Category Archives for Appetizers

Gingerbread Biscotti And A Few Favorite Holiday Recipes

Biscotti lovers seem to fall into two camps: those who view dipping as essential and those who view dipping as optional. As you can see from the photo above, I fall into the dipping-is-optional camp. I like my biscotti with … Continue reading

22. December 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Breakfast, Cheese, Cookies, Desserts, Must Have Recipes, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 12 comments

Baked Fontina

I am all for buying two or three wedges of nice cheeses, plopping them on a cutting board, surrounding them with grapes and nuts and maybe something exotic like quince membrillo, and crossing “make-hors d’oeuvres” off my to-do list. But … Continue reading

10. December 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Cheese, Hors d'oeuvres, Vegetarian | 28 comments

Salsa di Parmigiano; Homemade Advent Calendar, for next year perhaps

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with two of my aunts in northern Virginia. Over the course of seven hours, we found a reason to use this sauce — salsa di Parmigiano — three times. For our lunch, we spread it … Continue reading

05. December 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Cheese, craft, Fall, Hors d'oeuvres, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 28 comments

Pickled Okra & Baker’s Foie

When you don’t get out to eat very often, there is nothing worse than experiencing buyers’ remorse at the dinner table. Ordering becomes a big deal. A few Saturday nights ago, Ben and I found ourselves seated at the bar … Continue reading

16. September 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Hors d'oeuvres | 9 comments

Eggplant Caviar on Grilled Bread

Last summer the eggplant chapter of Chez Panisse Vegetables treated me kindly, introducing me to a favorite pasta recipe as well as a most-delicious gratin with tomatoes and onions. And with this eggplant “caviar,” a mash-up of roasted eggplant, fresh … Continue reading

05. September 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, CSA, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 19 comments

A Sprouted Kitchen Feast

I couldn’t make a decision. And my attempts to organize my thoughts — adhering cute page flags to particularly tempting recipes — proved futile. In the midst of this frenzied state of drooling and tabbing, drooling and tabbing, my mother … Continue reading

29. August 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Vegetarian | 34 comments

Maryland Crab Cakes

My only goal for my week in Virginia Beach was to eat a good crabcake. Thanks to Dockside, I did. Broiled, lightly seasoned, meaty, the Dockside crabcake embodies everything I hope for in a crabcake. Finding myself dreaming about this … Continue reading

10. July 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Seafood | 26 comments

Tartine-Style Asparagus & Spring Onion Croque Monsieur

Yesterday morning, a little self-intervention led to a most-delicious discovery. This is what happened. After finding myself once again scouring the internet for Tartine’s croque monsieur recipe, clicking on fruitless links I had clicked on before, and seeing myself heading … Continue reading

13. April 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Cheese, CSA, Eating Locally, Lunch, Vegetarian | 37 comments

Tiropitas

The trouble with working with fillo dough, for me at least, is that right when I’ve found my rhythm — right when the brushing-spooning-folding-sealing process becomes one fluid motion — the filling runs out. And because making dozens of tiropitas, … Continue reading

06. April 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Hors d'oeuvres | 13 comments

Keftedes (lamb meatballs) & Roasted Cabbage

It had been a successful week in the kitchen. Lamb meatballs, loaded with mint and parsley, broiled and sprinkled with vinegar, tasted as yummy as ever; olive bread, a two-day labor of love, proved as it always does, a worthwhile … Continue reading

30. March 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Entrees | 30 comments

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