I came from humble kitchen beginnings. When it came to food, my household ate on a budget. For eight years we were vegans back in the 80's, so we ate a lot of uncommon foods for the time. My mom had my brother when I turned 12 and spent a lot of time working so became a major meal preparer for the household.
I, as well as my family slowly emerged from being vegans to eating pretty much anything we can get our hands on. But with that interesting background, I love to cook. I even dabbled in a bit of personal catering for a few of my own events I used to throw in New York City. No one knew the difference. At some point, with some encouragement from friends, I was even contemplating starting my own catering company.
This blog features wonderful recipes from all over the world as well as a few of my own. I hope you will enjoy.
I’ll be giving away all of my tricks here, but what the heck! You’ll keep them a secret right? These are a few easy party foods you can steal from the frozen food section at your local grocery store. The key is to put your efforts into enhancing their flavors and displaying them for your guests to drool over.
Alexia Crispy Beer Battered Aged White Cheddar Bites
Alexia Mozzarella Stix - Italian Herbs & Olive Oil
Alexia Mushroom Bites
Alexia Potato Bites With Three Cheeses
Amy's Nacho - Organic Cheese & Bean
Amy's Pizza Snacks Organic Cheese
Bagel Bites Mini Bagels - Three Cheese
Banquet Crispy Chicken Strips
|Banquet Zesty Marinara Sauce Meatballs|
Cohen's Cocktail Franks
Eddy's Dibs Vanilla Crunch
Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites
Golden Filled Crepes - Cheese Blintzes
Health Wealth Veggie Munchies
|La Choy Mini Chicken Egg Rolls|
Morningstar Farms Broccoli Cheddar Veggie Bites
Nancy’s Deli Spirals Appetizers
|Nancy's Petite Quiche Lorraine & Florentine Appetizers|
|Pillsbury Savorings Cheese & Spinach Pastry Bites|
|Respect Natural Meatless Italian Herb Veggie Meatballs|
|T.G.I. Friday's Potato Skins - Cheddar & Bacon|
Tai Pei Chicken Wonton Bites
|Veggie Patch Falafel Chickpea Balls|
This recipe makes 30 cupcakes. It’s a lot of steps for this delicious cupcake, but in the end, you’ll be happy to enjoy these special heavenly morsels.
First I begin the apple filling.
Mix into a bowl
2 granny smith apples peeled and chopped into bite size.
½ cup of brown sugar
½ cup of white sugar
1 ½ tablespoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Mix until all the apples are covered with all of the ingredients in the bowl. Let your apple filling mixture relax (macerate) for a good 10 to 20 minutes. Then place the mixture in a small saucepan on medium high heat. Let the mixture come to a simmer. This should take about 4 minutes.
¼ cup of milk.
Stir in completely and then turn off the heat. Let your mixture cool down. While that is happening, begin working on your cheesecake filling.
You will need:
1 cup of white chocolate nebs chopped out of their shape. You want pieces that can blend into your next mixture.
Add them into a bowl of:
8 oz of cream cheese (softened)
1 egg (room temperature)
½ cup of white frosting
1 tablespoon of vanilla
Mix until your cheese mixture is smooth.
Next it’s time for the cupcake batter.
1 stick of butter
1 cup of apple juice
3 tablespoons of oil (canola)
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Juice from ½ of a lemon
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Once that’s all incorporated add:
1 box of white cake mix
Now line your cupcake baking pan with paper cupcake holders. Pour your cupcake batter ½ full. Spoon in 2 tablespoons of apple filling with its juices. Spoon in 1 heaping tablespoon of the cheese mixture on top. Spread the top of the cheese mixture out so it covers the entire top of the cupcakes. Don’t over pack these. Your cupcakes should be a few centimeters shorter than the rim of your baking pan. These rise quite a bit in the oven.
Preheat your oven at 350 degrees. Then let your cupcakes bake for 20 minutes. It usually bakes exactly for 20 minutes, but do keep an eye on it in case your oven bakes faster than mine. Let them cool for 20 minutes before eating.
I love this product. With all of the concerns about soy, this faux chicken treat is the answer to mega-naughty Chicken Mcnuggets with 45 percent less fat than real chicken. Yeay!
When you open the package, there is about 20 nuggets or more in a pack. You'll want to sprinkle a little salt and pepper for flavor. They are a little bland, but when you add a sprinkle of your own spices (cajun or bbq works well too) it's very tasty. You can use the microwave, skillet, or oven to warm them. The texture is almost exactly like real chicken nuggets without excess grease. You'll likely only get steam as you can see some on the plate in the picture below.
I love eating this on a corn or rice chip. You could top it with some sour cream or guacamole topped with green onions (scallions) for a delicious appetizer at your next gathering. It will be a wonderful healthy snack for your guests.