Appetizers & Snacks
Remember the peanut butter Greek yogurt fruit dip? Well I made another dip for the fruit-dipping-lovers out there! The reason why I bring up the peanut butter one is because I made both of these dips at the same time as evident by the same fruit skewers in the background. I actually made these dips months ago when my cousin Alex got married. Which happened in early fall. Makes you wonder why I waited so long to post them. I could make up all kinds of excuses but in reality I just totally forgot about them. The pictures were on an old memory card and I was distracted by my fancy new camera with it’s brand new memory card. Thankfully old pictures don’t get stale or moldy…
…dang, I really know how to make you crave this dip.
One year ago: Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfaits
First things first… SNOW IN EAST TN!! We didn’t get as much as some places but it still made me happy. I think that’s the most snow I’ve seen ever fall in TN. I am trying to curb my enthusiasm however as many people’s Valentine’s Day plans may be disrupted and/or lose power. That’s just not good for anybody. But you know what is? Cheese and bacon.
Even though I am restricted to cooking healthy meals, there are plenty of game nights at which to make appetizers and dessert – hooray! I took the first opportunity to make this dip (albeit I did make a slightly healthier version) using a new found love, Captain Rodney’s Boucan Pepper Glaze. It’s a sweet and spicy sauce that can be used on just about anything such as a glaze on meats and vegetables, straight out of the bottle as a dip, or mixed in to add flavor to a recipe.
Sarah made this dip for our lab Christmas party and I nearly inhaled the entire pan by myself. It’s a cream cheese and cheddar mixture topped with crushed Ritz crackers, bacon, and Captain Rodney’s glaze. What’s not to love about that? And as part of my going away present from her (which was super amazing by the way), she included a bottle of this glorious glaze. Thankfully, the recipe only required 1/2 cup which means I get to try it with all kinds of other things. So many possibilities!
One year ago: White Chocolate Cake Batter Hearts
Per the request of my parents I have been cooking healthier meals. The only problem is that they eat about half as much as I do resulting in me feeling like a little piggy. Regardless, I guarantee I am still eating less than I normally did when I was on my own. I know this because I’ve been getting a lot of headaches, which is typical for when I am not eating enough. Sherrill has reminded me on more than one occasion to eat lunch. If any of my former labmates are reading this they will be shocked because I was nearly always the first one to initiate the “Lunch?” conversation. It’s hard to remember to eat when you’re the only one participating!
But yes, healthier meals are going to be spread across this blog on a more regular basis. I actually made this recipe before the meatloaf cupcakes. They were so darn cute I couldn’t wait to post them. These meatballs also deserve your attention, being made with not only ground turkey but also quinoa in case you were short on your protein intake for the day. These meatballs are great served over pasta, but would also make for a great appetizer.
On an unrelated note, if you didn’t watch the Olympics finale for mens snowboarding halfpipe then don’t read any further. Jump to the recipe and ignore all this. All I have to say is – holy crap Iouri. As for Shaun White and the rest of the USA team – there’s always 2018!
Alright folks today is my last day in Memphis, for real. I’ve said many tearful goodbyes and there will be a few more of those today, but it’s okay because I will come back! If for nothing else other than Music Fest or BBQ fest, or one of the many other fantastic festivals that occur in and around Memphis in May. Heck it’s my birthday month, what better way to celebrate than how I’ve been doing it the past 7 years? And there’s always the chance I’ll find a job here. Or anywhere else in the country…
Moving on to what you probably care most about today: The Superbowl. However, maybe you are not gathering up with the masses for a viewing. But of course you still need some grub of course so make this Ranch dip with some added spice and cheddar because it serves one (or maybe two if you are willing to share). Mix it, dip it, enjoy it until it’s gone.
Two years ago: Reese’s Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
At lunch with my former labmates yesterday I was greeted by many demands for me to stay until Monday instead of my projected departure of tonight/tomorrow morning. This request was granted when Steph and I had an extremely difficult time saying goodbye to each other. We joined the lab at the same time and have been through so much together that saying goodbye to her is one of the most difficult ones. Not that I won’t ever see any of my friends from here again, I just don’t do well with goodbyes even if only for an absence of a week. So I promptly kicked her out of my car before we both broke down crying and told her I’d see her Sunday (likely Saturday as well because she’s also moving and needs help). And no not just for the Superbowl. Evidently several friends are competing in an indoor soccer game that afternoon and I’ve heard rumors of their intensity. Their soccer team is the only team I will be honestly cheering for on Sunday however, as I have no preference for a winner in the Superbowl. But I do enjoy a good football game and of course the food that accompanies it! Here are some recipes that I think would be perfect for viewing this sporting event whether you are hosting a party or bringing a dish to pass.
Two years ago: Nutella Smoothie
Three years ago: Buffalo Chicken Nachos
- Avocado Cheese Ball
- Avocado Mango Salsa
- Bacon-Scallion Cream Cheese Dip
- Baked Crazy Feta
- Bleu Cheese Ball
- Homemade Salsa
- Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus with Homemade Pita Chips
- Lighter Pizza Dip
- Loaded Baked Potato Dip
- Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Veggie Cups with Green Goddess Dip & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos with Avocado Ranch
- Bean and Cheese Taquitos
- Buffalo Chicken Nachos
- California Quesadillas with Honey-Balsamic Dipping Sauce
- Cheesy Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Quesadillas
- Cheesy Double Bean Quesadillas with Avocado Ranch
- Chicken Parmesan Quesadillas
- Crunchy Oven-Fried Ravioli
- Jalapeno Popper Crostini
- Pepperoni Pizza Deviled Eggs
- Pizza Quesadilla
- Pizza Swirls
- Potato Nachos
- Sausage and Cheese Wonton Cups
- Sausage Stuffed Pretzel Bites
- Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos
- Spicy Ranch Seasoned Hard Pretzels
- Apple Maple Turkey Sliders
- Buffalo Chicken Meatball Subs
- Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pizza
- Carnitas: Mexican Pulled Pork
- Cast Iron Skillet Brussels Sprouts Bacon Pizza
- Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Pizza with Rosemary Beer Crust
- Jalapeno Popper Buffalo Chicken Pizza
- Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Burgers
- Pizza Tacos
- Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Spicy Chicken and Pepper Jack Pizza with Whole Wheat Crust
- Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Check out a previous roundup: Superbowl XLVI Recipe Roundup (2012)
I finally decided that my final departure from Memphis will either be Friday evening or Saturday morning. The decision depends on whether there will be reason to stay later in the day on Friday, resulting in the requirement for sleep before driving. As of right now, I do not know of any such plans but if nothing comes up I’ll just mosey on out to start living the pretend retired life. Bring on the card games!
Speaking of games, the Superbowl is nearly upon us and I have barely touched upon appropriate recipes. I’m so out of it with upcoming holidays, food holidays, and other such events that I even missed peanut butter day. Disgraceful. In an attempt to remedy this I am sharing an easy, 3-ingredient fruit dip that you can whip up in no time. If you don’t feel challenged enough, then go ahead and put that fruit on skewers to make it look all fancy schmancy. Stay turned tomorrow for an entire lineup of Superbowl eats!
I know that when you think of party food, dates do not normally come to mind (unless you’re thinking of bringing someone as a date). But when you stuff something with cheese and then wrap it in bacon, there’s really no way you can go wrong. With these dates, the combination of sweet and salty is perfection and it couldn’t get any easier. Mix up goat cheese and cream cheese for the filling, and swaddle that baby in bacon. Serve them up and watch them disappear, turning skeptics into addicts.
I’m not the biggest snacker. Mostly because I resist buying snacky things in an effort to prevent snacking. But sometimes you need a good snack around and after first trying these pretzels I was hooked. Using a spicy Ranch seasoning mix, popcorn oil, and a bag of pretzels, these Spicy Ranch Seasoned Hard Pretzels are easy to throw together.
I brought these to the movies with my parents and my dad and I managed to eat nearly the entire bag. You would be correct in assuming that they are highly addictive. And perfect for munching on while watching the BCS National Championship game tonight! If you are making these for a large group, you may want to double or triple the recipe. You’ll be glad you did!
Two years ago: Cheddar Baked Potato Soup
After fleeing the snow and below freezing temperatures in Rochester, NY, returning to 40-50 degrees in Memphis, TN seems like a heat wave and I thoroughly enjoy not requiring my huge winter coat to step outside (although tomorrow there’s a drastic drop into the teens). On the flip side, I am not enjoying sizing up all the things in my apartment in preparation for packing it all up by the end of this month. I have accumulated so much stuff since I last moved 4.5 years ago! Purging must be done, some of which involves food.
I have a habit of stocking up on essentials whenever I see them on sale. As a result, I have a lot of canned and boxed food items stacked up in my pantry, awaiting the apocalypse. This stock-pile has come in handy throughout the years at times of minimal funds, but I have no intention in moving it all. It will be fiscally beneficial to my ever-dwindling checking account to consume what I have instead of going out to buy more food anyway (I’ll still be buying some fresh food, for my sanity). So let the battle of pantry cooking begin! To start off this adventure, how about a pizza quesadilla?
Two years ago: Gluten-Free Brownie Cookies