Vegetarian Appetizer Tray and The Best Hummus Ever

Photo Alex Harris I love serving appetizer trays. I even serve them at dinner parties; it’s the fastest way I know to help a group of folks who don’t know one another feel relaxed and find conversational common ground. Nothing looks more welcoming than a table laid out with a selection of breads, olives, spreads Read More…

Baked Camembert with Wine Jelly

Over the years, I have met some wonderful people through The 21st Century Housewife. Christine of Made in Provence is one of them. Christine sources wonderful Provençal products and markets them via her website Made in Provence. You can find everything from traditional nougat (until you have tasted authentic Provençal nougat you have not tasted nougat!) to jams and chutneys Read More…

Esther’s Pastry Wrapped Cream Cheese Appetizer

I have written about my cousin Esther’s wonderful cooking many times before, and this holiday season I want to share the recipe for her easy, super scrumptious Cream Cheese Appetizer Wrap. Fried onions, bacon and creamy cheese are encased in a pastry shell that oozes gorgeous cheesiness when you cut it. Served on crackers, it’s Read More…

Bruschetta with a Twist

When I was growing up, hot dogs were a family favourite. My Mom used to make a really lovely relish for them with finely chopped tomatoes, dehydrated onion, salt and pepper. Aside from a bit of mustard, it was all I would put on my hot dogs, and I loved it so much that I Read More…

California Club Salad

Up until very recently I thought I didn’t like avocado. I know! What was that all about? In my defence, the last time I had tasted it was when I was a kid, and the texture kind of threw me. I guess I just decided that was it. For the past few years I had Read More…