Appetizers & Snacks
Make movie theater style nachos at home with with this homemade nacho cheese sauce recipe. No processed cheese.
I cannot believe we have reached the fourth Monday of September already, which means it’s Secret Recipe Club Time! This month I was assigned to Traci’s blog Burnt Apple. Traci has a wide variety of recipes from savory bacon wrapped chicken with goat cheese and basil, to seasonal pumpkin caramel cookies, and fun unicorn poop cookies! Yes unicorn poop and it looks like a lot of fun. Lots of colors and sprinkles! I actually narrowed down my choices to those two cookies but then I saw her recipe for homemade nacho cheese sauce. I know that with fall on the rise pumpkin may have seemed like the better choice but I disagree. I wanted eat nachos while watching football! And since I am part of #10DaysofTailgate currently going on right now I thought it fit perfectly with that theme (and it just may appear in another recipe later this week).
This nacho cheese sauce looks and tastes just like the real deal and there’s no velveeta involved. I loved using fresh pepperjack and cheddar cheese to make this nacho cheese sauce. I bet you could change it up with whatever cheeses you have on hand but of course that will change the flavor. I kind of want to try it with monterey jack and pepperjack for a white nacho cheese sauce. Thanks Traci for letting me poke around your blog this month and I look forward to trying my hand at some unicorn poop soon :-).
One year ago: Corn Salsa
Two years ago: Peanut Butter and Chocolate French Toast
Easy, single serving, homemade microwaveable popcorn using a brown paper lunch bag. Flavor it with your favorite cake mix!
When it comes to watching movies many people are drawn to buttery popcorn. I am one of the few who can take or leave popcorn, unless it is doused with caramel, butter, or some other sinful coating. Funfetti falls into that category.
This homemade popcorn is easily made with a regular brown paper lunch bag, corn kernels and butter. Cook in your microwave and listen to them pop! Then coat them with a little more butter and some dry cake mix. Use whatever flavor your prefer, I happen to love Funfetti. The sprinkles!
One year ago: Vegan Buckeye Pancakes with Peanut Butter Syrup
Two years ago: Bacon and Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Reinvent your favorite jalapeno poppers with a spicy pepperjack macaroni and cheese stuffing and wrapped in bacon. Now that’s football watching food!
Fall not only brings typical flavors of apple and pumpkin but also snacking season. Dips, chips, meat, cheese, and fried things. No football game is complete without some great snacks and what better than something that involved, bacon, cheese, and spice? I am sure you’ve had or at least heard of jalapeno poppers before. But instead of the cream cheese mixture how about reinventing them with a macaroni and cheese stuffing? A spicy, creamy mac and cheese made with The Laughing Cow® spicy pepperjack cheese, spooned into a jalapeno half, wrapped in bacon and then baked to crispy perfection.
One year ago: Peanut Butter Fudge Cake
Two years ago: Carrot Cake Batter Dip
Make hummus even healthier with the addition of kale. With a whole head of roasted garlic you won’t even notice the kale except for the green color.
Alright folks, I know it is September and many of you are gearing up for fall with pumpkin recipes but I just cannot do it yet. The highs have just started to stay below 90 but unfortunately 80s are not conducive to dreaming of pumpkin either. It’s like the summer that refuses to end but one day it’ll drastically drop in temperature and never return. Living in the south the past 8 years, I have noticed the complete lack of a gradual season change. Oh winter is nearing it’s end? BAM infernal summer. It is fall yet? BAM start making hot cocoa. It’s as if there are only two real seasons, mild winter and sticky-hot summer, with a week of spring and fall in between. And I think I write post saying the same thing every year.
The weirdest seasonal aspect of living in the south is the lack of fall weather at the start of football season. We’re supposed to be gearing up for spiked cider and hoodies, not slushies and skirts/shorts. Thankfully no matter what you are wearing, football food is always welcome. This week’s recipe is yet another dip because who doesn’t love dip? Hummus is a particularly popular one and this version is packed with a whole head of roasted garlic and kale.
One year ago: No-Bake Funfettinutter Granola Bars
No bake granola bars are incredibly versatile. Try this gluten-free version with almond butter, dried cherries, and roasted pistachios
Holy freaking September where did you come from? Thankfully with the help of Bob, Christina, and Dave the end of August was not overlooked. We hillbilly mini golfed, saw thousands of salt and pepper shakers, wine/moonshine tasted, hiked to the tallest waterfall in the Smokies, saw a folk-rock band, grilled and just had a good time. Alas the arrival of September meant they had to return to their respective states today.
Accompanying us on this adventure were these gluten-free granola bars which came in handy on the hike. Just like the base for my favorite chocolate chip cookies, the base for these granola bars allows for all kinds of flavor options. This time I made them with almond butter, dried cherries, and roasted pistachios.
One year ago: Chicken Taco Stack
Two years ago: Buckeye “Cheese Ball”
This nutty dip resembles the texture and versatility of hummus with a different flavor twist – edamame.
If you are into college football then you are as excited as I am about tomorrow! Well you may be more excited than I am actually because upon hearing of the injury of the Ohio State QB’s shoulder I deflated a bit. However, that won’t stop me from watching all the games I can lay my eyes on and whipping up appetizers and desserts made of peanut butter and chocolate. Which means for the next several weeks PB+Choc Saturdays are back! Even if you don’t like college football you can appreciate from peanut butter and chocolate goodness. But that’s tomorrow.
Being the day before the game I decided it was a good time to post an appetizer recipe. Maybe I’ll make it a thing, “App Friday”. The first dip up for grabs is one that reminds me of hummus but instead of pureed chick peas it is edamame which creates a pretty green color. Different flavor of course, but just as versatile of a spread/dip. Chips, veggies, crackers, whatever you can find to scoop it up!
One year ago: Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce
Two years ago: Reese’s Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie
Bagels are not just for breakfast. Make these fancy bagel bites with arugula, prosciutto, pear and gorgonzola for your next party or as an afternoon snack.
Be warned, I’m going through an arugula and kale phase. I’ve already shared an arugula topped pizza and a panini with kale, but prepared yourself for a several more recipes featuring these greens in the upcoming weeks. Starting with these fancy little bagel bites topped with spicy arugula, salty prosciutto, sweet pear, and tangy gorgonzola cheese. You won’t find these in your local grocery store’s freezer section.
I was inspired to make these bagel bites upon hearing the news that my friend’s Tabletop Board Game Cafe has officially started construction and will soon be ready at 1810 West 25th in Ohio City, Ohio. Tabletop will feature over 1000 board games (I’ve seen their stock-pile it’s impressive), a weekly trivia night, and monthly DIY design sessions in their maker space. But what does that have to do with me? Well on the menu you just might find a few Spiffy Cookie-contributed creations!
One year ago: Nutella Ice Cream with Granola Topping
Two years ago: Peanut Butter Cup Mousse Parfaits
Beat the summer heat with these 20 no-cook breakfast, snack and entree recipes. No oven or stove-top required.
July and August tend to be the hottest summer months which means turning on your oven or even cooking on your stove-top is undesirable. For such occasions I have compiled a list of 20 recipes that require no oven or stove-top for breakfast, entrees and even snacks. What are come of your favorite no-cook recipes for hot summer days?
Next week I will be sharing some of the favorite no-bake desserts!
One year ago: Individual Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon & Jalapeno
Hard pretzels seasoned with spicy mustard and honey make a great snack for any occasion. Add a little extra heat if you are feeling bold!
Periodically throughout my job search I find myself contemplating the idea of going back to school for something. I say “something” because that’s where my train of thought loses its rationality. I cannot imagine any other venue in which I would want to pursue a career. Before grad school I had actually considered Pharmacy school or even a dual PharmD/PhD. Since graduating I have thought of going back for the PharmD but there’s no enthusiasm there. Then there was the idea getting a masters degree to be a PA or Med Tech because I find TONS of job postings for those positions, but again just doesn’t get my motor going. The bright side of this thought process is that it means I am already looking in the right field of work for me (and those 7 years of grad school were not pointless), I just have to find the job. But finding the job has not proven to be an easy task, therefore causing these thoughts of going back to school. Oh the cyclic nature of this story.
Going along with the theme of recurrences I made yet another version of seasoned hard pretzels. They are so easy to make and difficult to resist. This one was inspired by the expansive supply of El Diablo spicy mustards I received for July’s Burger Month. I also added a little bit of honey to give these some sweet heat. Surprisingly my dad enjoyed them which means they were not overly spicy (or maybe he’s growing more tolerant of spicy foods since I’ve been around), so depending on what kind of mustard you use and how spicy you prefer the pretzels you may want to add some cayenne pepper powder.
One year ago: Bananas Foster Mini Cheesecakes
Sourdough hard pretzel pieces seasoned with cheesy taco seasoning make for a highly addicting snack and it’s incredibly easy to make.
It’s hard to believe that Sunday is the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This month-long event seems to have passed by in a much shorter time frame. There were so many exciting, close games (except for Germany-Brazil) and hopefully the final game will be just as fun to watch.
Since I am pulling for Germany to win, in preparation for this event I decided to post a pretzel recipe. This is a different variation of seasoned hard pretzels using cheesy taco seasoning instead of Ranch. I got the idea when a coworker said that she doesn’t like Ranch seasoning (we were presented with Ranch-seasoned pretzels from a patron) and I pondered what other seasonings would work on a hard pretzel. Taco seasoning just popped right into my brain. I went with cheesy taco seasoning, assuming that straight taco seasoning might be a bit overpowering. Whether that would have been true or not I do not know, but what I do know is these were addicting.
One year ago: Raw Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites
Two years ago: Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip