Category Archives: Appetizers

Zucchini Patties

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I just can’t believe today is February 28th!  I didn’t have time to  make enough of the recipes from Balaboosta and now the month is over. This will definitely be a cookbook I come back to again and again. Yesterday I … Continue reading

NW Summer Cocktail Party featuring simple & crisp

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Look at those beauties! We received these gorgeous Simple & Crisp dried fruit slices in the mail last week with this lovely note: Please enjoy pairing our delectable fruit crisps with some of your favorite culinary cravings! Simple & Crisp’s … Continue reading

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Dungeness Crab Cakes

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I Love Crab Cakes! That’s the name of the Tom Douglas cookbook Joy and Toby gave me for Christmas back in 2006. It’s a great little book filled with 50 unique crab recipes from around the world. While I love reading … Continue reading

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Yogurt Chicken Skewers

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May is Guest Chef Month at A Passionate Plate! Today’s post and recipe are from our good, foodie friend, Margretta. She is a lovely hostess, great writer and fantastic cook. Margretta makes everyone who enters her home feel comfortable and … Continue reading

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Josephinas

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May is Guest Chef Month at A Passionate Plate! We’re giving friends, family, and our readers a chance to share their favorite recipes with us. I’m happy to kick things off with a recipe from my earliest mentor in the … Continue reading

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Kale & Artichoke Strudel

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While my vegetable garden is just barely getting started (peas, radishes and carrots up, but not much else) my neighbors, Snowe and Nancy, are already harvesting a bounty of greens. A few days ago we were the lucky recipients of … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Grilled Artichokes

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I really enjoy a challenge – especially when it involves food! My good friend, Colleen, recently hosted our girls’ group, The 9 Chicks, at her lovely home on the beautiful island of Hawaii. On the first night on the island, … Continue reading

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Salmon Sashimi with Ginger and Hot Sesame Oil

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Oh, Boy! Have I got a luscious treat for you today. Now, before I get into it, I want you to keep an open mind. I did, and I’m soooooo happy about it. I read just a little tidbit about … Continue reading

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Buffalo Chicken Pizzette

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It’s almost here: Super Bowl weekend! What’s not to love about a weekend filled with great commercials, spectacular halftime entertainment, football and snack-y food?! Alright, I’ll be honest. It’s really all about the food For some reason, I don’t feel … Continue reading

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Chicken Nacho Bites

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Super Bowl Sunday is just two days away… will you be watching? We’re having a little party, and I am psyched because: 1.) I love football 2.) I can eat all of those yummy snack foods people serve with beer, and 3.) … Continue reading

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Mame Mia! Dip

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This dip gets it’s creative name from the fun combination of multi-cultural ingredients (edamame and pesto). Get it? I guess this could be considered a “healthier” dip than most (i.e. it’s not a heavy, cream-based dip and the edamame is … Continue reading

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Clams with Chorizo

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If you’ve been reading A Passionate Plate for a while, you’ve probably noticed that my husband, Marvin, and I don’t always crave the same food. I tend to be a little more “whole wheat” while Marv tends to be a … Continue reading

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Gluten Free, Dairy Free Spinach Dip

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Do you have friends or co-workers with those challenging dietary restrictions… like gluten free, dairy free, raw foods only, vegan?  Ever wonder what to take to a work party or social event that everyone can eat? Well, here it is… … Continue reading

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Muhammara Dip

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What do you do when you receive an e-mail with the subject line: “Phenomenal!”? In my case, I opened it, read it and promptly saved it to my “Recipes” folder. And, there it sat for a year. I did not … Continue reading

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Fig & Blue Cheese Savories

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At our Christmas Cookie Decorating Party last night, we all brought an hors d’oeuvre to share. As soon as I tasted these Fig & Blue Cheese Savories, I knew the recipe would be going on A Passionate Plate. What a perfect … Continue reading

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Butternut Squash, Blue Cheese & Sage Crostini

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These Butternut Squash, Blue Cheese & Sage Crostini were a big hit at our cookie decorating party. This simple-to-prepare vegetarian appetizer pairs sweet, nutty, roasted squash with a savory blend of ricotta & blue cheese. Lemon zest gives each bite … Continue reading

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Mustard-Mascarpone Bruscetta

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Print Ingredients ½ cup mascarpone ¼ cup fresh basil 3 Tbsp. Dijon-style mustard salt and pepper, to taste baguette Instructions Whisk mascarpone and basil together with mustard in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Spread onto ¼” thick … Continue reading

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Curry Turkey Salad Sliders

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Happy post-Thanksgiving eating, everyone. Yes, it’s time  for leftovers and a trip to the gym. But first a HUGE congratulations to WSU for wining the Apple Cup yesterday. After 8 straight loses, the season ended on a positive note and … Continue reading

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Crooked Witches Fingers

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Another easy, tasty, scar-rrrry treat. Simple shape Cheddar Cornmeal Cracker dough into “fingers” and top with an almond. Increase baking time to about 30 minutes since the dough will be thicker. EnJOY!

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Eyeball Poppers

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This one couldn’t be easier! Simply stuff Peppadew Peppers with cream cheese (I used garden veggie flavor) and top with a sliced green olive stuffed with pimento. Done!

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Shrimp Ceviche

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This is my biggest hit of the summer! And, please ~ next year, when I start to complain around mid-June that summer has not arrived in Seattle, remind me that summer stays in Seattle well into September! It’s 80° in … Continue reading

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Sriracha and Bacon Deviled Eggs

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Mary made me this beautiful and delicious birthday cake for my special day, and I had hoped to return the favor. But, of course, my long-time friend is traveling, again. In addition to being a savvy business woman, terrific chef … Continue reading

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Corn Dog Bites

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A couple of my favorite kids came over for lunch yesterday. Natalie and Kiki were in town for their Irish Step Dance Camp (they recently danced at the Miss Washington pageant), and Justin was along for the ride (and lunch!). … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Style Fresh Rolls +Video

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Vietnamese Style Fresh Rolls are one of my favorite summer foods. Paper-thin wrappers hold tidy bundles of fresh vegetables, herbs, rice noodles, tofu and shrimp. Add a little nuoc cham and peanut sauce, and Vietnamese Style Fresh Rolls are the … Continue reading

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Bloody Mary Shrimp Shooters

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Start your party off right with a Bloody Mary Shrimp Shooter. It’s a shot glass layered with crunchy celery, avocado, lemon juice, spicy homemade cocktail sauce, and a big, juicy shrimp. We make our cocktail sauce with one of our … Continue reading

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Melon, Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Skewers

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This is a step up from the typical cantaloupe wrapped with prosciutto appetizer. We added a little ball of Point Reyes Original Blue cheese in the center, along with fresh basil leaves. Using a melon baller for the cantaloupe and … Continue reading

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Cheddar Cornmeal Crackers

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  Cheddar Cornmeal Crackers Print Recipe type: Appetizer Author: A Passionate Plate Serves: 10-12 Ingredients 1½ cups flour ½ cup cornmeal 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp salt ½ tsp cayenne pepper ½ tsp baking soda ½ cup butter, cold, cut … Continue reading

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Parmesan Thyme Crackers

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Parmesan Thyme Crackers 5.0 from 2 reviews Print Recipe type: Appetizer Author: A Passionate Plate Serves: 12 Keep this dough in your freezer for a quick and special treat when a friend stops by for a glass of wine! Ingredients … Continue reading

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Baked Ricotta Cups

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I was feeling a little blue today.  When I opened my eyes this morning (mind you, it’s JUNE), it was gray and rainy and 40-some degrees.  Well, it is Seattle, after all, right?  No!  I mean – yes, it’s Seattle, … Continue reading

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Ahi Carpaccio

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We <3 Sushi!  Sansei in Kihei, Maui, is our favorite place to eat it.  The list of items we order has been fine-tuned over several visits:  Dynamite Shrimp, Upcountry Vegetables, Ahi Carpaccio, Da 808 Roll, and Dragonfly Roll (and two … Continue reading

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Cucumber Radish Canapés

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Exciting news… I am harvesting from my tiny garden already! Lettuce, swiss chard and radishes. I planted the radishes to give myself some instant gratification, since radishes only take about 35 days to transform from seeds into spicy, crunchy little … Continue reading

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Springtime Hummus with Artichoke and Lemon

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My lovely friend, Cara, recently took a fabulous family vacation to Italy.  Her kids are SO lucky!  I’m lucky, too, because she brought back some of the most delicious Extra Virgin Olive Oil and she was kind enough to share … Continue reading

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Asian Lettuce Cups

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Asian Lettuce Cups are low-carb, healthy, delicious and virtually gluten-free. Serve these as a light lunch, a starter course, or a low-calorie dinner. Asian Lettuce Cups Print Recipe type: Starter or Main Dish Author: A Passionate Plate Serves: 4 Low … Continue reading

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Juicy Pork Dumplings

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JOY: The Juicy Pork Dumplings at Din Tai Fung are little bites of heaven. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could figure out how to make them ourselves? MARY: Seriously? I don’t know… wouldn’t it be easier to just go … Continue reading

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Cheddar Pepper Biscotti

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When I was planning for my good friend, Rob’s, Brewery Tour Birthday Party last weekend, I decided to make snack foods that would pair well with the beer we were drinking.  All of the breweries we visited served BIG bowls … Continue reading

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Salty, Sweet, Sticky Wings

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Happy Super Bowl XLVI Weekend!  To be honest, I really don’t care that much about the game, but I LOVE the commercials and the excuse to eat “snack-y” food while wearing my “snack-y” pants. It’s a pretty good reason to … Continue reading

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Steph’s Baked Tofu

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West Seattle is a great place to live… we’ve got views, water, parks, beaches, a casual neighborhood vibe, and several really amazing grocery stores, including PCC Natural Market. PCC is the kind of place where you want to shop in your yoga pants without … Continue reading

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Chinese BBQ Spareribs

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 These Chinese BBQ Spareribs can be summed up in one little word: YUM… and I mean lick your fingers YUM. The five-spice powder is what gives these ribs their distinctive flavor. Look for Chinese five-spice in the Asian section of … Continue reading

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Asiago and Artichoke Heart Dip

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Ski weekend is officially underway. We haven’t put on our skis yet, but we have gone for a long walk around Lake Wenatchee, relaxed in the hot tub, and opened the first bottle of red wine. We’ve also eaten an … Continue reading

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Yukon Gold Potato Latkes

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What would a Hanukkah dinner be without latkes? Not right, that’s what. Just to clarify, I am not Jewish and I didn’t grow up eating latkes.  My introduction to these crispy potato pancakes came when I worked at The Bush … Continue reading

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Stuffed Baby Red Potatoes

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Are you heading to a Christmas party this weekend? Need to bring an appetizer? Here is a recipe I’d like to reccomend – Stuffed Baby Red Potatoes, one of my favorite holiday hors d’oeuvres. Bring these to a party and watch … Continue reading

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Chicken & Swiss Chard Potstickers

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This recipe is adapted from a swiss chard potsticker recipe I found in Whole Living magazine. I added ground chicken to make it more palatable for Marvin, who tends to shy away from things that appear to have too much green in … Continue reading

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