Tony’s Roquefort Grapes

1 10-ounce package of almonds, pecans or walnuts, toasted 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese ¼  pound Roquefort cheese 2 tablespoons heavy cream 1 pound seedless grapes red or green, washed and dried To toast nuts, preheat the oven to 275°.  Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and bake until toasted.  Almonds should be […]

Apple, Blue Cheese & Hazelnut Salad on Endive Leaves

Delish!  Served at Mark and Tony’s on Christmas Day, 2004 Yields 35 to 40 hors d’oeuvres 1 large (about 8 oz) tart-sweet red apple, such as Gala or Braeburn, cored and cut into 1/8” dice 3 oz. blue cheese, crumbled (to yield about ¾ cup) ¾ c. finely chopped celery (from about 2 large ribs) […]

Peppery Cheese, Nut, and Cornmeal Cookies

These are my favorite appetizers — you can make them ahead, and slice and bake as you need them. Very savory.  Trisha Makes about 100 cookies (or crackers) 2 ¼ c. (approximately 9 ounces) pecans 8 oz. Asiago cheese, finely grated (about 2 cups) 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 4 oz. sharp Vermont […]

Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs with Gorgonzola and Walnuts

If fresh figs aren’t available, dried black Mission figs can be substituted here; look for ones that are soft and moist. What to drink: Crisp Pinot Grigio pairs nicely with the entire meal. 9 large fresh black Mission figs, stemmed, halved 18 1×5-inch thin strips prosciutto (about 3 ounces) 3 tablespoons Gorgonzola cheese 18 large […]

Ruth Giammona’s Swedish Meatballs

Reminiscent of a Mad Men party, and definitely much better than those at IKEA.  When I bring these to a party, my friends immediately stop their party talk, and quietly part as I walk through the crowd to the snacks table, and then they make their dash to the toothpicks.  I feel like Moses parting […]

Spicy Toasted Garbanzo Beans and Pistachios

These are my favorite snacks in the world. I used to be the person who would remove garbanzo beans from my salads and wrap them in my napkin. HOW COULD I DO SUCH A SILLY THING? I love them now! I crave them! And in particular, I love them in this recipe! 2 15 1/2-ounce […]

Spanish Smoked Paprika Wings

2 t. ground cumin 1 t. granulated garlic 1 t. dried marjoram, crushed 1 t. Spanish smoked paprika 1 t. salt 2 lbs. chicken wing pieces 2 T. olive oil 1. Preheat the oven to 425. 2. Mix together the cumin, garlic, marjoram, paprika, and salt in a small bowl. Rinse the chicken pieces and […]

Nancy’s Completely Delicious (I had 4) Twice-Baked Parmesan Baby Potatoes

small red potatoes (1″ in diameter) 1 container shredded parmesan mayonaise (enough to bind cheese together) green onions, chopped, white part only, (I used one bunch) garlic (5 or 6 cloves) , minced Wash & clean potatoes. Bake @ 350 degrees on baking pan until easily pierced , about 30-45 min. Mix cheese, chopped garlic […]

Mark’s World Famous Tarragon Filet Mignon Crostinis

1 14 ounce jar artichoke hearts – well drained 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan Cheese 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel 1 garlic clove minced ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg Generous pinch of cayenne pepper 2 –  8 ounce beef tenderloins 2 baguettes – […]

Sesame Coins

Yields about 3 dozen 1 ½” coins 5 ¾ oz (1 ¼ cups) all-purpose flour 1 t. table salt ¼ t. coarsely ground black pepper 4 oz (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into ½” pieces, chilled 1 large egg yolk 1 T. Dijon mustard 2 T. sesame seeds, toasted kosher salt for sprinkling Combine the […]