Appetizers

Tomato Confit

Tomato Confit

For months now, we have been harvesting a healthy amount of cherry and grape tomatoes from our garden. While a lot of them go into salads, another way we enjoy them is as a confit, slow-roasted in olive oil with herbs, garlic, and chili flakes. The tomatoes are...

Furikake Deviled Eggs

Furikake Deviled Eggs

Easter is just around the corner and with the abundance of hard-boiled eggs that will be on hand, making deviled eggs is a no-brainer. There are many different variations of deviled eggs, so I took this opportunity to put an Asian spin on this classic. What are...

Furikake Spam Buns

Furikake Spam Buns

A good friend, who shares an appreciation for spam, found a recipe on the Three Hungry Bellies blog for spam buns. In this evolution of the hot dog buns commonly found in Chinese and Japanese bakeries, a slice of spam is encased in a soft, fluffy bread. I...

Garlic Herb Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Garlic Herb Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

I’ve made different versions of stuffed mushrooms, but these are the easiest, combining three ingredients into a delicious little bite. They are simple enough to make on a weeknight if you’re craving a little indulgence. They can also be assembled in advance for a...

Time for Tea Sandwiches

Time for Tea Sandwiches

Since my study abroad in London many, many years ago I've loved afternoon tea. I've hosted a few teas over the years and have learned to make things easier on myself by buying pastries from a bakery. But I have a small repertoire of sandwiches that I make, not only...

Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches

Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches

This delightful tea sandwich is one of my absolute favorites. It comes from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and features a homemade herb butter that melds perfectly with the smoked salmon. Some variation of this sandwich is often featured on an afternoon tea menu but...

Turkey Tea Sandwiches

Turkey Tea Sandwiches

A turkey sandwich sounds like a boring lunch that you grab on the go. This sandwich is anything but and features smoked turkey, a homemade scallion cream cheese, and a little surprise of a whole fresh basil leaf (or two). It is so simple to make, I've taken it for...

Black Forest Ham and Gruyère Tea Sandwiches

Black Forest Ham and Gruyère Tea Sandwiches

Alice's Tea Cup is a whimsical eatery in New York City. The décor and atmosphere are inspired by Alice in Wonderland. It's a lovely place to spend time with a friend, catching up, and enjoying a delicious meal. This is one of my favorite tea sandwiches, simple as it...

Bacon Jam and Goat Cheese Crostini

Bacon Jam and Goat Cheese Crostini

This year I've started sharing dishes that are the go-to recipes in my repertoire. These are dishes that I've made more than once that not only pass my own tests but those of friends and family. Several years ago I found a recipe for Bacon...