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.
3 Ingredient Fruit Dip ~ plain Greek yogurt, peanut butter and honey blended to make this delicious healthy fruit dip that takes just 5 minutes to make. Serve with your favorite seasonal fruit for a crowd-pleasing party appetizer or light dessert.
May I ask a personal question? How do you feel about skinny dipping?
Not THAT kind! I’m talking about dipping seasonal fruits into the most delicious, healthy skinny dip ever.
Skinny dipping. Now that that’s behind us you’ve probably noticed I probably toss the word ‘easy’ around quite a bit, but this recipe takes the cake . . . er, dip.
One bowl, one spoon, three ingredients. Boom. You’ve made 3 Ingredient Fruit Dip.
Plus there’s a good chance you already have all the ingredients on hand. Of course, since it’s a fruit dip you’ll need fruit as well, but the dip . . . just three ingredients.
Do you want to know what they are?
Greek Layered Appetizer ~ hummus, tzatziki, olives and feta layered for a simple, healthy dip. Add chicken for a light entrée.
A weekend in Northern Michigan for a girls’ wine weekend meant lots of laughs and good food. Everyone brought their favorite wine, dishes to share and . . . I did mention wine? There was plenty.
Chips and dip and sheet pans of pizza rolls with ranch dressing were brought out for late nights. We could have used a healthy appetizer like this Greek Layered Dip. I guess that’s why there’s “next time”.
Easy Soft Pretzel Bites ~ Made from canned refrigerated biscuit dough generously sprinkled with Everything but the Bagel Seasoning and baked until warm, golden, lightly crisp outside and soft inside. Enjoy with cheese sauce or add to a charcuterie board for a unique twist.
Warm, fresh from the oven salty pretzels dipped in warm, gooey cheese. One of my favorite pub appetizers and today they’re getting an upgrade.
Everything but the Bagel Seasoning ~ an outrageously good balance of sea salt, garlic, onion, poppy seeds and black and white sesame seeds. Mmmm . . . did I mention garlicky? Basically everything you ever wanted in seasoning and the thing that takes these pretzel bites to the next level.
These bite size soft pretzels come hot and fresh from the oven liberally seasoned with Everything but the Bagel Seasoning and are served up with a pot of golden, gooey melted cheese sauce. Life just got a little better.
Spicy New Orleans Style Shrimp ~ in time for Mardi Gras ~ easy, tasty baked shrimp in a rich, spicy buttery Cajun sauce served over rice or with crusty bread.
We spent a few days this winter in New Orleans. My one regret is not staying long enough to taste more of the amazing seafood but that means a return trip is in order.
Spicy New Orleans Style Shrimp is a one-pan, any-night meal loaded with spicy flavor. Don’t limit it to Mardi Gras though. Serve it up anytime you’re craving spicy seafood with rice, some good crusty bread and a few lemon wedges.
Beef Enchilada Dip ~ spicy ground beef, cheese, black beans, tomatoes, green chilies and enchilada sauce, topped with more cheese and baked ’til bubbly.
The Super Bowl is almost here. Maybe that means you’ll be hosting a few friends and their appetites. Or maybe you got lucky and just need to bring a dish. Something other than your shining personality, though bring that too. Someone has to be the life of the party after all.
The fact is you
should must bring something crowd-approved and usually that means bold spicy flavor, like this Beef Enchilada Dip.
Cheese and Charcuterie Board ~ simple, stress-free entertaining. A display of meats, cheeses, bread, fruit and nuts. Goes perfectly with wine.
I’ve always loved hosting friends and family in our home long before I started blogging. The first time I invited the family over, I was a naïve, clueless newlywed. This was long before Google and Pinterest so not knowing what to make, I cooked . . . everything.
It looked like an all-you-can-eat buffet at the Golden Corral and I made everything myself refusing all help. That doesn’t mean I was a kitchen ninja. It just made me a crazy woman.
I’ve done a lot of entertaining since then and I’m much more relaxed now (don’t listen to a word my kids say). One reason is that I’ve simplified things and learned to serve food like this Cheese and Charcuterie Board that makes an appearance at almost every gathering at our house.
Pear Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Bites ~ 2 bite-size golden, flaky puff pastry topped with maple bacon onion jam, sweet caramelized pears and salty, bold blue cheese. A simple, elegant appetizer as festive as the holidays.
Puff pastry may be the best kitchen hack ever ~ prepared, frozen sheets of dough that bake and puff into beautiful, golden flaky pastry. The dough easily transitions from sweet to savory with the help of a few pantry and refrigerator items.
I never seem to have enough time around the holiday season, despite my best planning and intentions. So it’s all about having quick, easy A-Game recipes in my hip pocket. Or in this case, the refrigerator and freezer.
I could practically create a week’s worth of meals wrapped in this buttery, flaky crust. In fact, I just may. I happen to have a box or three in the freezer right now.
Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings start with a simple, spicy buttermilk-ranch marinade, then “oven fried” until crispy and bursting with bold flavor.
Thanksgiving is over and maybe you still have some mashed potatoes in the back of the fridge but it’s time we moved on to food worthy of a football game.
You don’t have to understand a thing about football to know everyone up’s their game when it comes to finger food to enjoy while watching the game.
So for today let’s ignore the Christmas music blaring inside every store, make these crispy, spicy wings, turn on the football game and tune out the holiday madness.
Caramel Apple Pomegranate Mimosa ~ fresh apple cider blended with caramel vodka and pomegranate juice, topped off with champagne in a caramel-sugar rimmed glass.
The hardest part about hosting a holiday dinner is deciding on a signature cocktail. I’m kidding! My hat is off to all the heavy lifters planning, shopping and cooking a meal that disappears in minutes.
Friends, life just ain’t fair, but I have you covered with a delicious, simple adult beverage that’ll get the party started.
Caramel flavored vodka, fresh apple cider and pomegranate juice topped off with champagne in a sugary, caramel rimmed flute.
If all that sounds good, it tastes even better and makes the ideal celebratory cocktail for the holidays, Sunday brunch or, hey . . . just a very long Monday.