Appetizers & Snacks

Blood Orange Margarita Jello Shots

You don’t have to be in college to enjoy these jello shots. Prepare them inside of the rinds of blood oranges to impress guests at your next party.

National Margarita Day

Happy National Margarita Day! I’ve teamed up with a fun group of bloggers to celebrate this boozy holiday with an assortment of margaritas and margarita-inspired food items. We’ve got you covered no matter what way you like to get your margarita fix. I contributed a grown-up version of jello shots because they arn’t just for college kids anymore. These are made with fresh blood orange juice and gelatin, not a boxed mix, and then allowed to set inside the rinds of the blood oranges themselves. Once solidified you can slice them up just like and orange!

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Homemade Soft Pretzels with Cheddar-Cream Cheese Spread

Sure you can find soft pretzels in the frozen section at your local grocery, but what about beer soft pretzels? Complete with cheddar-cream cheese spread.

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Carbs and cheese might be one of the best appetizer food combinations ever created, improved only by the addition of bacon. While I neglected to add that salty meat into the mix this time, there’s no denying soft homemade pretzels and cheese dip. The inspiration for this ensemble comes from one of my favorite bar foods at the Flying Saucer – soft pretzels served with queso dip (just like Ro*Tel queso dip) and a cheddar-cream cheese spread.

While homemade soft pretzels are a bit of a commitment, it’s worth it in my opinion. I’ve never been disappointed with the end results and since most of the time is spent waiting for the dough to rise it makes for a great weekend project. Speaking of the weekend, why not make them with beer instead of water? Boozy pretzels! You can’t buy those at the store.

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I took the opportunity to bust out Red Star’s Platinum yeast for the occasion, being the first yeasted recipe to be made in my kitchen since moving in. (Yes these were made before the skillet rolls I posted on Sunday which btw were also made using Red Star’s Platinum yeast.) Let me tell you, that yeast does some work! And I know my yeast ;-). I may spoil myself by only buying that brand from now on because it’s not as finicky as others I have used in the past.

One year ago: Cookie Dough Oreo Cake

Two years ago: Pepperoni Pasta Bake

Four years ago: Butterscotch Haystack Cookies
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Two Ingredient Nutella Fondue

Romance is a warm bowl of melted chocolate and all of your favorite things to dip into it. Make it ever sweeter with this easy two ingredient recipe including Nutella!

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Nothing says romance like a bowl of hot melted chocolate and today just happens to be National Chocolate Fondue Day! I’ve already made a couple chocolate fondues (white chocolate, and a healthier version) which were served with eggless, raw cookie dough bites. But since today is also World Nutella Day I decided it was time to combine the two holidays and make the easiest, two ingredient fondue ever – Nutella Fondue.

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For this fondue all you need is heavy cream and your favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread. On any other day that is not World Nutella Day you could also use any kind of spread you prefer (try peanut butter, almond butter, or straight up melted chocolate). But it’s time for romance and Nutella in preparation for Valentine’s Day, making this fondue a perfect addition to #TripleSBites this week.

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What do you like to dip in your chocolate fondue? I went with fresh strawberries, pretzels, and marshmallows. Maybe you should create a fondue-s’mores and skewer the marshmallow and strawberry together and then sandwich them between two pretzels? Cookies, mini cupcakes, cookie dough, and other fruits would have been stellar as well. Let’s go for a dip.

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When I dip you dip we dip.

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Two years ago: Nutella Pecan Pie Bars

Three years ago: Nutella Chunk Cookies

Four years ago: Nutella Rice Krispies Treats
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Easy Mini Cheese Balls

What’s better than a cheese ball? Miniature cheese balls! With this recipe you can adjust for any flavor combination and can be served as a snack or to feed a crowd.

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Everyone loves a good cheese ball. I mean, what is there not to love about them? Cheesy, creamy, flavorful and rolled in some of the best things like herbs, nuts, and even bacon. Is it possible to improve upon that design? Why yes, you just have to miniatureize them and they instantly become the easiest freaking cheese balls you ever did make. All you have do it take those individually wrapped Laughing Cow cheese wedges, roll each one into a ball, and then roll in whatever coating you desire. Done! Just refrigerate until ready to serve.

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The great thing about using The Laughing Cow spreadable cheeses was the diversity of flavors available. I used swiss with garlic & herb and rolled it in a mixture of parsley and basil. But I didn’t stop there! The second flavor I made was with queso fresco & chipotle rolled in a mixture of cilantro and chili pepper. Some another great combinations could be white cheddar or spicy pepperjack rolled in bacon, mozzarella sundried tomato basil rolled in basil and parmesan, and swiss french onion rolled in crushed pretzels and green onion. The best part? You can make just enough for a snack or for an entire party! For a smaller serving use about 1 tsp of coating per wedge of cheese.

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One year ago: Mexican Stuffed Shells

Two years ago: Brussels Sprouts with Honey Vinaigrette

Four years ago: Almond Crusted Chicken with Scallion Beurre Blanc
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Snowman Blue Cheese Ball

Everyone loves cheese balls so make sure you have this blue cheese ball at your next party. But instead of a round ball make it snowman shaped!

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Party time means dip time. And no party is complete without a big ol’ ball o’ cheese. This recipe was originally adapted from recipe I received from one of my parent’s friends. Turns out it is very similar to the blue cheese ball I already shared which was such a hit you would have though I was a magician doing a disappearing act. In addition to blue cheese and green onions, this version has black olives, walnuts, and optional banana peppers mixed in. And in case those differences weren’t enough, instead of making a regular cheese ball I went the festive route and made it snowman shaped! Apparently I like eating things with cute faces because this is the second adorable recipe I have made this month that has a face (first was the cone head cupcakes). This phenomenon does not follow for meat however, at least not in it’s natural state. But add a cartoonish face and we’re okay (just take these octoweenies for example).

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One year ago: Orange Cut-Out Cookies with Orange Cardamom Icing

Two years ago: Homemade Maple Breakfast Sausage
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Christmas Wreath Pizza Ring

Turn your pizza into a Christmas wreath with the help of refrigerated crescent roll dough. Stuff with your favorite pizza toppings for a tasty and festive appetizer.

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When it comes to making homemade pizza I’m all about homemade pizza dough, as made evident by the many different pizza dough recipes I have shared. It’s just too easy! In the time it takes my oven to preheat, the dough has risen. However, I have yet to try my hand at homemade crescent dough – now that intimidates me. So to make this festive pizza ring resembling a Christmas wreath I went ahead and bought 2 cans of refrigerated dough.

This Christmas wreath pizza ring would be a great idea for a holiday party. I brushed it with pesto to give it a green hue and cut the bottom of a bell pepper out to look like a red ribbon. Inside it’s stuffed with cheese, pizza sauce, and three meats: pepperoni, Italian sausage, and prosciutto. Place a bowl of pizza sauce in the middle and it’s ready for the table!

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One year ago: Eggnog Snickerdoodle Blondies

Four years ago: Brownie Covered Oreo Pops
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Dip

Take your love of raw cookie dough to a new level with this cookie dough dip. Made with peanut butter and Reese’s cup for all the peanut buter lovers out there.

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Hard to believe that a year ago today I formally graduated with my PhD. Technically I acquired the title of “Dr.” 3 months prior in September when I defended my dissertation but December 13, 2013 is when I wore the fancy robe and got my giant degree (literally it’s huge). And today I am celebrating yet another graduation. No not another of my own (I haven’t been going to school in secret for the past year). My cousin Alex is graduating from Physician Assistant school!

To mark this momentous occasion I’ve decided to lay on some more news. Leading up to today, I have posted clues (1/2/3/4) on Twitter but no one tweeted any guesses. Either the clues were much too vague or no one saw them (I’m betting on the latter). I also dropped another hint on Thanksgiving when I commented about something I was looking forward to and a couple of you figured it out…

…what do you think?
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Spinach Dip

This spinach dip is not only easy to throw together, but also delicious. This creamy spinach dip has water chestnuts and onion mixed in for some crunch.

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Ready for all the college football conference championship games tomorrow? After a rough week for the Buckeyes in spite of the win over Michigan I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the Big Ten game. I suppose the show must go on in spite of the tragic loss of Kosta Karageorge. My thoughts are with his family, biological and Buckeye-family.

With college football season nearing it’s end and pro football still going strong, dips and other snacky foods are in high demand. How about this creamy spinach dip which requires not cooking at all. Just mix and serve! Would be great served in a big bread bowl.

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One year ago: Bananas Foster Pancakes

Two years ago: Christmas Red Velvet Mug Cake

Three years ago: Spinach Artichoke Dip
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Single Serving Deviled Eggs

Everyone loves deviled eggs but they shouldn’t be limited to party gatherings. Have a craving? Whip up this single serving deviled egg and don’t worry about sharing.

Single Serving Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a popular dish to bring to parties. But what if you are craving deviled eggs without the prospect of any food-related gatherings on the horizon? I say it is perfectly acceptable to boil one and egg make one for yourself anytime.

And to reflect back on yesterdays post, Ohio State beat Michigan State last night! Ohio State was looking a little off during the first half while Michigan State took full advantage of it. Thankfully they came alive in the second half and sealed the win. It was a great game to end the evening after stuffing myself at Friendsgiving – I will share more about that tomorrow.

One year ago: Elvis Fluffernutter Rice Krispie Treats

Three years ago: Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
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Breakfast Nachos with Greek Yogurt Hollandaise Sauce

Is it breakfast for dinner, or dinner for breakfast? Enjoy these breakfast nachos any time of day with a homemade Greek yogurt hollandaise sauce.

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I have a confession to make. You know that egg dish commonly cooked for breakfast that starts with an “O”? Well I have been misspelling it my entire life. I have been spelling it phonetically as “omlet” and I swear I must have seen it written as such before or else it would not have been solidified in my brain. How many times have I ordered that dish at a restaurant and not noticed the spelling? News flash! It’s spelled “omelette” which in my opinion has too many e’s. Although upon further digging is appears that it may also be spelled “omelet” which is more tolerable. Unfortunately I was not consulted when they were working out the English language.

Today I did not make an omelet/omelette/omlet or however you want to spell it. I made nachos because today is national nachos day, and why not start celebrating early with nachos for breakfast. It’s not an omelet but it is breakfast food that involves eggs, cheese, and bacon. Oh and a homemade hollandaise sauce made with Greek yogurt.

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One year ago: Pumpkin Baklava Bars

Two years ago: Baked Purple Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Marshmallow Glaze

Three years ago: Gluten-Free Cake Batter Pancakes
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