Appetizer Party

9 Feb

Appetizers. They’re delicious. Everyone loves them. Plus it seems like you can go a little more crazy with trying to make an exciting appetizer because it’s not the same sort of commitment as a whole meal, or entree. Having a whole party surrounded by appetizers (and cake) is a great idea to shake up boring February. We recommend. Invite your friends to bring their favorite appetizer dish, and if they don’t have any ideas what to bring, scroll down.


  • melt about 2-3 tablespoons of butter in a frying pan with one bay leaf and one sprig of fresh rosemary
  • add 3/4 pound of chicken liver and cook (stirring occasionally) for about two minutes, then add a splash of whiskey (about a shots worth)
  • cook a few more minutes until still pink in the middle, but not bloody… this should take a total of less than five minutes
  • let cool for a few minutes, then put liver and juices into the food processor with some salt and pepper and blend until smooth
  • scrape into a dish, cover with seran wrap and let cool for a few hours until solid
  • enjoy!

Walnut Jam Cake

  • toast 1 1/4 cups of walnuts in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 350
  • butter and flour two 8 inch cake pans
  • once they are cooled, crush your walnuts in the food processor with about 2/3 cup of sugar and transfer to a mixing bowl
  • add 1 stick of butter, cut into pieces, and beat thoroughly
  • then add 4 large eggs, beating again
  • last but not least, mix 1/2 cup flour with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, a few shakes of salt and some allspice in a separate bowl, then beat into the mix
  • pour into your buttered pans
  • cook for about 30 minutes at 350, checking to see if a toothpick comes out of the center clean
  • cool for about 20 minutes in the pan, then flip out of the pans to cool the rest of the way
  • once cool, decide which half will be your bottom, and spread a thick layer of jam (I used a blackberry/blueberry chunky one) on top
  • top with the other cake, and serve with a dollop of whipped cream* on top

* to make whipped cream: whisk a small carton of heavy cream until stiff (you can make a ravine with your finger and it stays), add about 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla and whisk in… done!

Roasted Pears with Goat Cheese

  • peel, halve and core about 4 pears (any kind)
  • mix the juice from half a lemon with about a teaspoon of vanilla and in a separate bowl, about 1/3 a cup of sugar with a few shakes of ginger and allspice
  • drizzle the lemon mixture onto your pears first, then sprinkle with the sugar mixture, finishing the lemons by dotting each one with a small tab of butter
  • roast at 375 for about 45 minutes, flipping halfway through and occasionally basting with the juices
  • Serve warm with the cup filled with goat cheese

Clementine Cake

  • cover about 6-7 small, thin-skinned clementines with water and bring to a boil, then down to a simmer, cooking for about an hour (longer for thicker skinned fruit) until very soft. Take out of the water, and once cool, de-seed and then mush them in your food processor, skins and all
  • butter and line an 9inch cake pan (I used a square one) with parchment paper, cutting to fit
  • in your food processor (or by hand), grind about 2 cups of almonds, and mix them in with 1 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • beat 6 eggs in your mixing bowl, and add in dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly, followed by the clementine pulp
  • Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes, checking to see that a toothpick comes out clean from the center


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