Gluten-Free Holiday Appetizer: Flatbread with Roasted Butternut Squash

Gluten-Free Holiday Appetizer | Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Flatbread

When I catered holiday parties in the past, the menus usually centered around appetizers and salads. Those are my favorite party foods – always. And I think after all the sweets, people crave more savory party foods. I love, love, love using cheese in appetizers, especially for the holidays, for several reasons. First, most people love cheese. Or at least like it. Second, it creates a more filling, satisfying appetizer. And third, it goes well […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash Dip

Every recipe I share with you has some sort of story. Sometimes it’s the story of an old family recipe, other times it’s a brand new story still in the making. This one is an in-between-story recipe. When I was a newlywed, I catered an open house during the holidays. (I mention that time period a lot because it was a pivotal moment for me in my culinary development.) I made a bunch of appetizers for […]

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New Year’s Feast.

Oh, I know it’s been over two weeks since we all ushered in the New Year.  It’s taken me that long to go through the dozens and dozens of pictures of our January 1st Feast.  Our dear friends couldn’t make it to our early dinner party, so we packaged up part of the meal, my husband dropped it off and we partied alone.  But it wasn’t a sad thing.  Our kids loved it.  We got […]

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Peppermint Bark Brownies (The Updated Version)

Peppermint Bark Brownies are a wonderful holiday treat. A dark fudgy brownie is topped with a thick layer of homemade peppermint bark.  I still remember the first time I had Peppermint Bark as a child. It was long before it became as popular as it is today. But I was smitten at first bite. What’s not to love? Dark chocolate, white chocolate, and crushed candy canes? Mmm…I love brownies, too. It has taken me a […]

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Orange Spiced Nuts

Orange Spiced Nuts | CafeJohnsonia.com

These crunchy, buttery, sweet, spiced nuts have a hint of orange. They are completely irresistible and are sure to be a hit at any party! Let’s see…it’s only taken me over a year to finally post this recipe! I wanted to wait and take how-to photos. The weeks turned into months and suddenly it was Thanksgiving again. I’m going to make another batch or two for Christmas. They disappear quickly. These nuts would be a […]

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