6 Memorial day appetizers

6  Memorial day Appetizers

 

 

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Here are 6 tasty and easy Memorial day appetizers . I found these lovely appetizers that  I had to try. My fave is The Potato chip chicken strips . If you like a crunch, then  this is it ! If  you don’t want crunchy then try the Jerk chicken wings will be a hit for you’re Memorial day party. Add a little fresh summer salsa and Caprese salad kabobs to the mix and watch it dissapear. Then add these two appetizers grilled: corn, bacon and chile crostini, grilled potato skins, to the grill . Have a happy Memorial day !

 

 

So, sorry everyone , for the lack of posts . I’m moving from NYC  to the southern life so, I’ve been pretty busy. Everything will be back to normal in June. Stick with me. Please !

 

Grilled Corn, Bacon and Chile Crostini

Grilled Corn, Bacon and Chile Crostini




Total Time:48 MIN Prep: 30 MIN Cook: 18 MIN



Ingredients


2 ears corn, shucked

Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing and drizzling

Kosher salt

4 strips bacon, julienned

2 Fresno chile peppers, cut into thin rounds

3 to 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar

4 scallions, thinly sliced on the bias

6 thick slices baguette

2 cloves garlic


Directions


1.Preheat a grill to medium. Lightly brush the corn with olive oil and season with salt. Grill, turning occasionally, until the corn is charred on all sides and the kernels are soft, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and set aside until cool, then cut the kernels off the cobs.

2.Drizzle a saute pan with olive oil; add the bacon and bring to medium heat. When the bacon is browned and crispy, add the chiles and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the corn kernels and toss to combine. Season with salt and stir in the vinegar. Toss in the scallions and remove from the heat.

3.Toast the baguette slices on the grill until lightly charred. Remove the toasts and rub with the garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and top with the corn-bacon mixture. 

 

 

 

Fresh Summer Salsa Recipe



Fresh Summer Salsa

 

TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

4 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 medium mango, peeled and chopped

1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cubed

3/4 cup fresh or frozen corn, thawed

1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro

1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons of lime juice

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1/4 teaspoon of salt

Baked tortilla chip scoops

 

Directions

1.In a large bowl, combine the first 12 ingredients. Chill until serving. Serve with tortilla chips. 

Grilled Potato Skins Recipe

Grilled Potato Skins Recipe

 

 TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

 

 

Ingredients

2 large baking potatoes

2 tablespoons butter, melted

2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

3 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

2 green onions chopped

sour cream

Directions

1.Cut each potato lengthwise into four wedges. Cut away the white portion, leaving 1/4 in. on the potato skins. Place skins on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 8-10 minutes or until tender. Combine the butter, rosemary, salt and pepper; brush over both sides of potato skins.

2.Grill potatoes, skin side up, uncovered, over direct medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn potatoes and position over indirect heat; grill 2 minutes longer. Top with cheese. Cover and grill 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with bacon and onions. Serve with sour cream. 

Potato Chip Chicken Strips Recipe
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

1/8 teaspoon garlic salt

1/8 teaspoon onion salt

1/8 teaspoon paprika

1 package (12 ounces) potato chips, crushed

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips

1/4 cup butter, melted

Salsa, barbecue sauce or sweet-and-sour sauce

Directions

1.In a shallow bowl, combine sour cream and seasonings. Place crushed potato chips in another shallow bowl. Dip chicken strips in sour cream mixture, then coat with potato chips.

2.Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Drizzle with butter.Bake at 400° for 20-22 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Serve with salsa or sauce. Yield: 6 main-dish or 10 appetizer servings.

Grilled Jerk Chicken Wings Recipe
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

1/2 cup Caribbean jerk seasoning

2-1/2 pounds chicken wingettes and drumettes

2 cups honey barbecue sauce

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons prepared mustard

1 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions

1.Place jerk seasoning in a large resealable plastic bag; add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. In a small bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, mustard and ginger; set aside.

2.Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Grill chicken wings, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 12-16 minutes, turning occasionally.

3.Brush with sauce mixture. Grill or broil 8-10 minutes longer or until juices run clear, basting and turning several times.

Caprese Salad Kabobs Recipe
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.

Ingredients

24 grape tomatoes

12 cherry-size fresh mozzarella cheese balls

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

24 fresh basil leaves

 

 

Directions

1. On each of 12 wooden appetizer skewers, alternately thread two tomatoes, one cheese ball and two basil leaves; place on a serving plate. In a small bowl, whisk the oil and vinegar; drizzle over kabobs just before serving. 

 

 

 

Grilled Corn, Bacon and Chile Crostini : http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-burrell/grilled-corn-bacon-and-chile-crostini-recipe.html

Fresh summer salsa : http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/fresh-summer-salsa

 Grilled Potato skins http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/grilled-potato-skins

Caprese salad kabobs http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/caprese-salad-kabobs

Potato chip chicken strips http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/potato-chip-chicken-strips

Grilled jerk chicken wings: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/grilled-jerk-chicken-wings

 

 

 

 

 

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Rice krispie Easter treats

 

This is a fun Easter treat that I love to do every year. So easy and fun for the kids to play with.  Wilton Pearlized sprinkles , cookie icing and candy melts help make this a fab fun family treat !

 

 

 

Rice Krispie Easter treats

White cookie iciing. pink pearl sprinkles.

White cookie icicing. pink pearl sprinkles.

 

 

 

Pink cookie icing, with white pearl sprinkles

Pink cookie icicing, with white pearl sprinkles

 

 

 

 

Wilton Pearlized sprinkles

 

 

 

Hot pink, red

 

 

 

 

Rice Krispie Easter treats

 

Ingredients:

 

TOTAL TIME:15 mins

PREP TIME:5 mins

COOK TIME:10 mins

 

 

3 tablespoons butter or 3 tablespoons margarine

40 large marshmallows (or 4 cups mini-marshmallows)

6 cups Rice Krispies

White & pink  pearlized Sprinkles

½ cup Wilton Candy Melts white, bright pink,

Cookie Icings  pink & white

 

Directions:

1.In a large microwave safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows at HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.

2. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until coated.

3. Press mixture into 13 x 9 inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cut with cookie cutter shapes  when cool.

4. Once cooled,melt white candy melts spread on top of the rice krispie treats, immediately sprinkle pearlized Sprinkles on top. Place in fridge for 10 minutes to set the candy melts, once set using bunny or egg cookie cutter cut into desired shape.

5. Using cookie Icings { any color pink, white, or  yellow} to outline the shape of the bunny. And to decorate egg. Let it dry before serving.

 

 

 

 

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Cookie Friday: Pretty Pink Strawberry chocolate chip cookies

Happy Valentine’s Day !

A melt-in-your-mouth

”PRETTY IN PINK STRAWBERRY COOKIES”. So

easy to make, ready in 35 Mins. All you need is,

strawberry cake mix, chocolate chips, baking

soda, eggs, and some vanilla extract. Enjoy 

Cookie Friday: Pretty Pink Strawberry cookies

 

 

  

Total Time: 35 Mins

Bake Time: 10-12 Mins

Serving: 20

 

Ingredients 

1 box (18.25 oz) strawberry cake mix

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 1 teaspoon baking powder

2 large eggs

1/3 cup vegetable/canola oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 – 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or white chocolate chips

 Directions 

1.Preheat oven at 350. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside .

2.In a small bowl, Whisk together eggs, oil, and vanilla, and set aside. In a large bowl, place cake mix, baking soda and mix. Then add the eggs, oil, and vanilla to the cake mixture and mix together, until you  a dough form. Lightly add in chips.

3 .Form into round small balls on cookie sheet 2-inches apart. 

4.Bake for 10 mins.DON’T LET THEM BROWN. { YOU DON’T WANT A BROWNISH PINK COOKIE} take out and cool for 3 mins. Then transfer to cooling rack. They will be very soft at first and a little puffy. Don’t worry it will sink down after it sits for a few mins.


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Cookie Friday: Top-rated holiday cookies 2

 

Top-rated holiday cookies 2

Top-rated holiday cookies 2

Cookie Friday: Top-rated Holiday cookies 2

Happy cookie Friday everyone ! This week part 2 of my top rated holiday cookies . It’s a mixture of very different  holiday cookies . Please enjoy, I will be back next week with a new Cookie Friday recipe.

1.Snowball Trees

snowball trees

snowball trees

2.Chocolate Peppermint Snowflake Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Snowflake Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Snowflake Cookies

3.Sweet Potato-Pecan Cookies

 

Pumpkin Pie Spice Swirl Cookie Sandwich

Pumpkin Pie Spice Swirl Cookie Sandwich

4.Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms

Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms

Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms

5.Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies 

 

 

Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies

Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies

6.Honey Coins

Honey Coins

Honey Coins

7.Sweet Potato-Pecan Cookies


 

Sweet Potato-Pecan Cookies

Sweet Potato-Pecan Cookies

8.Almond and Raspberry Blossoms

Almond and Raspberry Blossoms

Almond and Raspberry Blossoms

9.Chocolaty Melting Snowmen

snowman cookies

snowman cookies

10.Peppermint Palmiers

peppermint palmeirs

peppermint palmeirs

11.Iced Lemon Cookies

 

Iced Lemon Cookies

Iced Lemon Cookies

 

12. Coquito Frosted Sugar Cookies 


Coquito Frosted Sugar Cookies

Coquito Frosted Sugar Cookies

12.Chocolate-Raspberry Tassies

 

Chocolate-Raspberry Tassies

Chocolate-Raspberry Tassies

 

14.Mint-Chocolate Cookies

Mint cookies

Mint cookies

15.Spearmint Whoopie Pies with White

Chocolate-Mascarpone

 

Spearmint Whoopie Pies with White Chocolate-Mascarpone

Spearmint Whoopie Pies with White Chocolate-Mascarpone

Red velvet cookie bars with peppermint cream cheese frosting

Red velvet cookie bars With peppermint cream cheese frosting

Red velvet cookie bars
With peppermint cream cheese frosting

Cookie Friday: Red Velvet cookie bars With peppermint cream cheese frosting

If you are not in the Christmas spirit these red velvet cookie bars will get you there. I have been making them  for the last 3 years. By the way,  a nice hot toddy or hot chocolate, goes really well with this. The hot toddy was perfect last night for the T.V foodie night with scandal. Have a great weekend !

 

Add food coloring and cocoa powder into cookie mixture

Add food coloring and cocoa powder into cookie mixture

Press dough firm into pam

Press dough firm into pan

Spread cream cheese frosting over the bars

Spread cream cheese frosting over the bars

Sprinkle crushed peppermint over the frosting

Sprinkle crushed peppermint over the frosting

Total Time 1 hr 20 min 

Ingredients

Red velvet cookie bars

1 box of sugar cookie mix

1/3 cup of  unsweetened cocoa

1/4 cup of butter  softened

1 tablespoon of red food coloring

1/4 cup of cup sour cream

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

30-50 peppermint candies crushed

 Cream cheese frosting

4 ounces unsalted butter, softened

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of peppermint extract

Directions 

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, cocoa, butter, sour cream, food color and egg until soft dough forms.
  2. Form dough into a giant ball and press firmly in 9 x 13 pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake for 12-19 min or until toothpick comes out clean. Take out and cool.
  4. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract and peppermint extract. And set aside.
  5. Once bars are cool , frost with cream cheese, and sprinkle with crushed peppermints. And serve.

Cookie Friday: Top-rated holiday cookies

 

Cookie Friday: Top-rated holiday cookies

Today’s edition after  thanksgiving Top-rated holiday cookie. Here are some of my favorite holiday cookies that I’ve found on some of my favorite site . Check it out.

Chocolate-Dipped Anise Biscotti Recipe

Chocolate-Dipped Anise Biscotti Recipe

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chocolate-dipped-anise-biscotti

“Home Sweet Home” Gingerbread Cottage Recipe

Gingerbread Cottage

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/-home-sweet-home–gingerbread-cottage

Almond Cookie Cutouts Recipe

Almond Cookie Cutouts

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/almond-cookie-cutouts

hazelnut sandwich cookies

Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies

http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/hazelnut-sandwich-cookies-recipe-mslo1212

Chocolate-pepermint cookies

http://www.heb.com/recipecat/Chocolate-Peppermint-Cookies/4539019/700030

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Holiday Cookies: 1 Dough, 4 Cookies

http://www.marthastewart.com/266946/holiday-cookies-1-dough-4-cookies

Apricot-Filled Sandwich Cookies Recipe

Apricot-Filled Sandwich Cookies

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/apricot-filled-sandwich-cookies

Better-Than-Fruitcake Cookies Recipe

Better-Than-Fruitcake Cookies

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/better-than-fruitcake-cookies

Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe

Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/mini-cinnamon-roll-cookies

Yummy Cracker Snacks Recipe

Yummy Cracker Snacks

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/yummy-cracker-snacks

Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe

Nice ‘n’ Soft Sugar Cookies

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/nice–n–soft-sugar-cookies

Recipes from: Taste of home , martha stewart.