Greek Layered Appetizer Dip

mediterranean dip - layers of hummus,tzatziki, tomatoes and olives garnished with fresh dill and served with pita and vegetables

Appetizers & Beverages | April 25, 2019 | By

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”.

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Easy Soft Pretzel Bites

easy soft pretzel bites with everything bagel seasoning served with a bowl of cheese sauce

Appetizers & Beverages | April 10, 2019 | By

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.

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Spicy New Orleans Style Shrimp

spicy new orleans style shrimp ~ cooked shrimp in spicy sauce in the skillet plus lemon wedge and crusty bread.

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | February 27, 2019 | By

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.

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Beef Enchilada Dip

Beef Enchilada Dip ~ spicy ground beef + cheese, black beans, tomatoes, green chilies and enchilada sauce, topped with more cheese and baked 'til bubbly.

Appetizers & Beverages | January 29, 2019 | By

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.

Classic wings are probably already covered, so if you’re serious about bringing your A-Game, I highly recommend Beef Enchilada Dip  . . . or a batch of Jalapeno Poppers. Or both.

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Cheese and Charcuterie Board

Cheese and Charcuterie Board ~ meats, cheeses, bread, fruit and nuts displayed on a board with wine in the background

Appetizers & Beverages | December 14, 2018 | By

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 pretty much. . .everything.

It looked like an all-you-can-eat buffet at the Golden Corral  and I made everything myself from scratch having refused offers of help. That didn’t make me 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.

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Pear Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Bites

Pear Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Bites ~ golden puff pastry + maple bacon onion jam, caramelized pears and blue cheese. A simple, elegant holiday appetizer.

Appetizers & Beverages | December 6, 2018 | By

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.

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Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings

crispy baked buffalo wings ~ overhead photo of wings with light sauce and sliced carrots and celery

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | November 25, 2018 | By

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings marinated in a simple, spicy buttermilk-ranch marinade and are “oven fried” until crispy and bursting with 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. 

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Caramel Apple Pomegranate Mimosa

sideview of cocktail garnished with pomegranate seeds and the glass rimmed in sugary caramel

Appetizers & Beverages | November 2, 2018 | By

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.

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Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix

This Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix recipe is the ultimate party snack combining crunchy and salty plus a marriage made in heaven, Buffalo and ranch.

Appetizers & Beverages | October 4, 2018 | By

This Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix recipe is the ultimate party snack combining crunchy, salty and that marriage made in heaven, Buffalo and ranch.

Snack mix, trail mix, Chex mix . . . whatever you call it, most of us have indulged in it over a cocktail or three. It has an almost addictive quality about it.  

I’ve found myself picking through premade snack mixes for my favorite parts and pushing aside others. Please don’t judge me; let’s stop the madness and make our own snack mix!

This Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix recipe couldn’t be faster or easier and the best part ~ you’re guaranteed to have it exactly as you like it.

Crunchy, salty and boldly spicy. Read on.

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Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps: seasoned ground chicken sautéed with mushrooms and water chestnuts, nestled in lettuce leaf, topped with a spicy hoison sauce.

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | September 24, 2018 | By

Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps ~ Asian seasoned ground chicken sautéed with mushrooms, green onions and water chestnuts, nestled in lettuce leaves and topped with a spicy hoisin sauce.

When I look back on old posts like this one, it reminds me of photos of me my kids find hilarious. “Those glasses ~ that hair!”. 

The old photos from the original Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps post were just as awkward and cringe-worthy.

But what I had forgotten about this recipe because I hadn’t made it in a while is . . . dang! ~ it’s sooo good! I do remember how my husband and I almost arm-wrestled over the last wrap. He ended up eating it, but I would have won. I totally would have won.

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