My friend, Jenny, thinks she’s not very good with appetizers. But I have to disagree. The girl knows how to cook good food, every single time!

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Sometimes when you’re in a rut, take the ingredients that you already have in your kitchen and do a google search – see what comes up!

Jenny knew she had goat cheese, apples, and herbs in the garden. Mix it all together for a quick and easy bruschetta; on your way to the dinner party, stop by the store and pick up fresh bread.

As a hostess, I’m always happy to toast the bread, or do whatever needs to be done to help prepare what my guests bring.

I really believe in the power of delegation. It “takes a village” to create an awesome dinner party, especially with the economy, people’s time, and commitments these days. Sometimes people don’t always have the time to bring a dish “ready to serve.”

Appetizer Tips
1. Write down key ingredients you have on hand that you want to use (try to use up a jarred sauce that is already open).
2. The more unique, the easier to find on the internet.
3. Set aside 5-10 minutes to find a recipe that works for you.
4. Google and find apps to add to your phone.
5. Don’t forget to use fresh herbs from the garden. Herbs always add the “punch” that your recipe needs.
6. Don’t waste time and run to the store, when it’s something you can quickly stop and buy on your way to the event (like the bread).

Enjoy this super easy recipe today!

Oh, and by the way, here’s the “fresh basil” growing in our herb bed. It’s still small, needs sunshine, but I love the purple basil for cooking and for garnishing!

Grow, basil, grow!

How do you get out of a rut when it comes to making appetizers? And what favorite herbs do you use for them?


Recipe: Apple Goat Cheese Bruschetta {}


  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat or blue cheese (depending on what flavor you want)
  • 1 Fuji or Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, chopped
  • 3/4 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • Ground course black pepper
  • 1 baguette, sliced thinly
  • Olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven’s broiler to high.
  2. Drizzle one side of baguette slices with olive oil. Broil until lightly browned, 1-2 minutes. Turn the pieces over and broil the other side.
  3. Mix the cheese, apples, and herbs together in a bowl.
  4. Add the goat cheese mixture to each piece of piece of bread; return to the broiler for an additional minute until the cheese is softened.
  5. Display on a platter and garnish with black ground pepper; serve.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6