Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Feeling generous...

I'm not so much the giveaway type when it comes to blogging here. Mostly because I don't want to go to the post office! Also, I don't have anything to give away.


However, all of my readers here and on my other blogs have been SO supportive during my crazy moves, changing jobs, adopting dogs, etc. I wish I could give away a million books, but at $25 each, it's just too costly for me! I am not making money off the books, if I was I'd use it towards giving away more.


So here's your chance to get your very own copy of my cookbook!
To enter, leave a comment here with your favorite creative appetizer(s) because I'm working on my housewarming party menu and need some ideas!


I will use random.org to determine the winner. Enter by Sunday, 10/25/09 at 10:00PM EST.
Winner will be announced Monday at 8AM. Enter only once, please :)

105 comments:

Melissa said...

First you must sign it if I win!=) One of favorite apps is cream cheese filled bacon wrapped jajapenos! YUM!

Jennifer said...

Jalapeno Popper dip has quickly become my favorite. I seriously cannot get enough of it. I have the recipe in my blog. By the way, your cookbook has inspired me to make one for my sister. I'm so excited about it!!

Jen said...

My favorite new thing to make is enchilada bites. They are always the first thing gone.
http://homeiswheretheholmansare.blogspot.com/2009/09/mexican-for-crowd.html

Anonymous said...

This is a nacho dop that it a hit at every party. We call it Crackin cheese dip.
2 pounds shredded cheddar cheese
One 16 oz container of sour cream
One container of Old El Paso Taco Chicken
One bunch of green onions, chopped
One bunch of cilantro, chopped
2 fresh jalepenos, sliced
One can ro-tel tomatoes
Dump it all in a crock pot until heated and serve with Hint of Lime nacho chips and Scoops. Makes enough for an army.

EJacks said...

I don't know about creative - but I love just a simple baked brie with maybe fruit or honey over it. YUM!

Molly Jean said...

I agree with Melissa, you have to sign it for the winner! Very cool :)

BLT bites are a tasty treat and definitely not the norm! My crab stuffed mushroom are also mighty tasty...

Congrats again on the cookbook!

Eva said...

One of my favorite appetizer is meatballs, but the sauce is made up of cranberry sauce and chili. A friend made these, and they are delish!

evitawylie at hotmail dot com

karie said...

This isn't really creative, but my mom makes this dip and I always request it!
in a 9x13 pan
cream cheese on the bottom
next layer is chili
next layer is chopped onion
then some chopped green pepper
and some chopped black olives
and monterey jack cheese on top
bake it 350 for 30 min
yum-o!
I may have to make that this weekend... :)

Carrie said...

Yes please sign the book for the winner!
We always love spinich artichoke dip warmed up, but wish there was a less messy way to eat it than as a dip. Maybe in a wrap and cut like pinwheels?

liveloveeatandplay said...

I like to take carmelized onions, pesto and chavrie, lay them on a plate side by side and serve with crostini. It's an amazing combination

Sandra Bragg said...

I think the baked macaroni and cheese bites that were on the Macaroni and Cheesecake blog looked wonderful.

Or buffalo chicken dip. So good, so addicting. I want some now!

cookingkatie said...

I make these little skewers with turkey sausage, roasted red pepper, artichokes, and basil!!

Emily Ann said...

Like Melissa said, if I win - I want it signed! :-) As for apps, I always like seeing fruit displayed in creative ways (a basket made from a watermelon, etc.), but I'm really a sucker for just a really good cheeseball and crackers.

Shauna said...

I made Giada's Smoked Mozzarella and Ricotta Fritters last year and they were really good!

. said...

Pioneer Womans Stuff Mushrooms are to die for!!

crockpottuesdays said...

My favorite party appetizers are these grape jelly meatballs. They are always a huge hit!

http://crockpottuesdays.wordpress.com/2009/06/02/grape-jelly-meatballs/

Renee said...

I really like an antipasti platter. Lots of fun olives, cheeses, roasted red peppers, marcona almonds, maybe some hummus, crostini. Also, arancini - sooo tasty!

Katie said...

Congratulations on your cookbook.

My favorite appetizer is meatballs, the sauce is a combination of grape jelly and chili sauce.

Katie
jnkt1600@yahoo.com

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Mushi said...

Mango Chutney Turnovers:
http://www.recipezaar.com/Cheese-and-Chutney-Turnover-316988

Krystyna said...

My friends always love when I make my variation of this: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Won-Ton-Snacks/Detail.aspx

Amy said...

My favorite is cooked asparagus wrapped in phyllo dough - simple, healthy and so easy!

kristin said...

Baked Brie in puff pastry with raspberry preserves - YUM!

DLib30 said...

This year for my Dad's Birthday party I made an app. of Bosc Pears slices topped with herbed goat cheese and wrapped in bacon. Bake until pears are tender and bacon is fully cooked. Drizzle with honey. I never got so many compliments on something I made before.

KT said...

A treat we have been enjoying in Germany is called Datteln & Pflaumen im Speckmantel which is plums wrapped in bacon. SOOO delicious!

KT

Femigod said...

Mushroom Onion Tartlets. They're vegetarian but everyone thinks they're stuffed with sausage. So delicious! Instead of making my own pastry puffs, I use the Athenos mini fillo pastry shells. A must try!

http://www.recipezaar.com/Mushroom-Onion-Tartlets-147107

Tiff said...

My new favorite is these shrimp wonton cups. Chop up pre-cooked shrimp, roasted red peppers, green onions, 1 cup of roated corn salsa and cheese. Then cook in pre-baked won ton cups in the oven. I believe it was a recipe from Cooking Light.

Melanie M said...

i chop up an apple into small bits - sometimes mixing two types of half apples, sprinkle on cinnamon and a little brown and white sugar. Then I unroll crescent rolls, smear some apple mixture on, roll into crescents and bake - they are yummy!

you could use the new pillsbury dough sheets, spread apples over it, roll it up like a jelly roll and carefull slice pinwheels out - that would be great too.

you might make a flavored cream cheese or butter spread to go with this too!

Kelly said...

little tostada bites with guacamole and a grilled shrimp. They are delish! oh and PS I must win a copy!

Beth said...

puff pastry spread with goat cheese and topped with tomato & basil is SO yummy.

Or, I make a very yummy spinach & artichoke dip. As well as a pretty good buffalo chicken dip!

Brittany said...

I love to make gyoza or potstickers! They are so good and an absolute hit with my friends!

Allie said...

buffalo chicken dip or cookie dough dip!! yum, yum!!

Kristen said...

My favorite appetizers to make are anything inside of a wonton wrapper! Buffalo chicken bites are always a big hit- chicken, finely diced onion, cream cheese, and hot sauce- all stuffed inside of wonton wraps and baked until crispy. YUM!

wifeplzak said...

I love blue cheese filled figs wrapped in bacon.. not very creative but yummy!

Angela said...

A big hit for me has been a curried cream cheese and chutney dip. It has a very interesting combination of flavors.

Toby said...

Congrats.. it is great to see all you have accomplished. You are a role model. My fav app to make is just simple little cheese filled smokies in a crockpot with bbq sauce. Good in the fall

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

I love making dips for appetizers. Not too terribly creative. I made a buffalo chicken dip that was to die for a while ago.

sunflowerramos said...

The best one I like is those mini sausages with some bbq sauce and a little bit of grape jelly. Throw those bad boys into a crockpot and you are set!

Amoora said...

Hi,
My favorite is a celary sticks with cream cheese and olives. I cut up the olives or get them sliced and mix them with softened cream cheese. Then I stuff them in with celary sticks that are cut up to smaller size, like 4 per celary stick. It is soo good and such a hit with everyone I know. Thanks for your consideration for the book!

Nancy White said...

I love to make these crab cakes in miniature as apps - you can get three little cakes out of the same amount as one big one - pricey but worth the splurge. http://bit.ly/3ofNaw

Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) said...

Not creative, but salsa + tortilla chips always go over well :)

Megan A. said...

I love cold veggie pizza!

http://amberskitchen.blogspot.com/2008/12/cold-veggie-pizza.html

And the book definitely needs to be signed!!

Stephanie said...

It's not fancy or anything, but buffalo chicken dip is the best app in my opinion! Everyone loves it, it's easy to through together, and I always get tons of compliments!

Ashley said...

I hope I win! haha My favorite appetizer is probably one that we had at our wedding- miniature kobe beef burgers!

YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

That's cool, your own cookbook!

Tasha said...

My new favorite is Chili Brie Sourdough. Mix 1 t chili powder, 1/2 t gr. mustard, 1/2 t garlic powder,1/2 t sugar. Cut top out of round sourdough loaf & remove insides (the size of a wheel of brie.) Brush insides with 1 T melted butter. Sprinkle 2 t of spice mixture. Place brie inside (minue rind)& top with remaining spice. Make cuts in edge of bread, replace top & bake for 20-30 mins. at 350. Break pieces of bread for dipping.

Colin's Mom said...

My favorite appetizer is one I had a restaurant and then came home to recreate. It's a caramelized onion and goat cheese tart - YUM!

Congrats on your cookbook, by the way and thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

Adriana said...

i like to marinate chicken wings in teriyaki sauce and bake it in the oven and voila....perfection!

Leah said...

My favorite app is velveta/rotel queso dip, it's so yummy! but you asked for creative, so here's something i made recently that people seemed to love.

Baby BLT's - fill cherry tomatoes with the following mixture:
•1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
•1/4 cup light mayonnaise
•3 oz. light cream cheese, softened
•1/4 cup green onions, chopped
•1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
this makes about 24 tomatoes!

Ginka's Goodies said...

One of my favorites is very simple...
Flax pita bread-cut into triangles and bake until golden. Serve with salsa & guac! YUM!

Amy said...

These aren't very creative but they're always delicious!

-Buffalo Chicken Dip "crack dip"
-Bacon wrapped smokies
-Anything made in wonton wrappers
-Ham and Pickle rollup dip
Combine equal parts of cream cheese and sour cream with diced ham (lunch meat type ham) and cut up pickles. Tastes just like the rollup, but in dip form!

I agree with previous comments, please sign the book! :)

Rhodes Family said...

Stuffed mushrooms using seafood stuffing or mini crab cakes with mango salsa

Danielle said...

My grandma makes these:
Ritz crackers with red pepper jelly and cream cheese.

Eve said...

I like shrimp and cocktail sauce. Yum. They are great appetizers, and boy, do they go fast!

Miss Mojito said...

We like to do a nacho bar. All the fixins and you make your own nachos and pop it in the oven or micro to get it a little melted!

Ashley said...

It's football season so our favorite app is wrapping little smokies in bacon and covering them with brown sugar in the slow cooker.

Food Coma said...

I am loving anything that I can put into a wonton wrapper!

Cara said...

fruit salsa with cinnamon chips!

Renee said...

Pioneer Woman's Olive Cheese Bread is AMAZING!!

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/olive_cheese_br/

lilhousewifecooks said...

I really like to make procuitto wrapped figs or homemade white castle sliders (recipe on my blog)

Meredith said...

You are being generous! That cookbook is awesome! Anyone would be lucky to have it!

Heather I. said...

How about some mini quiches? I can never stop eating those! Another favorite is lil' smokies with a bbq glaze!

Kerry said...

I currently really like stuffed strawberries, you simply cut out the top and pipe in filling. They are so pretty and a good chance to be creative!

Anonymous said...

Jalapeno Popper dip!! It's amazing!

-Stacey

~Mendie~ said...

Here is one of my football favorites! Also have made it for happy hours too.

Pepper Wienies
1) Empty 2 packs of lil' Smokies into crockpot
2) Dump a jar of mild pepper rings with juice into crockpot
3) follow with a small can of tomato paste (i use contadina)(it will be prety thick but will thin out in a bit)
4) cook on low for about a few hours, don't overcook as they will become mushy, be sure to stir regularly

Enjoy!

The Browns said...

My favorite app is goat cheese tomato tarts. I got the recipe from Ina Garten and it can be found on Food Network's website. I try to cut things out to make them a little healthier and make them smaller for less calories.

Thanks for the giveaway!

KellieBelle said...

Definitely autograph the book for the winner!! :)
I <3 so many foods, it's hard to choose! But meatballs are always a hit, are pretty easy, and I'm dying to try the albondigas (Spanish meatballs!) recipe I got in my new cookbook I bought in Spain, so that is my suggestion!

bchmomx3 said...

My favorite appetizers are bite size quiches, spinach artichoke dip and mini egg rolls.

Kdog said...

Oh, I'll give you three:
1. go to pillsbury.com and look up crescent wrapped brie and serve it with a favorite jam
2. go to atkins.com and look up proscuitto pillows stuffed with goat cheese
3. cut up 2 kielbasa and throw them in an oven proof dish with a bag of brown sugar and throw it in the oven.

Amy said...

I love simple pepper jelly with cream cheese and crackers! What a great giveaway! :)

Sarah said...

oh how cool! You know I am not very creative when it comes to appetizers, I am always satisfied with spinach dip...YUM!

Shelly B said...

We love cream cheese stuffed celery. YUM! Directions: Bring the cream cheese to room temperature. Unwrap the cream cheese and put it in a medium-sized bowl, mashing it with a fork.Mince about one tablespoon of fresh onion and add it to the cream cheese. Add one or two hard shakes of Worcestershire Sauce and mix well. Slice turkey ham into very thin (about 1/8 inch thick or smaller) slices. Blot dry with a paper towel and cut into small cubes. Add the turkey ham to the cream cheese mixture, and mix until well blended. Keep adding finely diced turkey ham until it “looks right” to you, just don’t add so much turkey ham that the cheese cannot hold it together.To serve, stuff the washed and dried celery sticks with the cream cheese mixture.
Love it!

Jenn ~ said...

My favorite appetizers are the little pinwheel sandwiches.there are so many different ways to make them.. i just love it!

Ashley Lyon said...

I like to make some really simple homemade meatballs and cook them in some Sweet Baby Ray's (best BBQ sauce ever!). It is heaven and hard to resist.

Tiff said...

I have a mexican spinach dip that gets rave reviews every time! I would be more than glad to share it with you!

Natalie said...

ah i'd love to win a copy of your book :)

and you MUST make this praline mix, i promise it'll be a hit: http://mclaurysweets.blogspot.com/2009/09/praline-party-mix.html

Nina said...

Your cookbook is so cute! Love it! I just saw a pretty creative appetizer in the Southern Living magazine today. It is salad skewers or salad kabobs with mustard dill dressing. I really want to try them.

Alison said...

My favorite around this time of year is this cranberry dip served with apples

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed (Undiluted)
1 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Zest (rind) of 1 orange
1/4 cup finely chopped dried cranberries (Craisins)
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans

BrookeK said...

My favorite apps are any dip....esp. buffalo chicken wing dip and cream cheese chip dip. I also love brie en croute. Yum!

Joanne said...

::Sigh:: You are super generous Ash :). My favorite appetizer is dumplings. I bet you could go to town with those coming up with all sorts of stuffing combinations.

Lisa A said...

That's a tough one. I just love making appetizers whenever I go to a get-together! One of my favorites by far is Jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon, hold with a toothpick and bake! Always a huge hit and no recipe needed! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments, you are an inspiration! And thanks for the offer!

Mark said...

Green sauce salsa. It's a dip associated with Houston area Tex-Mex and made with avocado, tomatoes, tomatillos, garlic, cilantro, sour cream and jalapenos. Very very good - I use tortilla chips or pita bread to dip.

Abbey said...

Spinach and artichoke dip served with homemade toasted pita chips. It always gets rave reviews at our get togethers!

Corrina said...

Love your blog can't wait to see the cookbook!

KMAYS said...

Love the blog and would love to win a copy of the cookbook! We served a trio of dips with all kinds of dippers (crudites, bread, pretzels) at our housewarming, and I munched on those all night.

Layne said...

I went to a friend's party over the weekend and she made the cutest little appetizers. I think the most creative were her BLT bites in cherry tomatoes.

They were little cherry tomatoes hollowed out and stuffed with crumbled bacon, mayo, cheese and spices. They tasted JUST like mini BLT's. And they looked SUPER cute!

Heather said...

I will like those pigs in a blanket. I made them out of full hotdogs wrapped in a crossiont (sp?). You had them on your blog a while back. I made them for a work party and they went quickly.

Bethany said...

Fresh ricotta with carmelized onions and pancetta on garlic flatbread. A huge hit! I also love figs stuffed with goat cheese wrapped in pancetta!

Cheryl said...

The appetizer that is always the biggest hit at our church luncheons are bacon baskets. You make these by weaving bacon over the back side of a muffin tin. Bake until crisp and let cool. Meanwhile prepare a chopped salad filled with your favorite veggies, fruits and nuts. Then carefully separate the bacon cup baskets from the tin and fill with salad. It is fabulous and super easy.

blackcatkitchen said...

caprese salad bites - just a grape or cherry tomato cut in half and put on toothpick with a little chunk of mozzarella and a basil leaf. Drizzle with olive oil. Simple, yet elegant.

Sara-Kate M. said...

Roasted jalapeno poppers filled with provel cheese and Italian sausage. An awesome combination!

Peachy Keen said...

My favorite appetizer is super simple and really lo-cal. Mix together one package of neufachel cheese (like cream cheese, but lower fat & lower calories) that has softened at room temperature with a jar of salsa (your choice of brand, but I prefer chunkier salsas). Depending on the type of salsa you use, use anywhere from 1-2 cups. Mix together until well blended and not too "soupy." Spread a layer on burrito-sized flour tortillas. Sprinkle some shredded cheese and then roll the tortilla up. Then, cut into 1/2" to 1" thick pieces. Refrigerate until you serve it. Soooo good!

Cheryl Wade said...

I really like The Pioneer Womans Olive Cheese Bread. Better for casual get togethers.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/olive_cheese_br/

Kelli said...

My favorite appetizer is goat cheese tartlets. I used store bought pie crust and cut them into little circles that fit in my mini cupcake pan. Then I cream together 6 ounces of goat cheese, and egg, salt and pepper. You can bake them as is, but I also like to put a little bit of carmelized onions on top. It's yummy and fun :)!

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Sarah said...

I just tried this for the first time last weekend, and I'm in love! I'm making it to bring to a party this weekend.

http://www.recipejoint.com/recipe-appetizer/avocado-feta-and-pancetta-bruschetta.html

("Rocket" is arugula)

msumommie said...

I love blue cheese grapes! You take a mixture of cream cheese, blue cheese, and a tad of milk then cover the grape with the cheese mixture. Then roll in chopped walnuts. Amazing appetizer! I had some leftover from a party and ate them over a salad the next day.

Jennifer said...

Buffalo Chicken Dip is ALWAYS a hit at my get-togethers!! I always use fat free cream cheese dressing and serve it with celery and carrots as a healthy alternative to chips!

elisa said...

This is very simple: very good blue cheese sliced on a triscuit, with a dab of honey mustard (more honey than mustard). We had this the other night before dinner and it was so awesome.

*Kim* said...

Mmmm buffalo chicken dip...shredded chicken, cream cheese, hot sauce and ranch...so good!!

Kim
sunkissed212[at]yahoo.com

Amber said...

I must say...that is the cutest cookbook ever!

Sugar & Spice said...

Grape Tomatoes & mozzarella chich kebab! Delicious fresh, healthy appetizer :)

Kristen J said...

An old time tradition in our family during this time of year is taking little weiners/sausages and simmering them in grape jelly and chili sauce. Yummmmm.

D said...

Vietnamese spring rolls are always a great appetizer. You can be creative with the filling and it's always delicious and light.

FoodCents said...

I love to serve a spinach/artichoke dip. A date stuffed with an almond and wrapped in a piece of bacon was something I recently had at a party and knocked my socks off.