February 4, 2016

Super Bowl Snacks

The big game is almost upon us!  I've been working to bring you a stellar collection of game day eats to keep you and your crew happily munching while you watch the big game!


From tacos to jalapeno popper to pizza pinwheels, there's something for everyone in this simple collection of fun football food!  What will you be munching on this Sunday?

Here's are my suggestions.  Pick two or three and make your game day all about the food!
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February 3, 2016

Easy Buffalo Ranch Popcorn Mix

This post is sponsored by BOOMCHICKAPOP.  A big bowl of Easy Buffalo Ranch Popcorn Mix is the ultimate light treat to bring the BOOM to your game day tailgating or party!  It's super easy to mix up and booming with buffalo ranch flavor!

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When it comes time to planning your game day menu, it's almost mandatory to include a buffalo-something in your spread.  While the first thing you might think of is wings, I'm here to let you know that the first thing that comes to mind isn't always what's best.

*points to the picture up there*

See that popcorn mix?  That's the something buffalo that you should be serving during the big game.  Buffalo. Ranch. Popcorn. Mix.

All the yes.

My run down of mix-ins for this big bowl of delish goodness starts, of course, with the fabulous Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP Sea Salt Popcorn.  It's as much fun to eat as it is to say.  Go ahead try it, I'll wait.  See?  Good stuff.  BOOMCHICKAPOP is great tasting, fun, and keeps it simple.
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January 30, 2016

Crock Pot Queso Blanco Dip

This Crock Pot Queso Blanco Dip is my version of the popular Mexican white cheese dip that is served at your favorite Mexican restaurant!  You won't believe how easy this dip is to make at home in your crock pot!

This Crock Pot Queso Blanco Dip is my version of the popular Mexican white cheese dip that is served at your favorite Mexican restaurant!  You won't believe how easy this dip is to make at home in your crock pot!

I have this thing for white American cheese.  It's the stuff I grew up on and it's still my favorite today.  Not the individually wrapped slices, but the kind they cut for you at the deli.  Loooooove it.

I melt it into scrambled eggs, use it to make the best ever grilled cheese, and I use it for my very favorite Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.  It's always stocked in my fridge and one hundred percent our family favorite.

That's why I love this dip so very, very much.  It is made with my beloved white American melted with lots of other goodies like green chilies, cumin, and onion powder.  Together they make an irresistible, melty, cheesy queso blanco.
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January 28, 2016

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers are an irresistible party food appetizer that combines spicy jalapeños, two kinds of cheese, and smoky bacon.  They are baked in the oven until the cheese is melty and the bacon is crisp!

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I never in a million years would have thought that one day I would say that I am a jalapeño popper lover.  Too spicy for sure, I always thought.  Then, as my taste buds slowly became more tough to spicier and spicier flavors, I decided to be brave and give them a go.

I am a jalapeño popper lover.  100%.

My go-to recipe for years has always been my Bakes Jalapeño Poppers that are coated with a crunchy panko coating.  They are ah-mazing and a few summers back when I had jalapeños coming out of my ears (thank you backyard vegetable garden), I made them all the time.
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January 25, 2016

Homemade Meat Sauce

Homemade meat sauce is baked in the oven for a deep and rich tomato, garlic, and herb flavor.  It is the best meat sauce ever and perfect spooned over your favorite pasta and topped with grated parmesan cheese!

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I think that everyone should have a great homemade spaghetti sauce recipe in their recipe arsenal.  It's not as hard as one might think to make, it makes a big big batch, and the results are always amazing.  Times doesn't always allow for making homemade, so I do try to keep a few favorite jarred sauces in the pantry, but nothing beats the deep flavors of a nice baked homemade sauce.

Yep, I make a baked sauce.  That's the way my mom and her mom make it!  A family tradition!  All you have to do is get a nice big roaster like this one and slow simmer your sauce in the oven until tomatoes caramelize on the sides and the flavor Gods sing.  It really is a beautiful thing.

My fave is spaghetti sauce with meatballs and sausage, which is the way my grandmother has always been known to make it, but my husband has always preferred a meat sauce, so I had to come up with a great homemade sauce recipe for him.  This is the recipe that I like to use and both the kids and he love it.

I freeze the leftovers and there's always more that enough for several meals!  You can adjust the seasonings slightly to suit your tastes (see the notes below), but all in all, this is my family's favorite ever homemade meat sauce!  I am sure it will be yours, too!
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January 22, 2016

Guaca-Tacos

This post is sponsored by Old El Paso™.  A Guaca-Taco Bar is the ultimate way to feed tacos to a crowd!  Crunchy taco shells are baked in the oven, stuffed with taco meat, and then wrapped with a guacamole smothered flour tortilla to make Guaca-Tacos.  Serve them taco bar-style with all of your favorite classic taco toppings!

A Guaca-Taco Bar is the ultimate way to feed tacos to a crowd!  Crunchy taco shells are baked in the oven, stuffed with taco meat, and then wrapped with a guacamole smothered flour tortilla to make Guaca-Tacos.  Serve them taco bar-style with all of your favorite classic taco toppings! #GameDayFavorites #OEPGameDay #Sponsored

One of the very easiest ways to serve a beautiful, colorful, flavorful meal to a crowd is to go with Mexican food.  Having a game day get-together?  Who doesn't love tacos?! The best part is that you can set up a killer taco bar where everyone can dress their tacos with whatever toppings they like.

This particular taco bar is extra special, though.  My tacos are Guaca-Tacos.  Guacamole is a key element in my taco bar!

Guacamole is easy to make, bring to a party, and serve with about anything.  Did you know avocados are so popular at game day parties and festivities that people across the United States eat more than 1.3 billion pounds of avocados per year?  If you made guacamole from all of the avocados sold for Big Game XLVII parties, you could fill the entire stadium 12 feet high.

Cray.  Buuuuut, I get it!  I love me some avocados.
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January 21, 2016

Basil Parmesan Squash Noodles with Pine Nuts

Basil Parmesan Squash Noodles with Pine Nuts is a healthy, easy to make, one-skillet recipe that cooks in right around fifteen minutes.  It is perfect served alongside chicken, fish, or one it's own as a light main dish.

Basil Parmesan Squash Noodles with Pine Nuts

I've had a mandolin in my kitchen arsenal for a few years now.  My Mom gave it to me because she didn't really use it.  Score for me!  I use it when I need to make really thinly sliced veggies for recipes like my Zucchini Chips and Asian Broccoli Stalk Salad,

Apparently when I got it, which was quite a few years back, it came with an attachment that I must have thrown in a drawer and forgot about.  I only know this because we moved into a new house this past summer and I discovered it during the move.  To my surprise (and joy) it is a plate the makes thin strip-like slices that are kind of like noodles!

Now I'm a zucchini and squash noodle making fool.  I'm sure you've heard of zoodles, right?  These are those.  I like to dress mine up with a Italian flavors.  I use pretty much everything you would find in a pesto, just deconstructed a bit.  So flavorful, so fresh, a so super easy to make.

I actually just ordered a spiralizer attachment for my Kitchen Aid and I can't wait to try this recipe with it!  No spiralizer or mandolin?  No problem.  Just bust out the old knife skills and cut that squash up into noodle shape.  These are my new fave!
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January 20, 2016

Honey Sriracha Kielbasa Bites

Honey Sriracha Kielbasa Bites are a sweet and spicy appetizer with just 4 simple ingredients that are combined and cooked in your crockpot.  They're the perfect game day or party food!

Honey Sriracha Kielbasa Bites are a sweet and spicy appetizer with just 4 simple ingredients that are combined and cooked in your crockpot.  They're the perfect game day or party food!

I recently got this big old jar of local honey that I picked up at the local Asian market.  Not so Asian, but locals folks are supporting local folks by selling their goods, which is awesome.  I'm all about that.  When I saw the jars lined up on the shelf in their various golden hues, I knew I had to have one.  I had to talk myself out of buying two, but the price was a bit high for my budget, so I stuck with one.

I love to use honey as a sweetener in my cooking.  I add it to smoothies, drizzle it on my daughters favorite peanut butter and banana sandwiches, and use it to balance spicy savory dishes.
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