Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata

Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata | The Suburban Soapbox

Ripe, juicy tomatoes and creamy, tangy goat cheese top a flaky pastry dough to create a savory crostata.  An easy and light summer dinner ready in minutes.  Pair with a green salad and this dish is great for entertaining. Summer tomatoes are here.  In all their perfect glory, they are finally here.  This is the only time of year I will eat a fresh tomato and I definitely try to get my fill.  Tomato sandwiches.  Check.  Tomato Bisque. Check.  Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata.....checkity … [Read more...]

Cucumber Bruschetta with Tomato and Kalamata Olives

Cucumber Crostini with Tomato and Kalamata Olives | The Suburban Soapbox

This refreshing summer snack replaces the bread in traditional bruschetta with crispy, crunchy cucumbers.  Topped with a flavorful, tangy tomato, olive and caper mix....you won't be able to eat just one....or two.  Or three.  (I stopped at 5.) The winter took a toll on me.  I ate so.much.food. And sat around....a lot.  Before I knew it I had gained an extra 10 pounds.  I say extra because it was on top of some weight that I had already decided was extra.  So this was additional "extra" … [Read more...]

Sweet and Spicy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Sweet and Spicy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

If you're not hosting Thanksgiving this year and you're the guest.....you should definitely take these Sweet and Spicy Sausage Stuff Mushrooms to the party.  Your host will love you and probably give you extra gravy, butter or wine...or all three.  They're that good. I found a recipe many years ago on Epicurious.com for Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms.  It was my go-to appetizer for any party where I wanted to impress the hosts...and guests for that matter.  If my husband hadn't already put a ring … [Read more...]

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Jalapeno Poppers

I love spicy food and jalapeno poppers are no exception.  My favorite poppers are those filled with cream cheese....I'm not a huge fan of the cheddar.  Not sure why, it's just one of those things that I have a thing with.  You know what I mean? Now we all know the usual recipe for a popper calls for some deep frying...and we also know that I don't shy away from deep-fried things.  BUT when I saw Bobby Flay make his Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos on one of his shows on some random Saturday morning, … [Read more...]

Spicy Pineapple Guacamole

Spicy Pineapple Guacamole

An avocado is like a timebomb...once you cut that bugger open you must use it or lose it.  I probably eat more avocado than necessary because if I want a few slices for a sandwich I feel the need to eat the whole thing or risk watching it turn a horrible shade of brownish, grayish, green right before my eyes.  Sometimes I will just not eat it at all because I don't want it to go to waste.  Then they shrivel up in the veggie bin because I didn't use them for fear of waste. Ironic. Sometimes I … [Read more...]

Nutty Brie and Fillo Bites

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Here's a VERY, easy appetizer to whip together if you're short on time. You can make the fillo shells youself by cutting out a circle of dough slightly larger than a mini muffin and baking them in mini muffin tins but I urge you to buy the premade shells in your market's freezer section.  It really will save you tons of time! I made these for Christmas Eve using what I had around the kitchen and they were amazing.  I made my own shells that day but for today's photos I bought the frozen … [Read more...]