Hors D’Ouevres

Recipe: “Hot and Heavy” Oysters


10-12 oysters

1 egg, slightly beaten

1 T buttermilk

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/2 tsp italian seasoning

Canola or Vegetable oil for frying

Hot Sauce:

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1-2 T prepared horseradish

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 T lemon juice

1/8 tsp sugar

6-8 drops hot sauce

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Tater Slices

4 baking potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1/4 cup melted butter
8 slices bacon – cooked and crumbled
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Brush both side of potato slices with butter and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned on both sides, turning once.
3. Remove from oven, top with bacon, cheese, and green onion; continue baking until the cheese has melted

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Faux Fava Bean Spread

Submitted by Lori

You know how when you get a new car suddenly you notice that same car everywhere? The last couple of weeks it’s been like that with fava beans for me.

This year, it seemed like everywhere I looked I saw fava beans. It started in the vineyards. Mustard may be the more famous ground cover, but if you look closely at the vineyards in early spring you’ll notice a lot of fava beans. At least this year, they seemed to be everywhere or at least I saw them everywhere.

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Recipe: Dirty Martini Dip

When we first tried it, we couldn’t get enough of this dip that is just as naughty as its name implies. Cream cheese, green olives, mayo, bacon, vodka, and scallions, while not a particularly healthy combination, sure is tasty.

This dip is easy and looks festive served in a martini glass with olives on the side. Give it a try for your next party or get-together and see if you come home with any left (we’re betting you won’t). Serve with fresh bread torn into bite-sized chunks. (Crackers and pretzels are good, too, but add more sodium to the already salty-ish dip).

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Caramel Apple Dip


-8 oz. cream cheese
-1 cup Caramel Dip, Caramel Sauce or melted caramels
-3/4 cup Granola Cereal
-sliced apples

Spread 1/2 inch of cream cheese across bottom of a shallow dish. Top with a layer of caramel. Sprinkle Granola on top. Serve with apple slices (We prefer using green apples to balance the sweetness of the dip, but try a few and see what you like!)

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Recipe: Tex Mex Bean Dip

1 15oz can Black Beans, drained
1 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup diced tomato
1/3 cup mild picante sauce (or salsa)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup chopped Cilantro
1 T fresh lime juice

-Place beans in bowl, partially mash until chunky
-Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat
-Add onion and garlic and saute 4 mins or until tender
-Add beans, tomato, picante sauce, cumin and chili powder
-Cook 5 mins or until thick, stirring constantly
-Remove from heat, add cheese, cilantro and lime juice, stirring well
-Serve warm or at room temp

Try pairing with a Fruity, Rich Rose or a Medium-bodied Red such as a Merlot or Shiraz

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