April 16, 2015

Easy Ranch Oyster Crackers

Easy Ranch Oyster Crackers are quick to make, great for snacking, and perfect for lunch boxes or topping soups and salads.

Easy Ranch Oyster Crackers are addictively delicious and the perfect addition to a party menu!

I remember when I was a little girl, there were times when our family would visit my aunt and uncle in Ft. Lauderdale.  I remember that whenever we would visit, they always had big paper bags full of bagels, to make bagels with cream cheese and sliced tomatoes on top.

I also remember them having these amazingly good seasoned oyster crackers.  I used to have the recipe written on an index card, but somehow I managed to lose it.
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April 15, 2015

I'm a No Kid Hungry Blogger - Why I Care (and why you should, too!)

As a No Kid Hungry Blogger, I was offered the opportunity to visit local Arkansas schools and Tyson World Headquarters to get a firsthand look at Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign in action.  Find out about my trip, why I care, and why you should, too!


HOW I BECAME A NO KID HUNGRY BLOGGER

I write about food.  I love cooking, I love photographing food, I love growing food, and I love eating.

I wouldn’t have started a food blog if I didn't have a passion for all things food.

So many of my favorite family memories revolve around spending time with loved ones around the kitchen table. My favorite smell is celery and onions sauteing in butter because it brings me back to Thanksgiving morning as a child.

Our family’s baked macaroni and cheese recipe, which was always my birthday dinner request as a kid, is now made in my home, as well as in the homes of my three sisters.

Friday night pizza night at the coffee table with my Mom, Dad, and my sisters was the best night of the week, a tradition.

I associate happy family memories with my favorite foods.

When I started blogging, I was looking for a creative outlet.  As an FSU graduate, I had earned a degree in Technical Theatre with a minor in Studio Art.  Creativity had always kind of been my thing.

As the years past after graduation, I had just kind of stopped being creative as I took the role of a wife and mother.
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April 10, 2015

8 Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Menu Ideas

A collection of 8 simple and delicious Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed menu ideas for you child's next birthday party!  Plan ahead to make all of your menu items tie in with his or her favorite characters from the show!

8 Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Menu Ideas | thetwobiteclub.com

Every year for my children's birthday party, I let them decide the theme.  The themes always express what they're obsessing over at the time: Mickey Mouse, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Paw Patrol, Hearts, Mia & Me, Yo Gabba Gabba, On the Go, and Dora the Explorer have been their choices so far.

I love planning the party menus to go along with the chosen theme (duh, I <3 food), and my mother-in-law has always had carte blanche when it comes to the cake.  Normally I'd have a hard time handing over the reins when it comes to food for parties I host, but she's amazing.  And it leaves me time to focus on making everything else extra special!

For my little lady's 3rd birthday party, we were all about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!
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March 30, 2015

Loaded Philly Cheesesteak Skillet Fries

This post is sponsored by Alexia Foods. Loaded Philly Cheesesteak Skillet Fries are made with all-natural golden french fries topped with the classic ingredients of a Philly cheesesteak sandwich.

Loaded Philly Cheesesteak Skillet Fries | thetwobiteclub.com | #FarmtoFlavor #Recipes #ad @AlexiaFoods

One of my very favorite things to eat in the whole wide world is a Philly cheesesteak sandwich with some fries on the side.  I could eat that meal all day every day and I'd never get tired of it.  Never ever.

Cheesesteak sandwiches were in the regular meal rotation when I was a kid, and now I make them for my family, too.  Over the years, I've honed and perfected my method of cooking them.  I use thinly sliced steak, usually sirloin, and top my sandwiches with lots of veggies and cheese.  Lots of folks say cheez whiz is the only way to go for a Philly, but I prefer white American for its stellar melty goodness.
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March 29, 2015

Roasted Garlic Aioli

Roasted Garlic Aioli, made with slow-roasted garlic, fresh lemon juice, pecorino romano cheese, and whole grain mustard, is the perfect creamy condiment for spreading on sandwiches or pairing with seafood.

Roasted Garlic Aioli | thetwobiteclub.com

Today was one of those days where my husband and I decided to turn to the pantry and fridge to decide what was going to be on the menu for dinner tonight.  We need to do some grocery shopping, but neither one of us really felt like going out today, so there you go.  Eat what you got.

My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, so nights like these are a little tough for him because, well, we're out of meat and potatoes.  When I opened the fridge, I saw that we still have some fresh tomatoes and a half a head of lettuce.  Then, I found some bacon in the freezer.
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March 27, 2015

Pan-Fried Chickpeas and Onions

Pan-Fried Chickpeas and Onions are simple, yet full of flavor, seasoned with fresh garlic, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper.

Pan-Fried Chickpeas and Onions | thetwobiteclub.com

Oh, delicious little chickpeas...where have you been my whole life?  I'm not sure why I was so put off by chickpeas for the better part of my days, but it's a darn shame that I was because they are gooooood.  I've discovered that chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are incredibly versatile little things.

They can be roasted until nice and crispy and seasoned with either sweet or savory spices for a healthy snack that rivals the mighty potato chip.  Don't believe me about that?  Try my Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas or Sesame Garlic Chickpeas.  Both are very snack-worthy.  Trust me on this one.

Chickpeas can also be blended up into creamy dreamy hummus.  Hummus can go so many ways as far as flavoring, like my Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus, Roasted Jalapeno Hummus, Classic Hummus. Perfect for dipping veggies or crackers.  Love, love, love it.

I've also been told that you can make desserts with chickpeas.  I've yet to try it, but I am for sure intrigued.  Because chickpeas are amazing.

This time around I pan-fried my chickpeas with onions and garlic, then I seasoned them up so they were a little smoky and a little spicy.  Yum and yum.  I ate them on their own as a simple vegetarian lunch (actually they weren't 100% vegetarian -- See Notes), but prepared this way, they could also be served as a side dish or on top of a salad.  They were perfectly delicious and I can't wait to make them again!
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March 25, 2015

Creamy Potato Carrot Mash and a Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by Libby's Fruits and Vegetables®.  Creamy Potato Carrot Mash is a simple and delicious side dish that is made by combining smooth and creamy mashed potatoes with sweet carrots.

Creamy Potato Carrot Mash | thetwobiteclub.com

Ah, Spring is in the air.  Can you feel it?  Well, maybe you can't if you're up north.  In Florida where I am, Spring is in full swing!  Even if you are still bogged down with that pesky lingering winter weather, as least you can rest assured knowing that the first official day of spring has finally arrived and some gorgeous long-awaited fun in the sun is on the horizon.

I just love the changing of the seasons and Spring brings along a feeling of renewal and somehow just makes me feel lighter.  The days are getting longer and the nights are getting warmer.  It's time to get in gear for outdoor meals and family get-togethers, dust off the patio furniture, and break out the lounge chairs!
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March 20, 2015

Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs with Blistered Tomatoes

Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs with Blistered Tomatoes is a decadent breakfast dish that is made by mixing creamy goat cheese into fluffy scrambled eggs and topping them with bold garlic and herb-seasoned blistered tomatoes.

Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs with Blistered Tomatoes | thetwobiteclub.com

I stopped at the grocery store yesterday to pick up some milk.  As usual, I wasn't able to enter the grocery store and just pick up the one thing I went in for.  I just can't do it.  Even if I try to have laser focus, I inevitably think of 5 (or 12) other things that I need once I'm there.

Or I'll see a fabulous deal that I can't pass up.  That's what happened yesterday.  As I was breezing past the fancy cheese case on my mission to get the milk, I saw one of those little sale tags on the side of the case.

It said goat cheese.

I think I gave my 2-year old whiplash because I literally stopped so fast to backtrack to make sure I read it right.  It did indeed say goat cheese.
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