Herbed Cheese Crostini with Steak or Pork


To me the best dinners are the cook once and eat twice meals. We grilled extra steak the other night and a had two leftover Drunken Pork Chops (click for link to recipe). When I suggested this for dinner my family was thrilled. They love to do appetizer dinners every once in a while. I…

Slow Cooker Spicy Corn Dip


With a long holiday weekend coming up soon I am always looking for something different to take to parties. We actually have an appetizer/dip dinner every once in a while. This was perfect for dinner because it was only 2 hours in the slow cooker and my son could get dinner started when he got…

Bacon Balsamic Onion Jam


I have an onion hating daughter who when I told her she would love this was adamant that she would NOT like this and didn’t know why I was making this.  I kept telling her she would. Needless to say when we had dinner tonight she was asking for more. Her brother looked at her…

Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwiches


I had never heard of Pimento Cheese until my sister-in-law made it for a Super Bowl party we were having at Walt Disney World. My family loved it. Then when we visited family last Christmas she made a whole dish just for us! The other night I was trying to think of something simple to…

Blue Cheese Waffle Fries


I wish this was a better picture but french fries are hard to get into an appetizing picture. I don’t know why we never thought of making Blue Cheese Waffle Fries before. The kids love blue cheese and waffle fries why wouldn’t we put them together. For Christmas Eve we make an appetizer buffet for…

Homemade Buffalo Ranch Cheeseball


‘Tis the season. We have several parties and events that we need to take a dish to. I made this Homemade Buffalo Ranch Cheeseball a few days ago and it was so simple! The toughest part was mixing the ingredients and toasting the almonds which took almost no time at all. Make this the night…

Fall Fun in Chicago


The tree in our side yard says it is definitely fall. For us fall is prime Feis (Irish Dance Competition) season. We are traveling just about every other weekend for my daughter to Feis.  This past weekend we were in Chicago, Illinois. The view from our hotel, The Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare, was beautiful. In the…

Bisquick Sausage Balls


Getting ready for football games this weekend? We love football and appetizers in our house. I try to change them up each week adding one or two new ones to our usual staples of dips and wings.  When I read about the Sausage Balls I was a bit skeptical. I love sausage but Bisquick and…

Irish Dancing and Baked Reuben Egg Rolls


For the last three days we have been out of town while my daughter has been Irish dancing. They visit nursing homes and schools for a few days before St. Patrick’s Day and on St. Patrick’s Day as a form of community service. They also performed at the Kalamazoo Hooley for Healing, a fundraiser to…

Hot Crab Dip


Okay, is it just my family or is everyone surviving the holiday season on eating out, appetizers and sweets? It seems to be a theme at our house right now. Between Christmas concerts, parties, meetings, classes and other things it is crazy busy. But, I keep adding more to our schedule because I don’t want…

Meatball Mozzarella Bites


This time of year having a few easy appetizer recipes in the back of your mind can be a good thing. Whether it is a house full of teenagers, someone dropping by near dinner time unexpectedly or those last-minute party invitations having the makings for easy appetizers is always a good idea. These are hearty…

Deep Fried Ravioli


Today is the kids last full day of school before summer vacation. We have had concerts, rehearsals, competitions and a thousand other things over the past month. We still have a few busy weeks ahead but I see an end in sight. One of their favorite things about busy times is to have appetizers for…