Cucumber Tomato Dill Salad

This salad is so damn good. I’m not a huge dill fan but it’s perfect here, and gives it such a different flavor. This salad tastes fresh and healthy and is a great side dish. This would also be delicious tossed with some lemony orzo for a heartier lunch! Photos by Darling Photography  This is hardly…

Fruit Skewers

This one of those non-recipe recipes that so many of my readers request. Let’s call it more of a serving suggestions than a recipe! Photos by Darling Photography  These look so pretty and are actually really practical for picnic and outdoor dining. Plus they look like a rainbow, which will put a smile on anyone’s face!…

Prosciutto Cantaloupe Skewers

I have posted several variations of this over the years. I’ll never tire of the prosciutto / cantaloupe / mozzarella combination. I really could eat these every day all summer long. And maybe I will! Photos by Darling Photography  I made these for my recent summer picnic and could not stop eating them. This is what…

Asian Cucumber Salad

I am obsessed with easy salad! It’s so delicious and simple. I served this at Disney Dinners: Mulan and several guests commented that they don’t even like cucumbers and loved this salad. Not a single slice was left on anyone’s plate! You could certainly use a mandolin for quick, thin slices but I don’t own a…

Shrimp Spring Rolls

I went through a major spring roll phase in college. They’re super healthy and fun to make and you can really fill them with whatever you like: vegetables, chicken, shrimp, et cetera. I made these for Disney Dinners: Mulan and got rave reviews. I hate to even put quantities here because you can fill spring…

Mini Gruyere and Parmesan Cheese Soufflé

I can’t believe I was always too scared to make soufflé. Take it from me: if you’re comfortable making sponge cake, you’ll have no problem making soufflé. I decided to go tres French for Disney Dinners: Beauty and the Beast with some of my favorite French ingredients: gruyere, parmesan, and herbes de provence. You want…

Chargrilled Oysters

I have been making these for years and have somehow never written about it. Probably because I’ve never measured! These are my favorite oysters in the world. They’re perfectly good with just the cheese mixture but if you’re feeling chef-y, make the quick butter sauce and pour it a bit over on the grill. The…

Smoked Salmon Crostini

A quick and easy Norwegian appetizer This was the very first Disney dinner dish I thought of. I researched Norwegian food for countless hours and found that smoked salmon is a really big deal in Norway. Apparently Norwegians happily eat smoked salmon morning, noon, and night and to that I say, sign me up! I…

Lamb Meatballs

My regular readers know that Greek food is my absolute favorite. I’ve been making these lamb meatballs since I was a teenager. I can’t believe I’ve never posted this recipe before! I serve lamb meatballs all sorts of ways: with tapas, in gyros, on pasta, and in salads. The key here is fresh mint, fresh…

Caprese Salad

I make so many dishes like this that I don’t even consider a recipe but it’s occurred to me lately that it’s shockingly difficult to find basics like this on the internet. The key here and with so many great dishes is the ingredients. I only make this when I can get great tomatoes, high…