Category Archives for Hors d’oeuvres

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

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

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

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

Glogg + Parmesan-Rosemary Crackers = New Year’s Eve in the Making

My stepfather has a few tricks up his sleeve, two of which he breaks out every Christmas: cornbread stuffing and glogg. His stuffing deserves a separate post — it steals the show every year — but I imagine many of … Continue reading

30. December 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Cheese, Drinks, Hors d'oeuvres, Vegetarian | 17 comments

Corn Fritters

Oh, where to begin, where to begin. I saw this recipe in last weekend’s WSJ’s food section and began foaming at the mouth. Look at this picture. Do those corn cakes not look perfect to you? Golden brown, loaded with … Continue reading

04. August 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, CSA, Eating Locally, Hors d'oeuvres, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 28 comments

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