Barbeque Grills

It’s time to grill!  Bar-B-Q Grills are happening now!  Here are my ideas about where to buy great grills.

Steaks, burgers, dogs, chicken, sausage and don’t forget your veggies.  It’s grillin’ time. Need a little help to find that great grill?  Check out what I came up with.

You cannot go wrong with a Weber for sure.  Something for everyone, so
many to choose from:

Lowes always has great deals for your home:

Sears is always the “go to” for many of us since we were kids:

And if you like to shop online, here is my fave place, Amazon:

Tell me what you have or just bought.


New, Interesting, Unusual Hors d’oeuvres, Appetizers and Starters

If you are looking for alternates for the usual, ho-hum hors d’oeuvres, appetizers or starters, have a look at this list of some of my favorites.

 1.  Sesame Ginger  Soba Noodles in Spoons

This is the only hors d’oeuvres on this list that is really only for small parties…unless, of course if you choose to rent or buy several spoons (see photo).  Easy to prepare and you can make them the day before. 

2.  Polenta Crostini with Balsamic Red Onion and Blue Cheese

A great alternate to the usual bread crostini.

3.  Tostaditas with Corn Salsa

This can be served chilled or at room temperature.  A nice feature if you are running out of time at the last minute.

4.  Cherubs on Horseback

I just love the name!  Its dried apricots wrapped in bacon.  Just bake and serve.  So easy.

5.  Prosciutto Wrapped Fig Skewers

A wonderful alternative to the usual prosciutto wrapped melon.

6.  Lime Marinated Chicken Skewers with Avocado Crema Dip

I made these for a party for 200 people and there was one couple that made this their whole dinner.  They were literally taking the skewers off the tray I was using to replenish the serving platter!  They didn’t even take time to try the crema.  I’m not complaining.

7.  Glazed Sesame Soy Beef Skewers

Marinate the day before if you wish.  Then just broil quickly before serving.

8.  Greek Salad Skewers

Greek salad on a skewer!  How cool!  I got this from Giada De Laurentiis’s TV show, Everday Italian.

9.  Smoked Salmon Sushi Rice Balls

An easy alternative to sushi rolls.  Make the rice balls with salmon slices a day or two ahead and garnish with wasabi just before serving.

10.   Ricotta and Sage Crepes

I love making crepes and you can freeze them for future use.  Add the filling the day before and cut into one or two inch pieces.

11.  Cucumber Cups with Blue Cheese Mousse and Bacon

Don’t let the term “mousse” intimidate you, its just cheese.  I was serving this at a party one night when someone asked me for a vegetarian version, so I just left off the bacon for her.  Still very tasty.

12.  Celery Barquettes with Stilton and Walnuts

A classy variation on cream cheese filled celery.  A quick and easy mousse with walnuts on top. 

Try a few of these the next time you have a party or are in charge of taking hors d’oeuvres to someone else’s get together.  I think they will be impressed with your fancy, gourmet appetizers.  Just don’t tell them how easy they were to make!

Email me for recipes for any or all of the above.


Super Bowl Food! Chicken Wings Three ways!

It’s Super Bowl time again!!  One of the favorite foods for anyone’s game time spread is chicken wings!  Below you will find three easy and tasty recipes for wings.  Try one or all three.   These chicken wings can be served hot or at room temperature, but always with lots of napkins.

All recipes are for 4 servings.

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Bake wings for 30 minutes.


16-18 chicken wings

1 ½ tablespoons cider vinegar

3 tablespoons chicken broth

2 teaspoons canola oil

2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce (or other hot sauce)

Mix vinegar, chicken broth, oil and Tabasco.  Add wings and marinate the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Drain and discard remaining marinade.

Bake as noted above.

Serve Buffalo wings with Blue Cheese Dip and Celery stalks.

Blue Cheese Dip:

1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles

¼ cup sour cream

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

Mix and serve cold.


16-18 chicken wings

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon lemon juice

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Mix garlic, honey, mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Add wings and marinate the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Drain and discard remaining marinade.

Bake as noted above.


16-18 chicken wings

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 tablespoons hoisin sauce

½ tablespoon hot chili sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

½ tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon water

Mix ginger, garlic, hoisin, chili sauce, soy sauce, sugar and water.  Add wings and marinate the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Drain and discard remaining marinade.

Bake as noted above.

Don’t forget the napkins!  A lot of beer would be great, too!  But please do not drink and drive.

Appetizers for 150

I just made appetizers for a party of 150 people! It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. My friend Carol helped me prepare seven different dishes; a fruit and cheese platter, two chicken dishes, cucumber cups, salad skewers, quesadillas, and brownies. Didn’t have much left, so I guess they liked it. appetizer-party-0301appetizer-party-0311