Appetizers, Cheeses & Dips

Inventive and creative recipes to love…

Salmon Paté

One of the amazing benefits of living in Alaska is having salmon. Red salmon, king salmon, silver salmon, a whole host of salmons to keep in the freezer. Although I'll be intentionally baking some salmon just so I can make this pate again, the truth is that this receipe was born because the size of...

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Mediterranean Salsa

Dinner with a great friend and her family always produces such amazing taste delights. Created by one of our clients as a topping for broiled fish, this salsa could be a spread or served on its own as a cold salad. Makes about 2 Cups Ingredients 3 Cups roma tomatoes ¼ Cup red onion, minced...

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

For those who've eliminated mayonnaise, dairy, eggs... for various reasons or allergies. Could it be possible to reform, to revitalize, to remake the beloved spinach artichoke dip into something amazing? Oh yeah... When I go to social gatherings, not one to force my way of eating on others, I like to bring something really good and don't fess...

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Creamy Kefir Cheese & Herb Spread

Creamy Kefir Cheese & Herb Spread
Kefir is so easy to make... you feed the kefir grains... you get kefir... day in and day out... Sometimes there’s just extra! Put that bounty of un-smoothied kefir to use in cultured dairy-free kefir cheeses. Here’s the super easy beginner recipe: creamy kefir cheese. Makes about 1½ Cups Ingredients 2 cups Coconut Milk Kefir...

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Kefir “Cheese” Onion Dip

Makes 1 cup Ingredients The creamy kefir “cheese”: 1 cup coconut milk kefir nylon mesh strainer cheese cloth (or unbleached coffee filter) The onion dip: juice of 1 lemon 2 cloves garlic, crushed ½ bunch of green onions Preparation Set the cheesecloth or coffee filter into the nylon strainer. Pour the coconut milk kefir into...

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Chipotle Bone Marrow Butter

Nearly a year ago I enjoyed dinner with my research collaborator Rik and his health coach wife Karen at her brother's Little Sparrow Cafe in Santa Ana. Given the healthfulness of my company, I just let the chef surprise me. This really isn't an advertisement for the Little Sparrow, but if you do find yourself in the...

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Lemon Tahini Sauce

I am writing this for my friend Geraldine with whom I just had a delightful lunch on a beautiful Anchorage fall day. This year's mix of warm Indian summer days with everlasting fall colors and just a sprinkling of snow on the top of the mountain peaks, wow. Very special. I'm still inclined to think...

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Hummus Yum

Hummus is a traditional Mideastern dish made from garbanzo beans (also known as chick peas or ceci in Italy). Make this in seconds using organic  canned beans as an easy starting ingredient or experiment with Bob's Red Mill Garbanzo and Garbanzo Bean flour. Or, for those of us wanting complete grass roots control, buy dried...

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