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
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!
When it comes to potlucks, it is always expected that I will bring a dessert (a safe assumption as I usually do). However, I mentioned wanting to bring something else to The Pharmacy potluck but was scoffed as if to not bring a dessert was unacceptable. I am not discounting the praise I receive when people say that they love my desserts, but give my non-baked goods a chance!
In order to win the masses over, I decided to team up with the new Sweet Swirls from New York Style for a dip to bring to the aforementioned potluck – yes a dessert dip, I compromised. New York Style Sweet Swirls is a new baked snack crisp product that comes in Cinnabon and Chocolate, and transforms any snack into something extra special. I knew they would be a perfect match with this eggnog dip.
Although I could have easily devoured them by themselves, the flavor of the Sweet Swirls was not dramatic. Instead they added just right amount of flavor to compliment the eggnog dip rather than overpower. My favorite for this particular dip was the Cinnabon and appeared as though most people agreed with me as that bowl dwindled faster than the chocolate. I thought for sure the chocolate would go first!
What would you serve with New York Style Sweet Swirls? Another idea I had for the Chocolate Sweet Swirls was to make little fruit pizzas, using them as the “crust” instead of a brownie. I’ll have to buy more in order to try it out!
I also made an appetizer using the Garlic Parmesan Panetini. I will share that recipe at a later date.
Sometimes I crave cheese balls outside of parties and gatherings, but to make an entire cheese ball for one person is just insane. Then it finally occurred to me – why not make a smaller version? And that’s exactly what I did. This little guy is smaller than my fist and only requires 4 ingredients. A mixture of goat cheese, cream cheese and cranberries all rolled up in chopped pistachios making for one very festive cheese ball. It was actually inspired by the farro salad I just made.
This mini cheese ball is actually enough for two servings so I am straying slightly for Single Serving Sunday. But I’d like to see anyone admit that they only eat one serving of a cheese ball. Admit it, you know you want to eat this as a side dish to your meal tonight. Or maybe the entree ;-). You may need to double or quadruple the recipe for the times when you crave a cheese ball in the company of others. Otherwise you will be fighting everyone off!
One year ago: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
Twas the night before my defense, when all through the house, a creature was stirring, and it was me freaking out! Yes, tomorrow I defend 6.5 years of graduate work in order to acquire my PhD. You could say that I am slightly anxious over the whole thing. I was calm for a couple days last week once I finished writing and finalized my presentation slides, but now it’s really about to happen. Thank goodness Liz agreed to guest post for me today (who by the way is yet another food blogger in graduate school).
Liz of Little Bitty Bakes likes to use Greek yogurt in many unique ways and has more than once inspired me in my own Greek yogurt adventures. Heck, she’s used it in her bacon wrapped dates with mustard-greek yogurt filling, and even made CHOreos. Speaking of Oreos, can we please discuss her Oreo cake batter bars? I could easily eat the entire pan without a drop of guilt today. She also likes to play with granola and granola bar recipes. Most recently I’ve had my eyes on the salted caramel pretzel granola. IDK why but I have had a huge craving for pretzels.
Hello Spiffy Cookie readers! I’m Liz from Little Bitty Bakes filling in for Erin for the day. I’ve been a reader of Erin’s blog for quite awhile now — I think we’ve done our fair share of bonding over cookies and all-things-upstate NY over the years. As a doctoral student myself, I don’t envy Erin right now as she preparers to defend her dissertation. Erin, you’ll guest post for me when I’m suffering dissertation woes, right?
Anyway, on to this post! Even though most recipes on my blog are baking/sweets related, I actually enjoy making savory dishes just as much, so I thought I’d share this corn salsa recipe with you today!
Let’s talk salsa. My sister recently asked me to brainstorm a corn salsa recipe for her, and my mind immediately went to Chipotle-land. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love Chipotle’s corn salsa?! I don’t even know how that’d be possible. Anyway, with corn salsa on the brain, I set out to make one that was even better than Chipotle’s. Big ambitions, I know.
Besides chopping up the assorted ingredients, this salsa recipe is so easy to assemble. I made a big batch and brought most of it to a tailgate, but saved myself a little bit for a single serving snack of chips and salsa. How’s that for a single serving Sunday, huh Erin?
In addition to the corn, the salsa is loaded with lots of fresh, flavorful ingredients… poblano pepper, red onion, cilantro, lime, and the secret ingredient: roasted red peppers! The red peppers lend a smoky flavor to the salsa, which I believe is what puts this corn salsa on top of Chipotle’s.
Try out the recipe and let me know how you like it! Thanks again for the opportunity to guest post, Erin!
Originally I hadn’t planned on posting the recipes for the veggie dip cups that I also made for my cousin’s shower, but they were such a hit I decided to after all. I actually made two different kinds of dip: green goddess and roasted red pepper. I think the green goddess disappeared first, but both were devoured with satisfaction. Having them prepared in individual cups also made it easy to carry around and socialize without needing to balance a plate full of food.
Unfortunately due to last minute grocery shopping we didn’t have the diverse array of veggies we had originally wanted, but in all honesty these could have been served with celery alone and would’ve been just as good. All you really need is a vehicle for the dip! A healthy vehicle of course.
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My cousin’s shower the day before her wedding had a spa theme. We put on face masks, make our own lip gloss, and enjoyed veggie dip cups and fruit skewers with dip. But of course no event is complete without dessert! Since I was in charge of the edible portion of the event, I naturally had a difficult time narrowing down my options. In the end I decided upon recreating the white chocolate cookie dough fondue I shared recently, continuing the dip theme for the day. But this time I made it with a healthier spin so as to not bust anyone out of their dresses the next day!
For starters, the cookie doughs contain zero butter. Instead I used coconut oil and then added a little butter extract so that no one would miss that buttery taste necessary for cookie dough. Then I cut back on the caloric intake of sugar by substituting the regular sugar for the only zero-calorie sugar sweetener I have ever liked (Swerve). However, I did keep the regular brown sugar and peanut butter – couldn’t bring myself to modify those. Then I used white whole wheat flour and finally almond milk instead of regular milk.
Then there is the fondue. Last time I made it with store-bought sweetened condensed milk. This time I made my own out of almond milk and honey. I also used dark chocolate for half the chocolate and again substituted the butter for coconut oil, as in the cookie dough. Wait, I forgot to tell you the best part. I didn’t use just any honey, but CHOCOLATE honey. I bet you have never heard of that before, have you? It just so happens my family runs their very own honey company called Winter Park Honey and they sell it! My aunt and uncle gave me some to use since they know how much I love to bake and thought this fondue was a great way to use it, especially since I was going to be able to share my creation with them in person!