Delicious Baked Turkey Bites

Turkey bitesMy toddler was crazy about processed turkey bites from Target. I wasn’t thrilled about them, especially the sodium. So I experimented and created my own that she just loves! As do my husband and I.

The picture is from a slightly earlier, less amazing, batch, but you get the idea. I make them pretty small – one or two bites for an adult or 4-5 bites for a toddler.

Warning – these are pretty addictive… my husband, toddler and I went through most of a batch today!

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Delicious Baked Crab Rangoon

Baked Crab Rangoon RecipeI recently had a very successful dinner party of 7. The food was all Asian-inspired, mostly because I really wanted an excuse to make this recipe. Most of the food was from the freezer section of Trader Joe’s, but I made this and a few other items I may write about.

7 people ate all 48 crab rangoon in a fairly short period of time, which I found pretty impressive. Admittedly, I think my husband and I alone accounted for half of the 48, but that still leaves about 5 each for the rest, so I think it’s safe to say they were a hit!

I’ve actually made this three times, though the first two times were just me experimenting (and eating the results of my experiments), refining it a bit each time. I based it on this recipe from Gen Foodie and this one from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. Continue reading

Sweet & Sour Turkey Meatballs with Pineapple

I took a class on hors d’oeuvres recently from Judi Strauss, a local chef. She has one-night classes held in the Beachwood Middle School Home Ec room, or at least those are the ones I take. They’ve all been about watching, learning, and eating – no doing involved. Quite low stress, and quite fun! At this last class, Judi gave us some party food advice. The most useful to me was the following, as I never know how much food to make!

  • If you’re serving appetizers before dinner, plan on 5-10 bites per person
  • If you’re serving only appetizers, plan on 15-20 bites per person

Judi made us five delicious hors d’oeuvres. I’ve made two, the spinach puffs and the island meatballs with sweet and sour sauce. I made a version of the latter recently for a New Year’s Eve party. They came out quite well, and seemed pretty popular, so I thought I’d write about them.

The final product, ready to party:

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