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Fresh Feta Spread

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in All, Appetizers | 10 comments

Summer snacking doesn’t get much simpler than this Fresh Feta Spread. 

Fresh Feta Spread

Summer is all about easy. 

Lazy summer nights and leisurely dinners. Languishing by the pool for just a little longer. Loosy-goosey house rules and deadlines.….you get the idea. 

It may take me a while to lose my routines after school lets out, but once I do, I’m all about embracing laid back summer living. And this Fresh Feta Spread is Exhibit A in my quest to keep life simpler this summer, especially when it comes to eats. 

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Stubb’s Sticky Sweet BBQ Chorizo Pinwheels

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in All, Appetizers, Sponsored | 7 comments

Bring your favorite BBQ flavors indoors with these Sticky Sweet BBQ Chorizo Pinwheels. 

Stubb's Sticky Sweet BBQ Chorizo Roll Ups

I’m not sure how meals are decided at your house, but around here, it goes something like this:

Me: “What do you guys feel like for dinner?”

Bridget: “Cheese pizza!”

Grady: “Burgers! No, wait. Ribs! Definitely Ribs!”

Pat: “I can’t remember what it’s called, but what about that spicy foil pack thing you made on the grill a few weeks ago? Ohhh, but wait…we might be low on propane….”

Wow, what am I supposed to do with THAT? Clearly this is going nowhere fast. Since short-order cooking is not in my repertoire, I often get creative in order to balance all of these requests (and sometimes I just make whatever the heck I want!). Cue these Stubb’s Sticky Sweet BBQ Chorizo Pinwheels. Whether you enjoy them as a warm appetizer when entertaining or gobble up the entire recipe for dinner, these bite-sized Pinwheels bring that barbecued flavor of the grill indoors and are a total crowd-pleaser at my house. 

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Pimento Cheese Dip

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in All, Appetizers | 7 comments

Pimento Cheese Dip is no longer a southern secret. Today we are sharing the cheesy deliciousness with everyone!

Pimento Cheese Dip

Kevin and I took the kids to Atlanta over Memorial Day weekend to visit some friends. The weekend was filled with sunshine, lots of laughs, great food and Pimento Cheese Dip. Yup, you read that right. Pimento Cheese Dip. It’s a southern thing and seemed to be on every menu in Atlanta. I knew that a dish that seemed to be an institution in the south needed to be introduced to our friends and family in the north. Because friends, let me tell you, we have been missing out.

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Bahian Fried Halloumi Cheese

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in All, Appetizers, Sponsored | 28 comments

 Celebrate World Cup soccer and taste the flavors of Brazil with Bahian Fried Halloumi Cheese.

Bahian Fried Halloumi Cheese

Has the World Cup Soccer craze hit your house like it has mine?

Even Greta, who prefers HGTV to pretty much anything else on television, is into the World Cup frenzy this summer.

So I decided to make the most of my family’s enthusiasm and tackle a Brazilian-inspired dish for us to enjoy while watching the action. Fortunately I knew just where to go for my flavor inspiration. When we were in Miami for BlogHer Food in May, we learned about the 2014 McCormick® Flavor Forecast. Every year, McCormick gathers information from top foodie sources from around the globe. This latest and greatest intel reflects emerging trends and key cultural influences that are shaping the tastes of tomorrow, including flavors from the home of this year’s World Cup: Brazil. Using an easy-to-make, all-purpose seasoning blend from the Brazilian state of Bahia, I made sure my soccer-loving family never went hungry while watching the latest big match with this Bahian Fried Halloumi Cheese.

I mean, c’mon…Can you really go wrong with fried cheese?

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Individual Seven Layer Dips

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in All, Appetizers, Sponsored | 0 comments

Take full advantage of outdoor entertaining this summer with Individual Seven Layer Dips and Black Box Wines.

Individual Seven Layer Dips

The Fourth of July is almost here, and in many places, this holiday marks the middle of summer. Honestly, celebrating the Fourth of July kinda freaks me out. My head jumps ahead to school starting and pre-season sports practices and FALL. Simply put, summer goes way too fast. So to slow it down, I’m taking everything outside to soak up every. single. minute of carefree summer goodness. And the fun starts with happy hour!

But even a simple happy hour is not without its logistical challenges. You see, the kids are always playing baseball in our backyard, which means I spend most of my happy hour ducking my head and closing my eyes when errant balls fly my way. We’ve lost many a good glass or dish to foul balls, and shattered bottles on a stone patio are no fun to clean up. So when Black Box Wines gave us the “Lose the Bottle’ Challenge, I had the perfect testing ground: happy hour in my baseball-crazed backyard. I paired some of their new Pinot Noir with these Individual Seven Layer Dips, and we were entertaining in style.

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Zucchini Feta Fritters

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in All, Appetizers, Sides and Salads | 12 comments

Cash in on your summer abundance of zucchini with these crispy Zucchini Feta Fritters. 

Zucchini Feta Fritters

I’m kicking myself that we didn’t plant a garden this year. 

With our obnoxiously long winter, all I did for months was lust after the garden catalogs that filled my mailbox. Then May happened. Or I assume it happened because I don’t remember much of it. What a whirlwind month for us! There were first communions, birthdays, new jobs, mother’s day, travel, end of school projects. Oh, and the snow finally melted. What remained of my yard was nothing short of U-G-L-Y. Suffice to say, it required a lot of hard work and TLC. Then we entered monsoon season here (seriously, what’s with this weather?), and all that I managed to plant were some flowers and a few herbs in-between rainstorms. 

It’s now too late in the growing season now to plant much of anything produce-wise, so I’m going to rely on my local farmer’s market to get my veggie fix. And as anyone who harvests zucchini knows, you can never have enough zucchini recipes. Allow me to introduce to you my latest zucchini love: Zucchini Feta Fritters

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