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Cream Cheese Dip with Tomatoes & Cashews

We were invited to a BBQ at friends and were served this delicious dip. Of course I needed the recipe right away and it’s a delight! A definite must-try and ideal for a BBQ or dip for bread.

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Little Pastry Appetizer with Funghi Porcini & Truffles

I can’t believe I haven’t been preparing this so much earlier. One of the most simple yet delicious appetizers that are prepared in no time! You only need a square sheet of puff pastry and a spread of your choice (I happened to have Funghi Porcini & truffles spread in the house). And you are just about done. Will definitely repeat with a artichoke spread or just a pesto with cheese sprinkled on top…

This is how you do it:

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Prosciutto, Mozzarella & Sun-dried Tomato Appetizer Skewers

I am a great fan of mozzarella, tomato and basil (and avocado ideally), but wanted to prepare something a little different as an appetizer. Instead of fresh tomatoes I used sun-dried ones and added a slice of prosciutto last. A great taste explosion in your mouth, easy to prepare and just delicious. Give it a try!

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Cheese-filled Mushrooms

BBQ season is one of the best in the whole year, if you ask me. Therefore I am always on the lookout for great side dishes, next to the meat. Of course salads and grilled veggies are always great, these cheese-filled mushrooms are a perfect addition to the set of possibilities. I got to know them through my mother. Simple to make, only 2 ingredients necessary and just delicious.

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D E L I C I O U S. Need say no more. Ok, I will. These Italian little meatballs are just to die for. Typically eaten as antipasti, in our family we also like to eat them as a main course together with some veggies (e.g. broccoli, green beans, salad, etc.). They take a moment to prepare, but they are definitely worth it. I learned how to make them by a real Italian.

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Arancini Style Leftover Risotto Balls

Sometime I prepare a little too much Risotto and then I of course keep the leftovers. But the Risotto never tastes as good on the next day. So what should you do with the leftover Risotto? I have the solution: Risotto balls! Easy to make and very delicious!

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Caprese Salad with Oven-Roasted Aubergines

A delicious variation of the classical Italian Caprese – tomato, mozzarella, fresh basil leaves – Salad: with oven-baked Aubergines! It gives the whole salad a great additional flavor. A must-try!!

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Caprese Salad


Yay – the sun is out again!! But this classic tastes great all year long! A typical Italian – red, white and green – salad, which goes with just about anything. It’s simple, it’s delicious and you can serve in so many different styles. Plus ideal to keep the summer up a little longer!

If you prepare for a few people, I very much like to use cherry tomatoes and smaller sized mozzarella balls. And fresh basil of course. It looks very nice and is easy to serve.

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4th of July Watermelon, Feta & Blueberry Snack


Red, white and blue – 4th of July is nearly here. Don’t know what to prepare yet? Here is an inspiration with the right colors! When we lived in the US, the best thing was the fireworks on the 4th of July (and that its one week before my birthday – and I still love birthdays…). I used to lay on my back and stare into the sky. The blue and golden fireworks are my favorite – up to today!!

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