Cherry Tomato Confit over Fresh Herbed Ricotta

I made dinner for some friends last night, and because I’m a fanatical convert to delicious homemade ricotta, I’m always looking for a way to add it to a meal.  And this is it — easy to make with all those end of summer tomatoes, and truthfully–we wanted to just eat this with a yummy […]

Parmesan Manchego Salsa/Dip/Slather

This is a Michael Chiarello recipe with a couple of minor changes, and it’s a total Trader Joe’s recipe, AND it’s one of the best appetizers I know how to make.  You THINK you’ll just have a taste, and then the bowl disappears!   I used to call it a dip, but you definitely don’t […]

Cucumber and Feta Dip

This is kind of like a pureed Greek salad (my fave) . . . extremely yummy on crackers and bread. Ingredients: 6 ounces feta cheese, drained and crumbled (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced (about 1 cup) 2 T. chopped sweet onion or green onions 1 clove garlic, minced 1 […]

Brie Fondue with Fresh Thyme and Chardonnay

Crisp tart apple slices are good for dipping; you can also use carrot sticks, roasted potato wedges, or bread cubes. Serves 8 2 Tbs. unsalted butter 1 large shallot, finely diced (about 1/4 cup) 1/2 cup Chardonnay 1 lb. brie, rind removed and cut into 1-inch pieces 1-1/2 Tbs. cornstarch 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme […]

Maytag Blue Dip

1/4 lb. Maytag Blue, crumbled 1/2-cup mayonnaise 1/4-cup sour cream 2 T. cider vinegar 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions 1 T. finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley 1 T. finely chopped fresh dill 1/2 t. coarse salt 1/3 t. freshly ground black pepper pinch of cayenne Blend half the cheese with the mayonnaise in a […]

Sun-dried Tomato Dip

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped (8 tomatoes) 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup good mayonnaise 10 dashes, hot red pepper sauce1 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts) Puree the tomatoes, cream cheese, sour […]

Rum Chevre Log with Hazelnuts and Rosemary with Dried Cherry Compote

½ lb. Philadelphia cream cheese, room temperature 1 lb. high quality chevre goat cheese, well chilled 3 T. dark rum 1 T. high quality sea salt 1 c. toasted ground hazelnuts, husks removed (can use walnuts or pecans too) 3 T. finely chopped fresh rosemary. Whip the cream cheese in a mixer with the whip […]

Baked Brie with Dried Cherries

1 (7 to 8-inch) wheel brie cheese 1/4 cup dried cherries 1/4 cup sliced toasted almonds 3 tablespoons brown sugar 2 sheets (12 by 18-inch) puff pastry 2 eggs, beaten Preheat the oven to 400° F. Using a warmed sharp knife, or unflavored dental floss (see cook’s note 1 below),  cut the wheel of brie […]

Trisha’s Favorite Hummus

3 cups cooked chickpeas, from dried, or canned, drained and rinsed 6 cloves roasted garlic 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon honey 3 tablespoons tahini 1/2 cup olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper Place chickpeas, garlic, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, honey and tahini in the bowl of a food […]