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Archive | Appetizers

Whiskey Cake Goat Cheese Fondue

Lost Ruby Ranch – Photography by Melinda Ortley  – Recipe by Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar 





Makes 2 servings


1 thyme sprig, 2 to 3 inches long

3-ounce Lost Ruby Ranch or other local goat cheese ball

1 tablespoon chopped roasted tomato

1 tablespoon jarred olive mix

2 roasted garlic cloves

2 tablespoons Texas olive oil

Sourdough crostini


Place thyme sprig centered on the bottom of the dish.…

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Blistered Shishito Peppers with Whipped Goat Cheese

Photo by Meredith Steele

Grab shishito peppers from our farmers markets to make this simple but tempting game-day snack. Once blistered, these smoky tender peppers are dipped in a lemon-goat-cheese dip to cool off any hot pods you may get. We use silky smooth, local goat cheese from Latte Da Dairy or Lost Ruby Ranch for an exceptional dip.…

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Asparagus Flatbread

Flatbread with Sweet Pea Pesto & Asparagus

Makes 2 large flatbreads/8 pieces each

2 ½ cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup olive oil
1 cup water
Sweet Pea Pesto (recipe follows)
1 pound asparagus
2 handfuls arugula
2 handfuls lettuce mix
Mint, Chives, and Parmesan curls

Make your flatbread dough.…

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Floral Brie

Photo: Kelly Yandell

1 cup white wine
1 package of powdered unflavored gelatin (about 2½ teaspoons)
1 round of Brie
Edible organic flowers and herbs*

Pour wine into medium saucepan and add the gelatin, sprinkling it evenly so granules don’t clump.…

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Cauliflower, 5 Ways


Make cauliflower ‘n’ cheese. Roast florets from 1 head at 450°F till tender, then mix with 4 cups cooked quinoa, some freshly snipped chives, 1 cup grated Gruyère. Return to oven until the cheese melts.

Make flatbread. Steam 2 cups of cauliflower florets in a steamer basket.…

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Asiago + Almond Biscotti

Photography by Ellise Pierce

Makes about 32

1½ cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons water
½ cup shredded Asiago cheese
½ cup slivered and blanched almonds
Leaves of 4 sprigs fresh thyme

Preheat oven to 350°F.…

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Strawberry-Thyme Croustades

Makes 6

¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup almond flour
1/3 cup oatmeal
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon of salt
A few grinds of fresh black pepper
½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (divided use) plus extra for sprinkling
1/3 cup butter, at room temperature
½ pound strawberries, sliced
2 tablespoons local honey
¼ cup salted and roasted pistachios, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet
with parchment paper.…

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Millionaire’s Bacon

Makes about 10-14 slices

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 pound thick-cut bacon (10-14 slices)
Cayenne Caramel Sauce (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place a flat roasting rack on top of a baking tray.…

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