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Dill Dip Recipe

A creamy delicious dill dip served with crisp bright veggies makes for a stunning appetizer that speaks to the tastebuds as well as the eyes!

Dill Dip Recipe

Dill dip has always been one of my favorites. I can never seem to get enough of that tangy dill taste mixed with the creamy dip. Add a bunch of

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Roquefort Cheese Dip

Dazzle your guests with this simple tangy roquefort cheese dip! It makes a scrumptious appetizer or side dish served alongside crunchy vegetables or fresh fruits.

Roquefort Cheese Dip

Roquefort cheese dip has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember. Every single holiday table of my youth was adorned with a special antique glass dish full of colorful vegetables that cradled a bowl of roquefort cheese dip. Interestingly enough it was never served before the main meal but rather lovingly nestled amongst all of the side dishes.

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Caprese Salad Skewers With Heart Tomatoes

Caprese salad skewers are fresh and full of flavor and make a delicious start to any meal. The heart shaped tomato will add that special touch to any occasion.

Caprese Salad Skewers Salad With Heart Tomatoes

We devour caprese salad at our house. The bright colors match the taste of the bright flavors and who doesn’t love to eat with their eyes first? This year for Valentine’s Day we decided to dine out, but I decided to have a sweet little appetizer ready, just for the two of us, to enjoy before hitting the town. A caprese salad skewer is the perfect way to get those taste buds awake and ready for the next course. To make it extra special for my Valentine, I cut the tomatoes to make a heart shape. You’ll never believe how simple it is!

Caprese Salad Skewers With Heart Tomatoes

First, you’ll need grape tomatoes, not cherry tomatoes. The oblong shape of the grape tomato is necessary to pull off the heart effect.

Caprese Salad Skewers With Heart Tomatoes

After you’ve washed and dried the tomatoes, simply cut them in half at an angle, invert the two sides and you’ll see the heart shape appear!!

Caprese Salad Skewers With Heart Tomatoes

Add a fresh basil leaf, a small mozzarella ball and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and you’ve got yourself a caprese salad skewer that’s ready for any celebratory event! So whether it’s Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, birthday or just because you love someone, tickle their fancy with a caprese salad skewer with a heart tomato!

Wishing you & yours a delicious Valentine’s Day!


Here’s the easy recipe ::

Caprese Salad Skewers With Heart Tomatoes
Recipe Type: appetizer
Author: Wendy Hondroulis | Wenderly
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
Caprese salad skewers are fresh and full of flavor and make a delicious start to any meal. The heart shaped grape tomato will add that special touch to any occasion.
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 12 small fresh mozzarella balls
  • 12 basil leaves (washed and dried)
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  1. Wash and dry the tomatoes and simply cut them in half at an angle and invert the two sides making a heart shape.
  2. Slide the heart shaped tomato onto the skewer first, followed by the basil leaf (that folded in half) and a small mozzarella ball.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Repeat above steps until you’ve made a dozen. (But you’ll find you may just need to make more!)
  5. Dig in and enjoy!


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Parmesan and Oregano Popcorn Recipe

This simple popcorn recipe is healthy too! Tossed with freshly grated parmesan cheese, dried oregano, you’ll enjoy a pop of flavor in every bite!

Parmesan and Oregano Popcorn Recipe

Popcorn has always been a family favorite at my house! Freshly popped popcorn that’s been cooked on the stove, sprinkled with coarse salt and heaped into a gigantic stainless steel bowl has kicked off many a Friday night. Awwwwwwwww, diving into that salty crunch is heaven. Talk about simple pleasures.

Parmesan and Oregano Popcorn Recipe

But have you ever tried popcorn that has been tossed in a smattering of olive oil then sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan cheese, dried oregano and red pepper flakes? It’s like a party in your mouth. Savory, salty, spicy deliciousness that will satisfy any snack attack. If fact, this popcorn recipe will take snacking to a whole new level. And it’s healthy to boot!

This popcorn recipe is perfect for snacking but it also works as a quick and whimsical appetizer and it would be a perfect addition to any game day spread.

Parmesan and Oregano Popcorn Recipe

It’s even been known to double as supper or a quick breakfast at my house too.

You’d better believe that our weekend will begin with the sound of kernels popping against a glass lid, followed by that intoxicating smell of freshly popped popcorn. Hope yours does too.

Here’s the yummy recipe…

Parmesan and Oregano Popcorn Recipe
Author: Wendy Hondroulis | Wenderly
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6 servings
This simple popcorn recipe is healthy too! Tossed with freshly grated parmesan cheese, dried oregano, you’ll enjoy a pop of flavor in every bite!
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (one tablespoon for cooking and the other for tossing)
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup popcorn kernels
  • salt to taste
  1. Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the bottom of a dutch oven.
  2. Pour one cup of popcorn kernels (or as much that will cover the bottom of the pan)
  3. Place dutch oven on stove and cook at med-high heat while shaking the pan. Continue to shake the pan until all of the kernels are popped. Then remove from heat.
  4. Pour popcorn into a large bowl.
  5. Drizzle olive oil and warm popcorn and toss until coated.
  6. Rub dried oregano between the palms of your hands to release oils and crush the leaves into smaller pieces. Sprinkle over popcorn.
  7. Add 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes.
  8. Grate at least one cup of parmesan cheese and salt to taste and toss popcorn until evenly distributed.
  9. Enjoy!


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Easy Appetizer | Cranberry and Goat Cheese Crackers

Who doesn’t love an easy appetizer? These cranberry and goat cheese crackers are a stunning and delicious beginning to any meal.

Easy Appetizer Cranberry-Goat Cheese Crackers

It’s no secret at my house, I adore jellied cranberry sauce! I look forward to that sweet and tart ruby red deliciousness every holiday and this time I decided to incorporate it into an easy appetizer!

Easy Appetizer Cranberry Goat Cheese Crackers

Any big meal can become slightly laborious as we scurry about the kitchen cooking and timing the rolls to turn golden just as the sides are perfectly heated and the turkey has been sliced into perfection.

Easy Appetizer Cranberry Goat Cheese Crackers

So I ask, who needs a fussy heavy appetizer? Not me! I’m all for an easy appetizer that’s light and tasty and tantalizes my palette just enough to get me ready for the main meal. These little beauties will do just that. The tart sweet cranberry sauce pairs perfectly with the creamy goat cheese.

Easy Appetizer Cranberry Goat Cheese Crackers

It’s a match made in heaven that takes minutes to prepare and I guarantee that your guests will oooh and ahhh at the presentation!

Wishing you a delicious stress-free holiday!


Easy Appetizer | Cranberry and Goat Cheese Crackers
Author: Wenderly | Wendy Hondroulis
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 24
Who doesn’t love an easy appetizer? These cranberry and goat cheese crackers are a stunning and delicious beginning to any meal.
  • 1- 14 oz can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 5 oz creamy goat cheese
  • 24 whole grain crackers (or any cracker you fancy, cracked pepper would be good too!)
  1. Slice the cranberry sauce into 12 even rounds.
  2. Cut 2 leaves (with a small leaf cookie cutter) out of each round of cranberry sauce.
  3. Spread goat cheese on each cracker.
  4. Top the cracker with the cranberry leaf.
  5. Enjoy!


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Red, White and Blue Frozen Sugared Grapes

The Fourth of July is a day away and I’ve got the perfect sweet treat to cool off even the hottest of days! Red, white and blue frozen sugared grapes! They are simple, scrumptious and sure to please a crowd!

Red white blue sugared frozen grapes

My love affair with frozen sugared grapes begin when I was just but a wee little nipper. My mom would dazzle guests with these frozen sugared grapes for many occasions from her monthly bridge group to our annual 4th of July tennis tournament. I remember sneaking through the kitchen pretending to need a glass of water on a mission to pluck a couple of those frosty little sweet orbs to shove into my mouth before darting back upstairs. I’m certain that I did not go unnoticed as I scurried out of the kitchen looking like a chipmunk as my cheeks were stocked full. But looking back, the risk of looking like a chipmunk far outweighed the sweet delight.

Red white blue sugared frozen grapes

Sometimes my mom would serve the frozen sugared grapes on a large platter filled with many savory cheeses and other times she would save the sparkling treat until the end of the evening when everyone was ready for a sweet dessert. I have chosen to display the frozen sugared grapes on their own to highlight their beautiful simplicity.

Red white blue sugared frozen grapes

These frozen sugared grapes can also double as a delightful sugar encrusted ice cube bouncing within a fun frothy drink. Red, white and blue frozen sugared grapes make a simple appetizer, unique ice cube or festive sweet dessert to cool you and your guests off this 4th of July. Not to mention the whole summer through!

Wishing you a fun & refreshing 4th!


Red, White and Blue Frozen Sugared Grapes
Recipe Type: Appetizer or dessert
Author: Wenderly
These frozen sugared grapes make a refreshing appetizer served with cheese, a sweet light dessert or can even be a delightful little ice cube served in your favorite drink!
  • Hand of grapes
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • water for rinsing
  1. Rinse grapes and pat dry, leaving some moisture.
  2. Sprinkle grapes with sugar until they are all covered.
  3. Place grapes on a serving dish and put in freezer for at least an hour to overnight.




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Easter Round Up!


Easter is but a hop, skip and a jump away! And I have rounded up four fun and easy peasy Easter ideas for you to enjoy! 

First up is the traditional Greek Easter bread! otherwise known as Tsoureki. 


Isn’t it just beautiful? It’s a treasured family tradition at our house.



We all look forward to the delicious, semisweet bread at our Easter table. Yaya always uses the Tsoureki as a lovely centerpiece for all to admire throughout the meal and I must admit that we all can’t wait for the glorious waft of coffee brewing from the kitchen because we know that the Easter bread will finally be sliced. Hop on over to check out the Easter bread recipe. 

If you want to dabble in some crafty sweet confections give the Adorable Edible Easter Egg Tree a whirl!


All you need are some pretty pastel candy melts, plastic egg candy molds and ribbon!


Click on over for the scoops on the Edible Egg Tree! 

Now I don’t know about you, but I just can’t resist the Sweet & Sparkling Sugar Covered Easter Eggs with Fondant. 




They simply melt my heart! Why should cakes & cookies get to have all the fun? They are a crowd pleaser for sure! Check out all the sweet details here.

And last but certainly not least. My grandmother’s tangy, salty and slightly sweet Roquefort Cheese Dip. 


This dip is simply swoon worthy.


A creamy, dreamy dip that will adorn any spring vegetable with grandeur!  Here is the Roquefort Cheese Dip recipe.

Wishing you all a most blessed and beautiful Easter spent with those you love and cherish.


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4 Fun 4th of July Recipes


Since the 4th of July is 4 days away, I’ve rounded up 4 of my favorite user friendly fun-filled easy peasy recipes from 4th of Julys of the past! They’ve all been taste tested and friend and family approved!

Simple, delicious and festive. Perfect for any parade, picnic or patio!

The first of the 4 recipes, is the refreshing Patriotic Watermelon & Feta Flag (as shown above). It takes only minutes to put together and the sweet and salty factor makes it a perfect appetizer or a healthy dessert.

Or how about a Fresh Mozzarella Tomato & Basil Flag to kick off the meal?


Fresh and flavorful and fun to eat plain or with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Hot ham & swiss sammies have been a 4th of July tradition since I was a little nipper.


Would you just look at that sweet little sammie? You know that you want indulge in the warm savory poppy butter sauce, melted cheese, sweet salty cooked ham and ever-so-crispy bun, don’t you?


Your guests will too! They’re so yummy and travel friendly.

Have you ever made 4th of July Marshmallow Pops?


Three ingredients. No mess. No hot oven to contend with in the blazing summer heat.

Not to mention stinken cute!


The kids will love ’em and the adults will feel like kids again. And to me that’s just what the 4th of July is all about.

Fun, friends and festive food!

Hope I’ve made your entertaining a little easier this year.

Happy Red, White & Blue to you & yours!


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Sweet & Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps

Nothing pleases me more than making a meal to enjoy with my family. There is something deeply satiating about nourishing those you love with good food and I feel so blessed to be able to do it. But not everybody has this luxury. There are so many people in this world (and in your own neighborhood) who don’t have the ability to put food on their table. So when I was asked to help Ohio’s foodbanks, I jumped at the chance!

And guess what? You can help too!

Each time someone visits Ohio’s hog farmers on YouTube to watch this darling “Pork from Fork to Farm” video, Ohio Pork Producers Council and its partners will donate one pound of ground pork to Ohio’s foodbanks. Do you believe it?  You can help feed the hungry with one little click from the comfort of your own home. How easy is that?

In keeping with the theme of the campaign, I was asked to make a recipe using ground pork. I decided to make Sweet and Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps. They are perfect for Spring and make a delightful appetizer or a dazzling main meal.

These are some of the flavorful ingredients I used.

And did I mention that these lettuce wraps are a one dish meal?

I’ve got to admit that while I love pork, I have never used ground pork. I’m pleased to say that it is divine!

The only other thing you’ll need to make your meal complete are lettuce leaves and a little bit of your favorite dipping sauce. Personally, I didn’t even use the dipping sauce. The flavors were so vivid and delicious I just didn’t need any.

We enjoyed the sweet & spicy pork filling wrapped in Boston Lettuce leaves because I happen to love their buttery flavor, but any ol’ lettuce will suffice!

Just spoon the filling into a lettuce leaf,

and top with Daikon sprouts,

or crispy rice noodles.

Sweet and Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps are easy and affordable not to mention delicious. I know as I feed my family this evening I shall count my blessings and be ever so grateful for the opportunity to do so. Please join me in the effort to help feed others who are hungry. You’re help is just a click away.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the kind folks of the Ohio Pork Producers Council, but as always, all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.

Be sure to stop by and visit these other four Ohio bloggers with whom I have teamed up to check out their delicious recipes!

Aimee of Shugary Sweets

Caitlin of Cooking with Caitlin

Lucrecer of Lucrecer

Tara of Unsophisticook

Here’s the recipe for Sweet & Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps

Makes 8-12 small wraps

Here’s What You’ll Need :

For the meat filling :

1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 pound ground pork
1 shallot, diced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup water chestnuts, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
2 Tablespoons Sriracha sauce (to coat the finished pork filling before serving)

 For the sweet & spicy sauce: 

1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2  teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce

Here’s What You’ll Do:

Heat 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute shallots until they become translucent. Add red bell peppers stirring occasionally until they become soft, about 5 minutes, add garlic and stir before adding the ground pork. Add salt and red pepper flakes. While the pork is browning, put all ingredients for the sweet & spicy sauce into a bowl and whisk until everything is incorporated. Once the pork is fully browned pour the sweet & spicy sauce into the pan stirring until all liquid has reduced. Add water chestnuts and for the last finishing spicy touch, pour in 2 Tablespoons of Sriracha sauce and stir until all of the ground pork is coated. Spoon into freshly washed and dried lettuce leaves and serve.




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Fresh Mozzarella Tomato Basil Flag

This fresh mozzarella tomato basil flag is perfect for any patriotic occasion. Bursting with flavor and color this dazzling dish takes moments to put together.

If you’re looking for a fun, patriotic appetizer that can be assembled before you can hum the phrase, “our country tis of thee”, then boy do I have a delish dish for you! I’m a big fan of dazzle without hassel. So in the spirit of my watermelon feta flag that has become an all time favorite 4th of July family tradition, I dreamt up the fresh mozzarella tomato basil flag.

This fresh, savory flag was a breeze to assemble and yet it exploded with tremendous flavor that made my spirits soar. So without further adieu, I give to you, freedom from slaving away over a hot & steamy stove…

Just place some fresh Opal Basil leaves into a square white dish to make a perfect field of blue.

Then lovingly line fresh mozzarella balls and grape tomatoes two by two, on a white rectangular platter, to make some splendid, scrumptious stripes.

You’ll be filled with glee to find that the three ingredients thread onto a bamboo skewer make a darling red, white & blue,

…bite of bliss just for you.

And for a little more bling to the taste buds,

drizzle with a sprinkling of balsamic vinegar…

And that my friends is an explosion of summertime celebration in your mouth.

You’ve still got time to run to the store for these 3 simple red, white & blue ingredients that will be sure to *woo* your guests at that post-parade picinc or pre-fireworks party.

Wishing you a most festive 4th that includes freedom from slaving away over a hot & steamy stove!


Fresh Mozzarella Tomato Basil Flag
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Author: Wendy Hondroulis | Wenderly
This fresh mozzarella tomato basil flag is the perfect dish for Memorial Day, the 4th of July or any patriotic occasion. Bursting with flavor and color, this dazzling dish only takes moments to put together.
  • grape tomatoes – washed and dried
  • small fresh mozzarella balls
  • opal (purple) basil leaves- rinsed and patted dry
  • balsamic vinegar for drizzling
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Arrange tomatoes and mozzarella balls into rows on a rectangular plate to make the stripes of the American flag.
  2. Place a square bowl in the top left corner and fill it with the purple basil leaves. This will make the *stars* of the flag.
  3. Serve with toothpicks and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper.