4 pounds meaty chicken wing pieces, […]

Baked Tomato

Ingredients 4 large tomatoes, cored, each cut into 3 thick slices 4 large leaves fresh basil 4 sprigs fresh Italian parsley 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves 1 clove garlic 1 cup bread crumbs 1 tablespoon olive oil Directions Lightly brush some olive oil on a baking pan. Arrange tomato slices, […]

French Onion Chicken and Potatoes

Ingredients 2 medium russet, white or yellow-flesh potatoes or 4 to 5 small red potatoes 2 chicken breasts (6 to 8 ounces each) or 8 to 10 chicken tenders 1 packet dry onion soup mix 1 cup water 4 slices Swiss cheese 1 cup canned fried onions Directions Cut potatoes in half lengthwise; slice across […]


Ingredients 4 Yukon Gold potatoe?s (about 1/4 lb. each) 2 oz. olive oil 10 oz. shredded corned beef 8 oz. mustard cream sauce (try 1 cup white sauce with mustard added to taste) 4 oz. Russian dressing 4 oz. sauerkraut 4 oz. grated Comte Swiss cheese (a block of your favorite Swiss will do) 1 […]

Bruschetta with Plums and Fresh Basil

Ingredients 1 sourdough baguette (24 inch) 4 oz fat-free cream cheese, whipped 6 cups sliced fresh California plums 1 cup fresh basil Directions Slice baguette into 24 inch-thick pieces. Toast in a 350°F oven until golden brown. Spread each slice of bread with fat-free cream cheese. Slice plums into thin slices. Place several slices of […]

Chick-Peas with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 red onion, small, sliced crosswise and separated into rings 1/2 teaspoon rosemary, dried, crumbled 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable stock 1 medium tomato chopped 2 1/2 cups chick-peas, canned, rinsed and drained 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato bits 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar Directions In large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat, […]

Good Morning Orange Splash

Ingredients 1 6-ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate 1 cup cold water 1 cup milk 1/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 10 ice cubes Directions Combine first five ingredients in blender; process at high speed. Add ice cubes, a few at a time, blending until smooth. This is a great vitamin C pick-me-up to […]

Jet Swirl Pizza Appetizers

Ingredients 1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough 1/4 pound Genoa salami, thinly sliced 1/4 pound pepperoni sausage, sliced 1/4 pound provolone cheese, sliced 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese Directions Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease large baking sheet. Roll pizza crust dough into an approximately 10×14 inch rectangle on baking sheet. Layer with […]


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