'Appetizer Recipes'

jwalker_nb_seededchickensalad_crackersA lot of living with a medically-necessary restricted diet, is finding ways to enjoy our favorite foods in ways that fit our new needs. Some ingredients post more challenges than others, it’s true, but often it’s just a matter of knowing your ingredients.

Chicken salad–either as a salad topping, sandwich filling, or snack with crackers–used to be one of my …


Our oven quit 3 hours before dinner on Thanksgiving day.

Oh, yes, friends, it was one of those holidays.

Strange thing is, the oven worked fine that morning. I’d gotten up in time to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as I prepped the sweet potato pie, cornbread for dressing, and chicken stock (also for the dressing).

About noon I …


I had a month to plan.

I signed up as a team captain, without first asking if anyone else was interested in helping.

I reached out to the farmer’s market near my home to hold it there (and after a week of “pestering” got a firm yes).

I asked my foodie friends if anyone would be willing to bake for …


  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1 T. horseradish, drained
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. curry powder
  • 1/4 t. dry mustard
  • 1/2 package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 (7-oz) can shrimp, drained
  • 1 (7-oz) can  crab meat, drained
  • 1 round loaf French bread, whole

In a bowl, combine sour cream and next 6 ingredients; mix well.  Fold in …


Have you ever sat down for a meal–with friends, family or even alone–even though you didn’t think you were all that hungry? But, somehow, after a few bites you realize you’re ravenous and finish a meal as usual?

That is the power of the appetite. And appetizers exist to wake up that appetite and get you in the mood for …


Or choice morsels to treat yourself and guests too.

Minted Pea and Mushroom Beggar's Purse

Minted Pea and Mushroom Beggar's Purse

I mean beggar’s purses, of course, like the kind I made for this year’s Fairy Fest. They most likely get their name from the Medieval-style cloth purses made from a circle of fabric and a simple drawstring. Whether made from pastry, as below, or …


Elephant african mask
Image via Wikipedia

The Elephant Bar is a very nice restaurant located in Toledo, OH at the mall. They have a lot of locations, but this one is the only location in Ohio. The restaurant is a little more pricey that an Applebees or Chili’s, but it is totally worth the price.

Before I found out about happy hour, I …



How to cut avocado

Welcome to “Paper Plate du Jour!”  I’m new here to Circle of Food and this is my very first blog.  As a culinary student, mother and grow-it-yourself kind of person living in a very rural area of Michigan; I wanted to let people who are new to vegetarian fare or are looking to incorporate more healthy …


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