Category Appetizers

Kalamata Olive Tapenade

My husband and I took a week long across California road trip. Hitting all of the best winery hot spots including Paso Robles, Sonoma, and Napa. At one of our stops we visited the BR Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen the heart of Sonoma Valley. We tasted samples of their olive oils and stumbled upon this delicious BR Cohn Kalamata Olive Tapenade. My husband doesn’t like vegetables what so ever...
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BBQ Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno & Cream Cheese Shrimp



For my birthday we headed to the local pub in Big Bear Lake called Murray’s Saloon & Eatery. Two guys were at the table next to use so we started chatting. They swore by the food menu. James ordered Ahi Tuna which was amazing and I ordered bacon wrapped shrimp. I put a reminder in my phone to recreate those bacon wrapped shrimp as soon as I got home.  I bought the largest sh...
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Grandma’s Zucchini Horderves

5 cups zucchini (slice very thin), no juice
½ cup onion, chopped
Sauté zucchini and onion in a pan until soft
1 cup Bisquick
½ cup parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder or fresh garlic
½ teaspoon of dried oregano
½ cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
Optional: pepper
Sauté zucchini and onions in a pan until soft.
In a large bowl beat eggs, add in salt, oregano, and o...
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Fried Cheese Stuffed Olives

Last week I was dining at ZIN Restaurant in Palm Springs and ordered the fried green olives stuffed with blue cheese. They were so amazing I asked the Owner Mindy what the basics were and then I was on a mission to make these at home for my mother in law. She loves green olives. We thought the panko crusted one’s turned out the best...
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P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

While dining at our local P.F. Chang’s my mother in law wanted to get the chicken lettuce wraps for an appetizer. We both dove into them and nearly licked the plate clean. She wondered how we could get the recipe so I immediately went home to start the research. The very next day I was at Super King Market and Albertson’s stocking up on some ingredients that I didn’t have in my cupboard...
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Jalapeno Cheese Bread

Jalapeno Cheese Bread:

Pull Apart Pizza Bread:

I got the idea for this bread from the world famous Chili Cheeze Bread from Erick Schat’s Bakkery in Bishop, California. Every October my husband and I ride our dirt bikes with the D37 group up in Bishop. The day we head home we stock up on sourdough loaves, chili cheeze bread, and their deli sandwiches...

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Buffalo Chips

1 Russet Potato
2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon of Garlic Festival Garli Garni – All Purpose Garlic Seasoning or make your own seasoning from garlic powder, salt and pepper
Wash the potato
Slice the potato into very thin slices
Sprinkle garlic seasoning all over potatoes
Heat olive oil to medium heat in a large frying pan
Place potato slices into the oil...
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Elote Corn

This month I spent 24 hours at the Relay for Life in Chino. Around 3AM, we heard that one of the teams was serving grilled corn on the cob. After no sleep and starving, we headed over there. They had a line-up of different toppings. This was one of my favorite parts of the event. Free and delicious hot corn on the cob at 3AM. I had to come home and make it for my next dinner...
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Italian Garlic Dip

Last week I had a meeting at Chase Lounge in Santa Barbara. It was my first visit and I was starving. Luckily the Owner knew it was my first time and ordered everything for me from the time I sat down. First was variety of breads and a side of their special Italian garlic dip. If you like garlic, you will love this dip. You will also want to try their lemon caper chicken, Fettuccini alfredo, ceasar salad, and cho...
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Garlic Bread

***You can also use this garlic spread on sandwiches and burgers

¼ cup Canola Oil
9 whole garlic cloves
¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup Mayonnaise
1 Tsp. Dijon Mustard
1 Tsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. Cilantro, chopped
1 Tsp. Sugar
Pinch of White Pepper
1 French loaf
Optional: Shredded Cheese, Paprika, and Parsley
Take first two items and cook until garlic is browned b...
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