Caramelized Onion Cranberry Compote Cream Cheese Crackers

By Leslie Blythe

Hosting a party is stressful, whether it's a small get-together or a holiday fête for a crowd. The key is making as much food ahead of time as possible, so all you have to do day-of is reheat and do a little last-minute prep. These Caramelized Onion Cranberry Compote Cream Cheese Crackers can be made ahead and will be a crowd pleaser.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Makes 1 cup

Green Chile Frito Pie

By Leslie Blythe

Frito pie is traditionally chili meat, cheese poured into a snack-sized sack of Frito chips cut open sideways. This recipe is more of a bowl. I had it at the Plaza Café in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was probably one of the best things I eaten in a long time. I have always been a fan of green Hatch chilies. This Green Chili Frito Pie was so good and VERY spicy, just they way I like it!

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
  • 6 - 8 Servings

Zucchini “Spaghetti”

By Leslie Blythe

I made this Zucchini "Spaghetti" using a Veggetti spiraling device. The Veggetti turns vegetables into delicious, healthy spaghetti.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • 4 Servings

Amish Country Casserole

By Leslie Blythe

This Amish Country Casserole embodies midwestern cooking. It's rich and creamy and low on spices. This is the ultimate potluck dinner.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • 8 Servings

Haricots Verts, Beans and Israeli Couscous Salad

By Leslie Blythe

This Haricots Verts, Beans and Israeli Couscous Salad is perfect for summer entertaining. If you can't find haricots verts you can use regular green beans.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • 4 - 6 Servings

Fig & Rosemary Pizza

By Leslie Blythe

I managed to pick some figs off our enormous fig tree. Having is fig tree has it rewards, but it's a mess when they fall! Splat! Pizza is one of my favorite foods. I have made pizza for years and am always perfecting my technique. I used gruyère cheese for this one, but you could also use goat cheese, ricotta, parmesan, etc.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • 2 - 4 Servings

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This Tomato, Goat Cheese, Ricotta and Basil Tart is fast and easy to put together. Serve it was a crisp salad and a bottle of chilled french rosé for a delectable meal.

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Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Steak Florentine)

If you are a meat lover, you are going to want to try this traditional Italian grilled steak. Brushing meat with rosemary imparts an herbal fragrance to this Italian steak, which is traditionally served with Cannellini Beans with Rosemary and lemon.

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Vegetable Sushi

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  There is a classic construct for the perfect cocktail—some citrus for acidity and sourness, a liqueur for sweetness and flavor and a spirit for the body of the drink. This works perfectly for drinks like the Margarita (lime juice, triple sec and tequila) and the Sidecar (lemon juice, Cointreau and brandy). You can ramp […]

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