Category Archives: Appetizers

Kel’s Pineapple Tomato Salsa with Avocado

Kel's pineapple tomato salsa with avocado

Fresh pineapples and avocados were on sale in several different grocery stores the other day – I think they were marking down these items after Cinco de Mayo. Whatever the reason, I was thrilled and decided to make a new salsa with said pineapple, avocado and tomatoes as the base. This stuff rocks – what a great and refreshing salsa that goes great with pork (and I imagine salmon or other fish), or by itself as a delicious and refreshing dip with tortilla chips.

I knew I had a hit on my hands the first time I made this salsa and left it on a counter at work — once my coworkers discovered it they told others they had to try it! I made it a week later when we were at the beach with a bunch of friends, again to many positive reviews. Don’t hesitate to take this to a pool party or picnic this summer — it won’t last long!

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Kel’s Tangy Cocktail Sauce

Tangy cocktail sauce

I found some large, cooked shrimp on sale at the grocery store the other day and decided to make some shrimp cocktails as appetizers. I have the bad habit of buying prepared cocktail sauce in a bottle and only using half of it, so the rest usually is out of date by the time I’m ready to use it again. To keep from wasting any cocktail sauce, I decided to make my own, since all of the ingredients needed are staples in my kitchen, except for fresh horseradish.

Fresh horseradish

The great thing about this sauce, in addition to it being so fresh, is that you control the spiciness and tanginess with the amount of horseradish and lemon juice you use. Plus, you make only what you need. It’s so simple, but oh so good!

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Easy, Cheesy Smoked Paprika Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan cheese crisps

My tip of the month for February 2013 was to buy Food Network Magazine’s Cheese issue. The first thing that I made? These addictive smoked paprika Parmesan crisps (see p. 63 of the issue.) They were incredibly easy to make and impossible to keep around – absolutely fantastic! But then I knew they would be, with cheese as the main ingredient and hot paprika providing just the right amount of smoky spice.

Food Network Magazine 2013

I did modify Food Network’s recipe a bit. Since I bought Parmesan that was already shredded, I added a little bit of water to help hold the cheese mixture together. I’m not sure if you would need to do that if you grate your own cheese, but imagine that it would be moister so you would not need to add the water. I also mixed in some garlic  salt, but next time will switch to garlic powder or minced garlic – the cheese is salty enough. as is.

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Easy, Cheesy Smoked Paprika Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan cheese crisps

My tip of the month for February 2013 was to buy Food Network Magazine’s Cheese issue. The first thing that I made? These addictive smoked paprika Parmesan crisps (see p. 63 of the issue.) They were incredibly easy to make and impossible to keep around – absolutely fantastic! But then I knew they would be, with cheese as the main ingredient and hot paprika providing just the right amount of smoky spice.

Food Network Magazine 2013

I did modify Food Network’s recipe a bit. Since I bought Parmesan that was already shredded, I added a little bit of water to help hold the cheese mixture together. I’m not sure if you would need to do that if you grate your own cheese, but imagine that it would be moister so you would not need to add the water. I also mixed in some garlic  salt, but next time will switch to garlic powder or minced garlic – the cheese is salty enough. as is.

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Easy, Cheesy Smoked Paprika Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan cheese crisps

My tip of the month for February 2013 was to buy Food Network Magazine’s Cheese issue. The first thing that I made? These addictive smoked paprika Parmesan crisps (see p. 63 of the issue.) They were incredibly easy to make and impossible to keep around – absolutely fantastic! But then I knew they would be, with cheese as the main ingredient and hot paprika providing just the right amount of smoky spice.

Food Network Magazine 2013

I did modify Food Network’s recipe a bit. Since I bought Parmesan that was already shredded, I added a little bit of water to help hold the cheese mixture together. I’m not sure if you would need to do that if you grate your own cheese, but imagine that it would be moister so you would not need to add the water. I also mixed in some garlic  salt, but next time will switch to garlic powder or minced garlic – the cheese is salty enough. as is.

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Easy, Cheesy Smoked Paprika Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan cheese crisps

My tip of the month for February 2013 was to buy Food Network Magazine’s Cheese issue. The first thing that I made? These addictive smoked paprika Parmesan crisps (see p. 63 of the issue.) They were incredibly easy to make and impossible to keep around – absolutely fantastic! But then I knew they would be, with cheese as the main ingredient and hot paprika providing just the right amount of smoky spice.

Food Network Magazine 2013

I did modify Food Network’s recipe a bit. Since I bought Parmesan that was already shredded, I added a little bit of water to help hold the cheese mixture together. I’m not sure if you would need to do that if you grate your own cheese, but imagine that it would be moister so you would not need to add the water. I also mixed in some garlic  salt, but next time will switch to garlic powder or minced garlic – the cheese is salty enough. as is.

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Easy, Cheesy Smoked Paprika Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan cheese crisps

My tip of the month for February 2013 was to buy Food Network Magazine’s Cheese issue. The first thing that I made? These addictive smoked paprika Parmesan crisps (see p. 63 of the issue.) They were incredibly easy to make and impossible to keep around – absolutely fantastic! But then I knew they would be, with cheese as the main ingredient and hot paprika providing just the right amount of smoky spice.

Food Network Magazine 2013

I did modify Food Network’s recipe a bit. Since I bought Parmesan that was already shredded, I added a little bit of water to help hold the cheese mixture together. I’m not sure if you would need to do that if you grate your own cheese, but imagine that it would be moister so you would not need to add the water. I also mixed in some garlic  salt, but next time will switch to garlic powder or minced garlic – the cheese is salty enough. as is.

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Easy, Cheesy Smoked Paprika Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan cheese crisps

My tip of the month for February 2013 was to buy Food Network Magazine’s Cheese issue. The first thing that I made? These addictive smoked paprika Parmesan crisps (see p. 63 of the issue.) They were incredibly easy to make and impossible to keep around – absolutely fantastic! But then I knew they would be, with cheese as the main ingredient and hot paprika providing just the right amount of smoky spice.

Food Network Magazine 2013

I did modify Food Network’s recipe a bit. Since I bought Parmesan that was already shredded, I added a little bit of water to help hold the cheese mixture together. I’m not sure if you would need to do that if you grate your own cheese, but imagine that it would be moister so you would not need to add the water. I also mixed in some garlic  salt, but next time will switch to garlic powder or minced garlic – the cheese is salty enough. as is.

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Easy, Cheesy Smoked Paprika Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan cheese crisps

My tip of the month for February 2013 was to buy Food Network Magazine’s Cheese issue. The first thing that I made? These addictive smoked paprika Parmesan crisps (see p. 63 of the issue.) They were incredibly easy to make and impossible to keep around – absolutely fantastic! But then I knew they would be, with cheese as the main ingredient and hot paprika providing just the right amount of smoky spice.

Food Network Magazine 2013

I did modify Food Network’s recipe a bit. Since I bought Parmesan that was already shredded, I added a little bit of water to help hold the cheese mixture together. I’m not sure if you would need to do that if you grate your own cheese, but imagine that it would be moister so you would not need to add the water. I also mixed in some garlic  salt, but next time will switch to garlic powder or minced garlic – the cheese is salty enough. as is.

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Easy, Cheesy Smoked Paprika Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan cheese crisps

My tip of the month for February 2013 was to buy Food Network Magazine’s Cheese issue. The first thing that I made? These addictive smoked paprika Parmesan crisps (see p. 63 of the issue.) They were incredibly easy to make and impossible to keep around – absolutely fantastic! But then I knew they would be, with cheese as the main ingredient and hot paprika providing just the right amount of smoky spice.

Food Network Magazine 2013

I did modify Food Network’s recipe a bit. Since I bought Parmesan that was already shredded, I added a little bit of water to help hold the cheese mixture together. I’m not sure if you would need to do that if you grate your own cheese, but imagine that it would be moister so you would not need to add the water. I also mixed in some garlic  salt, but next time will switch to garlic powder or minced garlic – the cheese is salty enough. as is.

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