Category Archives: Appetizers

Caribbean Cooking Class – Grilled Jamaican Jerk Shrimp

Below is the recipe for grilled Jamaican Jerk Shrimp that I shared during a Caribbean Cooking class that I presented at the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC. The marinade for the shrimp features the Savory Spice Shop’s Jamaican Jerk

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Caribbean Cooking Class – Grilled Jamaican Jerk Shrimp

Below is the recipe for grilled Jamaican Jerk Shrimp that I shared during a Caribbean Cooking class that I presented at the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC. The marinade for the shrimp features the Savory Spice Shop’s Jamaican Jerk

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Caribbean Cooking Class – Black Bean & Mango Salad

Last week, I taught my first cooking class at the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC. The theme for the class was Caribbean cooking. We had a lot of fun cooking, talking and sharing information, stories….and laughs. Below is the

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Caribbean Cooking Class – Black Bean & Mango Salad

Last week, I taught my first cooking class at the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC. The theme for the class was Caribbean cooking. We had a lot of fun cooking, talking and sharing information, stories….and laughs. Below is the

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Caribbean Cooking Class – Banana Salsa Recipe

Last week, I taught my first cooking class at the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC.   The theme for the class was Caribbean cooking.   Below is the recipe for Banana Salsa.  I chose to present this recipe because it is simple, flavorful

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Caribbean Cooking Class – Banana Salsa Recipe

Last week, I taught my first cooking class at the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC.   The theme for the class was Caribbean cooking.   Below is the recipe for Banana Salsa.  I chose to present this recipe because it is simple, flavorful

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Mediterranean Brushchetta

Mediterranean Bruschetta {for Rachel}

In one month, my niece Rachel is getting married! For her shower present, I put together an appetizer themed gift. Below is the recipe that goes with it… This very simple recipe actually came together by accident. On Saturday nights,

Mediterranean Brushchetta

Mediterranean Bruschetta {for Rachel}

In one month, my niece Rachel is getting married! For her shower present, I put together an appetizer themed gift. Below is the recipe that goes with it… This very simple recipe actually came together by accident. On Saturday nights,

Sweet & Savory Vanilla Bean Dip

Versatile Vanilla – Spiced Sweet & Savory Vanilla Bean Dip

Who doesn’t like vanilla? Vanilla has a classic, unique flavor and an enticing aroma that is both relaxing and comforting. It is no surprise that this spice is widely used as an ingredient for baking, in perfumes as well as

Sweet & Savory Vanilla Bean Dip

Versatile Vanilla – Spiced Sweet & Savory Vanilla Bean Dip

Who doesn’t like vanilla? Vanilla has a classic, unique flavor and an enticing aroma that is both relaxing and comforting. It is no surprise that this spice is widely used as an ingredient for baking, in perfumes as well as

More With Mustard – Appetizer Recipe for Spiced Raspberry Dip

More with mustard….. As promised here is another recipe featuring the spice Mustard. Below is a simple appetizer recipe that is very versatile.  It is great for dipping pretzels and also pairs well with warm gooey brie.  I just may have to see

More With Mustard – Appetizer Recipe for Spiced Raspberry Dip

More with mustard….. As promised here is another recipe featuring the spice Mustard. Below is a simple appetizer recipe that is very versatile.  It is great for dipping pretzels and also pairs well with warm gooey brie.  I just may have to see

Gypsy Spiced Frittata

Recently, I have become a huge fan of making frittatas. Not only is the technique easy, you can easily swap out the veggies for whatever flavors you like.   It starts on the stove top and finishes off under the broiler.  

Gypsy Spiced Frittata

Recently, I have become a huge fan of making frittatas. Not only is the technique easy, you can easily swap out the veggies for whatever flavors you like.   It starts on the stove top and finishes off under the broiler.  

Perfect Paprika Party

My grandmother, who loved to cook, would tell everyone that came to visit that she had made something “especially for you”.  As more people arrived, you realized that she loved cooking for everyone…each person was special to her…which made her

Perfect Paprika Party

My grandmother, who loved to cook, would tell everyone that came to visit that she had made something “especially for you”.  As more people arrived, you realized that she loved cooking for everyone…each person was special to her…which made her

Slow Cooked Spiked Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is definitely one of my favorite things to eat at Thanksgiving.  Several years ago, while on a personal mission to eat healthier, I developed this recipe to have a homemade, lower calorie cranberry sauce.  This recipe is done in the

Slow Cooked Spiked Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is definitely one of my favorite things to eat at Thanksgiving.  Several years ago, while on a personal mission to eat healthier, I developed this recipe to have a homemade, lower calorie cranberry sauce.  This recipe is done in the

Herb Focaccia Onion Serving

Herbed Focaccia with Onions

This  past weekend I needed to make something to take to our neighborhood Halloween party.  It was Saturday morning and I had no clue what I was going to pull together.  Normally, I would have it all planned out…however, last

Herb Focaccia Onion Serving

Herbed Focaccia with Onions

This  past weekend I needed to make something to take to our neighborhood Halloween party.  It was Saturday morning and I had no clue what I was going to pull together.  Normally, I would have it all planned out…however, last

Recipe – Zaalouk – Spicy Eggplant Salad

On a recent shopping expedition, the eggplant was on sale and this recipe came to mind.   I honestly do not know remember where I found the original recipe for this.   But, I do remember searching for it over ten years ago.  My husband and

Recipe – Zaalouk – Spicy Eggplant Salad

On a recent shopping expedition, the eggplant was on sale and this recipe came to mind.   I honestly do not know remember where I found the original recipe for this.   But, I do remember searching for it over ten years ago.  My husband and

Provocative Peppercorns!

   As we continue on though the Back the Basic series, this article will focus on Peppercorns.    Why use an adjective like provocative to describe Peppercorns? Well, provocative is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “tending to provoke, excite,

Provocative Peppercorns!

   As we continue on though the Back the Basic series, this article will focus on Peppercorns.    Why use an adjective like provocative to describe Peppercorns? Well, provocative is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “tending to provoke, excite,