Category: Appetizers

Recipes that make great appetizers

Grilled Ham and Pineapple Sliders with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Grilled Ham and Pineapple Slider - Poet in the Pantry

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post by Jones Dairy Farm. All opinions remain my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make this blog possible.

I don’t care that the kids are going back to school tomorrow. That the pumpkin-flavored everything is multiplying like rabbits on store shelves and the beer …

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Strawberry Cheesecake Dip

strawberry cheesecake dip - poet in the pantry

When I was a consultant for a national food-centric direct sales company, I became a bit addicted to their cheesecake product. It was so simple–just mix with cream cheese for a spread or with cream cheese and whipped topping for a no-bake cheesecake–that I went through bottle after bottle of the mix. I told myself …

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Patriotic Fruit Kabobs

patriotic fruit kabobs - poet in the pantry

“Pineapple isn’t white!” my daughter insisted from the fresh foods aisle in Target.

“Well, what fruit can you think of that is then?”

She thought long and hard, scanning the options available. “Pears and apples are white inside, but they turn brown. Bananas are yellow…”

“Do you have a better idea?”

“Pineapple it is!”

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Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Chicken over Creamy Spinach Pasta

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken over Creamy Spinach Pasta - poet in the pantry

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post by Jones Dairy Farm. All photos and opinions remain my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make this blog possible.

There’s nothing like the flavor grilling imparts! Just about anything is improved by some time on those hot grates, searing to perfection what would otherwise …

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Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese…or Little Bites of Heaven

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese - poet in the pantry

Dates freak me out a little.

They remind me of the cockroach exhibit at the Bronx Zoo, where you can pretend to walk amongst them. I have no idea why anyone would want to pursue such an endeavor–don’t most of us want to run in the other direction, throwing shoes at them?–but there you can …

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Cheeseburger Quesadilla Deluxe

Cheeseburger Quesadilla Deluxe

Disclosure: As a Sabra Tastemaker, I was compensated for this post, as well as provided with free product. All opinions remain my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who help make this blog possible.

I love my job, but the work week is tough. It’s hard to find inspiration in the kitchen after a …

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Steamed Bacon Buns

Steamed Bacon Buns

I have a confession to make: the first time I ate a steamed (pork) bun was last year. March, to be exact, when I attended the Tourism Australia luncheon. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it at first–it looked…anemic. Where was my golden crust? Why did it look under-baked? Why would I want to consume …

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Mini Quiche Bites and A Baby Shower for Omeletta!

Mini Quiche Bites

Did you hear the news? Ruthy of Omeletta–one of my friends from First on the First–is having a baby! And today, we’re throwing her a virtual baby shower to share the joy with her!

There’s nothing quite like those moments leading up to the birth of your first child. Sure, my “baby” is approaching …

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Cheesy Garlic Crostini

Cheesy Garlic Crostini

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kraft. The opinions and text are all mine.

Christmas is a time for family traditions.

Baking cookies together. Decorating the tree. Visiting Santa. And Christmas Eve. Since the kids came along, it became too difficult trying to visit everyone important to us on the …

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Festive Fall Sliders with KING’S HAWAIIAN ® Dinner Rolls

Festive Fall Sliders

Sliders may seem like a summer grilling weather kind of thing, but we enjoy them year-round. All you need are a seasoned cast iron pan and a medium to medium-high flame and you’re good to go, bringing your favorite summer treat to parties and sports gatherings for many months to come.

I recently attended …

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