Appetizing Appetizer

Mar 11

The ultimate chicken wings

I wanted to write about these little guys back when the superbowl was happening but they wouldn’t of gotten the attention they deserved as everyone was writing about their superbowl recipes.  Plus, I was stuck in bed sick and not able to cook anything.

close up drummettes

So a few weeks back,  at the  anti-valentines day’s potluck ( Yes, this happened, we all wore black and drank lots and lots of wine), I made chicken wings. How appropriate right?  Actually, they were drummettes but wings sound better and the recipe still applies.

I got this recipe from my brother in law who actually got it from his mother.  As soon as I had them, I knew I had to have the recipe.


Mini Chicken Wings or Drummettes
garlic salt
garlic powder
celery salt
onion powder

These are the 5 top seasonings I use, but you can substitute one or two with one you prefer. I know this seems very sodium heavy, but they are really delicious so you must try them, just don’t eat all of them to yourself. It will be hard but trust me its for the best.



  • Preheat Oven at 350 degrees
  • Using a Cookie Tray – lay out the chicken drummettes evenly on the pan

chicken drummettes

Sprinkle each seasoning on the individual chicken pieces, then flip each piece over and sprinkle the other side.

seasoned drummettes

Cook for 45 minutes in oven.  Mid-way thru flip over each drummete. While baking, the chicken will create natural juices and will be flavorful inside and out.

cooked chicken drummettes

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Jan 11

Appetizing Appetizer – Caprese Bruschetta

I first started making this appetizer after attending a potluck dinner party. I’m actually not a cheese fan. Most of you who are reading this and do not know me are probably in shock and saying “who doesn’t love cheese” Well, me! Of course there are some exceptions, like this recipe, but I assure you I truly will never care for cheese like a true cheese lover.

At the potluck,  the girl who made this appetizer  introduced me to balsamic glaze. Amazing! Now, if I can only find other recipes to use it on…

mozzarella tomato basil baguette

Plum Tomato
Fresh Basil
Mozzarella (cut slice – half an inch thick)
Balsamic Glaze

I use a fresh baguette from the store and have them  slice the bread for me.  I’ve tried slicing the bread at home but just ended up squishing the slices.

When preparing this dish, I place the sliced bread on the serving dish.  I layer the bread with the basil, tomato and then the  mozzarella.  I use plum tomato because it the perfect size for the bread.  I sprinkle salt and pepper on each piece. Finally, I drizzle the balsamic glaze across the serving dish onto each piece.


You can toast the bread prior to layering it with the ingredients to get a warm and crispy texture. I prefer the bread soft. Another suggestion would be to possible butter the bread prior to toasting it to add more flavor. However, I think the balsamic glaze compliments the light flavors of the mozzarella, tomato, basil and bread very well that nothing else is needed. But, hey, I’m bias. :)

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Dec 10

Appetizing Appetizers: Baked Clam Dip

As mentioned in my last post this is my favorite appetizer to make for any occasion.  My mom received this recipe from her friend years ago and she was always the one who made the clam dip.  Now that I make it, I’m the one in charge of it (plus, I think I make it better than she does). Try this recipe out and your guests will not be disappointed.

clam and crackers


32 Ritz Crackers (1 row)
2 cans of clams ( 1 chopped and 1 minched)
3 tablespoons of melted margarine
1 tablespoon of oregano
2 tablespoon of fresh parsley
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of chopped onions
2 crushed garlic cloves

Directions: Super Easy so Get Excited

1. Crush Crackers and Mix all ingredients in a bowl
2. Pour Mixture into Pyrex pie bowl
3. Cook in Oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees

Serve with water crackers!


If the mixture is too runny, just add a few more crackers

clam dip ingredients

Clam Mix

clam dip mixed

I realize I am using the same picture from the last post but just in case you forgot, here is what the final dish should be:

clam dip

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