APPETIZERS

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 kinds of […]

 

Gazpacho with Grilled Shrimp

It’s the week before Christmas, and Rob and I have been to 4 parties in the last week.  We’ve had too much to drink and way too much decadent foods to sample.  So, we wanted something light and healthy for dinner. To begin our search we went to the Farm […]

 
CHEESY CRAB CUPS - Great Neighborhood Cooks

Cheesy Crab Cups

This recipe contains affiliate links to our favorite products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Rob and I love to entertain! And, one of our top ten most applauded appetizers are these cheesy crab cups! They’re easy to make. Look terrific! And, taste even better! […]

 
BEARNAISE SAUCE - Great Neighborhood Cooks

Béarnaise Sauce

Rob Loves Bearnaise Sauce!!!.  I usually make it when we are grilling a Filet Mignon. This is really a basic recipe, but I usually add a little bit more tarragon, fresh from our herb garden. Believe me, Rob will eat this sauce on almost anything. He loves it on poached […]