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Category: Appetizers

Kyle manages to make the appetizer portion of our Gr8 Dinners look effortless. She always has delicious choices and she always says, “Oh, that’s so easy!” As we go along, we will be posting these “easy” ideas so you, too, can create Gr8 Dinners!

Spicy Classic Pan Fried Catfish

When you think of Soul Food, what food do you think of? Maybe BBQ Ribs and Fried Chicken? Or black-eyed peas and collard greens? Certainly you think of cornbread and peach cobbler! Well, did you think about Pan Fried Catfish? Yes, that’s right, that is the dish we were assigned to bring to Debbie and Phil’s Scrumptious Soul Food Gr8 dinner. Although frying fish was a first for me, I was excited to bring this classic southern…

Barbecued Pork Ribs…mmm-mmm good!

  There is a secret technique to making juicy and flavorful barbecued ribs that many are unfamiliar with, that is brining. What is brining? Brining is a mixture of kosher salt and water used to add moisture and flavor to meat. I use the brining method for turkey, pork and chicken. Brining and refrigerating the ribs the night before extracts much of the fat from the meat and allows it to rise to the top for cleaner and less fattening…

Giggi’s Macaroni and Cheese

Sundays at Giggi’s, my Italian grandmother, the entire family gathered ’round her table and shared a meal together…every Sunday…every family member. When I moved to the left coast after college I missed those Sunday suppers. One day, I called Giggi and she patiently walked me through her secret formulas for my favorite dishes. We have those hand written cards to this day, her leg of lamb, macaroni and cheese, and cabbage and beans…

Pucker Up Pickled Okra

I’ve always loved okra…every which way! Cooked, fried, baked or pickled. And I’m a huge fan of anything pickled…carrots, green beans…even potato chips and popcorn (Don’t cringe! The popcorn and chips are dry and in a bag…not wet in a jar!) But pickled okra has been one of my favorites since I was a little girl! My grandparents used to have them in jars in the…

Cheese and Charcuterie Board

Honestly, a cheese and charcuterie board is the fastest, easiest and most impressive way to pull off a stress free appetizer. No cooking involved! I always keep a couple of cheeses in the frig and crackers in the cupboard just to quickly assemble when a friend (or usually my dad) stops by for a glass of wine. And sometimes I get a little fancy and put together a plate for Joel and myself! If you are entertaining and want your…

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