Easy Snacks | Crostini, English Cucumbers, Cured Sausage

Without a doubt this wins the award for easiest, no fuss food! It is great to serve as hors d’oeuvres for guests, a late afternoon snack, or to ward off hunger during a three-hour Bachelor Pad.What makes this so special is the melted garlic rubbed on the hot crostini. I learned this little trick from Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa. Position the sliced bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, cracked pepper, and course salt. Place the baking sheet into the oven at 400 F and bake until tops start to brown. Remove promptly from the oven and rub a peeled clove of garlic across the bread, one crostini at a time. The clove will slowly melt onto the bread, leaving a nice touch of garlic without being to powerful. {this trick is also great when making bread for bruschetta}

Enjoy and just try to not eat the whole set-up yourself!


Recipe | Caprese Panini

This is a classic favorite and I cannot say I have done anything different to this recipe except throw it on the Cuisinart Griddler because the Griddler does something special and makes a regular sandwich melt with magic!

If I have left over fresh baguette I usually place it in the freezer so that I do not have to ask Ryan to make a run to the store every time I am in the mood for a fresh baguette.  I pulled the frozen baguette from the freezer and within 45 minutes the bread was thawed out. I spread store bought pesto on both sides of the bread then layered the fresh mozzarella and tomatoes on. I topped it off with fresh basil, salt, pepper, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. The sandwich was placed on the Griddler panini maker for 5-7 minutes and whal-la I had an instant summer sandwich before hitting the beach!