Appetizers & Snacks

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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Cinnamon-Sugar Pumpkin Bagel Bites for One

Enlist some self control on the front end by making a single serving batch of these pumpkin bagel bites coated in cinnamon-sugar, dipped in sweet cream cheese.

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Although I love leftovers for lunch the next day, after living on my own for a long time I started craving recipes that serve just one because sometimes that giant vat of soup loses its appeal after the 5th day. This search resulted in the creation of Single Serving Sundays which documents my adventure through cooking for one. Whether you live alone or not, single serving recipes come in handy. To prove it, this week for Single Serving Sunday I invited some friends along in a link up of recipes for one.

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I know I just spent the week before last bombarding you with pumpkin recipes but ’tis the season, right? And you really don’t want to miss out on this single serving recipe. If you thought you couldn’t make a small batch of bagel bites in about 30 minutes, well now you can. The best part is that they don’t require a lot of rise time. They perfectly rise on your stove top while the oven gets busy pre-heating. The only downside is that you may want more than one serving, but then again maybe it’s a good thing to force self control. How else would you be able to resist eating a giant bowl of pumpkin bagel bites coated in cinnamon-sugar and dipped in sweet cream cheese?

Stock up on some more single serving recipes:

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One year ago: Sea Salt Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups

Three years ago: Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Bacon, and Apple

CINNAMON-SUGAR PUMPKIN BAGEL BITES FOR ONE

Serves 1

Ingredients:

PRETZELS

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp active dry yeast

Pinch cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg

1 Tbsp pumpkin puree

2-3 Tbsp warm water

1/2 cup hot water

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 Tbsp butter, melted

1/2 Tbsp cinnamon-sugar

DIPPING SAUCE

1 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp powdered sugar

1 Tbsp heavy cream

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, sift together the first four ingredients. Stir in pumpkin and 1 tablespoon of warm water first. If the dough is dry, then add a little more water and mix again.
  2. Pour out onto a lightly floured work surface and sprinkle with flour. Knead gently until the dough comes together into a slightly sticky ball. Roll out into a 3/4-inch wide rope and cut into 3/4-inch pieces.
  3. In a shallow dish, combine the hot water and baking soda. Dip the pieces into the mixture and flip to coat completely. Transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
  4. Leave in a nice warm place to rise while you preheat the oven to 450 degrees, for about 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl blend together the dipping sauce. Set aside.
  6. Once oven is preheated and dough has risen, bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Serve warm with dipping sauce.

Source: Adapted from my Cinnamon-Raisin Bagel for One.

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Sweet Potato Chips with Thyme

Once you learn how to easy it is to make your own potato chips at home, you may never go back to the store. 

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For Secret Recipe Club this month I was assigned to Kim’s blog Feed Me Seymour. She has so many great fall recipes to choose from with homemade pumpkin spice marshmallows, stuffed maple vanilla spice cupcakes, and butternut biscuits with vanilla bean butter. And all of her recipes are geared towards all skill levels so no matter your experience, her recipes should not scare you away. Unless of course scary is what you are going for and then you should check out all of her awesome Halloween creations such as her broken glass cupcakes or toxic swap cupcakes. Obviously I had a tough decision.

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Homemade potato chips have been on my list of things to make for quite some time. When I found her recipe for sweet potato chips I knew now was the thyme, I mean time (pause to bask in the glory of my corny pun). These sweet potato chips are seasoned with fresh orange zest and thyme resulting in the prefect fall snack and, if I can be so bold, are better than store-bought sweet potato chips. The pandora’s box of homemade potato chips possibilities has just been opened and I have Kim to blame/thank!

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One year ago: Pizza for One

Two years ago: Buckeye Rice Krispies Treats

Three years ago: Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
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Apple Cinnamon Peanut Butter Bagel Bites

Apples, cinnamon, and peanut butter make for a delicious and easy snack. Served on a toasted mini bagel.

Apple Cinnamon Peanut Butter Bagel Bites

How many of you live in or around Cleveland, OH? Or maybe visit there every now and then? Heck if you just like board games and beer, hear me out. My friends are opening Cleveland’s first board game cafe called Tabletop Board Game Cafe. Tabletop will feature over 1000 board games, weekly trivia night, monthly diy design sessions in their maker space, and will be located in Ohio City. Cool right? If you don’t believe me check out the video on their Kickstarter to find out more and even play a role in putting the finishing touches on their cafe.

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I have been helping them out by trying out various smoothie and bagel bite recipes for their menu. This recipe is yet another and although it’s not quite as exciting as some that I made in the past, there’s no denying apples, cinnamon, and crunchy peanut butter.

One year ago: Peanut Butter Baklava Bars

Two years ago: Pork Chops with Pineapple Fried Rice

Three years ago: White Chocolate Coconut Chili Macadamia Nut Cookies
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Spicy Nuts and Pretzels & Ultimate Beer Lover’s Giveaway

Learn the secrets for all your favorite bar snacks and what beers pair best with them with the new Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour Cookbook.

Beer Lover Happy Hour

From the award-winning author of The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook, comes the new brew-worthy cookbook called The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour containing over 325 recipes for the best bar snacks and beer cocktails. With recipes such Spicy Friday Night Nuts and Flying Buffalo at the Tap Pizza, you will discover the tricks to making the usual favorites and some fun new finds. Every bar snack also comes with pairing suggestions to maximize the experience for your taste buds. And today I am happy to have this boozy cookbook take a pit stop on my blog complete with an “Ultimate Beer Lover’s Oktoberfest Celebration Giveaway” which includes:

  • 1 signed copy of The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour by John Schlimm
  • 2 Humane Society of the US T-shirts (1 male M, 1 female M)
  • Lucky Brand Jeans Gift card for 1 free pair of jeans
  • 6 Straub Brewery Pilsner Glasses
  • Coleman soft cooler with hard liner (red)
  • Weber Barbecue Apron, black
  • 1 OXO Steel Bottle Opener
  • Set of 2 wooden snack bowls
  • Set of 4 wooden coasters

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post.

Spicy Friday Night Nuts

Before you run off to enter to win that beer-ific prize pack check out these nuts! In addition to being a quick recipe to throw together, I already had all the ingredients on hand. Talk about some last call happy hour snacking. If you are feeling daring there are recipes for making your own margarine and worcestershire sauce (recipes included at the bottom) but I just stuck with the store-bought stuff. I also used the oven method for preparing this recipe, giving it a nuttier flavor, but it can also easily be made in your microwave.

Need more snacks? I’ve also included the recipe for some Hippie Cayenne Sourdough Pretzels. Grab a beer and enjoy!

One year ago: Baked Apple Cider Oatmeal

Two years ago: Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Pancakes
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