Burrata Bruschetta with Figs
I can't guarantee you'll be able to find Burrata and fresh Black Mission figs, but if you can, you really must give this a try. I'll tell you right now that there really isn't a substitute for this heavenly cheese.
Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Bites
This recipe is a huge hit at my Christmas parties, but it's great for every occasion. Salty-crispy bacon and sweet pineapple. Yummy!
Cucumber Melon Salsa
Light, fresh and delightful. This side salad is wonderful over fresh fish or grilled chicken.
Balsamic Roasted Grapes
A surprisingly delicious treat! Easy to make, and a hit with everyone who has tried them! Pairs well with wine and cheese.
Peach and Goat Cheese Tartine
For me, this is summer on a slice of bread. August is national goat cheese month (no, I don't know who decides these things), and what better way to enjoy chevre than by topping it with sweet, ripe, impossibly juicy peach slices? Mix in a little thyme and black pepper to keep things interesting, and you're looking at a very special treat.
Spicy Strawberry Kiwi Peach Salsa
A good summertime salsa that hits your taste buds twice. Can substitute canned peaches or frozen strawberries, but best to go with all fresh fruit.
Catherine's Pickled Blueberries
Think of this as blueberries with a bite. My friend Catherine serves this sweet/tangy sauce spooned over ripened goat cheese for a knock-‘em-dead appetizer.
Bite-sized pieces of chicken that are sure to be a family favorite. I love to serve it with homemade mashed potatoes and green beans.
Mango-Habanero Chicken Wings
Being a big fan of restaurant-style mango-habanero wings, I set out to create something similar. I found multiple recipes online, but none seemed up to my standards. After about a year of making a few and combining different ideas, I came up with this one. Every time I've made this, it's been a huge hit and people are always asking me for the recipe, so here it is. The cornstarch absorbs extra moisture and forms a very thin crispy crust on the wings. It's not a heavy breading, it just adds a bit of crunch.
Quick and Easy Peach Pie Egg Rolls with Raspberry Sauce
I had to make a dessert really quickly because we had some friends over for dinner. Unfortunately I lent out my car and was unable to make it to the grocery store. All I had was a can of peach pie filling, some raspberry jam, cream cheese, egg roll wrappers, and some vanilla ice cream in the freezer.