Taco Shrimp Bites

July 9, 2015 by braytonbb

We served these taco shrimp bites during or wine and cheese social hour last weekend. Lucky for our guests, I had made a couple extra so I could have some myself. They are so good, easy to make, fast and look really pretty on a platter. Not a fan of taco seasoning, try tequila lime, Cajun or other seasoning of your choice.

taco shrimp bites close up20 large shrimp, 1 avocado, diced, cilantro, 1 tsp. Lime zest, lime juice, 1/2 half jalapeno diced, 2 tsp. chili powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, olive oil, sour cream, Ritz crackers

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with a nonstick spray. Combine half the salt, half the pepper, lime zest and chili powder together. Mix well. Lay shrimp on a cookie sheet and spray with olive oil. Sprinkle with lime zest mixture and bake 5-8 minutes until the shrimp curl into themselves.

While she shrimp is baking, combine diced avocado, lime juice and remaining salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Combine sour cream and diced jalapeno in another bowl.

Place a dollop of sour cream mixture on cracker or chip, a flower of cilantro, an avocado piece and top with a shrimp. YUM!



June 18, 2015 by braytonbb

Guacamole is one of those dips that was never one of my favorite. One, I don’t really like the creamy guacamole style. It reminds me too much of baby food and does not have a lot of spunk to it. Last week, we talked about diets, remember? Well, last fall I gave up cheese. I really don’t  miss it like I thought I would but maybe that is because occasionally I will splurge and have a cheese pizza. This is the only time though that I will have cheese, so I have gotten creative and guacamole is one of those things that if I put on my sandwich it takes away that feeling of missing my dear old cheese.  It is also one of those recipes that is  a lot like salsa or a bloody mary. Everyone has their own “special recipe” and it is always better than yours. I am not going to say that this is the “best” guacamole recipe out there because I have not tried one that I really thought was any better than the next. I do however like my recipe, but I am never opposed to trying yours, so if you want to share, please do. I would love to try it!
GuacamoleGuacamole- yield 3 Cups
3 medium ripe avocados, peel removed,  halved and pitted, 1 med. lime,juiced, 3/4 tsp. sea salt, 3/4 ts. ground cumin, 1/2 tsp. cracked pepper, 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/2 med, red onion, 2 small Roma tomatoes diced, 1 lg. minced garlic clove, 2 TB fresh cilantro chopped, 1/2 jalapeno, diced, and 1/2 tsp. horseradish.
Place avocado and the lime juice in a large bowl. Take a fork and mash  slightly, but leave chunky.  Add salt, cumin, and both peppers and stir slightly. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir and mash more depending on chunky you like your guacamole. Serve right away, but I like mine a chilled, so I Iike to cover with plastic wrap(lay directly on guacamole) and chill for about 30 minutes.

Another Sampling

May 28, 2015 by braytonbb

Here is just another sampling of the different items we put out for our wine and cheese social that we hold for wine and cheese-salmonour guests every Friday and Saturday evening from 5:00-6:00. Of course, it always depends how many we have that are participating on what and how much we decide to provide but this one was a huge hit last weekend. Not only is it very colorful but it provides it a little something for everyone. Lucky for me there were extra so my dinner consisted of a few of the tortellini skewers. The platter consists of summer sausage and my favorite Satori Bellavitano cheese which is a little sharp, nutty and fruity all in one bite. Great with red or white wine. Home made fresh salsa (see previous recipe), home made Roasted red pepper Hummus (see previous recipe), served with pepperjack rice crackers (great for gluten free folks and yummy with all sorts of things) and Ritz crackers for those that are not, cheese tortellini skewers and toasted salmon baguettes. See both recipes for the skewers and baguettes below.

Cheese Tortellini Skewers

1 package of cheese tortellini (in the dairy case), cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, hard salami, and fresh basil leaves. Boil tortellini as package describes. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Assemble on the skewers. I used two of everything except fresh mozzarella which I only used one, but that is up to you. I then drizzled them with a  home made balsamic glaze (recipe is at bottom of page when clicking on link).

Toasted Salmon Baguettes

French bread, sliced about 1″ thickness, cream cheese(room temp) mixed with a little garlic, smoked salmon, capers, crush black pepper.

Toast bread slices at 400 degrees about 5 minutes. Spread cream cheese mixture on bread, add smoked salmon, a few capers and crushed black pepper.

Appetizer board

July 24, 2014 by braytonbb

happy hour boardI could think of a lot of other creative names to call this besides our appetizer board, but I wanted to a make it easy to find for anyone looking for a variety of appetizers. I like to think of this as our happy hour platter personally. We always do a wine and cheese social on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:00-6:00. The variety of the wine and cheese always changes depending what is in season, or what I have a taste for. This past weekend we had a large group at the inn and I wasn’t sure how many were going to join us. There were so many great festivities going on in town so either everyone would want to come back and enjoy a break or couldn’t break away, so I made enough for everyone but only a few us were able to enjoy it. That’s okay, more for us.

So on the platter I added some green and red grapes. Made some home made guacamole served with blue organic tortilla chips,  homemade red pepper hummus ( I have listed this recipe before, so just click on the link) served with pita chips and  then I made some little tartlets from a Pillsbury pie crust and added a variety of fillings. Recipes below.

Chunky Guacamole – 1 1/2 C

2 avocados, 1/4 C red onion, handful of cherry tomatoes, pinch of horseradish, tsp. minced garlic, 1/4 bunch of cilantro, splash of lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste.  Add all ingredients to a food processor and chop until mixed but large chunks are still appear.

Tartlets – serves 12

1 Pillsbury pie crust. Cut out circles that fit into a mini muffin pan and bake for approx 12 minutes. Pop out and add whatever ingredients you like. Different ideas that I tried are below.

Red grapes, cut in half with feta cheese sprinkled over.

Fresh raspberries with Greek yogurt flavored with cinnamon and honey.

Sliced pears with Gruyere cheese and applesauce

Prosciutto with fresh mozzarella and fresh basil leaves.

You can also add the guacamole and hummus into the tartlets as well. Have fun creating your own variations.



Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa

July 17, 2014 by braytonbb

This is the first year in 14 years that I was not able to get out and go strawberry picking. Although disappointing, the selection at the downtown Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market has been outstanding. Last weekend I had an abundance of strawberries, so I whipped up some strawberry jalapeno salsa for our wine and cheese extravaganza that we have each weekend. I can’t really tell you how much of anything I added, as I just threw it together, taste tested and added a little more of this and that, so its kind of guess. So, that being said,  you can make as spicy as you want to leave out any ingredients that don’t fit your tastes. As much as I enjoyed this, I think it would be fun to add a little peach, or mango or even pineapple. Mmm, that makes me think that  maybe this weekend, I will bring back my pineapple salsa.


Strawberry Salsa – 2 cups Strawberry Jalepeno Salsa

Strawberries (around 25 chopped), 1/4 C red onion diced, a small bunch of cilantro, chopped, 1 jalapeno, without seeds, chopped, TB lime juice, maybe a little more, black pepper, and a TB sugar.

Add all ingredients together and serve right away. The next day, it was pretty mushy, so don’t make too far in advance.

Cheesy Pumpkin Fondue

October 31, 2013 by braytonbb

This is one of my favorite recipes that I make every October. I have been anxiously waiting to share it with you. I thought that being Halloween this would be the perfect time for any Halloween treats this evening or this weekend when you are hosting a party. Sometimes these tiny little pumpkins known as “sugar pumpkins” or “pie pumpkins” are very hard to come across. I was fortunate to be to pick up 4 this year at our Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market so I could make this recipe each weekend for our guests. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Pumpkin Queso Fondue 

1- 2-3# sugar pumpkin, 8 oz. chorizo, diced, 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped without seeds, 4oz. chopped green chilies, 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, 3 TB flour, 1 1/2 C chicken broth, 2 C shredded mozzarella cheese, 1 C monterey jack cheese, tortilla chips and parsley or cilantro for garnish.

Cheesey Pumpkin Fondue

Preheat oven to  degrees. Slice off the top 1.5″ of the pumpkin and toss. Scoop out the seeds and pulp and set pumpkin aside.

Heat the chorizo in a medium saucepan over med.-high heat about 5 minutes. Add the jalapeño, green chilies, cumin and black pepper and cook, stirring until the japapeno softens about a couple of minutes. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring until it is slight light brown about 2 more minutes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and stir in cheeses. Cook, stirring occasionally until the all the cheese melts and is creamy, about 3 more minutes.

Place the pumpkin in an 8×8 baking dish with a 1/2 inch of water in dish. Pour cheese mixture into pumpkin. cover loosely with foil and bake until the pumpkin is tender but not soft for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until the cheese is golden and bubbly about 15-20 more minutes. Let cool about 5 minutes and sprinkle with parsley or cilantro and serve with tortilla chips. YUMMMMMM!