Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

tzatziki sauce with vegetables and pita

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | February 20, 2020 | By

Tzatziki sauce ~ creamy traditional Greek yogurt recipe with shredded cucumber, grated garlic, lemon and dill. A fresh, simple healthy dip with pita bread and veggies or a delicious sauce with chicken, meat and seafood.

One of our favorite Detroit neighborhoods is Greektown. It’s one long block of restaurants with the most amazing aromas and lively Greek music. 

This sauce is served pretty much everywhere there, along with Saganaki, a flaming cheese appetizer and of course, we don’t leave without a piece of baklava for dessert.


Jalapeno Popper Dip

Appetizers & Beverages | January 31, 2020 | By

Jalapeno Popper Dip ~ warm creamy cheese, fresh jalapeno and crispy bacon appetizer. Quick and easy to make loaded with your favorite jalapeno popper flavors. 

In my book, there are three main ingredients that come together for the perfect dip:

  1. spicy heat
  2. lots of cheese
  3. crispy bacon

This Jalapeno Popper Dip has all three and is loaded with your favorite jalapeno popper flavors but in dip form. This appetizer is simple enough to make in just minutes and is a proven crowd pleaser.


Cheeseburger Sliders

sliders on red and white checked pepper with pickles on the side

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | January 27, 2020 | By

Cheeseburger Sliders ~ mini ground beef patties topped with caramelized onions and gooey melted cheese. The ultimate dinner or party food!

With the Big Game coming soon, you may have been all over Pinterest looking for that game-winning recipe. Let’s face it,  while some are counting down to kickoff, others (me!) are checking out the food we’ll be eating!

Cheeseburger Sliders ~ mini burgers topped with caramelized onions and gooey melted cheese between two buns. They’re the ultimate party food but also the perfect weeknight dinner.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.