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Mind-Blowing Beef in Lemon Wine Sauce with Capers

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It's Passover this week, which to many most people means two choices:  meals served on matzoh, or meals with matzoh mixed in.  Nuh-uh, not in my house.   Here is an example of the kind of meals my family enjoy.  Ground beef, sauteed with mushrooms and other yummy add-ins, served over Passover-friendly spiral noodles made of potato and tapioca starches.  Perfect even if you don't celebrate Passover, but happen to have gluten issues.   A bit of wine reduction (which sounds fancy-schmancy, but really takes more time to say than to do) gives the flavor a grown-up kick.

The interesting thing about this recipe is that it came about totally by accident.

Spicy Cucumber Gazpacho Shooters

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Can you stand yet another company-worthy appetizer?   Serve this refreshing (emerald) jewel of a soup!

Smoked Salmon Mousse Cucumber Cups

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Having a few people over, but don't know what to serve?  With not much more than a twist of the wrist, make these dressed-to-impress canapes!

Baba Ganoush - A Traditional Middle Eastern Eggplant Dip

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Continuing with my testing appetizers for a dinner I am partially hosting, my latest experiment is baba ganoush.

Baba ganoush is a Middle Eastern dip.   Made with roasted eggplant, tahini, lemon juice, plus a few spices, baba ganoush is usually served with pita or another Middle Eastern bread.  Parsley is not a traditional ingredient, but I think it really adds to the flavor.

Indian-Style Spiced Beets - Easy

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Turn your beet-haters into beet-lovers with this flavorful side dish!


Sausage-Style Rolls with Tomato Dipping Sauce

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So I volunteered to be one of the hosts (hostesses?) for a progressive dinner for charity.   A progressive dinner is where the appetizers, main and dessert courses are each served at different homes.  I'm doing the appetizers.  Since this fundraiser brings out major contributors, you don't just heat up store-bought frozen puffs and pass around a bottle of ketchup. These people deserve major bang for their donation bucks.  So I've been testing a few recipes that catch my eye here and there.  Such as these from-scratch sausage rolls, served with from-scratch tomato dipping sauce.

Beer Marinated Short Ribs - Easy

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Short ribs and beer ... perfect together!