Monday, December 29, 2014

Best Snacks and Appetizers of 2014

I'm looking back at 2014 and how many recipes I made, all the discoveries I came across and some of the great bloggers I met through their posts on the Secret Recipe Club and I'm exhausted.   And that doesn't count all the other food blogs I wandered into over the past year.

Just for fun, Sarah at Fantastical Recipes is doing a round up for their bloggers and letting us share some of our faves from the past year. 

So here goes with a Countdown to 2015.

I picked Snacks and Appetizers and I'll be sharing my favorite Desserts tomorrow, so stay tuned and don't forget to check out Sarah's blog.   She'll have a few more links on there of some more great recipes to look at and drool over. 

This past year just flew past and sometimes it seemed like there was a lot going on in my life and I did a lot of last minute recipes.

I guess that's just like a lot of people, huh?   We don't always get to plan out the details, sometimes you just have to fly and hope the wind catches you just right and you glide and don't crash and burn. 

Here's some of my favourite discoveries this past year, recipe wise that is.

 I made some Crispy Edamame for NPA one night, and even if they were not all that crispy, they tasted really good.
Very more'sh in a good way.
 I made some Asian Style turkey meatballs one night for Tapas, and played around with making some of them gluten-free.

I love finger food, can you tell?
I'm still trying to perfect my sticky wings recipe, but in the meantime, I keep coming up with more and more delicious variations.

I will persevere and get it right one of these days.

But in the meantime, I'm just going to have fun.  
 I made these Mini  Pizza Cheese Muffins for the Secret Recipe Club one month, and they were a big hit. 
All I can say is I'm glad I got to taste one or three before I shared the rest, cause they disappeared fast.
 I love, love, love smoked salmon and am always playing around with new variations.  This was one of my better efforts. 

Salmon Mousse
 Baked Brie with Fig Preserves.   OMG good.   I have no idea why this combo is so wonderful, but it is.

Rosemary Cheese Crisps with Pine Nuts.


No other words needed.

 Another one of my fun recipes, well, fun to me, cause I made it.
Sun Dried Bruschetta Jack Dip/spread.   
Really yummy, and quick and easy to make as well.

Spicy Witchy Fingers.
Well, actually one of the best cheese crackers I've found so far.  And fun to play with as well.

Like I love to say, if you can't have fun with your food, you're not playing correctly.  
I made some Tonkatsu with dipping sauces for Boat Club one night, and they got renamed.  
They are now known as Pork Fritters.
I do live in the south you know, but these were very eagerly eaten.  
Did that make sense, well, all I know is, there were no leftovers.

I've made them a couple more times, and I still can't get any leftovers.  
 Twisty Breadsticks.   These were more fun to do.  And a nice twist on a regular breadstick.  

Get it?  Nice twist?

Never mind.
 Sophisticated little noshes for a cocktail party, or to just eat out of hand.   Also great with chili.
Savoury Three Cheese Crackers, really fun and good.  
Chicken and Kohlrabi Slaw Bites.    One of those lucky accident recipes.  
 Za'atar Pita Crisps   I think I love these.   So simple, so tasty and even somewhat good for you.
Well, there's olive oil in there, and the spices are just plain fun.  
Chocolate Hummus

I made this once, cause the ladies at NPA like Hummus and chocolate and this put them together.  Well, I've since made several batches.
It's that good.
Savoury Garden Dip (FKA  Garbage Dip)

So easy to make and so good.    I even caught a sour cream hater eating some, didn't even know it was in there.    Or they just didn't care cause it tastes so good.
Hissy Fit Dip.   

Honestly, you need to make this one, even if you just do it so you can say the name.

Seriously good. 
Roasted Broccoli.   Pretty much not a finger food, but when you take it to NPA it becomes a really good finger food.   I guess it would work as a side dish for an entree as well.

Cucumber Salsa, another one of those dishes where you just keep on eating, but at least this one is pretty good for you.

And it's pretty to look at as well. 

There were lots more I could have included in here, really, but I'm tired of typing, and I'd love it if you just felt like exploring my blog on your own.

And if you feel like it, give me a shout out and let me know if I left out any of your favourites. 
Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.


  1. I got it.....and I laughed out loud....It was a nice twist!!

  2. So many of these looks good - I love Brie cheese and cannot wait to no longer be pregnant and have it again. The three cheese crackers look delicious. And the Asian meatballs too!!

    1. They're all good. And as soon as you can eat Brie again, try the Brie en Croute. People were literally scraping the melted brie off of the plate and eating it. Me included. And the Three Cheese crackers, were awesome, I'll be making them again and again.


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