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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

i've hit a wall.

a recipe wall that is.

i'm having people over this friday to celebrate my friends, the nations, coming to visit the CLE from the STL and i'm stuck as what to make - think hearty appetizers for this party.

i follow more food bloggers than the average 30 year old, all of the posts starred in my google reader are of recipes and i have a stack of cookbooks currently staring at me from my bookshelf, yet i can't seem to find anything i want to make.

so i'm looking for help from you, my internet savvy readers, to direct me to some good recipe or food blogger sites.

i need inspiration people!

my friends' stomachs thank you in advance.


  1. I would do a nice cheese plate, some type of dip (either taco or spinach/artichoke depending if you want a hot or cold dip), and some type of finger food. My go-to recipe sites are and If my blog was a little "older" then 4 months, I probably would have an entry about good apps/party foods, but since it is still a "baby" my recipes are limited.

  2. There is a blog, Taste and Tell, that I have gotten a bunch of great recipes from. She has them organized pretty nicely too. I haven't made a recipe I didn't like from here.

  3. I made the Greenhouse Tavern's Devils on Horseback hors d'oeuvres and they were a big hit at my holiday party (recipe on their website).

    I also get tons of fabulous recipes from and


    Don't let the fact that it's vegan recipes stop you. Lindy is a Clevelander (and a friend), and her recipes are awesome :-)

  5. I just update my recipes tab YESTERDAY! :) I know my enchiladas recipe, as well as my butternut squash recipe have been crowd pleasers :) Not sure exactly what you were looking for, but thats my suggestion :)

    (also - what managed chaos said - ANYTHING from Pioneer Woman is going to be fab)

  6. Hi Alexa, it's shameless plug time! I have a food blog called Snark & Pepper, check it out

    I haven't posted the recipe yet, but I recently made Caramelized Pear & Blue Cheese Crostini for a dinner party. It was a huge hit. Blue cheese and pear is a new combination for a lot of people, and they go crazy once they see how well it pairs together. It's also super easy to make and only takes about 15 minutes to put together (you can make the crostini well ahead of time). It's an unexpected addition to the typical party appetizers.

    It's from Sunset Magazine and you can find the recipe here

  7. on of my FAVORITE simple recipes is balsamic, goat cheese, bruschetta.
    1)toast baguette slices
    2)sprinkle a little balsamic on each one.
    3)spread a layer of goat cheese.
    4)add a dollop of bruschetta (i buy the pre-made one from trader joe's)

    SUPER simple, takes 10 min, tops.
    but tastes AMAZING.

  8. As a heartier appetizer, I like to make flank steak toasts with chimichurri.

    While this isn't the exact recipe I use, it's very close:

    The great thing about this app is that much of it can be prepared ahead of time. The flank steak cooks quickly and assembly is fast, so it's great for a group gathering.

    Someone recently posted a recipe on Twitter for the Food Network's Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese:

    For my next gathering, I think I'm gonna make this as a muffin bite, so that it's appetizer friendly.

  9. I just read this one the other day, haven't had a chance to make it yet. It sounds, fattening, but delicious.

  10. personally id make some shit on a shingle...or pigs in a blanket, or bite size peirogis.

    or buffalo chicken dip!

    Im in no way a fancy food person

  11. you guys are all rockin' my bobby socks right now!

    thanks so much :)

  12. maybe not the heartiest of appetizers, but honey apple brie bites are freaking divine and uber easy to make:


  13. PDub (The Pioneer Woman) is amazing, and my faves of hers are:
    French Onion Soup stuffed mushrooms:

    AND...the best ever, knock your socks off...

    This white chicken chili is a GREAT way to warm a crowd in January:

    I hope you find some inspiration :)

  14. I like smitten kitchen and anything by Nigella Lawson. Good luck!!!

  15. check out food lush!

  16. Here are some recipes that I always get compliments on...

    Black Bean and Corn Salsa - serve with Scoops
    2 15 oz cans black beans, drained & rinsed
    1 16oz can white shoe corn, drained (this is an actual type of white corn. if you can't find it regular white corn is fine).
    1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
    6 Tbsp Olive Oil
    1 and 1/2 tsp cumin
    1/2 C. red onion, chopped finely
    1/4 C. Chopped cilantro (it's 1/4C. before chopping)
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 C. chopped tomato
    Combine everything except tomatoes. COver and refrigerate overnight. Add tomatoes just before serving.

    This is another really good one:
    Trailhead Dip (you really have to just ignore how horribly fattening it is... serve with Tostitos Scoops)
    6 oz crab meat (I used canned, drained)
    1/2 jar (9oz size) artichoke hearts in brine (canned works too - may want to roughly chop - I drained them).
    1/2 C. chopped onion
    1 1/4 C. parmesan
    2 cups mayo (not light!)
    Combine & place in a glass bowl and allow flavors to mix overnight. Microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes until warm, then transfer to a pyrex dish and broil just until top browns lightly.

  17. becky, thanks so much!!!

    you're last one sounds delicious and eerily similar to a hot artichoke dip i make all the time with just artichokes, mayo and parm - but your additions sound so much better!

  18. Hey Alexa! I nominated you for a *stylish* blogger award over on my site!

  19. i happen to have a food blog! you might drool over some of the baking things, but hey, that's a good thing right?


    xo.anna marie

  20. hi darling!

    i would suggest a few dishes that are easy to make and won't require a lot of maintenance on your part. it's hard to host a party AND get all the food together.

    i definitely agree with your friends on the buffalo chicken dip. we make it a lot over in our household and it is ALWAYS a crowd pleaser. it's something you can prepare in advance and then pop in the oven shortly before people come over.

    another dish you can prepare in advance are these meatballs in a crockpot. you can put it on low in the afternoon and let it cook on its own.

    finally, keep it simple. prepare a cheese plate with hard and soft cheeses, some almonds, dried apricots and honey. you can also put out an antipasti platter of marinated olives, mushrooms, artichokes and roasted red peppers. buy them at the store and put them on plate! voila.

    you could also make my sweet and spicy nuts to set out in little bowls around the party.

    hope this helps!! have a great party!

  21. Here's the link to one of my favorite food blogs. Everything I've made off of her site is delcious. Check it out!

  22. Crock pot! Easy cheesy for reals

    Maybe like kalua pig sliders or wraps. Maybe even pork BBQ sliders w/ coleslaw.

    C'mon now, QuarryLaneFarms has a ton of stuff!


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