Category Archives: Appetizers

For The Big Game: Sriracha Sesame Cream Cheese Spread

This recipe is a twist on the tired cream cheese spread that adorns most tables during the super bowl. Simple, spicy and delicious, you can’t go wrong with this one. I recently saw it at the Fancy Food Show in … Continue reading

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Great Balls of Fire! Three Pepper Meatballs Warm a Cold Winter’s Night

As a long time caterer I have made more than my share of  meatballs over the years, but I still enjoy coming up with new twists on this perennial culinary star of the holiday table. Easy on the pocketbook and … Continue reading

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For the Big Game- Super Easy Sriracha Sesame Cream Cheese Spread

This recipe is a twist on the tired cream cheese spread that adorns most tables during the super bowl. Simple, spicy and delicious, you can’t go wrong with this one. I recently saw it at the Fancy Food Show in … Continue reading

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Cooking Class at Byerly’s with Recipes- Autumn Appetizers

Last weekend I taught 2 classes at Byerly’s Cooking School in St. Louis Park, MN. The first night’s menu was a appetizer class with seasonal flavors. I had a great time and hope to teach and take more classes soon! … Continue reading

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Brunch at the Iconic Palace Cafe in the French Quarter + Recipe for Crabmeat Cheesecake

No trip to the big easy would be complete without a visit to a Brennan Family Restaurant. When I lived there, it was the gold standard of service and authentic Louisiana food. Served in style with silver cups and lots … Continue reading

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Easy Summer Appetizer – Sweet Onion Canapes

Sweet onions are the backbone of most restaurants that still cook from scratch. I remember when I had my restaurant, we went through at least 50 lbs a week. We chopped them with an automatic guillotine type chopper that produced … Continue reading

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Eating Local- Part Two

Also when going local, don’t forget about your favorite locally minded restaurants. It’s a real challenge to source local produce in our area in quantity. Meats have to pass vigorous USDA inspections to be sold in restaurants so the chef … Continue reading

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Edible Adventures: Culinary tour of Southern Italy Part One

A while back, I  embarked on a food and wine trade mission in the province of Benevento, Italy. I had no idea what to expect. My taste buds were ready for some new flavors, and my mind was definitely ready … Continue reading

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Part One: Letting the good times roll in honor of Mardi Gras

It has been said that Mardi Gras is the greatest free show on Earth. With 15 Carnival seasons under my belt, I can attest that this is a fact. I remember as a child waiting in the streets for what … Continue reading

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Edible Adventures: Vegetable Egg Rolls with True Thai Peanut Sauce

A while back I had the chance to go to Thailand, Australia and New Zealand in one fell swoop. I don’t recommend trying to do all three in one trip unless you love to be on the move. When I … Continue reading

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