Appetizers & finger foods

Avocado and grilled onion tartines with roasted coriander-lime vinaigrette

Avocado & grilled onion tartines with roasted coriander-lime vinaigrette This avocado toast/bruschetta hybrid makes a perfect summer snack

What is a tartine? Tartine is simply the French term for an open-faced sandwich, usually with spreadable ingredients. But these lovely tartines, with their grilled bread and generous piling of avocado, might have more in common with the “avocado toast” that’s become so popular in the States recently. When it […]

Baked golden and red beets with anise vinaigrette

Baked golden and red beets with anise vinaigrette

These colorful roots are never more delicious than when prepared simply. Here they’re baked until perfectly tender and dressed with a delightful anise-flavored vinaigrette. When crushed in a mortar, the anise seeds impart a delicate licorice-essence to the beets, making this unfussy salad a tad exotic.

Endive boats with fresh ricotta and baked beets

Endive boats with fresh ricotta and baked beets

Serving light hors d’oeuvres that won’t spoil your guests’ appetite before they sit down for dinner should always be a priority. These endive boats fit the bill. They’re as colorful as they’re delicious – not to mention, festive and light as a cloud! No wonder these cheerful boats have become […]

Fresh fig crostini with bûcheron goat cheese and thyme

Fresh fig crostini with bûcheron cheese and thyme

I’ve always had a weakness for fresh figs. When fully ripe, their flavor is absolutely sumptuous. Figs are exquisite in desserts or simply eaten on their own, but they’re equally at home with savory foods, like these crostini. The contrast of the sweet figs with the pungent semi-aged goat cheese […]

Zucchini fritters with sweet basil

Zucchini fritters with sweet basil

These little fritters are the quintessential summer appetizer or hors d’oeuvre. Adults love them, kids love them, even picky eaters love them. They’re as addictive as they are easy to prepare. The basil leaves become crispy as they fry, while the lemon zest adds a bit of zing to the […]

Potato latkes with apple confit and crispy sage

Potato latkes with apple confit and crispy sage

The classic potato latke gets a makeover! Made with shallots instead of onions, these potato latkes are delicate and slightly sweet. Served with a dollop of apple confit spiked with Calvados, and a buttery, crispy sage leaf, each mouthful of these latkes yields an explosion of flavor.