Spinach + Artichoke Bites



NYC can be a strange place.


Apartments are small, apartment kitchens are dicey, but bars and restaurants are plentiful.

So you find yourself headed to your local watering hole to meet up with your fellow winos without even considering the idea of having people over to your home. 





My apartments in NYC have slowly...very slowly...gotten bigger and bigger. In 13 years I have lived in 9 different places, all of varying sizes and with varying infestation problems...





My latest apartment has two highly coveted features...space for a dining room table and a window in the kitchen!


 A WINDOW!!!!!


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Brownie Bites with Caramel Centers


1 Package Brownie Mix

24 Frozen Rolos

Prepare the brownie mix to packages instructions. Grease a mini muffin pan and fill each cup 3/4 of the way full with batter. Insert an unwrapped frozen rolo into the center of each cup and cover with batter. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan and remove by inserting a knife into the cup, on the side and pop out the brownie bite. Enjoy!!




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Brie + Jam Crostini

I’m obsessed with appetizers.

I’m the kind of person who would rather pick at a million different things all night than sit down to a full meal (and of course, then I convince myself I didn’t eat nearly as much).

And when I host a party, I like to have as many things as possible in mini-size, like a fun size candy bar, the perfect amount for one person...

Or at least the perfect amount for one person per one minute!!

And though a baked brie can be heaven, it’s big, messy, and once all the good toppings are gone you are just left with melted cheese. 

NOT that melted cheese isn’t arguably my favorite food. Oh! And un-melted cheese my second favorite. Yes, that seems fair.

But back to the point...

So like everything else in my life that I like to make mini-size, I took a classic baked brie and made it mini! These minis have all the flavors of a baked brie in a two bites (or one bite for my husband). Perfection!

Brie + Jam Crostini

servings: 16 crostinis


  • 1 small baguette
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups raspberry jam
  • 1 wedge brie cheese (about 6 ounces), cut into ¼- ½-inch slices
  • 8 sprigs of fresh thyme


  1. Slice the baguette into sixteen ½-inch thick slices, cutting on an angle. Then toast the baguette until it is just lightly toasted.
  2. Top each toasted baguette slice with a heaping tablespoon of jam, then a piece of brie, and finally the leaves from about half a sprig of thyme.
  3. Put the slices in a toaster oven or regular oven until cheese is mostly melted. Serve warm and enjoy!


  • Lots of jams work with this recipe--besides raspberry, my favorites are apricot, strawberry and blackberry.
  • Be sure to spread on a nice, thick layer of jam; there should be an equal amount of jam to cheese.
  • To get the thyme leaves off the stem easily, simply run your fingers against the grain along the stem.
  • These are still good even when they become room temperature--the cheese will still be a little melty!
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