June 12th, 2013



Antipasto Platter

Posted on Dec 28th, 2009

This is a beautiful appetizer that feeds a crowd and never fails to impress!  And with all the cheese, meat and veggies, it's a real crowd pleaser…

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Bacon and Tomato Cups

Posted on Apr 24th, 2012

This is one of the first appetizer recipes I made after getting married.  And if I'm still making it 18 years later, you know it must be…

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Bacon Deviled Eggs

Posted on Mar 28th, 2014

I love deviled eggs. Love! And the crispy bacon in these Bacon Deviled Eggs only makes them better. These eggs are a perfect addition to a brunch…

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Bacon Pecan Cheeseball

Posted on Dec 21st, 2014

It's a tradition at our house to serve a variety of appetizers on Christmas Eve, and a cheeseball is an absolute must! Our favorite cheeseball of all…

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Baked BLT Dip

Posted on Sep 16th, 2016

Now that football season has officially arrived, I figured it was time to share a good tailgating recipe with everyone. And something loaded…

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Balsamic Grilled Mushroom Kabobs with Savory Mayo Dipping Sauce

Posted on Jul 15th, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FireUpTheGrill #CollectiveBiasDuring…

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Best Fried Green Tomatoes with Barbecue Buttermilk Dipping Sauce (Market Monday)

Posted on Oct 14th, 2013

Can you believe I'd never had fried green tomatoes until recently? I've always had a funny feeling I was really missing out.  So when I stopped…

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Caramel Havarti with Candied Pecans

Posted on Feb 26th, 2015

PARTNER POST - Get creative with any of Castello's uniquely crafted cheeses. Click here for a $1 off coupon to create your own gourmet…

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Cherry Cola Jalapeno Meatballs

Posted on Apr 23rd, 2015

When I make spaghetti and meatballs, two of my three children will have nothing to do with the meatballs. I know. Crazy! When I made these Cherry…

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Chipotle Chicken Taco Cups for Game Day

Posted on Jan 19th, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameDayGlory #CollectiveBiasWe're…

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Classic Deviled Eggs

Posted on Apr 6th, 2010

I don't know why I don't make deviled eggs more often.  I love them!  They are a good way to use up all those hard boiled eggs at…

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Posted on Nov 27th, 2011

I tried this fabulous Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip at Thanksgiving and it shot straight to the top of my list of favorite holiday appetizers.  I'll be…

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Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

Posted on Dec 5th, 2015

We have a tradition of serving a variety of appetizers and finger foods on Christmas Eve, and if you're looking for a holiday appetizer that's super…

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Cranberry Pecan Spread with Rosemary and a Hamilton Beach Food Processor Giveaway

Posted on Dec 7th, 2014

This is a sponsored post for Hamilton Beach. All opinions stated are my own.A good food processor is one of the most important appliances in my…

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Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Posted on Sep 7th, 2015

My back yard garden got off to a slow start this year. So I was quite surprised this week when I spotted five jalapenos ready to be picked all at…

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Creamy Peanut Butter Dip

Posted on Apr 8th, 2010

This stuff is a definite hit with kids--mine gave it a 10 out of 10. Who am I kidding? I loved it just as much as they did. We liked it with bananas,…

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Dill Pickle Dip

Posted on Mar 18th, 2014

My husband is a dill pickle fanatic. Where he grew up in Canada, dill pickle flavored chips and dips were widely available. Not so much here in…

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Easy Marinated Olives

Posted on Jul 16th, 2015

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ball Park. The opinions and text are all mine.There are so many reasons to throw a…

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Easy Oven Kettle Corn

Posted on Feb 26th, 2014

If you're looking for an easy, addictive snack to make for the Oscars on Sunday, then I've got the perfect recipe for you! Even my husband, who…

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Favorite Homemade Guacamole

Posted on Apr 30th, 2015

Everybody has their favorite guacamole recipe, and this is mine. And since I'm the only person at my house who likes guacamole (I know, what is wrong…

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Feisty Feta Dip

Feisty Feta Dip

Posted on Jul 27th, 2014

Our favorite Greek restaurant serves a Feisty Feta Dip that we order every time we eat there. We don't order appetizers much when we eat out, but…

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Festive Fruit Salsa with Homemade Cinnamon Chips

Posted on Jun 25th, 2014

If you're looking for something healthy and delicious to add to your Independence Day menu, this Festive Fruit Salsa is just what you need. It's a…

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Fresh Pineapple Mint Salsa (Market Monday)

Posted on Jun 30th, 2014

When I spotted fresh mint at the farmer's market this past weekend, I couldn't resist buying a big bunch. It was the smell. I couldn't resist the…

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Garden Fresh Salsa with Roasted Jalapenos (Market Monday)

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2013

Of all the things I make with produce from my garden, this salsa is the hands-down favorite. I don't know why, but my children--who would normally…

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Green Bean Casserole Cups

Posted on Nov 4th, 2014

I have a confession to make. I've never been a fan of the green bean casserole that's so popular at Thanksgiving. But I've always wanted to like it,…

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Green Onion Cheese Ball

Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009

I usually make this cheese ball at Christmastime, and it's one of the reasons I look forward to the holidays!  I've found that the easiest…

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Mini Corndogs

Homemade Mini Corndogs

Posted on Oct 30th, 2014

I don't often go to the trouble of making deep-fried food in my own kitchen. But some things are totally and completely worth it--like these Homemade…

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Homemade Pico de Gallo

Posted on Apr 16th, 2015

I'm a huge fan of fresh pico de gallo! Luckily, it's pretty easy to make it yourself, if you don't mind a little bit of chopping. Believe me, it's…

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Honey Graham Snack Mix

Posted on Nov 9th, 2010

I should probably warn you, I could eat all 14 cups of this stuff by myself.  It's addicting.  You might want to plan on giving some…

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Hot Crab Dip

Posted on Apr 13th, 2014

Several months ago my friend Rebecca brought this dip to a Christmas party. I'm pretty sure it was the first thing to disappear. My husband didn't…

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Hot Ham & Cheese Mini Sandwiches

Hot Ham and Cheese Mini Sandwiches

Posted on Jan 5th, 2010

These little sandwiches are quick and easy to put together, and go over well with kids and adults.  For an added kick, try spreading…

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Italian Hoagie Dip

Posted on May 19th, 2016

With summer right around the corner, you're going to need a great dish to take to all those backyard barbecues and summer holiday celebrations.…

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Italian Sub Sandwich Tortilla Pinwheels

Posted on Mar 4th, 2015

Recently I was asked to create a variety of appetizers for a teacher appreciation event, with about 120 people attending. So I've been searching for…

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Jalapeno Artichoke Dip

Posted on Jul 21st, 2016

Every time I go shopping at Costco, I pass by these big tubs of Jalapeno Artichoke Dip and think about how good they look. But I never buy…

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Loaded Baked Potato Dip

Posted on Jan 30th, 2014

I love a good loaded baked potato. So when I spotted this recipe for loaded baked potato dip, I knew it was going to be fabulous. I was not…

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Mini Mexican Layer Dip

Posted on Apr 26th, 2015

If you're hosting a Cinco de Mayo get-together (or even if you're not) this is a fun, portable way to serve classic Mexican layer dip. Typically…

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Mouthwatering Stuffed Mushrooms

Posted on Nov 29th, 2009

Truthfully, I'm not a huge fan of mushrooms, but I love these Mouthwatering Stuffed Mushrooms! And when I say I love the, I mean, a lot!Mushroom…

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Muffaletta Dip

Muffaletta Dip: Tailgating at Home

Posted on Dec 11th, 2014

We're big college football fans at my house! We like to get out and support the local team whenever we can, but more often that not, we do our…

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One Skillet Cheesy Sausage Chili Dip

Posted on Jan 22nd, 2016

We're big football fans at our house! And when it comes to football food, I'm a big believer that some kind of warm, cheesy dip is a must. If you…

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Orange and Blue Broncos Themed Superbowl Party Menu

Posted on Jan 24th, 2014

Living in Colorado, I couldn't be more excited about planning this year's Super Bowl party menu! I've been busy coming up with some fabulous orange…

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Pan Fried Onion Dip

Pan Fried Onion Dip (Market Monday)

Posted on Oct 27th, 2014

I love onions--unlike the rest of my family--and there's nothing quite like fresh onions from the farmers' market! When choosing onions (red, yellow…

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Pear and Goat Cheese Flatbread (Market Monday)

Posted on Oct 13th, 2014

Pears are probably my favorite seasonal fall fruit, and I just love the variety I can find at the local farmers' market this time of year. When I…

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Pineapple Black Bean Salsa

Posted on Jun 29th, 2016

I love a good, fresh salsa, especially during the summer time! You can never go wrong serving chips and salsa at a backyard barbecue or party.…

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Pizza Rolls

Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009

These pizza rolls are a big hit with kids and grown-ups alike.  They're perfect as an appetizer or a main dish.  On my last trip to the…

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Poutine (French Fries with Cheese Curds and Gravy)

Posted on Jul 1st, 2014

Today is Canada Day, so in honor of my Canadian husband, I'm sharing a uniquely Canadian dish: poutine (pronounced poo-teen). It's French fries…

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Pulled Pork Wonton Cups

Pulled Pork Wonton Cups with Dr Pepper Glaze

Posted on Jan 5th, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PassThePepper #CollectiveBias.We…

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Queso Blanco

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2011

What's not to love about gooey, melted cheese?   I had to ask for white American cheese at the deli counter, but you might also…

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Quick Cranberry Glazed Meatballs

Posted on Nov 1st, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #20MinutesToTasty #CollectiveBiasThe…

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Raspberry Bruschetta (Market Monday)

Posted on Jul 6th, 2015

When my husband and I were out for our last anniversary, we had some delicious raspberry bruschetta. The minute I tried it, I knew I wanted to…

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Restaurant Style Salsa

Restaurant Style Salsa

Posted on Nov 15th, 2009

This is hands-down my favorite salsa recipe.  I suppose "restaurant-style" depends on which Mexican restaurant you go to, but this is a lot like…

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Roasted Corn and Jalapeno Dip

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2014

I love a good dip--one that's loaded with all kinds of textures and flavors--and this Roasted Corn and Jalapeno Dip is one of my favorites. It's a…

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Roasted Corn Salsa (Market Monday)

Posted on Sep 30th, 2013

You may have noticed that I've posted quite a few grilled corn recipes lately, like Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad, and most recently Grilled Corn…

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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (Market Monday)

Posted on Sep 29th, 2014

I was excited to spot tomatillos at my local farm stand this week. They seem to have such a short growing season here in Colorado that…

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Skillet Beef Queso

Posted on Jan 14th, 2016

I've started thinking about what to serve for the Super Bowl this year, and this Skillet Beef Queso will definitely be on the menu. As far as I'm…

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Skillet Spinach Artichoke Dip

Posted on Dec 18th, 2014

I'm always reluctant to call recipes the "best ever" because there's always a chance I could be wrong. But I'm just going to come right out and…

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Skillet Spinach, Artichoke & Bacon Dip

Posted on Nov 30th, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NaturallyCheesy #CollectiveBiasOne…

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Southwest Stuffed Mushrooms for Game Day

Posted on Feb 2nd, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #YesYouCAN #CollectiveBiasWe love…

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Spiced Candied Almonds

Spiced Candied Almonds

Posted on Nov 19th, 2014

Dear readers, I'm so sorry about this recipe. Because you're not going to be able stop eating these Spiced Candied Almonds. Don't say I didn't warn…

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Spicy Baked Orange Chicken Wings

Spicy Baked Orange Chicken Wings

Posted on Jan 12th, 2014

My entire family loves wings! My nine year-old, however, is a wing fanatic! Barbecue is definitely his favorite, but he chose these zesty orange…

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Spinach Artichoke Bacon Pull-Apart Bread

Posted on Oct 4th, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.One of my favorite things about this time…

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Strawberry Crostini with Gouda & Honey Balsamic

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2016

Back in his early 20's my dad spent 2 years in Holland. As kids, we loved looking at the pictures he brought back. I especially loved the photos of…

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Strawberry Salsa

Posted on Jan 5th, 2010

This fruit salsa is so fresh tasting and delicious!  Not to mention, heathy.  It's especially wonderful in the summertime, when…

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Sweet & Spicy Mango Avocado Salsa

Posted on May 14th, 2015

While I don't have anyone on a gluten-free diet in my immediate family, I have plenty of friends who are gluten-free. Which means it's always…

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Sweet and Spicy BBQ Chicken Nachos and a Sun Chips Giveaway

Posted on Jan 7th, 2014

My husband and I pack school lunches for our three boys almost every day. And more often than not, their lunches contain a snack-size bag of…

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Sweet Potato Nachos with Gorgonzola and Cheddar (Market Monday)

Posted on Oct 6th, 2014

I've become a huge fan of sweet potatoes recently. And of course, if I can find them at the local farmer's market, I love them even more!When…

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The Art of Cheese: Easy Gourmet Party Appetizers Featuring President Cheese

Posted on Apr 1st, 2014

Brought to you by President Cheese. Visit ArtOfCheese.com for a chance to win $50.When I host a get together with friends, my goal is always to…

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Thirty Game Day Recipes

Posted on Jan 7th, 2015

With the College Championship game right around the corner, and the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl soon to follow, I thought I'd share some of my…

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Tuna Veggie Pinwheels

Posted on Sep 1st, 2015

Now that my boys are back in school, I've started thinking a lot more about after-school snacks. With one in middle school, one in high school, and…

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Tuscan Chickpea Dip

Tuscan Chickpea Dip

Posted on Mar 6th, 2014

I am a huge fan of hummus and other varieties of bean dip. In fact, this Tuscan Chickpea Dip is the sort of thing I like to make myself for lunch now…

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White Bean Dip with Rosemary & Olive Oil

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2009

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite snacks. Yes, it does look a lot like mashed potatoes. Which isn't a bad thing....but this white bean dip…

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Zucchini Fritters (Market Monday)

Posted on Aug 18th, 2014

It's that time of year. The time when everyone seems to have more zucchini than they know what to do with. And although I usually have to hide this…

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