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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Foodie Friday: Stylish Spring Appetizers & Chic Cocktail Recipes

Today we are celebrating Spring. Maybe if we all think positively together it will get here faster. Spring is a fabulous time of year for many reasons ~ the flowers, the fresh veggies, fruits, and the absence of puffy coats! Let's look forward to warmer days, lighter food, and colorful cocktails....all eaten and sipped outside. Cheers!

Morning Glory MacKenzie-Childs

HERE: 19 Tastes Of Spring

Artichoke Pesto and Lemon Ricotta Crostini
When selecting an appetizer recipe, I often reach for a crostini choice. People, like Oprah, just love bread! And a platter of these is a "one and done" appetizer.  Not to mention, they are easy to make but impressive to look at. This recipe just sings Spring!

Blood Orange Salad Recipe with Burrata & Pesto
Could anything be prettier? Burrata always feels special.

The Griffith Park Swizzle
Add a pop of color to your affair. Fun, huh?

Roasted Red Pepper Meze Platter
Talk about the ultimate appetizer!  This stunning spread features: Sun-dried tomato muhammara (a roasted red pepper and walnut spread), hummus, tzatziki, tabbouleh (couscous salad), feta cheese, stuffed grape leaves, lots of veggies, naan, and roasted carrots. 

Green Pea Soup Shots
Don't you just love an individual appetizer? No worries about double dipping. Whether you serve these cold or warm, green pea soup shots with crisp bacon strips make an impressive Spring starter for your guests.

Spicy Roasted Bell Pepper
 Pimento Cheese
If you are from the South, you know what this is. My own Mom made it all of the time. This is your basic cheese spread elevated to the max. The individual egg cups can be found at Crate and Barrel , and the recipe at

Lust Gin & Tonic
Town & Country shares this recipe from The Hotel Arts Barcelona. That in itself makes this recipe special.

 Spring Watermelon Radish Toast
An excellent appetizer for any brunch, lunch, and even dinner. The base is goat cheese and creme fraiche combined and topped with heavenly watermelon radishes and Himalayan Pink Sea Salt. Simple and stunning!

Roasted Beet Hummus
Doubtful that you have ever seen anything like this in your market. I know, I have bought it too. But many of the brands have ingredients like Potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, and potassium benzoate.  These are all additives you want to avoid, for your own health's sake. Make this instead.

Basil-Cheese Roulade
The author states that the name is fancier than the preparation of this easy party starter.

Strawberry Chamomile Paloma
This chic cocktail is packed with fruity flavors, a little fizz, and there may be some tequila, too.

 Bacon Wrapped Grilled Peaches With Balsamic Glaze
This recipe had me at Balsamic. Grab the first peaches of the season and head outdoors. Or if Mother Nature doesn't cooperate, use a grill pan in the kitchen.

White Bean and Basil Hummus
This low-fat hummus is bursting with fresh flavor, perfect as a dip or spread on sandwiches.  Not to mention, it is much better looking than that prepared stuff.

Hot Crab Dip Stuffed Artichokes
A brilliant idea for using one of Spring's best veggies, the artichoke. Everyone serves a cheesy artichoke dip, but this recipe takes it to the next level. Love the presentation.

Matcha Mint Julep
The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner. Lets get in the mood with this winning cocktail.

Popcorn With Lemon Butter
This savory popcorn snack makes a beautiful bowl! I just love it when you can take a staple and turn it into something fabulous!

Pilsner-Battered Asparagus with Lemon-Chive Aioli
It is asparagus season, and this recipe is truly something different. I would make it just for the Aioli

Zucchini and Feta With Fresh Mint And Preserved Lemon
Bright and a worthy departure from saucy pies.  A plus to this recipe is that you can grill it, too.

Aperol Spritz
Of course, I leave you with a cocktail! I have a a friend who swears by these. I taste tested hers on a warm Chicago afternoon, and it was so refreshing! Click the link to see the details.

Sur La Table

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