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New Years Eve 2023 is getting closer!

Here are some delicious ideas for an appetizer dinner!

Antipasto

This is my Aunt Marilyn Lyman’s recipe. I remember her making this & she gave me the recipe aver 30 years ago…. The recipe is just a bunch of jarred pickles, olives, tuna….& a few other ingredients…chopped up, mixed together & wow is it good!My aunt used to chop all fo the ingredients by hand but…

Smoked Salmon Spread

Well, this was delicious!  Smoked salmon, cream cheese, mayo, horseradish, capers and parsley to garnish. It was all I could do but not eat the whole bowl at one time. Seriously!! In November I was in Toronto and had a smoked salmon sandwich on a bagel at the restaurant Schmaltz Appetizing, 414 Dupont St., and they had horseradish…

Imitation Crab Salad

I love imitation crab…. keeping a Kosher kitchen i can not use real crab meat so this is a delicious alternative for us! This is so quick it is almost impossible to believe it can be as good as it is!!!

Cheddar Cheese Crackers with Pimento

OK… I buy crackers….but, I saw this recipe from bon appetit…& just had to try them. There is a huge problem though…they are soooo delicious that it is hard not to eat all of them at one time!

Hummus & Pita plus a few other dishes!

The other night I made a delicious dinner of Hummus & Pita plus a few other dishes! It was just what we wanted for a ‘beginning of spring dinner!

I bought pre-made frozen Falafel Balls to save a bit of time since.i was going to make the pita & other dishes! They were good & I am pretty sure they are available in most places now, If you can not find frozen Falafel Balls, maybe you can find the dry mix which is quick to use!

The menu was… Homemade Pita, Hummus, red pepper dip ( I will work on that recipe for the blog!), deviled eggs, pickles, cups up cucumbers, roasted cherry tomatoes & roasted cauliflower. I fried up some eggplant slices as well. OH… I can’t forget the tahini sauce too! So good! I have a few recipes on this blog for some of the food we ate so here they are! And.. I have added some recipes I did not make too!! This kind of dinner is just so versatile! You can add anything you like….

For the tahini, I do not have a recipe here … I have a recipe for tahini dressing & tahini sauce with roast potatoes. but here is how to make it , put this in a jar to shake it up or a bowl & uses a whisk, Take 1/2 cup tahini, juice of half a lemon, pinch of salt, & about 4 tbsp of cold water…mix, if this is too thick then add more cold water gradually. Adjust the seasonings…salt etc. you can add more lemon if you want too! Drizzle the tahini sauce over anything & everything!!

Oven-Baked Pita

I have had an Israeli cookbook for over 35 years… I look through it often but have not made anything for it before!

Hummus & Baked Pita Chips

There are so many recipes for Hummus & so many options to buy it ready-made in the grocery stores. But..I like making it myself. It is fast, easy & I can have it on a whim. I started making my own over 25 years ago and have come up with a recipe that we love.…

Baba Ganoush

As with Hummus, there are so many recipes for Baba Ganoush & I pretty much like all of them. Some are made with mayonnaise which I really like but the one that I have been making lately uses tahini.  Very quick & simple, delicious & healthy. If you can not eat tahini, add mayonnaise in its…

Hummus with Spiced Beef

I just love Hummus with beef. I like to get it when I am in a Middle Eastern restaurant so I jumped at the chance to make it at home when I saw this recipe! It was delicious!

Avocado Hummus

I love guacamole & I love hummus…so I combined them. Easy. Also good because I had 1 can of chickpeas & a couple of avocado that were getting nice & ripe so I needed to use them.