Brie and Raspberry Panini with Hazelnut Spread: 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled Cheese has been called “America’s Comfort Food”, and it has been a huge food trend in 2012. This past year grilled cheese sandwiches have been featured on gourmet restaurant’s menus, and there has been a huge increase in grilled cheese food trucks across the U.S. This Brie and Raspberry Panini with Hazelnut Spread recipe is one of the 150 recipes in my latest cookbook release “150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches”. This is a new twist on the classic combination of chocolate and Brie. The surprising freshness from the raspberries really puts it over the top. It’s a great dessert sandwich recipe to enjoy during the holidays. You’ll find recipes from breakfast to dessert (as well as condiments) in my newest cookbook which just released 2 months ago. To order for Christmas gifts click here.

Super Bowl Appetizer and Party Tips: Brie with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Basil

One week from today is the Super Bowl, one of the most fun sporting events of the year. I filmed a Super Bowl television cooking segment for NBC “Daytime Alabama” which will air next week, making four easy appetizers. This 5 ingredient recipe for Brie with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Basil is a cinch, taking only 20 minutes to prepare. Here are some of my favorite Super Bowl tips for hosting your upcoming party.

Super Bowl Hosting Tips:

-Think “green” and make it easy. Send out E Invites or call or Facebook your friends

-Set up as many televisions as possible if you’re having a large party

-Plan simple and easy food to put out and refill. Also, think about servings foods that are easy to pick up and eat in your lap.

-Have one room planned for television watchers and another for those who just want to talk (okay…some of us women)

-If you’re inviting guests with children, have video games, movies, coloring pages, crayons and puzzles to keep them busy

-Offer healthy foods: such as serve fresh fruit and vegetables with hummus

-Have plenty of beverages and a variety for everyone

-Ask guests to pitch in and bring food (give them a task)

-Have a “faux betting pool” set up and a few prizes for the winners

Easy Holiday Appetizer: Cranberry-Orange Glazed Brie

While cranberries are still at their peak, why not prepare a simple sauce to serve with your holiday turkey or to serve over Brie. This festive appetizer recipe for Cranberry-Orange Glazed Brie is perfect served this holiday season at an open house on Christmas Eve or for a New Years Day celebration. Served with crackers and some toasted bread, preparation is a snap. If you have leftovers, just give to neighbors or friends for a last minute gift.

Four Ingredient Super Bowl Appetizer: Honey-Dijon Brie with Almonds

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I love to make Brie for an appetizer because it’s so simple, and people love it. This recipe is almost a joke-just too easy for words, only 4 ingredients. If you’re having guests over for a weeknight or weekend gathering, Super Bowl party or entertaining friends, this recipe is as simple as it is delicious. Go Saints!

Three Ingredient Appetizer: Roasted Garlic-Topped Brie

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I’m a huge Brie fan and always interested in finding new great Brie recipes. When I was judging a recipe contest for a cheese company and came across this recipe, I was really excited. It’s such a breeze and only 3 ingredients. All you need to do is roast the garlic and warm up the Brie, and you have an easy, delicious appetizer. This is perfect for Christmas, New Years or any time of the year.

20 Minute Appetizer: Apricot-Glazed Brie

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With spring parties, graduations and celebrations this month, I thought I would share the simplest recipe for Brie that you can prepare in under 20 minutes. It’s so easy to prepare and makes a pretty presentation. Feel free to serve with some of your favorite fruits, crackers and breads. You may substitute your favorite nuts for the walnuts and other dried fruit. Just be sure to watch it carefully in the oven so you don’t over-melt it.

See me preparing easy, budget-friendly skillet meals today on NBC 13 Daytime Alabama today at http://www.nbc13.com/vtm/daytime/