Archive for December, 2011

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

When planning food for your party, choose bite-sized hors d’oeuvres, according to  Use colors and textures of foods that accent your trays or table, adding plenty of attractively cut garnishes of fresh herbs, greens and vegetables.



Becca’s Bruschetta from

1 loaf French bread, sliced

1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 can sliced black olives, drained

3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 TBSP chopped fresh oregano

2 tsp chopped fresh basil

2 tsp chopped fresh parsley

2 large fresh tomatoes, diced

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Arrange the bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Mix the onion, garlic, olives, 2 TBSP olive oil, oregano, basil, and parsley.  Gently toss in the tomatoes.  Top bread slices with the tomato mixture.  Sprinkle with feta cheese and Parmesan cheese.  Drizzle with remaining olive oil.  Bake 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is melted and bread is lightly toasted.

Bon appetit,


Let there be Peas on Earth

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011



“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Waldorf Salad

Monday, December 12th, 2011

How do you like to eat apples? You probably didn’t realize that the way you eat apples says something about your personality, according to;

Compulsive wedger-can’t eat an apple whole, it must be perfectly cored and sliced in 8 equal parts

Splitter-hates to deal with a core, but not compulsive enough to bother with wedges;  they cut it in half and nibble contently

Circle stickler-the rebellious type, they slice an apple across the grain; it does fit nicely layered with a slice of cheese

Top-to-bottom eater-they methodically munch at the stem, then work their way down then rotates the apple until he has finished it

Equator Eater-takes a bite out of the center while turning it all the way around, attacks the top then the bottom of the apple

Streak-eats his apple in the nude! Not him, the apple, silly-peels the skin off in one continuous strip then he eats the whole apple

Type A Core-free cruncher-a “seedophobic” and can’t stand seeds, no matter how they get them out before one bite

Type B Core-free cruncher-eats lots of apples because they love to use apple-corer appliances

Stem-plucker-before eating his apple he turns the apple while holding the stem, saying a letter of the alphabet with each turn, everyone knows the letter when the stem comes off is the first initial of your future spouse (this gets sticky if you’re married)

Below is one of my favorite apple recipes:

Waldorf Salad from my Mom

1 cup chopped apples
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped walnuts and 1/2 cup raisins

1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1 TBSP sugar, 1 TBSP vinegar

Combine mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar; add to chopped apples, celery, walnuts and raisins.

Bon Appetit!