A-Z: Appetizer

Holidays are divine, as far as I’m concerned. While spending time with family always tops my list of great things to do, spending time with family in the kitchen surrounded by scrumptious appetizers warrants a spot one cloud away from heaven.

Suffice it to say, my taste buds were thrilled this past weekend. And now, thanks to Jenny Hansen, my appetite has been stimulated again.

Following in her footsteps, I’ve taken the A-Z Challenge. During the month of April, I will blog my way through the alphabet, taking only Sundays off for good behavior. If you are as crazy as me, you can join the fun by clicking on this link and signing up for a month of blogging madness before the end of today.

If you’re only semi-crazy, you can follow my journey and that of other insane and talented bloggers for the next thirty days. A list of their blogs will appear here. And don’t fret, not all of them are geared toward writing. Check the codes next to their name to see if one fits your interests.

For instance, I have a (WR) listed next to my blog which stands for writing. Other categories include things like crafting, cooking, gardening, gaming, movies, books, education, etc. You name it, someone is blogging about it. So, please, check out the list and see if any names tickle your tweeter.

In the meantime, I will do what I do best–tie together writing and real life!


The whole purpose of an appetizer is to get you hungry. Chefs have long ago figured out that stimulating the appetite with a tasty morsel can have you begging for more.

Writers are no different. We spend oodles of time crafting the perfect literary teaser for our works. We do this in the form of the elevator pitch, the query letter, the back cover blurb and the synopsis.

Like great chefs, we condense entire meals into delectable phrases and enticing sentences. We give our potential readers a tiny taste of what’s to come in one compact creation.

A is for Appetizer: that small portion of perfectly blended words that whet the literary appetite.

Perfect it like your favorite dish and stimulate your reader’s hunger.

My top five apps are, in no particular order:

  • Homemade guacamole. Add a margarita and I could die happy.
  • Chili conqueso. Simple, not pretty to look at, but incredibly delish.
  • Cucumber dill dip. Nothing says spring like a fresh scoop of this!
  • Buffalo chicken dip. Scooped up with celery…yummmmm.
  • And a plain old veggie tray complete with cukes, mushrooms, cauliflower and peppers of every color.

One of my favorite literary appetizers is from a quaint MG novel by Ingrid Law. Savvy has a supercharged cover for young readers and a jacket blurb that had me hooked.

Mibs Beaumont is about to become a teenager. As if that prospect weren’t scary enough, thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy strikes–and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, it promises to be outrageous…and positively thrilling. 

What’s your favorite appetite teaser?

Curious minds want to know.

17 responses to “A-Z: Appetizer

  1. Welcome to the A to Z Blogging Challenge! Buffalo chicken dip scooped with celery is one of my favorite appetizers, too. 🙂

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  2. I have to say my favorite appetizer is Chile Conqueso 🙂 I say appetizers are best when surrounded by friends and family!! Wonderful blog.

    So glad you stopped by my blog today and left that awesome comment!!


    • So true. Nothing cements friendships quite like awesome apps!

      And it was so easy to leave comments on your blog. Your pictures were beautiful.


  3. Hi! Have popped over from the A to Z Challenge – and I love your blog! I will definitely be back, so many links and helpful info! Thank you!

  4. Hi, have popped over from the A to Z Challenge, lost my first comment, so apologies if they both turn up! Loving your website, so much useful info and links – will be saving the details to pop back later 🙂

  5. OK, now I’m hungry!! It’s a toss-up between guacamole and corn chips or artichoke dip with gluten-free crackers. I have to make both myself to be sure no one slips me any gluten, but they’re both marvelous!

    Thanks for the shout out. 🙂

    • Oooh, forgot the artichoke dip. I love good artichoke dip with pita chips. And just wow, you make your own crackers? I might have to snick a recipe from you as my godson is allergic to nearly everything tasty. At least from a store bought point of view.

      Hugs and best luck with your alphabet journey!

  6. Nice analogy between book blurbs and appetizers. I would happily eat all of your fav appetizers but one of my all-time favorites is fried mozzerella

    • Mmmmm, sounds delicious. I don’t think I’ve had that in years. My sister makes it from scratch…

      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

  7. A nice start to whet my appetite for more ;). I liked the book appetizer too.
    My ‘A’ post is a book review.

  8. nice post- look forward to reading more x

  9. I love your comparison between food and book appetizers, so true! My favorite appetizer that I can pick right now would have to be fried mozzerella sticks. I can’t wait to follow you along through the month, I’m also doing to A to Z Challenge!

    • Hi, Lizzy!

      Thanks for stopping over and sharing your favorite appetizer. I wish you the best of luck on the challenge and will pop over to see your spin on the alphabet!


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