Showing posts with label appetizers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label appetizers. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Jalapeno Artichoke Dip Recipe | Pin Attempt

All I can say is yummy! So here's why I had to pin and attempt this recipe. Ever heard of Costco? (if you haven't, it's a membership type place where you can buy in bulk - I guess that's how you'd explain it?) Anyways, they have this dip. One that when I buy it - it's gone in a weekend and you're lucky if I share it with you. Honestly... stay away from the dip it's all mine.

But, there's a problem. The last two times we've gone to Costco... the dip gods decided to punish me and there was none of this goodness. Like seriously, who punishes a pregnant woman that just wants some good food? So, I decided to try and make it - this heavenly Jalapeno Artichoke Dip that I must have.

In all honesty, everyone knows you can't really knock off a good thing when you've got it. There's always going to be something a little different. But, I can tell you - this one comes close enough... or at least good enough for me and the baby - the heartburn, not so much. I followed this Artichoke and Jalapeno Dip Recipe at Shugary Sweets and kind of changed out the cheese. So here's my version:

Jalapeno Artichoke Dip Recipe

1 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained
2 jalapenos, seeded
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
6 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt

In a food processor, add artichokes and pulse until chopped. Next add the jalapenos and pulse until desired consistency. Finally, add the remaining ingredients and pulse until fully blended. The original recipe says serve immediately but we found it way better after it sat overnight! And... I think I'd add the artichokes last next time so that they are a little thicker. Other than that... mmm mmm good! Oh, and even better - the original recipe says it stores up to one week, if you can let it last that long. ;)

Overall, pin attempt success! Of course, you should really take a look at the five foods I must try and make them for me... because we all know it could be an eternity before I get around to it and the many, many, MANY... other things I still want to do. Or my other recipes... oh and my food and drink. board. Hungry yet? Anyways, that's a wrap - happy eating!

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Friday, September 27, 2013

It's "Favorites Friday" | Five Foods I Must Try

Wow, that week flew by. I had wanted to come on here earlier and give some updates but here we are at Friday.

So - what's new this week? Hmm... it was horrible. Those changes I mentioned in life has its ruts... well we're still making our way through them and will have news soon! [fingers crossed] For now, let's forget all those people and places that think it's so much fun to put stress on a pregnant woman and her husband!! And, let's move onto food. Because we all know retail therapy - which I'm limited to at the moment - and food, cure all! haha Okay not all, but pretty close.

That brings me to another Favorites Friday... this time five foods I've been dying to make off of my food & drink board on Pinterest (come follow me). Anyways, here goes!

I absolutely love blue cheese and hot stuff... these would be great this weekend!

fox news.

YUMMY! Need I say more?

amazing mexican recipes.

Umm... does this recipe say cream cheese! Yes please!

kraft canada.

Okay - this one's for the hubby!

top appetizer recipes.

Except you should totally use my Pumpkin Pie Recipe and miniaturize them!

weddings by lilly.

Nothing like a bunch of comfort food! I love fall... and my waistline right now could handle the extra goodness... I'm sure ;) Have a great weekend out there... today's the hubby's birthday so I've convinced him to at least go out for dinner (he's a no fuss, forget it's even happening type of birthday guy). Oh, and don't be afraid to share your favorite fall recipe or one you've been dying to make in the comments below - I'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Extraordinary Three Cheese Dip | Game Day Recipe

Superbowl Sunday is almost here... did you get your stuff for the Microwavable Caramel Popcorn Recipe I shared with you? Remember - it's easy peasy! And because I've made it very clear how easy it is to make, I've been asked to bring it into work... sometimes my blabbing gets me in trouble. :o)

Anyways, what's a Superbowl party without some sort of dip? If I'm going to recommend one, it's definitely the Extraordinary Three Cheese Dip stolen and slightly renamed from Epicure. I believe I've shared it with you before, oh yes back when I wrote this "Favorite's Friday"... Oh look, there's the caramel popcorn recipe too! Oops!

Extraordinary Three Cheese Dip Recipe 
(a la Epicure - is that right?)

250 g light cream cheese (I'm trying to make this healthy)
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup light mayonnaise (trust me the light stuff tastes just as good)
1 tbsp Epicure's Cheese, Chive & Bacon dip mix
1 tbsp Epicure's Lemon Dilly dip mix
1 tbsp Epicure's 3 Onion dip mix

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix all ingredients well and place in a baking dish. Heat for 20 to 30 minutes or heated through. That is it... I repeat... easy peasy once again.

Yum! Doesn't that look delicious? Of course it does - and it was. I even got to make it in my new Epicure baker:

I love the color of it. The hubby and I want dishes this color so baaaaaad. They have some at Pottery Barn (Cambria in turquoise oh and we want stone too) that we are waiting to scoop up. Every time we have the chance though, they are out of some of the pieces so we decide not to get them yet.

Hmm... well that is it - that's all I have for today. I apologize if you get addicted to the dip... well not really but I tried.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pin Attempt - Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

I hope you had a great weekend out there. While I meant to blog last night with this pin attempt, we had house business and a visit at the in-laws, that had us home late. So, better late then never, last night I decided to tackle Pepperoni Pizza Puffs from Lick the Bowl Good. While she adapted her recipe from elsewhere, I also decided to make a slightly different version of my own, skipping out on the bite sized pizza snacks and making pizza puffs that were more muffin sized and very filling for dinner.

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp roasted garlic & peppers spice (I get this at costco)
pinch of salt
3/4 cup 1% milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup cubed pepperoni
garlic salt to taste
1/2 cup pizza sauce

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, roasted garlic & pepper spice and salt; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella, Parmesan and pepperoni. Divide amongst muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, about 20 minutes. Take out 5 minutes before done and sprinkle with garlic salt. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.

Okay, so this pin attempt was a definite pass! They were so quick, filling and really good! I did make them a little salty so maybe hold back on the garlic salt, although I didn't really mind. As well, definitely substitute spices, as I did from the recipe I used, and add any of your other favorite pizza toppings. I'm anxious to try chicken next time! Have a great rest of the week...

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy Family Day | Tortilla Chip Recipe

Happy Family Day out there!!! While I wrap up the last day of my four day weekend, I decided to throw a snack in the oven for this week at work. So, I took a pack of twelve grain tortillas and made some yummy tortilla chips! The best part is they were quick and easy... and they are a lot healthier than packing a bag of Doritos!! So, here goes, my tortilla recipe:

Twelve Grain Tortilla Chip Recipe


1 Package of Twelve Grain Tortillas (Any kind/size will work)
Olive Oil Spray
Epicure's Herbed Garlic Sea Salt

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Cut the tortillas with a knife into desired size chips - I cut mine into 8s. Lay the chips out on baking sheets and cover with olive oil spray. Turn chips over and coat other side with olive oil spray and sprinkle with herbed garlic sea salt or any spices you prefer. Place chips in oven for at least 5 minutes, after 5 minutes keep an eye on them as they will curl and start to brown underneath. You shouldn't need to bake them any longer than 7 minutes. When done to preference, remove from oven and let cool. Chips will harden. Enjoy your easy healthy snack and be sure to try them with your favorite salsa!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mmm... Pita Bread Recipe

Okay, so I'm going to confess right now, this is going to be a really bad week for posting.... the holiday season is almost here, Christmas concerts are on, parties are planned, gift wrapping is being done, you get the point! I'm sure you are doing the exact same thing and scrambling to finish up the last minute details. So, while you have a minute, I'm going to share this pita bread recipe that I desperately want to try over the holidays. There's nothing better than sitting down at a restaurant and ordering some fresh pita and dip for an appetizer. So, while I keep scrambling with last minute musts - be sure to pin this recipe and take a time out to enjoy it very soon!!

Pita Bread
Makes 8 Pitas


3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar or honey
1 packet yeast (or 2 tsp from bulk)
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups water, room temperature
2 tbsp olive oil, vegetable oil, butter or shortening

If needed, activate yeast. Otherwise, mix the yeast in with the flour, salt and sugar. Add the olive oil and water and stir together. All of the ingredients should form a ball. If some of the flour will not stick to the ball, add more water. Once all ingredients form a ball, place it on a work surface and knead or mix it at low for 10 minutes. When you are done, place the doug in a bowl that is lightly coated with oil and roll it around to coat all sides. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and set aside to rise until it has doubles - approximately 90 minutes.

When it has doubled in size, punch the dough to release trapped gases and divide into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, cover with a damp kitchen towel and let them rest for 20 minutes. While the dough is resting, preheat the over to 400 degrees. If you have a baking stone, preheat it as well. If not, place a baking sheet upside down on the middle rack. When the dough is ready, spread a light coating of flour on your work surface and place one of the balls. Sprinkle a little bit of flour on top of the dough and stretch/flatten the dough. You should be able to roll it out to 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. If the dough still doesn't stretch sufficiently, cover it with a damp towel for another 5 to 10 minutes.

Open the over and place as many pitas as you can fit on the hot baking surface. They should be baked through and puffy after 3 minutes. If you want your pitas to be crispy and brown you can bake them for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.

Get the original recipe here.

That's it! Enjoy your pitas and be sure to take a moment to relax over the holiday season!

Friday, December 16, 2011

It's "Favorites Friday"!

With Christmas fast approaching, there is no better time to tell you my five favorite appetizers to put together for the festivities. There is nothing like a nice night out with great friends, family, food and laughter. So, if you're looking for that perfect recipe for your next social gathering - make sure you put one of these recipes at the top of your list.

Don't blame me when your tummy hurts from the overload of amazing food! But do enjoy and make sure to enjoy your holiday parties!

Have a great weekend out there!!