Appetizers and Beverages Recipes

Southwest Salsa Rice Bites

Ingredients: 3 cups cooked brown rice, cooled 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese 4 eggs 1 16-ounce jar medium (or hot) thick and chunky-style salsa 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 3/4 cup crushed corn or tortilla chips Additional salsa and sour cream for garnish (optional) Directions: Preheat oven to 350 […]

Italian Rice Fritters

Ingredients: 1 cup uncooked rice 3 cups milk 1 cup granulated sugar Grated zest of two lemons 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 eggs, separated Vegetable oil Directions: Combine rice, milk and sugar in a 2- to 3-quart saucepan. Heat to boiling; stir once or twice. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until milk is absorbed, 15 to […]

Applesauce Ambrosia

Ingrediants: 1 can (16 oz.) applesauce
 2 bananas, sliced
 1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges
 1/2c toasted slivered almonds
 1/2c flaked coconut
 32 oz. low-fat vanilla yogurt Directions: Whip yogurt with a wire wisk. Add applesauce. Gently fold in remaining ingredients. Chill and serve. Serves 6

Maple Cider Punch

Author´s note: Whip up a batch of citrusy, sparkly punch for sipping while carving jack-o´-lanterns. Make a toast to the fun and frolic of Halloween. Kids can help measure and stir the ingredients. Ingrediants: 1 cup orange juice
 3 tablespoons maple syrup
 4 cups apple cider, chilled
 1 cup ginger ale, chilled
 Ice cubes Directions: […]

Grilled Apples

Ingrediants: 4 baking apples
 2 Tbsp. cinnamon
 2 Tbsp. sugar
 Aluminum foil sheets Directions: Preheat grill. Wash, dry and core apples. In small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar. Place each apple on center of aluminum foil sheet; spoon tablespoon cinnamon/sugar mixture into core, and wrap apple in foil. Place foil-wrapped apples in small foil pie […]

Ginger Churros with Caramel Apples

Recipe Provided By Chef Alexandra I. Lopez, The Food Diva Churros: 1 cup water
 ½ cup unsalted butter
 ¼ tsp. salt
 1 tsp. sugar
 1 tsp. vanilla
 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
 1 cup all-purpose flour
 3 eggs
 3 cups corn oil
 1/4 cup sugar, for dusting
 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, for dusting Carmel Apples: […]

Caramel Apple Pizza

Ingredients: 1/4 cup butter,softened 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 2 tablespoons canola (or vegetable) oil 1 tablespoon light corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup whole wheat flour 3/4 cup all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Topping: 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream […]

Spiced Peach Salad Recipe

Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar 3 tablespoons white vinegar 2 cups water 1 tablespoon whole cloves 4 cinnamon sticks 2 packages (3 ounces each) peach or orange gelatin 1 can (29 ounces) peach halves Directions: In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar and water. Tie cloves and cinnamon in a cheesecloth bag; place in the […]

Peach Chicken Salad

Ingredients: 4-5 cups cooked chicken 1 1/2 cups  peaches 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup  pecans 1 tablespoon tarragon leaves 1/2 cup mayonnaise Directions: Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. Best served as a main dish as opposed to sandwiches.

Cajun Appetizer Meatballs

Ingredients: 1 pound lean ground beef 1 1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon dried parsley 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs 1/4 cup milk 1 egg 1/2 cup barbecue sauce 1/2 cup peach preserves 1 fresh peach, peeled, pitted and pureed preparation […]

Balsamic Peach Salad

Ingredients: 1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup olive oil 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Salt to taste Pinch of cayenne 2 large ripe peaches, cut into 1-inch chunks 6 cups bitter greens such as baby arugula, frisee, or other field greens Directions: Combine the dressing ingredients in a mixing bowl, and whisk to […]

Strawberry Milk Punch

Ingredients: 1 gallon milk 1/2 gallon strawberry ice cream 1 quart frozen strawberries 1 cup sugar (or to desired sweetness) 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (or to desired taste) Directions: Mix softened strawberries and sugar together in punch bowl. Add softened ice cream, stir well. Add chilled milk and flavoring. Red food coloring may be added […]

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

Ingredients: 6 lemons (to make about 1 cup lemon juice) 6 cups cold water 1 cup sugar Directions: Juice lemons. Mix juice, water and sugar in pitcher. Stir well. Serve over ice. Note: To reduce calories, you can substitute a sugar-free sweetener according to the package instructions. Makes 8 servings.

Hard-Boiled Egg Dippers

Ingredients: 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled 4 thin pretzel OR crisp bread sticks 1/4 cup refrigerated ranch OR dill dip Toppers: Bacon bits, finely chopped carrots, finely chopped cucumber Directions: Cut a small X in the larger end of each egg; insert a thin bread or pretzel stick, being careful not to split the egg. Serve […]

Jamocha Milkshake

Ingredients: 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup    1 cup milk 1teaspoon instant coffee    1/2 pint ice cream Directions: Place in blender container blend on high speed until smooth. Makes 2 cups.

Maple Milkshake

Ingredients: 1/2 cup pure maple syrup 1/2 pint cream 1 1/2 pints milk 2 scoops ice cream Directions: Mix, pour into glasses and serve.

St. Patrick’s Day Popcorn

Ingredients: 4 quarts popped popcorn 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1 teaspoon white vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter 8 to 10 drops green food coloring Directions: Place popcorn in a large roasting pan; keep warm in a 250° oven. Meanwhile, in a […]

Corned Beef Pinwheels

Ingredients: 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish 8 drops green food color 6 green onions, (green part only) 4 flour tortillas, (10-inch) 6 ounces sliced cooked corned beef Directions: Mix cream cheese, horseradish and green food color in medium bowl until well blended and smooth. hop two green onions and […]

Marinated Mozzarella

Ingredients: 1/3 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon minced chives 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 pound cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese  Directions: In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first seven ingredients; add cheese cubes. […]

Buffalo Wing Poppers

Ingredients: 20 jalapeno peppers 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 1 cup diced cooked chicken 1/2 cup blue cheese salad dressing 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce Directions: Cut peppers in half lengthwise, leaving stems intact; discard seeds. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. […]

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