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

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 good!  The…

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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 Wrapped Smokies

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Posted on Feb 11th, 2010

How can you go wrong with sausage wrapped in bacon?  Or, for that matter, anything wrapped in bacon.  This is such an easy appetizer, and perfect…

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Buffalo Chex Mix

Posted on Feb 2nd, 2011

I'm not sure that I prefer this buffalo version over the classic Chex Mix, but it's nice to change things up once in awhile. Regardless, if you put a…

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Caribbean Avocado Shrimp Roll-Ups with Avocado Lime Dipping Sauce and a Giveaway

Posted on Oct 15th, 2013

Living in a house full of boys, there's no chance I'll ever miss the baseball playoffs--or anything else going on in the sports world, for that…

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Cheesy Chicken Nachos

Cheesy Chicken Nachos

Posted on Jul 25th, 2011

Have you ever had the three cheese nachos at Qdoba?  If not, you should do so immediately. Or make these nachos, which are my attempt to recreate…

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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 Easter time,…

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Posted on Nov 27th, 2011

I tried this fabulous dip at Thanksgiving and it shot straight to the top of my list of favorite holiday appetizers.  I'll be making it again for…

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Cranberry Meatballs

Posted on Nov 28th, 2010

These are a lot like those grape jelly meatballs (I know, it sounds weird, but they're pretty good) using cranberry sauce in place of the jelly. …

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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…

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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 Cocktail Meatballs

Posted on Dec 28th, 2009

This is one of my husband's favorite appetizers.  I know the ingredients sound a bit weird, but trust me, they're good! You could always make your…

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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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Fresh Corn Salsa

Fresh Corn Salsa

Posted on May 23rd, 2013

This fresh corn salsa is so simple (with only five ingredients) but so delicious!  It's great with tortilla chips or as a topping for your…

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green onion cheeseball

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 (although…

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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 away.  Your…

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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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Mini Ham & Cheese 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 some…

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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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Market Monday: Best Fried Green Tomatoes with Barbecue Buttermilk Dipping Sauce

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 by a…

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Market Monday: Garden Fresh Salsa with Roasted Jalapenos

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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Market Monday: Mushroom & Cheese Tartelettes

Posted on Jun 3rd, 2013

I am beyond excited about this week's Market Monday recipe, featuring Hazel Dell Mushrooms.  If you aren't convinced that fresh, locally grown…

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Roasted Corn Salsa

Market Monday: Roasted Corn Salsa

Posted on Sep 30th, 2013

First, if you haven't entered the giveaway for a $100 Visa gift card and Pillsbury Celebration Starter Kit, head on over and do that now! You may…

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Meatball Sliders

Meatball Sliders

Posted on Feb 4th, 2011

If you're looking for some great football food, head on over to Plain Chicken.  Steph posts fun, tailgate-style appetizers on Friday's during…

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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 stuffed mushrooms!  Really. They're stuffed with bacon and cream cheese! How could…

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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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Oscar Party Caramel Popcorn

Posted on Feb 18th, 2011

The Oscars are coming up at the end of the month, and this caramel popcorn would be a perfect treat for any Oscar party.  I'm not having a party and…

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Pepperoni Pizza Pull-Apart Bread

Posted on Jan 27th, 2012

The Super Bowl is right around the corner, and this pizza bread is sure to be a hit with everyone at your party, kids and grown-ups alike.  My…

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Pesto Parmesan Pastry Twists

Posted on Mar 20th, 2014

I always keep a box of frozen puff pastry sheets handy for recipes like this. In fact, I think frozen puff pastry is one of the best things ever…

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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 grocery…

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Pomegranate Salsa

Posted on Dec 8th, 2013

I don't know what came over me, but I had this pomegranate just sitting around. And I was still thinking about the Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip that I…

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Puff Pastry Pigs in a Blanket

Posted on Jan 30th, 2011

I'm looking forward to the Super Bowl just so I have an excuse to make these little pigs in a blanket.  I've tried many varieties of this…

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Queso Blanco

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 find it…

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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 the…

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roasted chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeas

Posted on Apr 29th, 2010

These roasted chickpeas are my favorite new snack.  Kind of like Corn Nuts, only much healthier.  Most recipes I've seen call for one can of…

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Spicy 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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Spicy Pumpkin Hummus

Posted on Oct 29th, 2013

You know when you make a pumpkin recipe and you have some pumpkin left in the can? I never know what to do with it, so I usually end up throwing it…

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Strawberry Salsa

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 strawberries are in…

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Superbowl Recipe Round-Up

Posted on Feb 4th, 2012

Whether you're hosting a Superbowl party or not, the big game is always a good excuse to whip up some tasty treats.  Here are a few of my favorite…

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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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Swiss and Bacon Dip

Posted on Dec 19th, 2010

What's not to love about bacon and Swiss cheese?  I made this appetizer when we'd invited friends over and four adults polished the entire…

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black bean dip

Tex-Mex Black Bean Dip

Posted on Oct 27th, 2009

This is the kind of recipe where you don't need to worry about exact measurements. Just toss in what you have, although I think the fresh cilantro…

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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 for a chance to win $50. When I host a get together with friends, my goal is always to…

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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

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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