Roasted Tomatillo Salsa with Avocados

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Sep 192016
 

Since I’ve been growing Tomatillos in the garden, I’ve been looking for new recipes to use them in. I found a couple interesting recipes on the web and adapted them to my own tastes and came up with this one. Grilling the Tomatillos, onions and peppers adds a delightful smokiness to the salsa, so you really need to make an effort to grill them. I made this recipe for our annual trip to the Vintage Illinois wine festival at Mattheissen state park and it disappeared quickly even with a lot of other food around, which let me know it was a hit. This is an interesting alternative to Guacamole, and a nice change when Tomatillos are in abundance.

Baked Zucchini Appetizer

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Jul 012016
 

We’re always looking for Zucchini recipes. Here is a great appetizer with a fraction of the calories of breaded zucchini. Thanks to Marilyn Aliede for introducing us to this one.

Smoked Salmon, Basil and Zucchini Appetizer

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Jun 202016
 

Zucchini Salmon AppetizerThis is a quick, delicious, summer appetizer that I came up with. We’re always looking for new uses for zucchini. I will usually make this from the first zucchini off the vine and it celebrates the beginning of the summer bounty.

Quantities are approximate and of course it all depends on the size of your zucchini and how much salmon you have. Seasonings are of course to taste.

Bruschetta

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Dec 112015
 

This is an easy recipe, I came up with it after having something similar at the Tapas Restaurant, La Tasca. It is best if you make it a day ahead so the flavors get to blend. This is one of the things I always make for Christmas Eve. And I usually make enough that we have it as a side dish for Christmas brunch.

Ellie’s Cheddar Slices

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Dec 112015
 

This award winning recipe (My oldest son, Jared, won first prize in an appetizer contest with it)  comes from my Aunt Ellie, my mother’s younger sister. Aunt Ellie loved to entertain and we always looked forward to these cheddar slices around holiday time. Where she got this recipe, I’ll never know, but since it involves bacon and bread, it may have it’s roots in a traditional Hungarian recipe. This has been a traditional Christmas Eve treat for our family and we usually make enough to last all the way through the holiday season and into the winter, as it freezes very well.