Beach Eats: Mexican Caviar

Contributor Caroline Coker This is one of my favorite appetizers and I make it at home all the time. During one memorable chapter of my childhood, I spent the summer with my mom and younger brother, poolside at my aunt and uncle’s home in Texas, where mom made mounds of Mexican Caviar to snack on daily. It…

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Loaded Idaho® Potato Bites

From weekend tailgate parties at home or at the game, to using your leftover Idaho® mashed potatoes post Thanksgiving festivities, these Loaded Idaho® Potato Bites score a touchdown every time, and will please your crowd no matter what the age, or whose team is winning. I used parmesan and cheddar cheeses, garlic, chives, and little…

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The Best Pimento Cheese In The South!

  Pimento cheese is a way of life for Southerners, and I grew up with either egg salad or pimento-cheese on white bread in my lunch pail. It is a staple at most bar-b-que’s, church luncheons, funerals, or potluck reunions and everyone seems to have their own version claiming theirs to be the best. Southerners…

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Avocado Ricotta Yogurt with Apple Crisp Granola

Virtual Potluck was recently given the opportunity to review a new product by Paleo People, and we were each sent four bags of their granola. I was skeptical about how good a granola could be with no grains and being gluten free, but once I opened the first bag I was a believer. The Banana…

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  An editor friend of mine recently asked if I had a cranberry recipe, or pumpkin recipe to share, and goodness do I have many that I need to post on my blog. Remember in my Emeril Lagasse post last week when I said I would wait to buy pumpkins this year for fall decoration? Kiss that…

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Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am sure many remember the urban legend about the woman who was charged $250 for the recipe for Neiman Marcus’s famous chocolate chip cookies. The woman thought she was paying $2.50 in addition to her salads on her charge, and was livid at being taken advantage of, so she shared the secret recipe with…

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Butterscotch Toffee Almond Bars

My mother used to make cookies while I was at school during the day, and I would get so excited when I returned home to find what her creation would be. She made he most amazing peanut butter squares topped with chocolate, and I liked them better than any candy. Around the holidays she would…

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Mama’s Deviled Eggs

I absolutely adore deviled eggs and so does my husband. Sometimes I like to mix things up, but he is a purist. If he is being a grump, or I have something to “spring” on him, a nice plate of deviled eggs makes things a lot easier to swallow! Phil raves about my mother’s deviled…

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The Hartley’s Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Apricot Jam

I was raised on bacon wrapped water chestnuts and bacon wrapped scallops. Mother always served them when she entertained, which was quite often. I learned to love anything wrapped in bacon, and these bite size goodies are protein packed and hit the spot. This is a recipe that George and Ann Hartley learned while at…

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Smoked Mozzarella & Watermelon on Pumpernickel Rolls

Makes 8 appetizer sandwiches Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup Honey Dijon mustard 8 pieces Soft pumpernickel rolls, split 8 slices 1/4 inch thick smoked mozzarella cheese* 8 slices seedless watermelon the same size as the cheese 1 cup fresh alfalfa, sunflower or your favorite sprouts Preparation: Spread the mustard on each of the cut sizes of…

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Tuna Ceviche topped with Red Pepper Sauce

Ingredients: Ceviche 1/2 lb sushi-grade tuna, cubed 1 avocado, cubed 1 T chili sauce 1 t cumin 1 T lime juice 1 T cilantro, chopped Red Pepper Sauce 1 roasted red pepper, peeled 4 garlic cloves 5 T extra virgin olive oil 1 T lemon juice 3 T honey 1/2 t cayenne pepper 1/2 t…

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