Vegan Hot Artichoke Dip

Vegan Hot Artichoke Dip

I’ve always had a thing against “appetisers”… I suppose it comes from all those years my mother refused to give me a snack in the 2-hour window before dinner, no matter how much I begged.  “No, dear” she would say… “you’ll ruin your dinner.”  Her words ring in my ear to this day.

She’s right, you know.  Appetisers actually DO ruin your appetite… funny that!  It’s just that now we’re grown up and we can choose to do it if we want.  I’m not saying this to spite my mother… turns out she was right about everything she ever said. …

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Spicy Pumpkin Hummus

Spicy Pumpkin Hummus

Well, I wasn’t gonna do it, but here I go anyway… hauling off and giving you guys a Thanksgiving recipe.  I am American, after all.  And it is Thanksgiving week, after all.  Gotta stay true to my roots!

My philosophy on holiday eating has changed a bit over the years, I have to admit.  I used to get on board with the general theory that the “holidays” were the perfect excuse for an eating free-for-all from Thanksgiving until January 1… and deal with the consequences on January 2.  I would eat things I didn’t even like that much, in the name of “I only get to eat it once a year.”  Crazy, I know.  And even crazier is the fact that I would wonder why every year I felt so lethargic, low energy, and hating exercise by the end of December.  So my more recent approach to the holidays is…

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Quick & Easy Spiced Chickpeas

Quick & easy spiced chickpeas

I’ll be honest… I’m always a bit nervous when someone asks me to bring an appetiser to a party.  After all, I’m American, and we have a bad reputation for opening a bottle of salsa and a bag of Tostitos and calling it good.  But hey, at least we’ll be on time!  Which is maybe why we’re asked to bring the appetiser in the first place…

Why have I never gotten very creative with my apps?  It likely stems back to the fact that my mother was adamant that we not “ruin our dinner” with pre-meal snacks and therefore the word “appetiser” did not exist in my vocabulary until I went to college.  And then, chips and salsa seemed to fit right in……

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