Appetizers & Small Plates

White Bean and Garlic Scape Dip | Get the Good Stuff

White Bean and Garlic Scape Dip

This white bean and garlic scape dip is a summer delight, combining a smooth texture with an irresistible garlic punch. It’s perfect with crispy vegetables, or as a dip with chips and pita bread. On hot summer evenings, I don’t feel much like cooking. Tonight I pulled out garlic scapes

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Smoked Salmon Spread with Dill

Bagels are always a favorite in my house. Fortunately there’s a good bagel source nearby, so we often have them on hand. We also like to keep something we affectionally call “salmon glop” – a smoked salmon spread spiked with lemon and dill. It turns a plain bagel into a perfect

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Roasted Spiced Almonds

Tapas – are you a fan? I am. Tapas are little snacks, appetizers, or small plates – hot or cold, spicy or not, savory or sweet. Who could resist? My favorite are roasted spiced almonds. In Spain, one can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal. They’re

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Beef Buns

I’m not much of a sports gal, but even I have heard that there’s about to be a Big Football Game, and that people want good food to eat near the TV while cheering for their favorite team. These delicious beef buns will fit right in, whether on the coffee table,

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Cheese Crackers

Crisp and savory, these cheese crackers are perfect as a snack, to go with soup, as an accompaniment to wine or cocktails. They are crispy, crunchy, a little bit salty, and ever so cheesy. Not only do they taste perfectly wonderful, they’re easy to make, and keep well in an

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I’m Maurita Plouff, and I write about cooking and preserving the local harvest in Southeast Michigan. Any recipe you find here is something I have cooked myself, and enjoyed, and think you might like too. I invite you to try the recipes, and leave comments.

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