Category: Appetizer

Pumpkin Seed Party Mix

This pumpkin seed party mix is a big hit anytime I serve it. It really doesn’t take any time to prepare this. You can make it ahead of time, put it in an airtight container and have it ready for your next soiree.

Marinated Feta Bruschetta

Chef Martha Foose at the Viking Cooking School makes entertaining seem easy with her recipe for Marinated Feta Bruschetta. The Viking Cooking School is open to the public and has more than 10 schools around the country including locations in Dallas, Memphis, New York, Walnut Creek, California, Atlanta, and St. Louis.


Makes about 24 appetizers.

Pimento Cheese With Peppadew

Like any good Southerner I love pimento cheese. The tangy blend of sharp cheddar, mayo and pimentos adds flare to just about anything from a saltine to a burger. Chef Regina Charboneau puts her stamp on this classic by using Peppadew peppers, cream cheese and spices. Peppadews are pickled peppers that you can find at gourmet shops and groceries.

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Every gathering needs some sort of dip! and this one is really easy to make. This can be prepared the night before so it’s one less thing you need to worry about, just pull the dip out of the fridge and you’re ready to go!

Grilled Nectarines with Bleu Cheese and Honey

NectarinesIt’s not often that during a fine-dining experience, you overhear the shout of “Play ball!” and then the cheer of a large crowd, but that’s just the way it is at Ump’s Pump and Grill located inside Dickey-Stephens Ballpark in North Little Rock. AR. Ump’s Chef Ben Brainard, shared a summertime menu item that is especially popular – grilled nectarines with blue cheese and honey.

This appetizer can be made on the grill or in the kitchen. The key is fresh nectarines. In season nectarines are naturally sweet and don’t need much preparation. This recipe just makes them a little bit tastier.

Fried Dill Pickles

When you grow up in the South you are exposed to all manner of interesting foods. Boiled peanuts, pickled okra and grits were all part of my family’s diet when I was a child.

However, during a trip to Natchez I was introduced to a bit of traditional Southern cuisine that I hadn’t experienced before, the fried dill pickle.

Patricia Clark, franchise owner of the Natchez Cock of the Walk restaurant served me a plate of fried dill pickles and I must say, they were quite good. They are a tasty companion to other Southern favorites such as fried catfish or barbeque.

I couldn’t convince Patricia to share her secret recipe with me so I did a little research and came up my own version.

Now, some people like to fry dill spears, but I’d have to agree with Patricia in that super thin slices seem to work best.