Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

A quick and easy way to through together a side dish is to buy dressing, cook up some noodles and add some fresh veggies.  That's the inspiration for this tasty side dish: Asian Chicken Noodle Salad.  There is not much to say about this dish, except for two things:  Make it your own by adding the veggies of your choice dressing/dipping sauce of your choice & it can be served cold, which is awesome when you want to prep this a head of time.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fondue for Fruit

Chocolate fondue is not just for dipping anymore!
Alright, that was just me trying to be cute.  But really, what could be easier than cutting up fruit, heating up some chocolate and combining the two in to a half healthy, sweet and creamy, undeniably chocolaty bite?!  The answer...not much.  
There isn't too much else that can be said about this super simple party staple.  You can serve it the traditional fondue dipping way, or pre-skewer the fruit and drizzle the chocolate on top, which can help it set and stop some of the chocolate mess that otherwise could happen with chocolate fondue.  As a friends mother once said, never have a chocolate fountain when there is a lot of wine around, you'll be cleaning it off of the ceiling later.

Camembert & Apple Panini's

There are some foods that for some reason make me feel European, or international, or really, just fancier than a Midwesterner who likes her cheese.  This is one of those dishes.  With the rich creaminess of the Camembert cheese, the crunch of a fresh apple slice and goldened bread and the sweet flavor or the mango, apple sandwich spread, it's not hard to imagine myself sitting on a cobblestone patio sipping on an espresso and enjoying my Camembert & Apple Panini.  ...Ok, part of this may be because I am really wishing for summer and some warmer weather right now, too.  It doesn't matter the time of year or whether your in your kitchen or in France...this sandwich is GOOD!!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Caramelized Shallot & Goat Cheese Flatbread

Whether you're searching for an tasty appetizer to serve company or a quiet dinner for two.  This simple and very tasty combination of caramelized vegetable, dough and creamy goat cheese can transform themselves into bite size bits or a rolled out flat bread pizza.

This dish can be one that you can make your own.  Use your imagination and your taste buds to lead you to your perfect bite.  In this case, I used a box mix for the flat bread, which required time for the dough to rise; prepared caramelized shallot spread (you can obviously make your own as well); and Mediterranean Herbed Goat Cheese. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

BBQ Bellini Meatballs

Nothing could be easier than throwing a few ingredients into the slow cooker and coming back hours later to the perfect appetizer of BBQ Bellini Meatballs. You don't need to be an expert chef to create this crowd pleaser. This appetizer came about because there

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Caprese Salad on a Stick

Caprese salad goes back century's as a staple appetizer for many Italian families, but it was not until the 1950's, when on the isle of Capri, it was served to an Egyptian king. Most of the time, the presentation includes layering large slices of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil leaves around a platter and topping with olive oil.