Category Archives: Appetizers

Mexican Quiche – No Crust

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Mexican Quiche
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This Mexican Quiche recipe is quick and easy to prepare. It is flavorful and filled with protein – minus the extra calories of the traditional crust-style quiche. Of course, crust can be used if you prefer. To cut even more calories, use egg substitute (1 cup) and low-fat cottage and Monterey Jack cheeses.


  • 5 or 6 large eggs (1 cup)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1½ cups Monterey Jack Cheese, grated
  • 1 4-oz can diced Ortega™ green chilies


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Butter a 9” round cake pan or a 9” x 9” square baking pan.
  3. Place the eggs, flour, and baking powder in a medium-sized bowl and mix well.
  4. Add the melted butter, cottage cheese, grated cheese and green chilies.
  5. Mix just until blended (Do NOT over mix).
  6. Pour the mixture into the buttered pan.
  7. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 90 seconds.
  8. Reduce oven heat to 350° F. and bake for 30 to 35 minutes more. (Top should be golden brown and the quiche should be set.)
  9. Cut into small squares  to serve as an appetizer, or cut into six larger squares and serve for brunch.

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Three Spicy Chicken Wing Recipes

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spicy chicken wings

Three Variations for Lovely Treats

Most people enjoy discovering spicy chicken wing recipes. (I apologize to those who are allergic or you just cannot eat spicy food.) BUT – for all the chicken devotees,  I want to share with you three hot n’ spicy recipes to try the next time you want to treat yourself to a very tasty meal. Although they have similar names, they are very different – so be sure to try all three.

Spicy Chicken Wings – Recipe #1


  • 1 large can Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cube butter
  • 4-5 lbs. chicken wings


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Melt butter in small pan.
  4. Cut up chicken wings and discard tips.
  5. Wash thoroughly in cold water and pat dry with clean paper towels.
  6. Mix all dry ingredients in bowl.
  7. Dip chicken wings in butter and roll in cheese mixture.
  8. Place on lined cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 1 hour.
  10. Serve warm with your favorite dipping condiments.


Hot Chicken Wings – Recipe #2


  • 3-4 lbs. chicken wings
  • Enough oil for deep frying

Sauce Ingredients

  • ½ cube butter
  • 1 bottle Durkee™ Hot Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 10 shakes Tabasco
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Mix all sauce ingredients in an 8 X 8 baking dish (heat in microwave to melt butter) – set aside.
  2. Cut up chicken wings and discard tips.
  3. Wash thoroughly in cold water and pat dry with clean paper towels.
  4. Heat oil in a heavy pan while preparing wings.
  5. Deep fry wings for 20 minutes.
  6. Drain excess oil and set in warm sauce.
  7. Remove and place on a wire rack to dry.
  8. Serve warm.


Hot-N-Spicy Chicken Wings – Recipe #3


  • 5 lb. bag chicken wings (drumettes)
  • 12 fl. oz. Louisiana Pre Crystal Hot Sauce
  • 1-2 sticks butter


  1. Fry chicken wings until golden brown and drain on paper towels.
  2. Mix hot sauce and melted butter and pour into deep pan.
  3. Add chicken wings to sauce and heat thoroughly.
  4. Serve warm.



Slow Cooker Appetizers – Busy Mom’s Slow Cooker Series

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Cheesy Mexican Fondue
Cheesy Mexican Fondue from Better Homes and Gardens

Slow cooker appetizers are perfect for every occasion – football games, birthday parties, holiday gatherings, etc.

What could be better than having nice hot appetizers to eat while you watch every game – not just the Super Bowl?

Fixing party snacks takes time and energy. Plus,  the cook wants to be part of the party – not in the kitchen most of the time.  As a result, most people only make the effort to create special appetizers for the big occasions – like the Super Bowl. With a slow cooker, you don’t have to miss a minute of the action. You can let the cooker do all the work while you enjoy the festivities with everyone else.

Slow Cooker Appetizers are #1

If you have many occasions to fix appetizers, you should consider buying more than one slow cooker. You can’t beat them when it comes to appetizers – for the following reasons:

  • You spend less time in the kitchen – You can prepare ingredients in advance; then, on the day of the party place tthem in the pot, turn it on and walk away.
  • You have warm appetizers to serve throughout the day – for anyone and everyone no matter what time they arrive at your party.

Tips for Making Perfect Appetizers Every Time

  1. Broil or brown your meats first – When making Barbecued Chicken Wings for your get-together, broil the raw chicken in the oven or brown it in a skillet to get a good glaze over them before placing them in the cooker. This also cuts down on actual cooking time.
  2. Add paper towels under the lid – The paper will absorb excess moisture from the cooking process. This is useful when you are making snacks that need to stay crisp after cooking. Yes, you can create crisp appetizers in your slow cooker.
  3. Prep as much as you can the night before – Chop ingredients for things like salsa or cheese (queso) dip and leave them in the inner ceramic pot over night in the fridge. When you are ready, pull the bowl out of the fridge and pop it into the slow cooker base to begin cooking. This eliminates chopping the day of the occasion.

Appetizer Ideas

Are you salivating right now? For your next party, try setting up two or three slow cookers for making appetizers. Not only can you cook without having to pay constant attention to the goodies, you can also use the ceramic pots as buffet-style serving bowls.

For incredibly delicious slow cooker appetizer recipes, check out the Better Homes and Gardens Website:

The holiday season is just around the corner. Test the most easygoing hors d’oeuvres around that can be made in the slow cooker from the Betty Crocker Website:

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Chipotle Popcorn Chicken Recipe – Busy Mom’s Series, Day 16

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Chipotle Popcorn Chicken
Photo: Gabi Porter

Chipotle Popcorn Chicken – perfect for tailgating season – is so easy to make and heartily welcomed by all that it will surprise you!

Marinating the chicken in buttermilk overnight ensures juicy, flavorful meat under the crunchy-tangy-spicy exterior. Adding chopped cilantro is a nice personal touch and serving the bites with homemade dipping sauces makes them memorable. 

This recipe comes from Marc Murphy’s Upper West Side restaurant “Ditch Plains” in Manhattan. I found it on


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup canned chipotles in adobo sauce, pureed
  • 2 cups flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Cut chicken breasts into 1 ½-inch pieces. Place in mixing bowl and cover with buttermilk and pureed chipotle chilies.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. When ready to serve, dredge the chicken in seasoned flour.
  4. Fry in hot oil (350° F.) just until done. (Do not overcook). A deep fryer is the best choice, if you have one, or use a very heavy cooking pan and a thermometer.
  5. Remove from hot oil, place on paper towels to drain – season with salt, pepper and chopped cilantro.

Try serving with these homemade dips:

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

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