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Spiked Watermelon Salad Bites

Spiked watermelon salad bites... you heard right! Chef Wes Hamilton and chef Kevin Humphreys have taken the idea of the salad and flipped it completely on it's head. And the results? Well they're absolutely delectable. If you're looking to impress at your next summery gathering, this is...

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Fava Bean Toast

On the very off chance that Caitlin Vartanian's, recipes for meringue with fresh berries or summer salad giverny didn't do the trick, I have a good feeling this springtime app with seal the deal. Because...

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Roasted Grape Crostini

With temperatures on the rise, the very last thing I'm interested in is spending a whole ton of time in the kitchen. But with a ton of social commitments on the horizon, I'm afraid it's inevitable! Which is why I'm totally in love with Caitlin Moran's roasted grape crostini. Not only is it totally elegant, but it only takes minutes to whip up, and I'm certain will be a massive hit at any and every summer event...

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Salad Giverny

I fully subscribe to the notion that you eat with your eyes, and if this notion is even half true, then The Abode Kitchen's salad giverny will be the most delicious salad you've ever had. Pair it with a crisp glass of rose, your favourite lady friends and an outdoor patio and you've got yourself a pretty wonderful summery affair! Photography:...

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Meyer Lemon Flatbread

As soon as winter ends each year (or maybe even a little before) I find myself longing for the fresh, crisp flavors of spring. I couldn't be more excited that Megan Doherty is sharing her recipe for a tangy, savory flatbread that's perfect lazy outdoor dinners or toting along on a picnic lunch! I know exactly what's going in my grocery cart tonight...

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Organic Herb Inspired Cheese Table

We covered the 101's on making your own cheeseboard a while back so now that we have the basic foundation in our brains, it's time to mix it up a bit. With this herb inspired cheese tray - complete with a spread that compliments the various Summer herbs that the designer - Holly of Avenue Lifestyle - loves. Read on for...

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Deviled Eggs, Two Ways

It's almost Easter and you've decorated a bunch of eggs. Now what will you do with all those hard boiled beauties? Try making deviled eggs, but think beyond the typical mayo filling. Maybe you like cilantro, or add tomato paste and a dash of paprika, some black olives or even a little caviar - be creative! I'm sharing two different options with you today - for more recipes, head on over to Audrey's! CURRIED DEVILED EGGS 2 hard...

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Spring Crostini Appetizer

Can we just talk about the fact that soon enough all those fabulous farmer's markets are going to be filling up with lush, delicious fruits and veggies?! My mouth is salivating at the thought. And the very first thing I'm going to do after I fill my basket to the brim? Make Carlene Thomas & Rebekah Pizana farmer's market crostini. Captured by ...

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Bite-Sized Party Food

So cocktail parties are pretty much my favourite thing, if for no other reason than I am secretly obsessed with tiny treats. Not only does it mean you get to nibble at your own pace, you also get to try a whole smorgasbord of delicious without feeling ridiculously stuffed as a result. So without further ado, I've rounded up some of my all-time favourites: And we're always on the hunt for new recipes to try, so I'm dying to know: what's YOUR favourite bite size...

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3 Bite Pulled Pork + Biscuits

So girls. And boys? If you are really wanting to cheat-cut your way thru a party, (ehem...like our Anti-Super Bowl Party) these little apps are the easiest, most delicious thing ever. We made ours with Niman Ranch pre-made pulled pork and biscuits straight out of a can. Sure you can roast your own pork butt but why bother when there are such delicious options perfect for this application.

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3 Bite Tacos with Guacamole Cream + Pico

These little tacos were my favorite part of our Anti-Super Bowl Party. Not only were they absurdly delicious (I ate six), they were also beyond adorable. We went with ground turkey, pico, guacamole cream and some hot sauce, but you could try any variety - from bacon and eggs to vegetarian. The real showstopper is the tiny baked taco shell, the fixins are just the happy on top.

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3 Bite Burgers

My obsession with teeny tiny food began and will always end with the genius that is Peter Callahan - who takes mini food to a whole other level of wow. Well, for our Anti-Super Bowl Party, we channelled our own inner Peter Callahan and crafted teeny tiny lovelies starting with this 3 bite burger. Peter's happen to be smaller, but when it...

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Crunchy Peanut Thai Salad from Nili Stevens Inspired Living

In general, I feel fairly confident in the kitchen whipping up things here and there at will. But for whatever reason, when it comes to salad, I tend to reach for the same ol' boring version time and time again. I usually find that eating salad feels more like a chore than a choice, and often have to remind myself that there are delicious versions that far surpass my go-to spinach and tomato combo. Versions like...

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Chilled Fresh Pea Soup

I don't know about you, but I'm always on the hunt for appetizers that are not only easy to whip up, but look lovely to boot (I'm all about the pretty my dears!) I'm thinking that Wiley Valentine's guest and fellow foodie Reenie's farmers market inspired recipe for chilled fresh pea soup is just the ticket. It's bold, it's colourful, and I'm confident it would be a sure crowd pleaser. Photography: ...

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Roasted Tomato Mousse with Basil Crumble

It's the time of the year when tomatoes are perfeclty sweet, juicy and fragant. In other words, the perfect time to fill up your home made ketchup and sauce stocks! If you feel like experimenting or just would like to impress your guests, then this fluffly and intense tomato mousse topped with the vibrant green basil crumble might be just the ticket!

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Papaya Salad from Jennifer Chong

As far as I'm concerned, Jennifer Chong can do no wrong. The girl simply breathes beauty. Whether it's in the form of a recipe (like this Thai papaya salad - holy yum!) or incredible photography, everything she touches simply turns to gold. So I'm beyond excited to have her here today sharing one of her delicious treats. And I, for one, know what...

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Corn & Crab Bisque Shooters from Boutique Bites

When we featured Boutique Bites' fabulously girly event not long ago, my eyes were immediately drawn to these corn & crab bisque shooters. Not only are they a breeze to whip up, they look adorable with the addition of a sparkly pom, and can easily be enjoyed with one hand as your guests balance a cocktail in the...

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Hungarian Langos

Lángos is a deep fried flat bread that is served warm and usually topped with sour cream and grated cheese or garlic butter (a fabulous combination, if you ask me!) Traditonally, this dish was made from leftover bread dough and baked in a brick oven. Inspired by an old family recipe, this particular version is stuffed with sheep milk cheese and herbs (in other words: perfection). For more recipes, be sure to check out my blog...

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Crostini Three Ways from Ruth Eileen

Ah, the crostini. It's pretty much the best invention on earth. Not only does it typically include carbs and cheese (my two favourite food groups), but it also acts as a canvas for anything your heart desires. Savoury? You got it. Sweet? Why not! And luckily for us Ruth Eileen sharing how she tackled these bad boys in three vastly different...

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Manchego & Quince Skewers from Taste Catering

Hailing straight from Hayley at Taste Catering's pantry, these manchego and quince skewers are just a small example of what you'd expect to see on their menu. One part savoury, one part sweet, with just a touch of fancy, these little numbers are sure to be a hit at your next event. And because we kind of adore all things Hayley, we're doing a pretty intense interview with her ...

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