For wedding photographers Kiera and Cole Stipovich of Concord, some of their favorite moments to capture are during the cocktail hour. That’s when the bride and groom begin to relax, says Kiera. Snapping also the wonderful collection of hors d’oeuvres served inspired the pair to write the “Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook: 225 Simple, All-Occasion Recipes” (Chronicle Books, $19.99). The chunky, short hardcover reflects the Stipovichs’s career photographing weddings and their roots and passion for cooking. “We both come from families that are food obsessed,” says Kiera, who previously ran a
We love our polls at Mashed. And since we’ve been keeping an eye on Applebee’s — including exploring the real deal behind the popular chain restaurant and which of its menu items we feel rank best — it made sense that we polled to see which of its appetizers are crowd favorites. The results might surprise you.
In a contest among Applebee’s boneless wings, brew pub pretzels, spinach and artichoke dip, mozzarella sticks, and double crunch bone-in wings, we asked 644 U.S. residents which was their must-have Applebee’s appetizer. For the fans at home rooting for the pretzels and bone-in
Ina Garten has the easiest of all appetizer recipes — it’s so simple, it doesn’t even require instructions beyond some basic assembly. The Barefoot Contessa star pairs just two ingredients for a delicious treat.
Ina Garten’s easy 2 ingredient appetizer is a snap to make
Garten’s healthy appetizer recipe is melon wrapped in prosciutto, with two amazing tastes that are perfect together. Since there are only two ingredients and no cooking involved, the “recipe” is as easy as wrapping prosciutto around slices of melon.
“Melon in prosciutto,” she said while demonstrating how to
We have all been there; staring at the menu, the anticipation of your food arriving while your stomach rumbles. You can’t wait for your entrée and decide to order appetizers to curb the craving. Whether you are feasting on delicious rolls or biscuits from Texas Roadhouse or Red Lobster, or passing the time with breadsticks and salad at Olive Garden, the appetizers are delectable, yes, but not exactly satisfying. You eagerly await the main course.
Much like appetizers, preseason football temporarily satisfies the starving stomach for the return to the gridiron. At first, you stuff your face full of it,
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It happens all the time: We go to a nice restaurant and begin our meal with an appetizer that is simply amazing.
And then the rest of the meal fails to live up to it.
Maybe chefs try harder with appetizers. Maybe appetizers are where restaurants feel free to experiment with new ideas. Maybe restaurants concentrate on appetizers because they bring in more profit, relative to cost, than entrées.
Or maybe appetizers just catch us diners unaware. They are usually the first thing we eat at a restaurant, so we are impressed by how good they are.