April 18, 2014

White Chocolate Oreo Cookie Balls

White Chocolate Oreo Balls are no-bake, sweet, truffle-like treats that are dipped in dreamy white chocolate.

White Chocolate Oreo Cookie Balls

Oreo Balls are my absolute favorite quick and easy, no-bake, sweet treat recipe.  I made a bunch of them at Christmas time and I knew I'd be making them again.  If you make them once, I can pretty much guarantee you'll make them again, too.
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April 16, 2014

Grilled Steak and Rice Taco Salad with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Dressing

This post is sponsored by UNCLE BEN’S®.  Grilled Steak and Rice Taco Salads with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Dressing are healthy and delicious, topped with cilantro lime rice, juicy sirloin steak and fresh grilled vegetables, then finished with a smooth and creamy avocado and greek yogurt based dressing.

Grilled Steak and Rice Taco Salad with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Dressing | thetwobiteclub.com

One of my sweet little nephews is just shy of turning two.  It's such a fun age for little ones who are exploring the world and finally learning to communicate.  The small handful of words that kids can speak at such a young age are pretty limited: words like Mama, Dada, more, no, ball, milk, and uh-oh are pretty common.  That is unless you are a part of my Texas-dwelling Mexican food-loving sister's family.  Know what's in my nephew's repertoire of words?  Taco and salsa.  The kid is a pretty smart cookie and apparently a budding foodie.  Making me proud.
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April 13, 2014

Carrot Cake Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Carrot Cake Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting is a moist and delicious pecan-studded carrot cake made in the form of a loaf that is topped with a thick, sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting.

Carrot Cake Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting

A few weeks back, I was trying to think of what would be the perfect thing to make to give as a gift to my neighbor.  I thought that something sweet would be nice, and after browsing the web for a while I came across this version of a carrot cake.  Good for breakfast, good for a little snacky nibble, good for late-night munching...it seemed perfect.

I had all of the ingredients on hand and it came together super quickly.  When it was done, I wrapped it in some cling wrap, then some parchment paper, and finished it with a pretty bow tied around the center.  It ended up being the perfect pretty foodie gift to put a smile on my neighbor's face!
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April 9, 2014

Greek Yogurt Strawberry Muffins

Greek Yogurt Strawberry Muffins are sweet and delicious muffins made with greek yogurt, strawberries, and an irresistable cinnamon crumb topping.

Greek Yogurt Strawberry Muffins

When my little lady's birthday arrived a few months back, I was so excited to head to her VPK class to help celebrate her special day.  I was all set to bring in cupcakes to share with all of the kiddies, when her teacher asked me if I could bring muffins to go along with the brunch themed party they had planned for that day.  Of course I said that would!

I set out to find the perfect muffin recipe that would say "brunch", but still be special for her birthday.  She told me she wanted strawberry muffins, so that was the plan.  I found a great looking recipe for blueberry muffins and I simply used strawberries instead.  The kids absolutely loved them and my daughter felt extra special that I made them for her class.

I have to say that these are the days that I have looked forward to for my entire life. Being a mom and doing simple things like joining in on classroom parties makes my heart swell.  Planning fun things for my kids is more rewarding than I ever imagined it could be...and this is just VPK!  Here's to many more years of making yummy memories (and muffins!) with my kids!
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April 7, 2014

Easter Cookies

Easter Cookies are adorable bunny and egg-shaped cookies that are decorated with sweet vanilla icing and M&M'S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies Bunny Mix.



If you're anything like me, you like to make the holidays special for your family and friends by creating fun themed foods to help celebrate throughout the year. Food equals love in my book and creating memories in the kitchen with my family makes me one happy momma. My daughter loves to don her chef's hat and apron and I love seeing the smile on her face as we prepare meals and uphold baking traditions.

One of our favorite traditions is to decorate cookies to coordinate with every occasion. I have a slew of cookie cutters I've collected throughout the years that I look forward to passing on to my children one day so that they can continue to make memories with their own families.
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March 26, 2014

Cheesy Baked Rigatoni

Cheesy Baked Rigatoni is an Italian casserole layered with rigatoni pasta, creamy ricotta cheese, flavorful sauce and melty mozzarella that is budget-friendly and easy to prepare.

Cheesy Baked Rigatoni

When I was at the store the other day, I saw the pasta on sale and decided to buy a few boxes.  I know pasta's not expensive without a sale, but I'm cheap.  I like a deal.

My husband is a spaghetti kind of man, but I kind of felt like I needed a change from the norm.  I saw the rigatoni and immediately thought of making this casserole.  Sure, I could have picked the usual ziti that's typically used for this type of dish, but like I said, I was feeling like mixing it up a little.
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March 24, 2014

Mom's Traditional Potato Salad

Mom's Traditional Potato Salad is a classic potato salad that is creamy and delicious, made with mayo, mustard, onion, celery, and hard-boiled eggs.

Mom's Traditional Potato Salad

Some foods just taste like childhood, know what I mean?  There are a handful of foods that when I eat them, I immediately feel like I am a kid again and I'm sitting around the kitchen table in New Jersey with my mom, dad, and sisters.

Like Baked Macaroni and Cheese...oh, yeah.  There's nothing like it.  Meem's Spaghetti Sauce is a big one, too.  And this Potato Salad is right there with them.  Mom has been making her no-frills, classic, perfect potato salad forever.  It is always good and it always disappears.

I'm so glad that warmer weather is here and I can't wait to make this for many a barbecue this summer!  Try it at your next potluck or family gathering and you won't be disappointed!
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March 21, 2014

Caramelized Onion Dip with Bacon

Caramelized Onion Dip with Bacon is a party-perfect cold dip full of golden sweet caramelized onions and bits of crumbled bacon that is garnished with crispy fried shallots.

Caramelized Onion Dip with Bacon

 I made this dip for my son's birthday party and it was so delicious.  How could it not be with all of those sweet golden onions and crumbled bacon!

Have you ever caramelized onions?  This dip has three pounds of them in it.  You might think that that sounds like an awful lot of onion for one dip, but when you slow cook them over low heat, the characteristic spicy bite of raw onion is replaced by mellow sweet deliciousness.  You'll be surprised at how sweet the get!  The salty bacon is the perfect accompaniment to the sweetness of the onions.

And the crispy fried shallots?  Do you see those babies?  They add the perfect texture to every scoop of dip.  I loved them so much.  As a matter of fact, I might even add more next time.

I do have one word of warning, this make a big bowl of dip!  If you have any leftover, I suggest trying it as a burger or sandwich spread!  Any way you eat it, I know you will love it.  I'll  be making this one again and again!

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March 18, 2014

Roast Lemon Chicken with Garlic and Herbs

Roast Lemon Chicken with Garlic and Herbs is a crispy-skinned, extra juicy, oven-roasted chicken with the clean, classic, bright, and fresh flavors of lemon, fresh herbs, and garlic.

Roast Lemon Chicken with Garlic and Herbs | thetwobiteclub.com

I love when a meal comes together just perfectly.  This one sure did and we loved every bite of it.  I am finding more and more that when I use fresh, vibrant, classic combinations of flavors in my cooking paired with simple seasonings and fresh meats and vegetables, the results please the whole family and everyone scarfs it down.

We started making a consious effort to eat more "clean" a few years back.  The more we read labels, the more we didn't want to eat.  Now don't get me wrong.  We are by no means a completely "whole food" eating family.  My kids still love to shovel down the cheezy poofs and boxed cereal, but we are eliminating more and more junk from our diet all the time.

While we are working towards removing the junk, we are adding in more and more of the good stuff.  Vegetable gardening has given us a greater appreciation for the undeniable fresh taste of home-grown veggies and we now grow to supplement our grocery shopping year round.
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March 14, 2014

Sausage, Peppers, and Onions Stuffed Shells

This post is sponsored by Ragú®.  Sausage, Peppers, and Onions Stuffed Shells combine cheesy stuffed shells and the flavors of a classic sausage, peppers, and onions sandwich to make a hearty, easy to prepare, delicious meal.

Sausage, Peppers, and Onions Stuffed Shells | thetwobiteclub.com

Sometimes we joke about how my family must have Italian hidden somewhere in our heritage, because we loooove us some Italian food.  At many of our family gatherings, my mom makes pasta because it something everyone in the family loves to eat.  We even have stuffed shells for Christmas dinner!  I think that's why I love stuffed shells so much.  It's pretty neat how certain foods can conjure up memories, isn't it?

As much as I love stuffed shells, the hubs is not so much a fan.  That's why I decided to mix it up a little and combine one of his favorites with one of mine to make a meal we would both enjoy.  He loves sausage, peppers, and onions sandwiches and I knew that that would pair perfectly with my shells!
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POPSUGAR Select Food: Roasted Cabbage with Mushrooms and Bacon

Roasted Cabbage with Mushrooms and Bacon is slices of cabbage, earthy mushrooms, and salty bacon that are all roasted together in the oven until the edges of the edges of the cabbage are crispy, the mushrooms are caramelized, and the bacon is perfectly sizzling.

Roasted Cabbage with Mushrooms and Bacon | thetwobiteclub.com

POPSUGAR Select is an exclusive network featuring the best beauty, food, fashion, home, and fitness bloggers hand-selected by POPSUGAR's editors.  The Two Bite Club is a proud member of The POPSUGAR Select Food Blogger network.  This recipe was created by me for POPSUGAR Food.

Click here to go to the recipe!
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March 4, 2014

Crispy Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Crispy Parmesan Roasted Broccoli is cooked in the oven until the edges are caramelized and crispy, and then sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

Crispy Parmesan Roasted Broccoli | thetwobiteclub.com

 Alright, people.  You need to listen up here because this recipe is going to change the way you look at broccoli forever.  It's that good.  You could call it my new obsession.

I would understand if you're thinking to yourself, "What could possibly be so exciting about broccoli?"  And you know what?  I wouldn't blame you.  Because if I was eating plain old steamed broccoli, I would be saying the same thing.
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February 26, 2014

POPSUGAR Now on TV

For those of you who aren't familiar with my association with POPSUGAR, let me give you a little background.  The POPSUGAR Network is comprised of 16 distinct lifestyle and entertainment sites covering topics that include celebrity, fashion, shopping, beauty, entertainment, food, health and more.


"The PopSugar Network is building the most friendly and vibrant community for women anywhere online."

Very cool, very hip, and very much right up my alley.  That's why when POPSUGAR approached me a while back to join their POPSUGAR Select Food network of bloggers, I said that I would love to!  I now occasionally write recipes for POPSUGAR Food and I've loved my partnership with them.  You can see my collection of content published on POPSUGAR here.


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February 25, 2014

Homemade Onion Dip

Homemade Onion Dip made from scratch is super easy to make, perfectly seasoned, creamy, and full of sweet and golden caramelized onions.

Homemade Onion Dip made from scratch.

One of my very very favorite things to munch on is potato chips.  Give me a good onion dip to go along with the chips and I'm in heaven.  Chips and dip lover right here.

I actually contemplated making my own onion dip for quite some time.  I don't know why I put it off for so long considering I've been making more and more things from scratch to try to cut out some of the processed junk and chemicals found in so many foods.  My only regret about making this homemade version is that I didn't do it sooner!  It was SO GOOD!

Easily rivaling any store-bought french onion dip, this version has tons of sweet caramelized onions that are mixed with a perfectly seasoned and creamy base.  I've eaten my share of onion dip in my 35 years and I'll tell ya, this dip is delicious.  It's so easy to make, but remember to get it done ahead of time so that it can chill in the fridge!  The longer it sits in the fridge, the more the flavors really shine when you finally dig in.

I made it for my daughter's birthday party a few weeks ago along with Beer Dip and Sausage Cream Cheese Dip.  (No, one dip isn't good enough for me.  Had to make three. I told you I love chips and dip!)  I'm sure if you make this Homemade Onion Dip at your next get-together it'll be a big hit!

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February 21, 2014

Chicken Cacciatore Sliders

This post is sponsored by Ragú®.  Chicken Cacciatore Sliders transform the classic Italian favorite into petite, juicy, and easy to make chicken sandwiches that are topped with mushrooms, onions, red bell peppers, Ragú® Sauce, and melted mozzarella cheese.

Chicken Cacciatore Sliders

I've been feeling the whole slider trend that's been going on.  I'm sure you've heard of them, right?  They're like miniature versions of burgers or sandwiches.  There's just something about itty bitty sandwiches that seems so appealing to me.

Do you know what I like very best about sliders though?  They are the perfect potion and perfect size for my 5-year old little lady's hands.  And pretty easy to portion for everyone in our family!  She eats one, I eat two, Daddy eats three.  With this recipe, there's some for everyone and a few leftover for my honey's lunch the next day. It's perfect!
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