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What is a Charcuterie?

Can you pronounce that word?  Do you know what it is?  Let the education begin… According to Merriam Webster, charcuterie is a noun, char·cu·te·rie  \ (ˌ)shär-ˌkü-tə-ˈrē \ and is defined as a delicatessen specializing in dressed meats and meat dishes; also: the products sold in such a shop. Many weekends, regardless of the season, Chip and I look to have a light fare lunch or mid-afternoon snack to compliment the wine that we so long to consume on these lazy afternoons. A…

Chip’s Unorthodox Jalapeno Poppers

My husband loves jalapeno poppers.  I am not a huge fan of them nor am I a fan of deep frying- anything. I know you can grill them as well but here is a cheater option for an open-faced popper.   Be creative! I added a little ground beef to the base before adding the cheese mixture to make it more of a meal than an appetizer. You can also make these a Buffalo Chicken Cups by adding rotisserie chicken tossed…

Sweet Potato “Nachos”

This is a super fun and very customizable appetizer or dinner.  We are all trying to eat better and be more conscious of the foods we eat.  Read this all the way through and give this a try before you judge.  It is yummy, and quite guilt free. (I wish I had a picture for you but we devoured them too quickly!) What you need for the base: 1-3 sweet potatoes peeled and cut into thick slices. The number dependent…

Guest blogger- Caramel Apple Sangria

This is the blog's first cocktail recipe and this evening I am pleased to welcome my guest blogger, Sandy.  Sandy is a connoisseur and creator of fine Sangria and this is no exception. Her stories are funny and entertaining and I can only assume many are born from her great Sangria! I pitched this recipe to my family for pre-Thanksgiving dinner snack time.  I intend to couple this with warm brie and crusty bread. It is sure to be a…