Appetizers to pair with Cabernet Sauvignon

Last night, we had dinner with a group of friends for a "blind" wine tasting of cabs. Everyone brought wine, which was later "bagged and tagged" for the tasting, and a dish.  My dish assignment: appetizers. And since the main dish was a delishous prime rib, beef was out of the question for my dish.  I would up deciding two bring two dishes…in hindsight, for our group of eight, just one of these appetizers...

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Imported Food Treasure in Seattle

My neighbor has been raving about Big John's for years. She loves the cheese selection and great prices on imported foods. After the chef who was the instructor at the ravioli class I took at Sur La Table in Kirkland this weekend mentioned we could get "00 flour" for an affordable price, I had to stop by!  And I wish I would have listened to my neighbor sooner (but don't tell her that!!!) this place is a gem! Big...

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Gourmet Hot Dog Party

A few weeks ago we celebrated my son's birthday and decided to have a gourmet hot dog party with plenty of toppings for guest to chose from.  Here's a photo of my dog: yes… there's a spicy hot dog down there somewhere!  The party was a lot of fun…I wish I would have taken photos of the other creations or had cameras available for others to.  I made a couple of "menus" (aka The Weiner...

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Grilled Figs wrapped in Prosciutto

I think just about anything is better when it's wrapped in prosciutto… I picked up some fresh figs that were on sale at Metropolitan Market in West Seattle the other day. When I got home, I wondered "now what?!!"  I decided to grill them and this recipe is very easy, delicious and forgiving.  Heat up your grill nice and hot (I used gas, for ease, but the Big Green Egg would do nicely too). The idea is to quickly...

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Bruschetta with Chanterelles and Pancetta

This is a delicious easy appetizer that I whipped up last night.  I've been pleasantly surprised to see Chanterelle's at reasonable prices and they're in season so I couldn't resist picking some up even though I wasn't totally sure what I was going to do with them. First I chopped pancetta into small bite sized pieces and brown in a non-stick pan.  Metropolitan Market happened to have a small portion in...

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Breakfast Nachos

The Seahawks have an early game today…which demands gives me a great excuse (like I need one) to make breakfast nachos.  I've always wanted to make this dish–this is my first attempt.  It's getting raves from the family.  This is another one of those recipes where I can clean out my fridge — it's very flexible with ingredients.   Preheat oven to 350. Put 1 layer corn chips in bottom of baking...

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Linda Aaron’s Stuffed Squash Blossoms

My goal is to try making a "Farmer's Market Dinner" from what's offered at the one in West Seattle on Sundays.   So when my friend, Linda, shared an amazing photo of her bounty from her local Farmers Market in Ballard, I was all the more motivated.   Something I've never attempted to cook with is squash blossoms…perhaps they look too pretty to eat? I asked Linda how she was going to prepare...

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