Category Archives: Appetizers

Kel’s Puff Pastry Reuben Roll

Got leftover corned beef from St. Patrick’s Day? Here’s a fun twist on the traditional Reuben sandwich, where rye bread is replaced with puff pastry and, instead being grilled, it is baked in the oven. I make my own Thousand … Continue reading

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Kel’s Chicken and Black Bean Empanadas and/or Puff Pastries – You Choose

  Puff pastry is my new best friend of late — I just love how it’s light, buttery, flaky and so, so tasty when making both sweet and savory dishes, from appetizers to entrees to desserts. The chicken and black … Continue reading

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Kel’s Café Basil and Sweet Pea Pesto

Got basil? More than likely if you grow your own you do, but it’s probably reaching its seasonal end and you’re getting ready to make pesto to freeze and enjoy year round. Or, if you’re like me and have limited … Continue reading

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Kel’s Tuna Pan Bagnat, With a Hat Tip to Rachel Ray

  It’s been more than a decade since several of us, on our then annual Thanksgiving trip to the Outer Banks, took a deep sea fishing trip and caught a boat load of yellowfin tuna. Seriously – more than 350 … Continue reading

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Kel’s Cucumber and Pineapple Salsa with Roasted Jalapeños

  When I saw this recipe by Katie Lee in the July/August 2017 issue of Food Network Magazine, I knew I was going to have to give it a try. Of course I tweaked it a bit and substituted jalapeño … Continue reading

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Kel’s Asian-Inspired Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

These lettuce wraps are incredibly delicious and so easy to prepare. Just make sure that the lettuce leaves you use are big because that makes them easier to roll. Larger leaves also hold more of the spicy beef filling, which … Continue reading

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Kel’s Awesome Olive Salad for Muffulettas and More

Central Grocery, New Orleans, home of the original muffuletta. A must stop on any visit to this fun and lively Southern city. Yes, you will have to stand in line, which often snakes out the door and past several other stores, to … Continue reading

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