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Appetizers and Snacks

Appetizers and Snacks

Breakfast Smoothie

This is my start of the day smoothie, this is the basic recipe and I change it up with whatever fruit, and berries I have on hand. Same recipe but a new flavour every day.


The following is the bruschetta recipe our family loves. It is absolutely fabulous and we seldom have any leftovers.

Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

The FRESH in this recipe refers to the fact that the ingredients are all fresh rather than deep fried. I first tasted these delicious spring rolls with my special friend, Judy. I enjoyed them so tremendously that I searched until I found this recipe in the New Canadian Basics Cookbook by Carol Ferguson. These uncooked rolls, simply wrapped in rice paper and dipped in the luscious Peanut Sauce, are a fresh-tasting alternative to the deep-fried version most people are familiar with. Vary the filling according to what you have on hand and what is in season.

Green Onion Cakes with Asian Dipping Sauce

Green onion cakes are a bit tedious to make but the flavour is wonderful and a great way to get through the green onion bounty.

Herb and Cheddar Drop Biscuits

This is my go-to for a quick and delicious accompaniment to soups and stews. The trick to crispy, unburned biscuits is the parchment paper; since I have started using it my biscuits are finally edible. Each sheet or parchment paper can be reused 4 or 5 times or until they become dry and crumbly.

Hot Spinach Dip

This is the hot, cheesy dip that I prepared for a couple of the lunches after the weeding, last summer. It is my version of a hot dip we enjoyed at Montana's restaurant. It is again an "out of my head" recipe and we like to serve it with Nan bread that has been covered with garlic butter and warmed in the oven.

Hummus with Cumin Roasted Garlic

This recipe comes together quite quickly and results in the a full delicious, flavoured hummus.

Layered Nacho Dip

Okay, so the green onions are the only ingredient you will get from the garden for this dip but it is one of those fun foods that we make and I want you to be able to enjoy it too!

Muhamarra (Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip)

This vividly flavored and textured mezze dip is particularly popular in Syria and Turkey, the two places famous for their hot red peppers. Some variations of Muhammara include tahini and feta cheese.

Orange Hummus

This has become one of the staple foods at our house especially during the busy summer months. Our favorite way to eat it is to split pita bread open so that you have two thin round pieces. Spread these with the Orange Hummus, place a long cucumber spear over this and wrap the pita into a roll. YUUUMMM! And so good for you!

Southern Salsa

This makes a very portable snack that often comes along on our family picnics. It is easy to prepare, delicious and very addictive.


Serve this dip with pita bread for a scrumptious and nutritious snack. Forget about the low-fat or no fat yogurt for this recipe it will not thicken properly. Another reason to look forward to the abundance of cucumbers in August.

Warm Black Bean & Chipotle Dip

The following recipe is another from my favorite magazine-Fine Cooking. It is so delicious and satisfying that it has quickly become a family favorite. The best part about this one is that it can be prepared up to 2 days in advance, refrigerated and baked when needed. It would also make a great filling for soft tacos.

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