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Mini Quiches

In Appetizers, Vegetarian on September 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm


If you see this picture and immediately think of a buffet back in the 80`s, think again (or taste them…). These mini quiches are so nice, delicious, and if you’ve a little extra time their ideal for parties, hosting, or just as little treats.

I made these little quiches for a party that was suppose to celebrate the 60`Th anniversary to the place that I live in. The people who planned this party gave each family a certain thing to make, by the first letter of the family name. We got in the quiches and savory pastries category, so I decided to make these little ones, who are easier (and look nicer) to serve in a large buffet.

Well, never mind that this party was quite a mess, these seemed to be a small success (or maybe because there was not a lot of food, but let me be optimistic), they were gone before I noticed.

This is one of the longest recipes that I wrote, but I must say that it doesn’t take as much time as you may think to prepare these little beauties. You just need the time to chill the pastry and roll it, but if you put the rolled and shaped pastries in the tin, you could keep it in the freezer for weeks- and when you want to make some, make the filling, fill them and put them strait in the oven.

The filling here are just suggesting, you can be you your imagination and fill these with almost anything.

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Tahini and Eggplant spread

In Appetizers, Vegetarian on August 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm


This spread is very easy to make, and it is better than the store bought one because it contains no oil or other preservatives. Also, if stored properly, this spread can be used up to a week.

A few tips for a good eggplant spread:

– Always choose the lighter eggplants. The heavy ones contain more seeds, and are usually bitter.

– Use the kind of tahini that you like, and that have stronger flavor. Don’t use store bought refrigerated tahini spread.

-Add more flavors to the basic spread by adding chopped parsley, some garlic, or any flavor that will suit your taste.

The amounts in this recipe are not absolute, change them as you wish, and remember that this is a very basic recipe.

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Cornbread

In Appetizers, Bread, Vegetarian on July 26, 2008 at 12:36 am

This is the first time that I’ve been making cornbread. I looked for a fairly simple recipe, which does not include cheeses, and all sorts of other things. I finally found this recipe at Epicurious, I omitted the jalapeños. It turned out a very nice cornbread, not too sweet, and with a nice crumbly texture.

If anybody has a good cornbread or corn muffin recipes, I will be more than happy to receive them!

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Homemade Fat Free Granola

In Appetizers on July 20, 2008 at 2:32 pm

This recipe would not be approved by my brother, who is not the “healthy food” kind of guy – you wont find him eating salads, or anything that looks kind of healthy.

In this granola recipe, there is no fat, but there is sugar, which is a must for the flavor. This in not low calorie recipe, but it is an excellent snack. It goes especially well with yogurt (low fat, just to make you feel good).

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Tuna Pasta Salad with Green-onion Dressing

In Appetizers, Cheese, Pasta on July 19, 2008 at 2:33 pm

Until recently, I was not too fond of cold pasta salads. The truth is that pasta is better hot and accompanied by a good sauce. This recipe changed all that.

There is something about the green-onion dressing that makes this pasta salad shine. Don’t be alarmed by the radioactive green color of it…it’s a part of the magic.  Just make sure that you make enough of it because the pasta absorbs most of the dressing, and you will need to add some more.

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