Category Archives: Appetizers

Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice


A little over a year ago, I had my first experience with spicy tuna over crispy rice at a restaurant in Manhattan Beach called Sashi, where I was celebrating my birthday. And while tuna and/or spicy tuna has always been … Continue reading

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Healthy Chicken Wings


Growing up in Upstate New York, Buffalo wings were practically a staple in everyone’s diet. I recall ordering them numerous times, okay, a LOT, while in college, and having them delivered to my dorm. Needless to say, I was amongst … Continue reading

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Brie en Croute


Ahhhh… brie. I wasn’t always a fan, but now, I sing a different tune and can make a meal out of it (and have). This past Thanksgiving, I hosted dinner at my house, and wanted to have some appetizers for … Continue reading

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Spinach & Artichoke Dip (similar to Houston’s)


If you have ever been to Houston’s restaurant, then I’m sure you’ll agree with me that their signature spinach and artichoke dip is beyond delicious! I’ve been making a similar dish for years, and it’s always what I bring to … Continue reading

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Spicy Edamame


I’m a HUGE fan of sushi, and always have to order edamame as a starter whenever I go to a Japanese restaurant. One of my favorite sushi restaurants is Sashi in Manhattan Beach, which is where I went for my … Continue reading

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57 Sauce Marinated Grilled Shrimp


A super simple marinade for grilling your shrimp! Makes a lovely appetizer or a great meal. Ingredients 1/4 cup Heinz 57 sauce 1 cup dry white wine 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 3/4 cup fresh … Continue reading

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Mini Crab Cakes with Cilantro-Lime Aioli


These elegant crab cakes are baked (not fried!) in mini muffin tins to ensure a non-greasy and perfectly shaped appetizer. The cilantro-lime aioli adds zest and color. Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit Ingredients 8 oz Neufchâtel or cream cheese, room temperature 3/4 … Continue reading

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The “BEST” Queso Dip


I will not claim that this is the best queso on this planet; however, I will say, that it’s out of this world!  Ingredients 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp cornstarch 3/4 cup sour cream 1 cup shredded Mexican Four-Cheese mix 1 … Continue reading

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Red (or White) Onion Marmalade


This SWEET and tangy condiment is perfect for grilled meats, burgers, sandwiches, pizza or on a crostini as an appetizer.  Ingredients 2 red (or white) onions 3/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar Directions Halve onions lengthwise and cut … Continue reading

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Seared Tuna (with sauce)


If you like seared tuna or tuna tataki, then I have a great recipe for you! The tuna is served rare, so please make sure to buy good quality, sushi-grade fresh tuna. Ingredients 1 (6 oz) block sushi-quality tuna (cut into thin … Continue reading

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