Category Archives: Appetizers

Chinese Pizza with Ginger Dipping Sauce


This recipe we found at The Food Network and I am so glad that we did! I haven’t had these in years! This was a favorite snack of mine at my hometown local Chinese Restaurant, The Full Ho and I have yet to find them again. Some people call them Chinese Pancakes or Scallion Pancakes, but I know them by Chinese Pizza. When I came across this recipe, I knew immediately that we had to make them. They came out tasting exactly like the ones from Full Ho. Yay!!! Doing the happy dance! 🙂

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup sliced scallions
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 cup canola oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
1/2 cup ginger dipping sauce, recipe to follow
In a bowl, sift flour. Slowly add water in a steady stream while mixing with a wooden spoon. Keep adding water until a ball is formed. Let ball of dough relax for about 30 minutes and cover with damp cloth.

On a floured surface, roll out dough into a thin rectangle.

Brush on oil mixture, cover with scallion and season with salt and pepper.

Carefully roll dough. This part is a little tricky and sticky. Make sure you have enough flour on your surface.

Cut into 4 pieces. Take one piece and twist 3 times.

Make a spiral out of this and roll again and flatten to achieve a 5 to 6 inch pancake.

In a hot non-stick pan, coat with some of the leftover sesame and canola oil and pan sear both sides until golden brown.

Place on plate covered with a paper towel. Place a paper towel over each pizza to absorb the oil.

Cut into pizza slices and serve immediately with dipping sauce.

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup sliced scallions
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sugar
Combine all ingredients.

Simply delicious!


Cranberry Brie Appetizers


I saw this recipe on one of my favorite sites I decided to make my own cranberry relish , as I could not find any anywhere! This was such a great light snack before our dinner.


Cranberry relish
1 block of Brie
Carr’s Water Crackers

Place brie on cracker, top with relish. So simple, yet so yummy!

Ham & Cream Cheese Dip (Baked)


This recipe is from my sister-in-law, Shelly! This is her dip that she always make for any get together’s she may have and now has become an addition to mine. Another simple recipe that is sure to please. It always ends up getting gobbled up. Tonight was Halloween and we had some friends over and this was one of the dishes we served. I had to make another one during the party, as the first one went fast!

Our spooky cob webs that my Star put up!


1 8 oz. block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (at room temperature)
1/4 lb. of Virginia Deli Ham diced (I like the Black Bear brand, but any brand will work)
1 cup of shredded cheese (I like the Cheddar Jack blend, you can also use cheddar cheese)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients together and spread in a 9-inch pie dish.

Bake for approximately 20 minutes and serve with crackers.

More spooky cob webs

Chili Dip


This is the dip that is requested of me for every party, baby shower, bridal shower, BBQ, let’s just get together and drink, you name it and this dip must attend. It is so simple and easy and has only three ingredients.


1 Package 8 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese
1 Can Hormel chili without beans
1 Bag shredded cheddar cheese
1 Bag of Tostitos Scoops

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread cream cheese in casserole dish.

Add the Hormel Chili on top.

Add shredded cheese and bake for approximately 20 minutes, till the cheese is bubbly.

Serve with Tostitos Scoops!

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Peppers


This recipe is one of our favorites, which I got from my friend Sherry Black (thank you, thank you!). It is now a must have when we have parties!


Jalapeno Peppers (10 makes 20)

8oz. softened Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Package of Bacon (pick your favorite and slice in thirds)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Slice the Jalapenos in half and remove the seeds, add the cream cheese and wrap with bacon tucking the ends under.  I find baking it on a cookie cooling rack on top of a baking sheet works best.  This way all the bacon grease will fall to the bottom on the sheet.  Bake for approximately 20 minutes until the bacon is cooked.  Enjoy!