Creole White Bean Caviar w/ Grilled Crostini

Creole White Bean Caviar w/ Grilled Crostini

One of my favorite spices is Tony Chachere’s Bold Creole Seasoning. The flavor really enhances this bean and avocado based dip and it adds a zing to the grilled crostini. This is the perfect appetizer for any get together. Here is the link if you want to add the flavor of New Orleans to your dishes: https://www.tonychachere.com/product/bold/

Turmeric Hummus

Turmeric Hummus

I’m on a bit of a turmeric kick! This hummus is light, tasty & versatile. Eat it with chips, smear it on a tostada or enjoy it with falafel or kibbeh. Don’t you just love the color?!

Crispy Eggplant w/Honey & Cojita Cheese

Crispy Eggplant w/Honey & Cojita Cheese

When we were in Barcelona, Spain a couple of years ago, this was a popular tapa served in many restaurants. I decided to recreate it, and was it ever delicious! Just the right amount of sweetness, heat and tang! The grated cojito cheese was perfect for this dish!!

My Mom’s Deviled Eggs

My Mom’s Deviled Eggs

APPETIZERS

This is my mom’s recipe, and it’s something that has to be made every Thanksgiving at our house. Of course, I make them throughout the year because who doesn’t love a deviled egg! They are simple, yet so delicious! Give them a try!

 

Fire Crackers

Fire Crackers

APPETIZERS

I make these crackers all the time and keep them ready for snacking or when we have friends over. Everyone loves the tangy spice! There are many recipes out there for similar crackers. I have reduced the amount of spice, which gives you a hint of flavor, rather than overpowering you with the taste of ranch dressing. Everyone that tries them raves, but they can’t quite figure out what is on them. I like to keep ‘em guessing and I kinda enjoy that! Click photo for printable recipe.

 

Michelle’s Famous Guacamole

Michelle’s Famous Guacamole

This GUACAMOLE recipe is famous in my circles. It’s been served at family gatherings & parties for years, and every time it gets rave reviews. If we are having an event, I always get asked/told, “Are you makin’ your guac? You better be makin’ your guac.”  This guacamole is tangy & spicy, and YUMMY! Make this immediately & you, too, will be FAMOUS!

Baked Rice Samosas

Baked Rice Samosas

I made these crispy samosas as part of a collaboration with a group of international food bloggers. Since I’m from Texas, I decided to fill them with Mexican rice. The flavors of the spicy rice, onions, peppers & peas were perfect for this typical Indian dish. The Tex Mex flair really worked! They were easy to make with store bought phyllo dough. And, even tastier with a side of salsa. These are definitely going to be added to my party appetizer list. The filling possibilities are endless! I used my Mexican Rice recipe and it was delish. Dig in, y’all!

Gunter Hotel Cheese Spread

Gunter Hotel Cheese Spread

I’m really showing my age on this one! Back in the day, before the famous Gunter Hotel in San Antonio was purchased by the Sheraton group, they served this cheese as a little treat in the hotel bar and restaurants. It’s kind of like pimento cheese, but without any pimento. It has a fantastic flavor and is so easy to make. Our local newspaper published the recipe in 90s, when I was 12. Ok, I wasn’t 12, but let’s not get into that. Serve this yumminess at your next gathering and get ready for the happy faces!

Party Picadillo Dip

Party Picadillo Dip

I got my hands on this recipe over 25 years ago from a gentleman who was a fellow resident in a huge historical home I used to live in. The house was in King William, a historical area of San Antonio. Every year, he would host a big party in conjunction with the King William Fair, which is one of San Antonio’s official Fiesta events. The recipe holds great memories, not only from his fabulous parties, but from the many celebrations I have also served his fabulous dish. It’s got lots of ingredients, but it’s so worth it! Enjoy and create your own memories.

Smoked Beetroot Hummus

Smoked Beetroot Hummus

Jazz up your holiday celebrations with this amazing hummus! The vibrant color is from a fabulous beetroot ketchup that is delicious on its own. The smoky flavor adds a depth of flavor, making this hummus extra special. Enjoy!

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