Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

Appetizers & Beverages | January 17, 2020 | By

These Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls made in the air fryer combine two favorite appetizers: egg rolls and buffalo chicken dip for one over the top treat! Egg roll wrappers filled with shredded chicken, cheese, buffalo sauce and ranch dressing then air fried to crisp will be the best appetizer at the party!

Whether you just got an air fryer and are trying to decide which recipe to make first or you’ve had one for a while, you’re going to love this recipe.

I don’t say that often because everyone’s taste is different but this a marriage between egg rolls and buffalo chicken dip? Oh man – what’s not to love?

Easy to make, Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls for the win!

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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites with ranch on the side

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | January 12, 2020 | By

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites ~ an easy, healthy spicy appetizer made in just minutes! Crispy outside, tender inside and loaded with bold flavor. Serve with ranch or blue cheese for dipping.

If you’re a fan of all things buffalo but trying to eat little lighter (aren’t we all?) you’re going to love this low-carb recipe.  

Buffalo Cauliflower bites are incredibly easy to make and don’t hold back on flavor but I’ll admit, I was reluctant to jump on the train that turns vegetables into something else, like rice or pizza crust.

These spicy bites are not buffalo wings nor will I make any sort of claim that they’ll be mistaken for them. They are a delicious healthy snack all on their own. You might say they’re crispy, spicy bites of buffalo goodness.

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Salsa Verde Dip

overhead view of salsa verde dip in white dish garnished with cilantro

Appetizers & Beverages | January 6, 2020 | By

Salsa Verde Dip ~ loaded with bites of chicken, gooey melted cheese and tangy, zesty tomatillo flavor. Quick, easy and just 5 ingredients!

I’m not sure where my love of cheesy Mexican dips started but thankfully, it’s one my whole family enjoys too.

When our kids were small many Saturday nights were spent with our neighbors and all four of our kids: Margaritas and nachos for the adults French fries and chicken nuggets for the kids.

Years later, it’s not a get-together without some kind of spicy dip. This delicious Salsa Verde Dip whips up in minutes with just 5 ingredients, making it the perfect no-fuss appetizer for any gathering.

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Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops

Seared sea scallops on a bed of risotto garnished with lemon wedges

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | December 21, 2019 | By

Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops appetizer or meal. Golden, pan seared sea scallops drizzled with a delicious lemon garlic butter sauce. This easy appetizer or main dish is on the table in  10 minutes! 

Growing up in the Midwest, I didn’t eat much seafood – unless you count fish and chips. But I developed a taste for it as an adult and haven’t looked back. 

Scallops are always a restaurant, but they’re expensive so I searched recipes online, cookbooks and magazines, combined what I liked about many of the recipes and came up with this one. It has everything I love about scallops: seared outside, tender inside with a crazy-good lemon garlic butter sauce that compliments the scallops without overpowering them. 

I used to save scallops for special occasions but now when I see them on sale I snatch them up. As an appetizer or served with risotto for a main dish, you can’t go wrong. Seared Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops ~ the candy of the sea.

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Cheesy Christmas Tree Bread

tree shaped bread with bowl of marinara

Cheesy Christmas Tree Bread from refrigerator pizza dough. Outrageously good appetizer or side dish loaded with garlic butter, fresh herbs and plenty of cheese baked until golden gooey cheese perfection.

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree, how lovely is your warm, fresh baked bread flavored with garlic butter and herbs and loaded with cheese. Wait, what?

Cheesy Christmas Tree Bread individual pieces of cheese-filled pull apart bread is an easy appetizer or side dish by itself, but serve it with marinara or pesto for dipping and it’s practically a party.

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Cheesy Sausage Wonton Cups

mini wonton cups filled with sausage topped with sliced green onions

Appetizers & Beverages | November 23, 2019 | By

Cheesy Sausage Wonton Cups ~ the BEST appetizer at the party! Bite size wonton cups filled with ground sausage and spicy cheese, baked until crisp. Watch the VIDEO and see how easy they are to make!

This post has been updated. The recipe remains the same.

A few years ago my niece brought one of the best appetizers I’ve ever eaten to a family gathering. I wasn’t the only one who ate more than their share (you know who you are). The whole tray disappeared in minutes. 

Some appetizers are more geared toward women, while others are more to the guys‘ liking.  Cheesy Sausage Wonton Cups start with wonton wrappers formed into cups in a muffin tin, filled with sausage and spicy cheese, baked until crispy. 

My niece went home with an empty tray and bragging rights for the best appetizer. 

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Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

jack russell terrier eyeing homemade dog treat

Appetizers & Beverages | November 18, 2019 | By

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats ~ easy to make and your dog will love them! A healthy recipe with pure pumpkin, applesauce and bacon bits. They also makes great gifts!

Recipe adapted from Pet Guide.

What’s not to love about a dog? Excited, happy and an always-up-for-anything attitude? Plus who else greets you at the door as enthusiastically as your dog?

A few years ago we said goodbye to our 14 year old Golden Retriever Paddy and went dog-less. This meant we wore black clothes without looking like a fur ball and vacuumed way less often, but we missed having a furry friend around.

After several unsuccessful attempts to we found our furever friend Ruby aka Ruby Doo – or when she’s doing something she shouldn’t – Ruby Don’t!

She has a child-like excitement and while we don’t know exactly breed(s) she is, we agree that Ruby is funny, full of life and we’re glad to have her with us.

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Pepper Jelly Apple Bacon Brie Bites

Appetizers & Beverages | November 1, 2019 | By

Pepper Jelly Apple Bacon Brie Bites ~ baked phyllo cups filled with brie cheese, sautéed apples flavored with cranberry-pecan Holiday Pepper Jelly topped with crispy bacon.

There are a few things I keep on hand this time of year to make entertaining snacks that are festive, but quick and easy. I always have a variety of cheeses in the fridge and a supply of pre-made phyllo cups and the latest addition is a few jars of pepper jelly

Pepper Jelly Apple Bacon Brie Bites contain just 5 ingredients and are so simple to make you can even get the kids involved.

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Mexicali Dip

bowl of dip surrounded by tortilla chips

Appetizers & Beverages | October 15, 2019 | By

Mexicali Dip ~ super easy 4 ingredient warm spicy, creamy cheesy dip. This delicious appetizer whips up in under 5 minutes in the microwave. Serve with tortilla chips and watch it disappear!

This simple, practically addictive cheesy Mexicali Dip recipe has been in our family so long I don’t even remember who first started making it and have no idea where the recipe came from. Now that it’s on the blog there’s a good chance someone will come forward.

It whips up in under 5 minutes, contains just four simple grocery store ingredients and the use of a microwave oven. Grocery stores sell a cold dip they call Mexicali. This is not that dip. This gooey melted cheese Mexicali Dip is best warm and way, way better than the stuff in the stores.

If you’re a football fan (or just a fan of game day food) or already thinking of what you’ll bring to your family’s holiday dinner, give this recipe a try. There won’t be regrets – or dip – left. 

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Cowboy Queso

cowboy queso overhead in cast iron skillet

Appetizers & Beverages | August 16, 2019 | By

Cowboy Queso Dip ~ warm spicy dip loaded with two kinds of cheese, chorizo sausage, black beans, corn, tomatoes and fresh cilantro with a squeeze of lime for that extra burst of flavor. Easy to make; the ultimate appetizer. Serve with tortilla chips.

There are two words that really say indulgence when it comes to recipes: southern and cowboy. Southern ~ as in Southern Style Biscuits or Southern Fried Chicken. Cowboy ~ as in Cowboy Caviar, Cowboy Spaghetti or this recipe for Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies published by ~ who else? ~ Southern Living.

This recipe is the ultimate dip recipe for fans of anything cheesy . . . and spicy. It whips up quickly and because it contains Velveeta, the silky, creaminess of the dip holds up as long as there’s dip in the bowl. 

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