Appetizers & Snacks

Pesto Chicken Pizza with Mascarpone, Spinach, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This pizza may have a long name but it’s nothing to be afraid of and if you haven’t tried mascarpone on pizza before, you are seriously missing out!

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Most of the people in my life are not huge bakers/cookers and to some, food blogging is an exquisite realm full of weird ingredients and crazy techniques. And stories. I had to laugh when one of my best friends expressed her dislike for scrolling down a post to get past the story and to the recipe, because it’s true. When people use Google to find a recipe they want the recipe, myself included. Yet here I sit not writing about this pizza with its long name and unusual ingredients like “mascarpone” and “caramelized onions” and I’m okay with that because I started this blog to chronicle my food adventures and to share those recipes to anyone who wants to try it for themselves. I cannot tell you how many of my parents’ friends have been directed to my blog for the recipe for “X”. People besides my friends and family reading beyond the recipe is just a bonus (heck even my friends and family reading is a bonus). So whether or not you read this, leave a comment, or skip over it all to the recipe I appreciate you being here :-).

P.S. After trying this recipe you’ll want to put mascarpone on every pizza you make from now on.

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One year ago: Lattice Chicken and Sweet Potato Potpie

Two years ago: Apple-Cranberry Oatmeal
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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.

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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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Buckeye Granola Bites

These healthy peanut butter granola bites are dipped in dark chocolate to resemble buckeyes. They are a snacky, healthier version of the popular buckeye candies.

Buckeye Granola BItes

Today is yet another Buckeye football Saturday and therefore PB+Choc Saturday. I am actually tailgating today, but oddly enough NOT for the Ohio State game. Some friends are in town this weekend for the UT-Florida game and I will be joining them for the adventure! I have never tailgated at a game where I did not have a sworn allegiance so I’m just along for the ride.

While I will wear some orange to join in the spirit of the day, I may layer some Ohio state gear in there as well since both games are at the same time. With highs barely reaching 60 today (wasn’t it 80 on yesterday?) no one can blame me for layering. Besides, I plan on bringing these granola bites along just in case they need persuasion. They resemble buckeye candies but are healthier (even more than my healthier buckeyes), made with oats, peanuts, dates (or raisins), and honey.

One year ago: Jalapeno Popper Fettucine Alfredo

Two years ago: Hazelnut Praline Paste

Three years ago: Pumpkin Danish
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White Bean and Pumpkin Hummus with Spiced Pita Chips

Try this fall flavored white bean hummus made with pumpkin and served with homemade chili powder spiced pita chips.

White Bean and Pumpkin Hummus with Spiced Pita Chips

You guys. It’s October so I finally gave in to fall and pulled out the pumpkin puree. The weather must have known because the high today is actually under 80 for once. As much as I enjoy fall weather, it’s been difficult to get into the fall-mindset with all the heat that lingering around.

But anywho back to this pumpkin. I turned it into a white bean hummus and even made homemade pita chips seasoned with chili powder. Because no hummus dip is complete without some pita chips and making them is just too easy. Of course you can buy pita chips but the flavor combination was spot on for this dip.

One year ago: Gluten-Free Apple Butter Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Two years ago: Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls

Three years ago: Pesto Burgers
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BBQ Sausage & Cheese Plate #10DaysofTailgate

Welcome to the second to last day of ‪#‎10DaysofTailgate hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla! There are nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. From Chili, Meatballs and Wings to Sangria, Pretzels and some sweet Desserts, we have all your tailgating recipe needs covered. #10daysofTailgate runs from September 20th through September 30th. A huge thank you goes to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. There are fourteen different prize packages so make sure you enter the rafflecopter HERE and don’t forget to follow the hashtag on Twitter too, #10DaysofTailgate.

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This isn’t your regular sausage and cheese plate. Toss aside those cocktail weenies and serve up some spicy, smoky sausage. Smoked sausage gets grilled and then tossed in BBQ dry rub seasoning and then paired with sharp cheddar and spicy pepperjack cheeses. Sprinkle some more dry rub on the cheese while you’re at it and serve. Dipping sauce optional. Deviled eggs are also a nice touch but not required. I whipped up a few regular deviled eggs but seasoned them with spicy mustard and sprinkled dry rub instead of paprika on top. Yum!

You chance to enter the big tailgating giveaway is almost over. Make sure to enter by clicking over to THIS POST and use the Rafflecopter widget located at the bottom of the post.

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Here’s what the rest of the crew brought to the table…

Starters
BBQ Sausage & Cheese Plate by The Spiffy Cookie
Vegified Hot “Wings”  by Curious Cuisiniere
Fried Polenta Cakes with Grilled Tomato and Mozzarella Salad by Love and Confections
Carrot Karma Gazpacho with Caviar Limes by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Dips
Chile con Queso by Sew You Think You Can Cook

Mains
Kicked Up Karma Veggie Fajita Pizza by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Not Ketchup Cherry Chipotle Steak Tacos by Making Miracles
BBQ Chickpea Sliders with Apple Slaw by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili by The Pajama Chef
Beef Kabobs by A Day in the Life on the Farm

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One year ago: Apple-Walnut Pancakes with Brown Sugar Greek Yogurt

Two years ago: Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownies

Three years ago: Baked Garlic Parmesan Fries
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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Yogurt Covered Pretzels #10DaysofTailgate

Welcome to #‎10DaysofTailgate hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla! There are nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. From Chili, Meatballs and Wings to Sangria, Pretzels and some sweet Desserts, we have all your tailgating recipe needs covered. #10daysofTailgate runs from September 20th through September 30th. A huge thank you goes to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. There are fourteen different prize packages so make sure you enter the rafflecopter HERE and don’t forget to follow the hashtag on Twitter too, #10DaysofTailgate.

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Here’s what everyone brought to the table today…

Starters
Chicken Bacon RanchTaquitos by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Cherry Chipotle Glazed Wings by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Firewired Pancetta-Wrapped Seafood by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Mains
Maize and Blue Chicken Salad by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Savory Duck Handpies by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Slow Cooker Smoky Date Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Smokey Red Lentil Chili by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Thai Beef Skewers by The Pajama Chef

Sips
Apple Cherry Spice Cocktail by CafeTerraBlog

Dips
Kicked up Spinach Dip by Miss Laura’s Kitchen
Pizza Dip by Making Miracles

Sweets
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Hard Pretzels by The Spiffy Cookie

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Yogurt Covered Pretzels

It’s another #PBChocSat and #10DaysofTailgate mash up! And yet again another pretzel combination. I did not do that on purpose but evidently I have been craving the sweet and salty combo of peanut butter, pretzels, and chocolate. Thankfully that goes well with tailgating.

Today’s sweet treat may not be considered a healthy option but it is made with Greek yogurt. Any health benefits from the yogurt is cancelled out with the copious amounts of sugar used to create the coating. But feel free to convince yourself that they are not as bad for you, because that’s what I did as I nearly devoured the entire stock of them in one sitting.

Don’t forget to enter the #10DaysofTailgate giveaway HERE!

Two years ago: Sweet Potato Kale Pizza with Rosemary & Red Onion

Three years ago: “Don’t Judge Me” Mac & Cheese
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Healthier Buffalo Cauliflower Dip #10DaysofTailgate

Welcome to day 6 of ‪#‎10DaysofTailgate hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla! There are nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. From Chili, Meatballs and Wings to Sangria, Pretzels and some sweet Desserts, we have all your tailgating recipe needs covered. #10daysofTailgate runs from September 20th through September 30th. A huge thank you goes to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. There are fourteen different prize packages so make sure you enter the rafflecopter HERE and don’t forget to follow the hashtag on Twitter too, #10DaysofTailgate.

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What’s a tailgate without a little heat in the form of buffalo wing sauce? But just because we’re talking about buffalo wings does not mean it has to scare away the health-conscious or vegetarians. I made this buffalo dip healthier by using Greek yogurt based Ranch dressing and cream cheese, then veggie-fied it with cauliflower instead of chicken. Best part is that even the indulgent, meat-lover’s will enjoy this dip. Bake in the oven or warm in a mini slow cooker, then serve with celery, carrot, and chips!

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Here’s what the rest of the crew brought to the table…

Starters
Diablo’d Cheesy Bacon-Onion Pinwheel Rolls by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Spiced Kofta with Carrot Karma Yogurt Dip by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Dips
Baked Potato Beer Dip by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Hot Caramelized Onion Dip by Eliot’s Eats
Healthier Buffalo Cauliflower Dip by The Spiffy Cookie
Dunkin Duck, Cheesy Bacon and Ranch Dip by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Mains
El Diablo Mango Mustard Glazed Grilled Scallops by Making Miracles
Honey Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Thai Chicken Skewers by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup by From Gate to Plate

Sides
Grilled Parsley Potatoes by Curious Cuisiniere
Grilled Vegetables by Summer Scraps

Sweets
Pumpkin Bars by The Pajama Chef

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One year ago: Ginger Soy Beef with Chile-Tomatoes & Peppers

Two years ago: Crunchy Oven-Fried Ravioli

Three years ago: Pumpkin Nutella Mini Cheesecake Bites
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Cherry Chipotle BBQ Pork Nachos #10DaysofTailgate

Welcome to ‪#‎10DaysofTailgate hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla! There are nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. From Chili, Meatballs and Wings to Sangria, Pretzels and some sweet Desserts, we have all your tailgating recipe needs covered. #10daysofTailgate runs from September 20th through September 30th. A huge thank you goes to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. There are fourteen different prize packages so make sure you enter the rafflecopter HERE and don’t forget to follow the hashtag on Twitter too, #10DaysofTailgate.

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After making BBQ chicken pizza last week my cravings for BBQ were satisfied, but only for BBQ pizza. My taste buds immediately started craving all my other favorite BBQ dishes from Memphis. Such cravings could not have come at a better time with #10DaysofTailgate in full swing! And better yet I had all kinds of great tools and ingredients to use thanks to our awesome sponsors.

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Here’s what the rest of the team brought to the table…

Starters
Pretzel Sticks with Two Sauces by Eliot’s Eats
Cherry Chipotle BBQ Pork Nachos by The Spiffy Cookie
Duck Poppers by CafeTerra
Duck Bacon Pumpkin Soup by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Dips
Corn and Cheddar Dip by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Steakhouse Deviled Egg Dip by From Gate to Plate
Mains
Ultimate Bacon Burger by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Cincinnati Turkey Chili by The Pajama Chef
Smoky Date Pulled Pork by Curious Cuisiniere
Sides
Just Ducky Baked Beans by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Sweets
Linebacker-Sized Chocolate Chip Cookies by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Rocky Ledge Bars by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Pear Poppy Snails {Birnen Mohn Schnecken} by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

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One year ago: Skillet Greek Yogurt Chicken

Two years ago: Sweet Potato Dark Chocolate Bars
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Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce

Make movie theater style nachos at home with with this homemade nacho cheese sauce recipe. No processed cheese.

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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 :-).

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One year ago: Corn Salsa

Two years ago: Peanut Butter and Chocolate French Toast

Three years ago: Pumpkin Granola
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