Parmesan Thyme Crackers

A stack of Parmesan Thyme Crackers from ascrumptiouslife.com

Sometimes you just want a little nibble.  Say you and your friends are going out to dinner and just gathering at your place beforehand OR you’re hosting Thanksgiving and you don’t want everyone filling up on appetizers before the big meal. Well, here’s a fabulous idea – Parmesan Thyme Crackers.  It’s an Ina recipe I’ve been […]

Cheese Board 101

Cheese in Provence Market

I love offering a Cheese Board when I entertain – and the best part is how easy it is. No cooking – just shopping!  I usually serve a cheese board as an appetizer, the American way.  In Europe, you’re more likely to be served a cheese board after dinner.  It provides a nice relaxing end to the meal, […]

Salted Olive Crisps

David Lebovitz' Olive Crisps from ascrumptiouslife.com

Have you read David Lebovitz’s new cookbook “My Paris Kitchen” yet? I’ve been reading it for months now. First I looked through the recipes, adding markers for the recipes I wanted to try. Then I looked through the book for the photos. Finally, I am now reading the book.
This recipe for Salted Olive Crisps is the first recipe I marked. I’m always looking for appetizer/nibble recipes. This “savory biscotti” of sorts incorporates the flavors of France in one bite. I was immediately transported back to Provence. All I need now is a glass of rose!

Fried Green Tomatoes

A fried green tomato with goat cheese and remolade sauce from ascrumptiouslife.com

I had wanted to make this recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes for years.  I finally succeeded a few weeks ago.  As expected, they were delicious.   So I wanted to share it with you, now  that tomatoes are ready at your market.               I first saw this recipe from Charleston […]

Outdoor Concert Menu 2

Bruschetta for Outdoor Concert Dining from ascrumptiouslife.com

Last summer, I posted a two-part series with  tips and tricks of eating at Outdoor Concerts.  Apparently that’s been a dilemma for many of you, because they have become quite popular posts at a scrumptious life.  The first post  focussed on the logistics and ‘equipment’ of dining al fresco.  The second offered menu ideas.   So I […]

Cream Cheese and Fig spread

Cream cheese and fig spread

Last weekend, I received a last-minute invitation to an Easter Potluck.  I decided what I was going to make, put it in the oven and guess what — disaster!!!  Yes I have them too!  I either messed up the temp or the timing…… anyway,  I needed a Plan B, stat! Luckily I always keep cream cheese, […]

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