Category: Appetizers

Aunt Joan’s bread

Aunt Joan’s bread

There are many of my recipes that just the scent of them in the kitchen brings loads of past memories and fun times into my head. In the summer my family used to rent a houseboat and tour around the many lakes and rivers California […]

Fig caviar tart

Fig caviar tart

I love Sunday brunches, sitting sipping on mimosas and watching the day go by. This is a easy tart, which looks like a pizza, to make for your brunch … I usually serve it as a side to scrambled eggs, or if I want to […]

Fig caviar

Fig caviar

One of my favorite memories of my childhood was my grandparent’s huge mission fig tree. My grandmother had made a little play area under the shade of the tree for her grandchildren. She had found a small old iron stove and put it under it […]

Asian Chicken Bites

Asian Chicken Bites

When I am preparing for an event at the winery I first find out what wines we are serving … this is a huge help in what I want to create, and figure out what ingredients. White grapes have very little tannin, red grapes have […]

Mom’s Cheesy Anaheims

Mom’s Cheesy Anaheims

Oh my goodness … this recipe is almost embarrassing; it’s so easy. Which makes sense why my mother created it … not only was she a physician, she was also a mother of four children, owned a cattle ranch, a vineyard and helped run a […]

Drunken Chicken Pate

Drunken Chicken Pate

The reasons why I created this recipe … ease, taste, and storage. Ease … the best thing about chicken livers is you can find them in most super markets; unlike other poultry livers. Trust me; I have tried. The other great reason why to make […]

Deviled Tomatoes

Deviled Tomatoes

The only thing that is difficult in this recipe is having the patience for everything to be done and cool down — yes, you are reading correctly … the cooking time is three-and-a-half hours. Many of my recipes are ones you can make in advance […]

Firecracker shrimp

Firecracker shrimp

These appetizers get their name from the fact when they are fried they look like an old-fashioned firecracker. I’ve been making these for a while, especially once my nieces discovered that they loved shrimp. Now the pairing with the Taco Shop Avocado Sauce http://auntmomos.com/taco-shop-avocado-sauce/ was a […]

Miss Joan’s finger-licking-good shrimp

Miss Joan’s finger-licking-good shrimp

These sunny spring days always remind me of my Uncle Jack and how he loved this restaurant in Southern California that had seating on a dock and was known for buckets of peel-and-eat shrimp, muscles, clams or a combination of the three that were served at the table. […]