appetizers

Sparkling Cranberry & Toasted Walnut Goat Cheese Crostini

December 8, 2016
Sparkling Cranberry & Toasted Walnut Goat Cheese Crostini | brighteyedbaker.com

I don’t know what I love most about this recipe – the goat cheese, the sparkling cranberries, or the fact that it meant I got to work with wine for the day (always a win-win). The best part though might just be that these crostini are probably one of the EASIEST appetizers you could possibly […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Sausage & Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with JaM Cabernet

August 21, 2016
Sausage and Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms - a super-simple & tasty appetizer! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

 It’s come to my attention that summer is (sadly) on its way out the door, and since I’m not quite ready to say goodbye, I say that instead we pull out the red wine and throw a few more last-minute summer get-togethers. It’ll be easy because I gotcha covered with the basics: a couple bottles of […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Bites with Avocado Cream Cheese

May 25, 2015
Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Bites with Avocado Cream Cheese - a simple but elegant appetizer to serve for any gathering! | www.brighteyedbaker.com #BretonGlutenFree #CleverGirls

I have crazy respect for anyone who can host a dinner party with grace and ease, because when I do any sort of cooking (or baking), the kitchen look like a disaster zone, and if things start to get hectic, I just become a total mess. Come to think of it, this is probably why some […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Chipotle Gouda and Mushroom Crostini

September 23, 2014
Chipotle Gouda and Mushroom Crostini - a simple but elegant appetizer that packs a punch of flavor.| www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’m a firm believer that pretty much anything involving bread + cheese is bound to be good. As I say that I’m mentally challenging myself with memories of grilled cheese sandwiches made from plain ol’ white sandwich bread and extra-basic american cheese, but even then, it’s still grilled cheese. When you take good bread and amazing cheese […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Balsamic Reduction

January 31, 2014
Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Balsamic Reduction - sweet, rich and tender dates stuffed with cheese and wrapped in crispy, smoky bacon with bits of caramelized brown sugar. Say hello to an easy and tasty appetizer!| www.brighteyedbaker.com

This is ironic, to say the least. Here I am, the girl who refused to eat any form of pork up until a few months ago, officially pushing the publish button on the first ever non-vegetarian recipe on the blog which includes BACON. Not only that, but it combines bacon with dates, which I now […]

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