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Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon & Apple Jam

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in All, Appetizers | 13 comments

These Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon & Apple Jam are my new favorite fall appetizer! 

Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon & Apple Jam

This is one of those recipes that I tore out of a magazine several years ago and always vowed to make one day. (I’d wager that you probably have a similar stack of “must try someday” recipes lying around your house, too.) I try to pare down the pile a few times a year before it gets completely out of hand, but this recipe for Crostini with Savory Tomato, Bacon & Apple Jam has made the cut every single time I “declutter” my kitchen. I just need to take that as a sign, right? MAKE THE CROSTINI!

So that’s what I did. And now I’m kicking myself for not making it sooner.

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Baked Mexican Egg Rolls with Sour Cream Chamoy Sauce

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in All, Appetizers, Main Dishes, Sponsored | 31 comments

East meets West in these Baked Mexican Egg Rolls with Sour Cream Chamoy Sauce! 

Baked Mexican Egg Rolls with Sour Cream Chamoy Sauce

“Cham-what?!?”

That’s the response I received from Grady when I told him what I was making for dinner a few weeks ago. 

I can’t say I blame him; I had no idea what Chamoy was, either, until May when I shamelessly licked nearly every last drop of the sauce off my plateful of Salmon Tostada. Fortunately I was in a room full of food bloggers, and no one looked at me funny for my overzealous reaction to Chamoy Sauce (well, except maybe Lisa…). Now I can’t get enough of the stuff and am finding new ways for my family to enjoy it, too, like in these Baked Mexican Egg Rolls with Sour Cream Chamoy Sauce

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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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