Category: Mix n’ Mingle

  • Crostini with Blue Cheese and Pear

    Serves 8 INGREDIENTS 1 baguette 1 clove garlic Extra virgin olive oil Salt ¼ cup honey 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped fine 2 Asian pears, cut in quarters, cored, and sliced thin 4 ounces blue cheese, sliced PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice baguette thinly, and place on baking sheet. Rub each slice with garlic […]

  • Artichoke Pesto with Parmesan Tortilla Chips

    Serves 8 INGREDIENTS For Dip 2 (15-ounce) cans of artichoke hearts, drained 2 cloves garlic, chopped ½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped 2 tablespoons walnuts, toasted ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated Juice and zest of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Salt For Tortilla Chips 4 whole wheat tortillas, each cut into 8 […]

  • Herbed Garlic Pita Toasts with Minty Cucumber and Yogurt

    Serves 8 INGREDIENTS For Pita 4 pita rounds, each cut into 8 triangles 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon cumin 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine Salt For Dip 1 large cucumber, peeled, cut in half, seeded, grated, and strained 2 cups Greek […]

  • Herbed Goat Cheese

    Serves 8 INGREDIENTS ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon red chili flakes 1 teaspoon salt Black pepper 2 tablespoons of each of the following fresh herbs: parsley, chives, dill, mint, tarragon, thyme, chopped fine 1 long goat cheese log, chilled Baguette, sliced and toasted PREPARATION In a small bowl, mix all ingredients except […]

  • Smoked and Spiced Almonds

    Serves 8 INGREDIENTS 1½ teaspoons almond oil 2 teaspoons canola oil 1½ cups blanched almonds 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper PREPARATION In a sauté pan, add oil and almonds over medium heat, and almonds and toast until golden. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon, and season […]

  • Ginger Infused Mulled Wine

    Makes 1½ liters of mulled wine INGREDIENTS 2 bottles dark red wine (Syrah, Zinfandel or Cabernet Franc) 1 cup pear brandy 1 medium Valencia orange, sliced 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced thin 2 whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick ¼ cup brown sugar PREPARATION Place all ingredients in a large pot and simmer […]

  • Spiced Apple Cider with Dark Rum

    Makes one gallon INGREDIENTS 1 gallon fresh apple cider 1 tart apple, sliced horizontally 1 cinnamon stick 1 star anise 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg 2 whole cloves 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1-2 cups dark rum (can be omitted for non-alcoholic version) PREPARATION Place all ingredients in a large pot and simmer for about 15 […]

  • Cranberry Gin & Tonics

    Makes one drink INGREDIENTS 1 lime wedge 4-5 cranberries, fresh or frozen 1 teaspoon sugar 2 ounces gin Tonic water PREPARATION Lightly crush the lime wedge, sugar and cranberries in a 10 to 12-ounce glass with a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon. Next, add gin. Fill the glass with ice and top […]