Monthly Archives: August 2011

Sweet and Spicy Asian Nuts

A good alternative for a bowl of peanuts are these Sweet and Spicy Asian Nuts.  The sweet comes from dark brown sugar and the spicy comes from wasabi powder.  While I like this snack, I would have preferred a little bit more spice.  I expected the wasabi powder to give it the kind of heat you get from cayenne pepper but it’s not even close.  If you like your spice more on the mellow side, you will like these.  If you like it hotter like me, add more wasabi powder (or cayenne!).

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Source:  Coastal Living Magazine

Herb and Onion Wheat Biscuits

I don’t like raw onions but don’t mind cooked onions sometimes.  These Herb and Onion Wheat Biscuits celebrate the natural flavor of the onion without being obnoxious.  The onions are first cooked until soft, then blended with milk which nicely distributes the flavor in the dough.  Just be careful not to knead it too much (like I did) otherwise the biscuits could become dense.  These can be a nice complement to an evening dinner or the base for an egg-y breakfast sandwich in the morning.  Or if you prefer, just eat them warm with a touch of butter.  Tasty!

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Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

Cherry Tomato Bites

If you are a fan of anything caprese like me, you’ll probably enjoy these Cherry Tomato Bites.  You can’t get much simpler or tastier than juicy cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, vibrant basil leaves and a touch of olive oil.  To hollow out the tomatoes, I used a paring knife to cut around the top of each one, then used a 1/4 teaspoon to scoop out the insides (this size worked perfectly).  I cut mozzarella balls in half instead of cubing them and wrapped each cheese in a basil leaf before stuffing it into the tomato to capture more of that herby flavor in each bite.   For a little extra flavor, top each tomato with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.  Consider this appetizer for an unofficial end-of-summer party over Labor Day weekend.  They are like a goodbye kiss to summer.

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Source:  Apartment Therapy’s  The Kitchn

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