APPETIZERS

Nopal Cactus Shrimp Salad

I MAY HAVE FOUND MY LONG-AWAITED SUPER VEGGIE! For many years, I’ve been promoting healthy lifestyles on my three TV Shows: Better Health Greater Wealth, Better Health Destination Florida, and my most recent show Great Neighborhood Cooks. And during that time, I struggled to be as healthy as possible. I […]

 

Grilled Squid Baby Greens Salad

One of our favorite meals is Grilled Squid over Toasted Ciabatta Bread and Baby Greens with Meyers Lemon Vinaigrette. This is a must dish if you love squid! 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/4 Cup Meyers Lemon Juice 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce 1 Teaspoon crush red pepper flakes 2 […]

 

Oysters Rockefeller

Ingredients: 18 Blue Point Oysters or comparable oysters (shucked) 4 slices bacon, chopped 3 TBLS butter 11 oz. fresh (I used organic) spinach 1 small shallot finely chopped 2 to 3 cloves garlic finely chopped splash of Pinot Grigio wine 4 TBLS heavy whipping cream 6 oz. shredded Swiss cheese […]

 

Ham & Cheese Dijon Mustard Sliders

Want a quick, easy, and delicious party treat? Well, this one is right up there! Try these Ham & Cheese Dijon Mustard Sliders. You’ll get raves all-around and definite requests for seconds! Ingredients: 3/4 cup melted butter 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons […]

 

Maduros Fried Panamanian Sweet Plantains

I fell in love with Maduros when I had a marketing business in Panama for four years. My two favorite things were Maduros and Mojitos. Trust they were over the top. I still miss them and whip them up at home frequently. When I do, half the neighborhood shows up. […]

 

Marinated Italian Cheese & Olives

Most high end grocery stores have a great selection of marinated cheeses, olives and vegetables. While they are a real time-saver for putting together a last minute antipasto platter…they are really cost prohibitive. They sell by the pound at a cost of about $5.99. With a little planning, these recipes can be easily made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for about two weeks.

 

Mini Salmon Quiches

I took French cooking classes many years ago and watched a demonstration of a pastry chef making homemade puff pastry. It was time consuming & have never attempted the process. Thank God for Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. I always keep a box in the freezer. All you have to do is defrost it in the fridge overnight and the next day it’s ready to roll out.

 

Bacon Wrapped Ginger Soy Scallops

  We live in a gated community,  and once a month all the neighborhood has a get together, appropriately named “Cocktails & Conversation”.  The only requirement to attend is BYOB & bring a appetizer or dessert to pass.  It’s a great opportunity to catch up with friends and sample all […]