Category Archives for Appetizers

Burnt Eggplant with Za’atar Flatbread

Last summer I discovered eggplant caviar, a dish made from peeled eggplant roasted in a foil-covered pan, a preparation that, with minimal oil, produces the creamiest lightest flesh imaginable. Seasoned with fresh herbs and macerated shallots, spooned over grilled bread, … Continue reading

26. July 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Eating Locally, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegan, Vegetarian | 22 comments

Cucumber & Green Grape Gazpacho | Quinoa Salad with Mango, Lime & Ginger

I arrived at the Albany airport to find my auntie Marcy waiting at baggage claim ready to snatch Wren from my arms and to feed me, as always, immediately. She led me to her car, and before I could even … Continue reading

18. July 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Lunch, Salads, Side dishes, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian | 22 comments

Ricotta with Thyme, Olive Oil & Grilled Bread

Last week, while packing away a few cookbooks, an old newspaper clipping tucked between two books slipped off the shelf and swooped into my lap, opening as it landed to reveal a photograph of a mouth-watering spread: a bowl filled … Continue reading

20. June 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Bread, Cheese, Vegetarian | 18 comments

Pissaladière/Focaccia: What to Do With Past-Prime Lahey Pizza Dough

Happily Ever After: or so ends the tale of so many kitchen accidents, this story of a batch of past-prime Jim Lahey pizza dough being no exception. Once upon a time, an avid admirer of the Lahey pizza recipe opened … Continue reading

12. June 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Lunch | 15 comments

Honey-Soy Chicken Drumsticks, Thighs or Wings

In the spirit of old-fashioned, unsubtle, crowd-pleasing recipes, I offer another oldie but goodie from The New New York Times Cookbook (Craig Claiborne, 1979), a recipe my mother pulled out for nearly every cocktail party she hosted and attended for … Continue reading

26. February 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Asian, Chicken, Entrees, Grass-fed Meat, Hors d'oeuvres | 65 comments

3 Simple Tartines: Mushroom; Radicchio & Gorgonzola; Fresh Ricotta // Plus A Few More Ideas for Oscar Night

I have a confession. By the time Valentine’s Day rolled around, we had eaten the steaks, devoured the torte and made soup out of the turnips. And then, as it turned out, Ben couldn’t even be home for Valentine’s Day … Continue reading

21. February 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Cheese, Valentine's Day, Vegetarian | 4 comments

Toast with Hard Boiled Eggs & Bagna Cauda // Also, Walnut Bread

Over the weekend while looking to employ the half dozen loaves of walnut bread cluttering my countertops, I stumbled upon this little gem of a tartine in Nancy Silverton’s Sandwich Book. Silverton had apparently prepared this snack — grilled bread … Continue reading

13. February 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Eggs, Entrees, Lunch, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 22 comments

A Card, and 3 Simple Ways to Begin Your Valentine’s Day Dinner

So often, for me at least, the best part of a dinner out happens shortly after I am seated, when the server sets down a warm roll with a pat of soft butter sprinkled with sea salt or a basket … Continue reading

30. January 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Cheese, Hors d'oeuvres, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 20 comments

Real Sour Cream & Onion Dip and a Wisconsin Cheese Giveaway: Set of Cheese Knives, Cheese Board, and 3-Bowl Bamboo Server

The unfortunate consequence of being deprived of chips and dip as a child is that I am the girl at parties (much to my husband’s embarrassment) hovering over the crock pot filled with queso dip, piling more than a manageable … Continue reading

22. January 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Cheese, Hors d'oeuvres, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 171 comments

Super Easy Marinated Olives

Today I find myself awaiting the arrival of a few dear friends, and for the first time in a long time, I feel very unprepared. You see, they’ve all gone paleo, and as a result, my usual tricks just won’t … Continue reading

29. December 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Hors d'oeuvres, Vegetarian | 11 comments

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