Category Archives for Hors d’oeuvres

Baked Ricotta & Wisconsin Cheese Giveaway

Can we talk about the Madness? Uconn upsetting Michigan State? Kentucky’s last-second 3-pointer for the win? The Wisconsin-Arizona overtime nail biter? I sound like I know what I’m talking about, right? I don’t. But thanks to theSkimm, I am up-to-date … Continue reading

01. April 2014 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Cheese, Hors d'oeuvres | 149 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 | 74 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 | 19 comments

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