Stuffed Mini Peppers


These stuffed mini peppers are a quick and easy appetizer or snack. No cooking or baking required. Just mix the chicken filling and stuff the peppers. It’s really easy to make and delicious!



1 canned white chicken

1 cup shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese

2 cloves garlic crushed

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or garlic parsley seasoning

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

4 ozs. cream cheese

2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise

* green onion,parsley, or dill (optional)



Mix all the ingredients together using a kitchen aid or hand blender.

Stuff mini peppers with chicken and cheese filling.


Grande Nachos

Grande Nachos

 It won’t take a long time for these Grande Nachos to become your family favorite.A large platter of crisp tortilla chips loaded with seasoned chicken,hearty beans,cheese,tomatoes,sour cream and green onion. And to elevate it to a  more SUPREME level, Add some fresh guacamole,jalapeño and cilantro. This recipe was inspired by my awesome sister Dasha. She served them as appetizer,and made a big crowd rush to the table.

You can omit chicken to make it vegetarian and use steak or ground meat instead of chicken.


(As much as you like)

Tortilla chips

refried beans (heated)

shredded cheddar cheese or nacho cheese

sour cream

diced tomatoes

sliced fresh or pickled jalapeño (optional)

sliced green onion

chopped cilantro

guacamole  or diced avocado

1 chicken breast



1/2 teaspoon chill powder*

1/4 teaspoon cumin powder*

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder*

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)

1 tablespoon lemon/lime

1 tablespoon oil

* you can sub in your favorite chicken seasoning.



Combine salt,pepper,cumin,chili powder,garlic powder,oil,and lemon/lime juice.

Add marinade to chicken breast and let it marinate for 15 minutes.

Grill,bake,or pan sear the chicken breast on both sides.( I used electric grill.)

Let it slightly cool.

Cut the chicken in small-medium cubes.

Arrange first layer of chips on oven safe platter.

Layer with cheese,beans,and chicken.

Repeat the steps with second layer.(chips+cheese+etz…)

Heat oven on 350 degrees.

Place the arranged platter in the oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Top with sour cream,tomatoes,jalapeños,green onions,cilantro,and guacamole or diced avocado.


Baked Buffalo Wings

This is a great alternative to regular all time favorite buffalo wings  appetizer. The wings are baked instead of fried which is already cutting off on that extra fat and calories. Want even less calories and fat take of the skin and dip it in the sauce, that’s why I make extra sauce, for that extra dip. If you like them extra hot you can add cayenne pepper to the marinade.

20 chicken wings, split at joints,tips removed ( total of 40 pieces all together)
12 oz. Franks hot sauce
1 stick butter
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup flour
Seasoning salt (optional)

Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip:
1 cup plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
¼ cup finely chopped green onions (green part only)
¼ finely chopped red onion
¼ cup crumbled blue cheese (good one)
salt to taste
fresh cracked pepper
Mix all the ingredients in a medium size bowl.

Preheat oven on 400 degrees.
Directions for marinade:
Combine buttermilk, flour, onion powder,garlic powder, salt,pepper,paprika and seasoning salt (optional).
Add and mix it well with the wings.
Arrange wings on the baking/cooling rack and add some water to the bottom of the baking pan.

Place in the oven for 30 minutes.
Turn the wings over and transfer back in to the oven for another 15-20 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the butter and hot sauce on medium heat in small sauce pan until the butter is melted. Stir to combine the ingredients.

Remove the wings from the rack. Add the sauce and toss well to cover the wings with sauce.
Serve with celery and blue cheese or ranch dressing.

……and EXTRA sauce!!!!


Smoked Salmon Carpaccio

Smoked salmon carpaccio is a delicious and fancy appetizer.One of my favorites.
6-8 thin slices of smoked salmon
¼  onion finely chopped
Arugula and Baby Romaine lettuce ( or you can use spring mix)
Salt and fresh ground pepper
Grilled/ toasted slices of bread such as ciabatta or pugliese
1 tbsp. Champagne wine vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
2 tbsp. Cold pressed olive oil
2 tbsp. Mayonnaise
1 tsp. Honey
Mix mayo with honey and pour the sauce in to squeezable bottle.
Drizzle sauce on the plate.
Arrange slices of salmon,drizzle with sauce.
In a bowl combine lettuces,onion,vinegar,salt,pepper and olive oil.
Mix and arrange the salad in the middle of a platter.
Add capers on top of the salad. Place sliced crusty  bread slices or crackers on top of the salad.
Serve by starting with the bread, place salmon and salad on top of the bread and Enjoy!