Category Archives: Appetizers and Small Bites

Blueberry Cream Cheese Dessert Tacos Celebrate the New Bar Food

In August we are making our way to Asheville, North Carolina for the Asheville Wine and Food Festival. The three day event kicks off August 21 with ELIXIR a cocktail mix-off by over twenty of  the best bartenders in town. … Continue reading

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Buttermilk Fried Onion Rings

A friend gave me a bag of onions he picked on his farm and at first I honestly didn’t know what to do with them. I moved them from room to room, and then it dawned on me. Onion rings! … Continue reading

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Seared Scallops with Braised Fennel: Fast, Easy, Tasty

Easter is over and all those hours in the kitchen were probably worth it, but let’s face it, you don’t always have that kind of time. If you are like me, you need an arsenal of good, fast food, like … Continue reading

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Bacon Mac N Cheese Nachos, The Perfect Party Bite

Bacon Mac N Cheese Nachos where have you been all my life? It’s the perfect party bite that goes splendidly with a margarita. The crunch of the tortilla chip, the smokiness of the bacon and the creaminess of the cheese … Continue reading

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20 Oscar Night Party Food Recipes and a Word from Jennifer Lawrence

I almost forgot it’s Oscar weekend, which means basically putting my pajamas on earlier, and getting cozy on the couch. Don’t worry though, I’ll be wearing bling, as I’ve painted my nails a sparkly silver in honor of Jennifer’s Lawrence’s … Continue reading

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Red Beet & Bacon, Goat Cheese on Stonefire Flat Bread

Red Beet & Bacon Truffle Honey Goat Cheese Flat Bread the week AFTER I post the 25 best red beet recipes on the internet might sound a little insane, a bit backwards, but it only proves I put my beets … Continue reading

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25 Beet Recipes and Are Red Beets an Aphrodisiac?

You are smiling aren’t you. Something about the word aphrodisiac gets us all smiling. Partly, we think it’s folk lore, and partly we’re like the idea and want it to be true. How does a food qualify as an aphrodisiac … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Party Food, Italian Style

Italian flavors are always crowd pleasers. These are some of my most favorite Italian style party foods. I don’t know a lot about football, but I sure do know about food. I’m giving you some last minute ideas, a few … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Approved Fried Cauliflower, Paleo, Gluten Free

The other day the boys asked me how I knew everything. Ha. If they only knew that while I’ve stored massive information into my brain, it’s often there to remind me of how little I know. When I was half … Continue reading

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Make Heart Shaped Beet & Goat Cheese Ravioli with Won Ton Wrappers

If I knew it was so easy to make ravioli with won ton wrappers, I would have done this ages ago. Easy, heart shaped, goat cheese and beet ravioli are just the kind of fun Valentine’s Day food I like … Continue reading

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Raw Beet Pesto with Basil and Sun Flower Seeds

Red beets or beet root? However, you describe this deep purple red root vegetable, there is intensity. People love or hate this earthy vegetable. But, I believe there are only two kinds of people regarding the beet. Those who love … Continue reading

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Savory Smoked Salmon Cheesecake Appetizer with Video

The savory cheesecake I made here with a potato chip crust is very popular, so why not give you another recipe for a savory smoked salmon cheesecake appetizer. It’s New Year’s Eve and this is the perfect creamy, savory, salty … Continue reading

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Giveaway: Nashville Chef’s Table Cookbook and Recipe for Cajun BBQ Shrimp

I’ve talked about a few cookbooks here at Spinach Tiger, but none excites me as much as the Nashville Chef’s Table Cookbook, because I know the restaurants and I’ve had many of these amazing dishes. Please enter the GIVEAWAY below. … Continue reading

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Prosciutto Fruit Cups, a Thanksgiving Amuse Bouche

When asked to make an appetizer or nibble for Thanksgiving for the Creative Cooking Group, I decided upon Prosciutto Filled Fruit cups because anything with a starch doesn’t seem like a good idea, unless maybe people are arriving two hours … Continue reading

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Goat Cheese, Honey, Tomato Tart

I did this recipe years ago but it was featured as a French Tomato tart instead of a goat cheese, honey tomato tart, the name it deserved all along. I wasn’t proud of how it came out or what my … Continue reading

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Walnut Pesto Sauce with Seven Herbs

This is my favorite pesto sauce ever. Please visit the  Williamson Source for the recipe, where I am guest posting. This time I talk about what to do with the herbs in my garden, how to keep herbs fresh in … Continue reading

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Poached Lemon Dill Shrimp Appetizer

This wasn’t supposed to be a blog post, but it was so pretty, so easy, how could I not share it with you. This dish happened quite by accident. We got invited out to dinner last night and shrimp that … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter and Apple Bacon Jam Pizza

Peanut Butter and Apple Bacon Jam Pizza isn’t something one eats every day. I’ll bet, in fact, you’ve never tried it. It was my first time too. You see I had to meet a cooking challenge for the Creative Cooking … Continue reading

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Apple Bacon Jam or How to Make a Bacon Appetizer that Rocks the Party

Apple bacon jam, served in a mason jar, or as the secret ingredient in a savory dish. Who knew? I came upon this little treat quite by accident. It’s Part I of the Creative Cooking Club March Challenge. We were … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Pie Made Two Ways, as an Entree and a Party Bite

We have a favorite “go to” easy recipe that we keep to ourselves. It’s not the kind of dish we typically share with others, thinking of it as too plain or simple. In the recipe category here it’s known as … Continue reading

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Authentic Guacamole and Tableside Presentation Starts with a Peeled Avocado

Authentic Guacamole! I feel a bit presumptuous stating this, but I have a little history with authentic guacamole. A visit to Puerto Vallarta before I knew Mr. ST. with someone else I refer to as the surfer heel, if I … Continue reading

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Roasted Broccolini Wrapped in Prosciutto

Roasted Broccolini wrapped in prosciutto is so tasty that I will confess here and now that when I made these, I ate them all at once. Enough said. But, wait, there’s so much more to know. Broccolini is related to … Continue reading

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Savory Cheesecake Recipe Bites, Perfect for the Party

Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve. Eat a favorite food. Enjoy a cocktail. Kiss a loved one. If you’re looking for an easy party finger food, look no further. Make savory cheesecake bites, flavored with green onion and encrusted with … Continue reading

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Raw Beet Salad with Shallot, Honey, Orange Vinaigrette

If you’re anything like me, you love appetizer parties, but as you’re scoping the table, looking for meatballs, puff pastries and triple cream cheese, you look for that bite of healthy to clean the palate and balance the heavy meats … Continue reading

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Sunset Tomato Jam and a not so Pinterest Life

Sunset Tomato Jam should have been served at our sunset wedding in cute jars, with a sentimental label, which  I would have printed out myself using two different fonts that blend together in harmony. It’s a balanced combination of sweet … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Tacos Three Ways

My kitchen cooking often gets its inspiration from eating out.  I often tell people, “if you want to learn to cook, eat out, taste food, get exposure to flavor, textures and good dining experiences.” I recently ate at fantastic new … Continue reading

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Lamb Feta Party Bites

When I think of Greek food, I always think of lamb, olive oil, feta cheese. Each component was made separately. I skewered marinated lamb and olive oil brushed chunks of bread to assemble the perfect Greek party bite. I used … Continue reading

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Zucchini Fritters

Houses are now bigger than ever and supposed to make our life better,  but they come with entrances that require an invitation. I long for the times we used to sit on the front porch and neighbors would drop by … Continue reading

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The Pink Goat: Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Roasted Rhubarb

Welcome to the Five Star Foodie Makeover,  hosted by Lazaro of Lazaro Cooks! Our theme this month is Restaurant Wars.  A few months ago, we were asked to develop a restaurant theme and create a menu. Our  group chose the … Continue reading

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Savory Chive Cheesecake with Potato Chips Crust

I admit that sometimes on rare occasions, my mind wanders during church. Not because our church is boring. Far from it. You know I wouldn’t be at a boring service.  Sometimes, the pastor is a bit overly enthusiastic,  and if … Continue reading

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Super Bowl 2012 Recipes from Spinach Tiger

No doubt you are either hosting a super bowl party or attending one on Sunday and need an idea for something to bring  besides cheese and crackers. Even if you don’t follow football, you are looking forward to the food. … Continue reading

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Tuscan White Bean Bruschetta with Crispy Kale and Prosciutto

Continuing down the bean path, I am reminiscing about a trip we once took to Tuscany. We ended up eating lunch one day at a small outdoor cafe in the middle of nowhere in a town called Volpaia. No one … Continue reading

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Crostini with Edamame Avocado Spread

Edamame, olive oil, lime, nori sea salt and avocado on Italian toast is going to be my appetizer of choice this Sunday. I love Super Bowl Sunday. It’s the first serious feast since the New Year and a great time … Continue reading

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Meatballs with Savory Blueberry and Pear Compote

It’s time again for the 5 Star Makeover. We are a group of bloggers who take an ordinary dish with a theme and turn it to something unexpected with a gourmet twist. This dish certainly does that. Meatballs with savory … Continue reading

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Red and Golden Beet Crostini with Goat Cheese and Honey

Post Editor’s Note: Red and Golden Beet Crostini with Goat Cheese and Honey was recently honored as the starter course at the Relish Epicurea Supper Club. It’s a must make for any occasion, from a cocktail party to a full … Continue reading

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Egg, Olive and Cheese, A Delicious Egg Salad for Parties

This is straight from childhood.  Everyone loves deviled eggs, and most everyone loves egg salad on a crostini. Egg salad is a childhood memory. It’s a feel good. And, it goes anywhere, even a fancy dressed up party that is … Continue reading

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Purple Potatoes with Blue Cheese

Purple Potatoes meet Roquefort Cheese. How do you do South America? How do you do France? When purple foods from far off lands find each other,it can indeed be a love affair. Both foods are sexy and have a story. … Continue reading

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Pears with Roquefort and Ile de France Give Away

Blue cheese. People either love it or hate it. I’m in the love it category, enjoying it since childhood. It’s one of those exotic cheeses that seems to go in and out of fashion in America but I’ve seen more … Continue reading

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Roasted Golden Beet Carpaccio with Orange Walnut Vinaigrette

The single most popular post here at Spinach Tiger is one that only took five minutes of preparation and was merely a side to a more exciting main course. But, every single day, tons of people google roasted golden beets, … Continue reading

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Blackberry Shallot Jam Crostini with Crispy Prosciutto

I live in Suburbia Disturbia. I poke fun at the suburbs because like any good comedian, I go where the material is. I’ve mostly lived a more urban life which suits my eccentric energy better. The things I do love … Continue reading

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Tailgating with Bolognese Sliders, the Five Star Sloppy Joe Makeover

It’s time again for the Five Star Foodie Makeover, and to kick off Autumn, our theme is tailgating. When I think of a tailgating party, I think of food that is hearty, mobile, easy to eat with one hand and … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Recipes from Spinach Tiger

I’ll cut right to the chase. You’re frantic right now about what to eat, not to eat, what to cook, or bring to your super bowl party. What? You’re not. Oh, that’s right, you’re more concerned with who is going … Continue reading

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Rosemary Roasted Walnuts Kick off Cocktail Party for 100

My tag line can now read “food a man will love and increase his business with.” At midnight, Friday night, as this Cinderella was turning into a pumpkin, my husband came into the bedroom where I was laying somewhat like … Continue reading

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Honey Goat Cheese Crostini with Tomato Orange Basil Salsa and Crispy Prosciutto

I love this crostini. It’s really just a bite, but the tomato orange combination with honey goat cheese is divine. This might look like a simple crostini, it has some complex flavors, is simply delicious, feeds a crowd well, and … Continue reading

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Golden Grape Gazpacho, Gluten Free and Vegan

As tomatoes, cucumbers and basil are a plenty right now, one lovely refreshing soup coms to mind, gazpacho. This version has no bread, but I did post a more traditional version here. And, I realize my title says grape gazpacho. … Continue reading

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Modern Succotash: Corn, Edamame, Tomato, Avocado

The most enchanting part of cooking is taking the flavors and traditions of one heritage and blending them with another. Succotash is a dish with corn and lima beans, but it can have tomatoes and other vegetables. Sometimes it’s green … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Parmesan Crusted Lamb Chops

These just might be the best lamb chops you have ever eaten. You won’t believe how juicy and flavorful they are, as you gaze upon the parmesan crust. I like meat that requires no sauces, etc. And, these are just … Continue reading

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Borscht, the Elixer of Soups; Brown Bread with Watermelon Radishes

The snow fell in colors of white and silver. White by day in big fluffy snow flakes, keeping all the neighbor kids out of school and silver by night in sleet and icy rain, keeping all the adults grounded in … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Spicy Shrimp and Ten Tips for Eating Healthy Italian

Fast food can be good for you. If you are like millions of Americans who eat fast food a few times a week because of work and crazy schedules, please take note: THIS shrimp IS FAST FOOD. This is even … Continue reading

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Whisk Wednesday: Gazpacho From My Garden

I put this off a bit, thinking this was not a big deal recipe as it was an August selection for Whisk Wednesday, cooking from Le Cordon Bleu at Home. And, it’s not a big deal as far preparation. Very … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Arrosticini Abruzzesi – Skewered Marinated Lamb Tidbits

Today we visit Abruzzo, and prepare a dish the shepherd’s made on their outside campfire. Looking at the boot, Abruzzo is the lower half in central Italy. Lamb is the signature meat of this region. This is yet another simple … Continue reading

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Purple Caponata and My Dinner Party Story

Japanese Eggplant for Italian Caponata – It’s beautiful skin is part of my purple food adventures. I like to try new ways to make old dishes. I am also extremely stubborn about creating my own recipes, which is why ironically … Continue reading

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Poached Shrimp with Olive Oil and Lemon Juice

Gamberetti all’ Olio e Limone or Poached Shrimp with Olive Oil and Lemon Juice is often found in restaurants along the Adriatic. This is now a favorite and I’ve made the recipe twice already. In fact, so far I’ve made … Continue reading

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Zucchini Garlic Scape Pesto

I was bursting at the seams to share something that developed in my kitchen last Friday night. I meant to share this right away, but then I thought I might redo it and make it prettier. But when I had … Continue reading

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Insalata Caprese Recipe Showdown

I am intrigued with the simplicity and popularity of insalata Caprese. Everyone seems to love it, especially D.C. If it’s on the menu, he orders it, no matter what. I often say I like “bright, clean” food, which may seem … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy – Bruschetta with Tomatoes from Rome

Before I talk about the food, I must stop to give you a language lesson. I studied Italian for a year and I will not really master this language until I spend a long period of time in Italy. The … Continue reading

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Squash Blossoms Crispy Fried

Post Edit:  I’ve made some more squash blossoms (from my own garden)  stuffed with goat cheese, here. I love when a recipe for something unusual catches my eye and then my local farmer’s market features the ingredient. Last week, as … Continue reading

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Grilled Watermelon with Seared Wild Scallops

The joy of publishing a food blog is that suddenly the right side of the brain grows much larger than the left side and moving in the kitchen becomes increasingly fun and playful. My right hemisphere told me to grill … Continue reading

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Meatball Sliders

Meatball sliders combine American and Italian comfort food, perfect for a New Year’s Eve buffet, a family Wii tournament or the “big game.” Just pile high in a few large baskets or platters and your crowd will be pleased. Surprisingly, … Continue reading

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