Appetizers & Sides


Pickled Rainbow Carrots & Beets

Pickled Rainbow Carrots & Beets
I am extra excited to share this pickling story with you because for the first time, I grew all of the veggies from seed in my garden and then pickled these different recipes. I have since replanted the beets and carrots and look forward to a late fall harvest as well.I plan on making another big batch of the pickled beets as holiday gifts and hostess...

Small Batch Garlic & Dill Pickles

Small Batch Garlic & Dill Pickles
My garden is officially going wild. From now until October it will be a part-time project to upkeep, harvest, cook and preserve all the goodies that our harvest is giving us. First up in our garden preserving process is PICKLES. The cucumber vines are going off, and I couldn’t be happier. This is my third year growing cucumbers and finally I seem to...

Tarragon Chicken Salad & Cucumber

Tarragon Chicken Salad & Cucumber

Chicken salad is always something I have had a love affair with growing up in the South. Chicken salad on a salad of mixed greens is one of my favorite salads of all time. I will be doing a twist on that salad later this summer. For this recipe, I feature a way to turn chicken salad into an appetizer as well as make it picnic friendly. 

Green Goddess Dip & Crudites

Green Goddess Dip & Crudites

If you are just tuning into the blog for the first time, “My name is Laura. I am a dip-oholic.” I love a good dip. It is one of my all time favorite appetizers. Plus dips are great for gluten free people because there are so many options of vehicles for your dip from vegetables, fruits, gluten free crackers to potato chips. This recipe is an easy summer staple. If you have a garden or an herb garden, chances are some of these herbs are growing and ready for picking.  

Roasted Beet Hummus

Roasted Beet Hummus

Turn up the beets! This recipe celebrates beets in all their glory.  And it is perfect with the upcoming garden season upon us. I love to grow beets in the summer and this recipe makes for a healthy and colorful appetizer for any spring or summer festivity from bbq to picnic to potluck.

Bacon & Truffle Deviled Eggs

There are few things that sum up my roots in the South more than my love for deviled eggs.  Deviled eggs were such a part of my childhood, and they were always center stage at family holiday gatherings.  These deviled eggs are doctored up with my two favorite things: bacon and truffles. Both bacon and truffles always seem to be a theme during...

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