Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Wrapped Pear Bites

I’m keeping the holiday preparations theme going with another crowd pleasing recipe. In my family, the holidays are all about appetizers! On Christmas Eve we do an entire meal of just appetizers with our extended family. Essentially its one large cocktail hour with Christmas cookies to follow! Every year we have our standard recipes that must ALWAYS be present for it to be a Somers (My maiden name) holiday. While my mom’s cranberry meatballs and my uncle’s spicy calamari marinara never leave the list, I try to come up with inventive new ones each year to tack on to the menu. This year I’ll be bringing my stuffed mushrooms that I shared a few weeks back and today recipe, prosciutto and blue cheese wrapped pears.

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Classic Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Who hasn’t wanted to perfect the stuffed mushroom recipe? I know I have tried a handful of variations and never quite yielded the quintessential results I was hoping for. But, I have finally done it! I found my lifetime recipe for this easy and classic hors d’oevre.

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Steamed Chicken and Scallion Dumplings Recipe

My food life lately has consisted of asking myself what healthier meal option can I make for dinner in the fastest amount of time?

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Winter Butternut Bruschetta with Herbed Ricotta

Every few months I have a special lunch outing with a core group of work colleagues. It’s rare that we can all align our busy calendars so it’s typically only four times a year that we are able to escape. Over the course of the nearly four years I have been venturing out with this group we have come to create a lunch tradition. It involves going to our favorite downtown Princeton spot, Teresa’s, followed by a scoop of ice cream at Halo Pub. I have long since wanted to write a post about this dynamic lunch duo. However; I ALWAYS end up diving into my lunch before remembering to photograph. So here is my promise that on our next return I will manage to pull it together for a review!

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Caramelized Pear, Gorgonzola and Prosciutto Flat Bread Bites

Every Christmas season I start to brainstorm what small bites I’ll be whipping up to entertain guests and bring to all those holiday parties. The ironic part is that I typically get asked to bring the same two appetizers for every occasion. One dish being my “mom’s” famous recipe for cranberry meatballs. The other, raspberry brie cups. Why haven’t I put them on the blog yet you ask? Well, it turns out my mom’s recipe for the cranberry meatballs are actually one that was trademarked by Oceanspray (But I encourage you to look it up; it’s SUPER easy and they always win over the crowd). As for the brie cups, they may come one day but, today isn’t the day!

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Olive Parmesan Cheese Straws

Today I’m here to save you all from having to brainstorm a last minute Thanksgiving contribution for your celebrations!  This is an easy as pie, 4 ingredient recipe that can be used as an appetizer or to supplement the dinner’s bread baskets.

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Crispy Baked Garlic Parmesan Wings

If you’re looking for an easy Sunday Funday recipe to feed the football crowd huddled around your TV, today’s recipe is the answer!  I’m always offering for friends and family to come to our house to watch the football games. I’ll let you in on a secret; it’s my escape technique from watching the games (I know… blasphemy! I don’t enjoy watching football…) But, if I host the gathering, it gives the appearance that I enjoy it and I can hide away in the kitchen cooking up food for everyone. It’s also a good opportunity to try out recipes on people 😉

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Balsamic Pickled Vegetables Recipe

I love a challenge. Really, anything competitive such as a casual bet, a workout challenge, or trying to replicate a dish (hint hint), really gets my gears going. A few months back I had a work dinner at a local Italian restaurant, Il Cappriccio in Whippany, NJ.  While the dinner was great, what really stood out was the simple bowl of pickled vegetables that they put out as a little amuse bouche with their bread baskets. It was tangy, crispy, sweet and sour. Our table polished off the bowl in about 2 minutes flat. When we politely asked for seconds, I squeaked out a question to the waiter. “What’s the recipe?” While he wouldn’t give me a steadfast reply; he did tell me the secret was balsamic and lemon juice.  Ok, so they wouldn’t tell me how to make it…challenge accepted!

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Guacamole Chicken Salad Filled Cucumber Cups Recipe

The beach outings, backyard barbeques, and park picnic time of year has arrived. I cannot believe this weekend kicks off our summer season, and I cannot be more excited for it! Our weekend schedules are about to get packed up with parties. And these parties will most likely be full of beer, burgers, and hotdogs. They are the staples. While I love them all, having them week after week doesn’t do wonders for my healthy eating routine. This summer I hope to share some recipes for you to incorporate into your weekend meals that bring a healthier option to the table.

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Garlic Black Bean Dip with Avocado Crema Recipe

Happy Cinco de Mayo Everyone!

This is one of my favorite days of the year. Who doesn’t love sipping margaritas and munching on Mexican food with friends in celebration? It’s your excuse to party it up during the work week and binge eat tacos and tamales all in the name of the Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla back in the late 1800s. (This is the origin of the holiday. I am somewhat embarrassed I had to look this up because I did not know the cause for this celebratory day. But, here is you history fun fact of the day!)

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