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Roasted Figs Blue Cheese & Walnut Spread

When figs are in season, roast them up and make roasted figs, blue cheese, and walnut spread to wow your guests, or just treat yourself.

 

Can you believe before last week I had never, ever tasted a fig?  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I’ve had fig newtons, and that fig jam that comes in a jar and you get at the fancy cheese counter.  But I honestly couldn’t say what a fresh fig looked like until the other day.  And now I have a bowl full.  Hooray for tasting new foods!


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Chocolate Walnut Hummus

Chocolate walnut hummus is a sweet twist on the savory snack dip.  Made even heart-healthier with the addition of California walnuts, cocoa powder and yes, chickpeas!

I received free samples of California walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I know exactly what your thinking.  Chocolate and hummus?  Not so much, right?  Waaaaitaminute my friends.  This is for real.  I admit I was skeptical when I kept seeing those black bean brownie posts on Pinterest a while back.  Then I started to see desserts that featured various types of bean-loaded recipes.  So when California Walnuts challenged members of the Recipe ReDux to come up with a heart healthy recipe that showcases walnuts, I thought… why not?! Continue Reading..


Baked Avocado Black Bean Egg Rolls

How about some fun finger food! Avocado, black beans, and a punch of Mexican flavors baked up in an egg roll.

Hello, Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday or Superbowl Sunday – here’s a twist on Mexican fare that everyone will love for any or all of the above mentioned days.  All of your favorite Mexican flavors (and guacamole ingredients) wrapped up all nice and snug in a fun to eat egg roll wrapper that’s baked instead of fried.  Can you say Olé!?   I mean, why should Chinese food have all the fun? Continue Reading..

Mini Turkey Meatballs with Curried Cranberry Sauce

These lightened up mini meatballs with a zesty curried cranberry dipping sauce are a perfect make-ahead appetizer for the holidays.

Happy holidays my friend!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and/or Friendsgiving, and are pleasantly full from turkey, stuffing, and quality time with family and friends.  I also hope you’re not all turkeyed and cranberried out, because I’ve got a perfect appetizer for you to make for your next holiday gathering.  And you know there will be gatherings galore in the next few weeks. Continue Reading..

Black Olive and Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia

I received free samples of California Ripe Olives mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Ripe Olives and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

 California black ripe olives have always been one of my favorite snack foods. Really. Since I was little. I was one of those kids who put one on the tip of each finger and just munched away. I’ve always loved their mild fruity, briny flavor, and their texture. I never gave much thought to whether they were good for me or not.  I just knew I really liked them.  Fast forward about a hundred years, and now that I know more about olives, I pop open a can every chance I get!  Most people are aware that olive oil is part of a healthy Mediterranean diet – well, guess where that oil comes from? Yep – olives, and they’re super-healthy too! Continue Reading..

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