Archive for Appetizers

July 7th, 2014

Hummus

Hummus



My mother is the person who first got me interested in making hummus.  I bought her a food processor for her birthday last year, and she told me she had used it to make some homemade hummus that was really good.  I decided to try out a few recipes including the one she was using.  Before long, I wanted to come up with my own version.  Mine has more ingredients than the other recipes I tried, but I think it’s worth it because those extra ingredients give it more flavor.

Hummus

Before I made hummus, I didn’t know what tahini was or where to find it.  Now I know it’s a paste made from sesame seeds. You can find it at your grocery store next to the peanut butter.  Some brands package it in a can, and other brands have it in jars.  This is the brand I’ve been using, but just get whatever you want. Tahini

For dippers, you can use crackers, cut vegetables, or grilled pita bread cut into wedges.  I like using red bell peppers as dippers.  I just cut them into squares, and they work great.  Enjoy!

Hummus

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July 12th, 2013

Strawberry Fruit Dip

Strawberry Fruit Dip



If you’re ever in need of a quick and easy appetizer that will wow your guests, I’ve got the perfect solution for you.  This Strawberry Fruit Dip is sweet and delicious, but it’s so easy to make because there are only TWO ingredients: strawberry cream cheese and marshmallow creme.

It’s just a matter of mixing them together and then serving the dip with fruit.  Strawberries work great, but you can also serve it with pineapple, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, kiwi fruit, mangoes, or papayas.

Strawberry Fruit Dip

It’s perfect for your next party!  Or you can just mix it up and  store it in your refrigerator to snack on with a variety of summer fruits.

Strawberry Fruit Dip

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July 3rd, 2013

Carnival’s Iced Mango Soup with Ginger

Carnival's Iced Mango Soup with Ginger



Have you ever been on a Carnival cruise?  I’ve been fortunate enough to go on two of them, and one of my favorite things about a cruise is having a fancy dinner every night in one of the ship’s dining rooms.  Each night you get to choose from a different selection of fabulous appetizers, main courses, and desserts.  On most nights, the appetizer menu includes some kind of chilled soup, such as a chilled strawberry soup, and my family absolutely LOVED those chilled soups.  My favorite one was called Iced Mango Soup Spiced with Ginger, so when I came home from our trip, I searched for a chilled mango soup recipe, and I found one.  I have made several adjustments to it, and now I think it is pretty close to the one we were served on Carnival.  It’s absolutely delicious, and I hope you will give it a try.  It’s made with fresh mangoes and fresh ginger, but it also has some Häagen-Dazs mango ice cream in it.

You won’t be disappointed!  I promise!

Carnival's Iced Mango Soup with Ginger

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