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…

Parmesan Kale Chips

Y’all should have seen the horrified look on my dad’s face when I told him I was serving kale at my Christmas party! Don’t be fooled: these may be on the healthy side of party appetizers, but they are addictive. There wasn’t a single kale chip left after A Mistletoe and Holly Affair! I don’t…

Antipasto Skewers

It’s hard for me to even call this a recipe because it’s so easy but here we go! You can easily make these the morning of a party. Loosely cover the serving platter with plastic wrap and set on the table when your guests arrive. You can make as few or as many as you…

Mini Muffulettas

I’m not sure it’s fair to call these muffulettas but whatever you call them, they’re delicious. Note:  this recipe is easily doubled. Mini Muffulettas 1 pkg Hawaiian Rolls 1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened 8 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled 24 pimiento-stuffed olives, chopped 4 Tbsp chopped fresh chives 1/4 tsp pepper Combine cream cheese,…

Bacon Spinach Dip

I’ve been making this spinach dip since I was about 15 years old. I’ve perfectly it over the years, quickly swapping mayonnaise out for Greek yogurt, which I find lets the lemon really sing. I highly recommend cherrywood smoked bacon for this recipe. You can easily half this recipe, but I’m not sure you’ll want….

Flank Steak and Gorgonzola Crostini

This hands down stole the show at my Phantom Masquerade party. I wanted something fast and easy that would take little to no time to prep at party time. I grilled flank steak in the morning, sliced it, and had the slices ready to go in the fridge. At party time, I assembled on butter…