Spicy Tuna and Avocado Cucumber Sushi Bites

Spicy Tuna and Avocado Cucumber Sushi Bites

While thinking about appetizers and snacks for my New Year's Eve party I could not help but think of making something healthy, to get a head start on those New Year's resolutions, and I just had to make these Spicy Tuna and Avocado Cucumber Sushi Bites treats! The basic idea was to take my favourite sushi, spicy tuna, and instead of rolling it up in that carbalicious sushi rice that I would serve it on a slice of cucumber, which is nice and juicy and healthy and it makes it perfect finger food! The sushi grade tuna is seasoned with soy sauce for saltiness, sriracha for the spicy heat, mirin for a touch of sweetness, green onions and sesame oil and seeds. The final component is of course cool and creamy avocado which rounds things out when combined with the juicy cucumber! Not only are these bite sized 'sushi' appetizers ridiculously tasty but they are also super easy to make, so much easier than rolled sushi, so they are a great for entertaining! If you are looking for a healthy and addictively tasty way to ring in the New Year, these Spicy Tuna and Avocado Cucumber Sushi Bites bites are just what you have been looking for!

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Hot Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Dip

Hot Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Dip – if you like Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, you'll love this dip!

If you like Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, you'll love this dip!

I have a weakness for Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches, so when my sister-in-law brought this philly cheesesteak dip to my Mom's on Christmas, I couldn't stop thinking about it for days – it was that good! I needed to figure out a way to make this lighter so I played around with it and came up with a solution, worthy to bring to any party!

I replaced the steak with chicken, cut the cream cheese in half and used light instead, and replaced the rest with light sour cream (I tried it with Greek yogurt but didn't taste as good). The final was DELICIOUS! 🙂

For dipping I bought a whole wheat baguette, sliced it thin and toasted it but bagel thins, pretzel thins, tortilla chips or even crudites would work! This can be made one day in advance and stored in the refrigerator before baking. 

Hot Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Dip – if you like Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, you'll love this dip!

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feta tapenade tarte soleil

tarte soleil

Fully preoccupied with coming up with fun new shapes for my favorite cookie a few weeks ago, I went deep into a YouTube cooking show rabbit hole and emerged somewhere in France, where a twisted pastry that goes by the name tarte soleil stopped me in my tracks, and zipped itself right to the top of the Must! Cook! Now! list.

make the red pesto-tapenade-ish filling

roll out

It looks like it would take tweezer-level pastry cheffing to pull off, or at least some advanced mathematics. You’d imagine that this recipe would begin with a bracket of instructions labelled “Day One:” and you’d close the tab immediately. But you, like me, be forgetting that most French home cooking is remarkably simple (intentionally leaving the souffles and quenelles for the white tablecloth-ed establishments) and if you can find puffed pastry worth eating in the freezer case and leave it in the fridge overnight, you could be bringing this to a party an hour later. Trust me, I leave everything to the last minute and still got this out of the oven and digitally recorded with available light before the sun set at approximately 3:22 p.m. yesterday.

cut into a circle

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Brilliant Suggestions by Ree

icyfenceOur power is still out on the ranch, and after braving it with a raging fire in the fireplace and layers upon layers of clothing, we finally had to close up shop and head to town, where the six of us have spread out between relatives, friends, and our family office. This was not, however, before I made the following actual suggestions to Marlboro Man and/or the kids, which is probably what prompted my beloved to suggest we move our operation to town.

He was starting to worry—understandably so—that the cold was affecting my brain.

“Hey! Maybe we could plug in a space heater in our bathroom. That way it wouldn’t be so miserably cold when we get out of the shower.”

(Plug it into…what?)

“I could turn the ovens on really high for about 30 minutes, then open them up. It might help?)

(But the ovens run on…electricity?)

“We need to go buy an electric blanket!”

(And…what would we do with that, exactly?)

“I could make a few of those little chocolate cakes in mugs in the microwave! That would warm us up.”

(Crickets.)

(a couple of hours later) “I know! Microwave popcorn!”

(Never mind.)

“Can someone PLEASE turn up the heater? It’s freezing in here!”

(Coincidentally, that’s around the time we headed to town.)

Anyway, all is well in the grand scheme of things. I’m just grateful we have places we can go to keep warm and I’m even more grateful for the amazing, dauntless linemen, who are working 24-7 to get everyone up and running again.

And I’m using this as an opportunity to rest my brain, which as you can see from the above, is sorely needed.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Halloumi Sliders with Harissa

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Halloumi Sliders with Harissa

When I was thinking about appetizers for New Year's Eve parties I could not help but think about roasted brussels sprouts sliders filled with grilled halloumi cheese and caramelized onions! Roasted brussels sprouts sliders are so fun and tasty and I've made them before with various ingredients and this time I went with the grilled halloumi, caramelized onions and some harissa. Harissa is a spicy chili pepper sauce that is balanced with sweet roasted red peppers and it goes really well in these brussels sprouts sliders. You start by cutting the brussels sprouts in half and roasting them and then you assemble them by skewering them on a toothpick along with the fillings to make a nice mouth sized snack that is perfect for parties! The filling for these sliders is grilled halloumi cheese, which retains its shape when grilled and it has a nice squeak when you chew it, along with some sweet caramelized onions and the spicy harissa making for one tasty bite sized treat!

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Brrrrrrrr by Ree

kidsI’m checking in with a brief update from the open prairie. My laptop has 2% battery left and my wireless internet device is almost kaput as well. Our power went out last night because of the storm, so Marlboro Man, the kids, Betsy and I huddled around the fire, where we sang camp songs (Marlboro Man elected to just listen; ha) and told spooky stories until about midnight, when the power came back on. God bless the dedicated technicians that get out there and answer the call on nights like that.

As luck would have it, our heater blew a fuse when the outage happened, so we didn’t have heat in half our house during the night, but we kept the fire going and kept the faith…then this morning, the power went out again. But that’s okay! We have a roof over our heads. And way more songs to sing, lucky for Marlboro Man!

I’ll be back once I go round up more firewood, make coffee on the stove, and throw on yet another pair of socks.

Everyone stay safe out there!

I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas.

Ham and Cheese Rolls with Caramelized Pineapple and Onions

Ham and Cheese Rolls with Caramelized Pineapple and Onions

Are you looking for a snack for game day or an appetizer for a New Year's Eve party or just something for a get-together? These tasty ham and cheese rolls with caramelized pineapple and onions are perfect; nice and quick and easy and oh so good! I came across the idea for hot ham and cheese party rolls a while ago and the holidays was a great time to pull out the recipe. They are super easy to make, you just roll out a dough, lay down some slices of ham and cheese along with caramelized onions and pineapple, roll them up, pour on a tasty sauce and bake them until they are fabulously golden brown and flaky and good! The original recipe calls for a pizza dough but I went with a crescent dough and I added the caramelized onions and pineapple to add a touch of sweetness and tanginess that compliments the ham and cheese combo really well. These ham and cheese rolls with caramelized pineapple and onions are the perfect finger food for any party!

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New Years Eve Party Recipes

New Years Eve Party Recipes

I can't believe that it's that time of year again but 2015 is almost over and that means that it is time to start planning your New Years Eve party! Whether you are having a few guests over to celebrate or you're just spending a quite night in you are going to need some tasty snacks to help ring in the new year! With that in mind I have gathered up some of my favourite tasty treats that would be amazing at any New Years Eve party and they include everything from decadent melted cheese dips to grilled meat and even a few healthier options for those that are already dreading their New Years resolutions. Whatever you are doing this New Years Eve these tasty treats are sure to please, so enjoy and have a great New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas

I hope that it is filled with good company and plenty of tasty food!

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