Tag: Appetizers

Out of the Frying Pan

We’re moving on from empanadas to egg rolls. Both take a “dough” wrapper of sorts, are filled with a mixture, and then sealed with egg wash, before cooking. Though we used biscuit dough and baked the empanadas, today would be a lesson in frying. I have never fried before, mainly due […]

Pulled Chicken Empanadas

Part 2 of our empanada story (remember I perceived empanadas to be difficult to make) proves to show how quickly they can actually be made. Chef Husband simply took a roasted chicken and hand pulled the breast, mixed in diced green onion tops and flavored to taste with sweet chili sauce, red […]

Investigating Boiled Peanuts

Rummaging through the pantry, I came upon something long forgotten. Awhile back I had picked up a canned product called Boiled Peanuts. I can’t for the life of me remember why I was intrigued at the time; nevertheless, they came home with me.  But, now that I think of it, […]

Olives in the Making

California is a wonderful hub for olive trees and local craft curing. A brief stop along Interstate-5 at Granzella’s, in Williams, presents the opportunity to gather a variety of styles and flavors. Chef Husband selected four varieties, procuring two of each, for a blended olive appetizer. He drained all eight […]

Simple Palate Cleanser

Tonight was our wine group gathering. Three couples, four courses, eight wines. Each couple brought the makings for a dinner course to pair with their wine selections. We started off the evening with some bubbly and an appetizer with Brie Cheese atop a slice of Baguette, topped with fresh pear […]

Balsamic Disaster

You live and learn. My goal today was to make a balsamic reduction that I could drizzle on an appetizer I was making. I have made the reduction before. It’s pretty simple…dark balsamic vinegar and sugar…simmer until it reduces by half into a syrup-like consistency. But this time I was […]