Instead of obsessing over what to make, I like to select dishes that are virtually season-less, like this skewered fish with couscous. The fish chunks are coated with a store-bought tapenade before being cooked under the broiler. Served with a quick-cooking couscous, it makes for a healthy, balanced meal that comes together in minutes. To offer it to your family, check out the recipe and read more
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New Year's Eve is an ideal time to serve simple appetizers that can withstand hours of partying. After making Roquefort and Walnut Canapés, I had leftover walnuts, so I looked for another amuse bouche that could use up the nuts.
With its easy fig and olive tapenade, this delicious bite is served on a cracker with a small dollop of goat cheese and a roasted walnut topping. The tapenade can be made three days in advance, and the whole thing is quick to assemble just before party time. Every bite is the perfect combination of sweet, salty, creamy, and crunchy. To celebrate with these appetizing hors d'oeuvres, read more
I've invited some friends over this Friday for a holiday cocktail party. Since everyone (including moi!) will be attending a jewelry sample sale before, the snacks must be prepared in advance. Crostini with lentil and green olive spread can be made the night before the party. My dad will bake the brie with mango chutney twenty minutes before we arrive, so it's warm and gooey the second we walk in the door. A smoked salmon platter with dill sour cream waits chilled in the fridge and mini beef slider patties cook quickly.
To look at these recipes, which would be awesome for any holiday event, read more
Packed with cheese, olives, and salumi, an antipasto platter is one of my favorite Italian appetizers. So imagine how excited I was when I discovered this recipe for an antipasto salad!!
Fresh balls of mozzarella mingle with salami, olives, and pepperoncini in this hearty, crunchy salad. Be sure to serve it with a chunk of ciabatta to sop up the vinegary dressing. A cold Italian white is also a lovely companion to this delicious dish.
For the recipe, read more
This scrumptious grilled pizza is so packed with layers of flavor, one would never guess it's quite simple to put together.
Ideal for entertaining, this recipe combines store-bought shortcuts with highly seasoned ingredients like lamb sausage and smoked mozzarella. Instead of a classic tomato sauce, black olive tapenade is slathered on the dough.
To learn how it's made, read more
This summer, I'm trying to experiment with different types of fish. Although I cook with plenty of seafood, usually I make salmon or shellfish. When I found this recipe for skewered swordfish, I couldn't help but get excited. The fish is rubbed with a lemon garlic herb mixture before being pounded thin. Next a thick orange tapenade coats the fish. It sounds delicious and exciting with a wonderfully pretty presentation.
To get the recipe and expand your fish horizons with me, read more
A thick paste-like condiment with origins in France's Provence region. The classic paste is usually made from olives, capers, anchovies, olive oil, lemon juice, and seasonings. However, these days you can find many other varieties, including garlic, sun-dried tomato, or artichoke. Excellent when paired with crisp toast, fish, or meat.