Brazilian Cheese Puffs Pao de Queijo

Find out how hot, puffy, chewy zesty golden cheese puffs made in the blender and baked in mini muffin tins keeps me ho-ho-ing through the holidays.

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Parmesan, Rosemary & Pecan Cocktail Crackers

I brought these to a meeting recently and amidst platters of appetizers, so many people were talking about them and asking for the recipe that I thought you might enjoy it, too.

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Mini Coconut Popovers with Chutney

GET INSTANT SUCCESS WITH THESE BITE-SIZE APPETIZERS

These new, lactose-free popovers can be baked large to serve in place of bread or in mini muffin tins for appetizers. They each have their own personality, just like our kids. 

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Hummus with Lima Butter Beans & Cumin

Trendy hummus can be made in a rainbow of flavors from beet to spinach. I keep mine simple by substituting buttery limas for the garbanzos, which makes it wonderfully creamy. 

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Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Zucchini and Spice Cheese

How many roles can one mushroom play? How about an excellent hors d'oeuvre, first course, vegetable side dish or vegetarian entree?  Vegetables don't get more versatile than this. 

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Garlic Shrimp with Panko & Parmesan crust

These scrumptious shrimp are so easy to make that with a little extra effort, you can increase the recipe for 2 to serve 22. 

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Shrimp Mousse with Dill Pistachio Pesto

This was such a hit at a San Francisco Chronicle holiday party that Thomas Keller of the French Laundry was so impressed he asked to meet me.  

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Gruyere Gougère

Gruyere Gougères(ɡooˈZHer)  You may not be able to pronounce them. but these cheese filled cream puffs are one of the most delicious French hors d'oeuvre ever. Follow my step-by-step directions and you will have beautiful golden cheese puffs to impress your friends. They are a little time consuming to make, but they freeze beautifully before they are baked. . 

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Honey-Glazed Cumin-Spiced Carrots

These are no ordinary carrots. Cooking them in honey and then seasoning with cumin makes them so flavorful that they become a conversation piece. Everyone tries to guess the ingredients. 

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Devil’s Eggs with Jalapeños & Cumin

I am about to confess to the one thing I have never been able to cook—until now. You may have the same problem. I have the solution. Read on for the secret to making eggs fuss-free, fancy, and flavorful.

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