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Superbowl XLVIII Recipe Roundup

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

DIPS

Loaded Baked Potato Dip

APPETIZERS

Sausage and Cheese Wonton Cups

ENTREES

Apple Maple Turkey Sliders

Check out a previous roundup: Superbowl XLVI Recipe Roundup (2012)

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Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip

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!

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

Two years ago: Berries & Cream Granola
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Eggnog Dip with New York Style Sweet Swirls Snack Crisps

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!

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I also made an appetizer using the Garlic Parmesan Panetini. I will share that recipe at a later date.

Two years ago: Red Velvet Truffle Stuffed Funfetti Cupcakes
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Mini Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Ball

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.

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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!

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One year ago: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

Two years ago: Gluten-Free Bacon-Swiss Penne
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Guest Post: Corn Salsa by Little Bitty Bakes

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.

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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!

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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? ;)

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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!

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Veggie Cups with Green Goddess Dip & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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.

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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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In other news, do you recall the Bestowed review I did recently? Well right now they are offering your first box for only $10 (normally $19), using the code HELLOYUM. Sign up by clicking HERE. This deal ends today!

One year ago: Cinnabon Roll Rice Krispies Treats
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Healthier Cookie Dough Fondue

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!

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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.

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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!

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One year ago: Goat Cheese Ricotta Gnocchi with Walnut Thyme Butter Sauce
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Avocado Cheese Ball

Cheese balls are great party dips because not only are they delicious, they look fun! Today I am sharing a rare breed of cheese balls – avocado. I served this along with the taco bar I talked about yesterday, and it tastes like a creamier version of guacamole due to the use of cream cheese. But it wasn’t just any old guacamole ball because I threw in corn, cotija cheese and chipotle peppers. This cheese ball also made an appearance at my friend’s bachelorette party/weekend in Toronto and everyone was hovering around it until it was all gone. Would definitely be great for the upcoming July 4 holiday as well!

Speaking of bachelorette parties, I actually attended two on back to back weekends which is why I’ve been a bit MIA from social media. The first was in Columbus, OH. We went swimming/diving/water sliding at an Olympic size pool because it was a gorgeous day to be outside and hot enough to find a large bowl of water very appealing (it was like I carried the heat of Memphis up with me), then afterwards had a casual dinner and a fun night out just like the old days in our undergrad years. Yet somehow I failed miserably at getting many photos – so unlike me :-(.

The following weekend was a bit more involved. I hauled myself up even further north to Toronto where we toured a distillery, learned Bollywood dancing, shopped around some markets, flew on a trapeze (video on FB), and finished the weekend off with a nice dinner out and a VIP table at a club downtown. Then I got to drive allll the way back down to Memphis to my attention-deprived cat.

If that wasn’t enough, the week in between those two weekends I started writing the into to my dissertation. Talk about lots of work that needs to be done. After the past week and a half, I think I could sit down in front of this cheese ball and eat just that for dinner. Then again, I may never fit into those bridesmaid dresses if I keep eating like I have this past week!

Avocado Cheese Ball

One year ago: Red, White & Berry Shortcakes

Two years ago: Mojito Fruit Dip
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Everything Bagel Bites with Bacon-Scallion Cream Cheese Dip

For The Secret Recipe Club this month, I had Nicole of I am a Honey Bee. She actually had my blog in February and made my Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken so it was fun to return the favor, especially since I read her blog already and always like what I see. She also does Thirsty Thursdays posts with Amanda of Fake Ginger and I almost made her Red, White, and Blue Sangria, because it would be the perfect Fourth of July drink.

That was until I saw the recipe for these Everything Bagel Bites. I love making homemade bagels but shaping them is sometimes a pain. This recipe avoids that by cutting them into nuggets. However, it also results in a dangerously poppable treat as I downed 6 before I even knew what happened. I was just standing in my kitchen testing them out before photographing and could not stop! Pairing them with a bacon-scallion cream cheese dip just enhances this effect.

As a side note: I have discovered one benefit to the summer heat – letting dough rise outside! Yup, I set the dough for these bagel bites outside to rise, covered and in the shade. I am a genius.

Everything Bagel Bites

Two years ago: Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
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Cookie Dough White Chocolate Fondue

After all my phone complaining the other day, I found out that I’ve actually had a renewal available since the beginning of May. Why Verizon never alerted me to this I have no idea but now I have a dilemma – do I take the plunge and get my first smart phone or save the upgrade and get a replacement non-smart phone off ebay until I can truly afford a smart phone? I have a feeling the latter is going to win out, mostly because of money but also because I really enjoy not being dependent on my phone. Yes I am anti-smart phone and not ashamed of it, but unfortunately I will have to succumb eventually as owning one is becomes expected and likely necessary. But you know what is necessary today and doesn’t require making decisions? Egg-free, pop nonstop without the salmonella guilt, cookie dough.

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And not just one, but three different kinds of cookie dough all paired up with a white chocolate fondue!  You see, I pulled out Lindsay’s The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook to make just one kind of cookie dough (traditional chocolate chip) to pair with a regular chocolate fondue. Sounds delicious right? But totally expected, so I decided to change it up a bit and made a reverse chocolate chip cookie and then reversed the fondue too with white chocolate instead. Oh but I didn’t stop there. As you can see I ended up making three total cookie doughs: reverse chocolate chip, peanut butter and sugar cookie. The sugar cookie dough balls even got a little fancy outfit complete with sprinkles. Arn’t they pretty?

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This cookie dough fondue platter was perfect for my friend Dan’s going away party – he is leaving Memphis and is off to medical school. Talk about a big decision! That definitely called for some cookie dough indulgence. With the ease of which these can be eaten it’s no surprise how fast they vanished. I asked people which dough was their favorite and it seemed everyone had their own and none were favored more than the others. Guess it’s a good thing I made all three because it provided something for everyone!

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Speaking of decisions, Kita and Tracey know first hand how pathetic I am at making decisions, even when it comes to silly things like picking a dress to wear for the various wedding events I have coming up (commence stuffed animal throwing from Kita). Never fear, the decision remains although with treats like this I may not even need a dress, just put me in a moo moo. But anywho, what I’m trying to say is that when you are faced with tough decisions, eat a bunch of cookie dough dipped in chocolate instead. Go ahead, take a dip.

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