Appetizers · Cooking · Drinks

Cranberry Jalapeño Bruschetta

This week, I'm sharing some of my favorite Christmas Party foods. Everyone needs a few good, go to items to bring when you're invited out at the holidays! We're starting off with a recipe I stole from a friend after she brought it to a party last Christmas. The beautiful red color of the cranberries… Continue reading Cranberry Jalapeño Bruschetta

Appetizers · Cooking

Mixed Booger Salad with Snot and Scabs (Twisted Chicken Caesar Salad)

This simple twist on a Caesar salad gets a hit of gag inducing grossness from the name. I'm very proud of it. It's pasta tossed with romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese and (if desired) chicken. I rip up a rotisserie and throw it in there. I leave the dressing on the side (labeled "snot) so the… Continue reading Mixed Booger Salad with Snot and Scabs (Twisted Chicken Caesar Salad)

Appetizers · Cooking

Flayed Witches Fingers (Ham and Asparagus Roll Ups)

One of my favorite party appetizers involves pickled veggie wrapped in cheese and meat. These Flayed Witches Fingers are easy to whip together with all store-bought ingredients. I used a jar of pickled green beans I got from my mom-in-law, but you can easily use jarred asparagus from your local supermarket. Slap some softened cream… Continue reading Flayed Witches Fingers (Ham and Asparagus Roll Ups)

Appetizers · Cooking

Fried Zucchini Batter

This is a super simple, very adaptable recipe to batter veggies for frying. I used zucchini, but it would work with just about anything you want to dip in a light batter and fry to airy crisp perfection. I ate these babies with (gasp!) no dipping sauce. The batter wrapper was perfect for me. They'd… Continue reading Fried Zucchini Batter

Appetizers · Cooking · Dinner

Potato Gnocchi With Butter and Cheese

I came upon this recipe while trying to find a way to use up some leftover potatoes. Often I chop them up a little and throw them into a saucepan as hash browns to have with breakfast. Or I use them to make Bubble and Squeak. I found this recipe, calling for baked potatoes strained… Continue reading Potato Gnocchi With Butter and Cheese

Appetizers · Cooking · Dinner

Barbeque Turkey Sliders

I recently started dabbling in wine. I've always been more of a vodka girl personally, but it just seems so socially grown up to drink a glass of wine at a party. Who says peer pressure stays in high school? A while back I managed to finish my first glass, but it was Moscato so… Continue reading Barbeque Turkey Sliders

Appetizers · Cooking · Dinner

Pepperoni Pizza Poppers

Dun-dun-dun-dun. Ba-ba, ba-ba. (drums) Dun-dun-dun-dun!! Ba-ba, ba-ba! What? Don't recognize that? Hmmm. I may be overreaching the bounds of my regular viewing audience here. Let's try this. That's right! It's back! Football season! Woo-hoo! Tonight is the return of Monday Night Football and I couldn't be more pleased. My husband can't wait until February 2013… Continue reading Pepperoni Pizza Poppers

Baking · Bread

Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

I'm not sure if this is really a secret or not. Let me pretend that I'm the first person to ever tell you this anyway. You can make breadsticks that taste just like your favorite unlimited basket at the Olive Garden. It's true. And, it is not hard. Really, it is too easy. Cause, I… Continue reading Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

Appetizers · Cooking

Fabulous Four Bean Salad

Full of bright colors, tang and texture, this bean salad is sure to be a hit at your next get-together. This salad requires a little time to hang out at the vinegar dressing dance party (aka: in your fridge), but if you know your way around a can opener, you throw the salad together in… Continue reading Fabulous Four Bean Salad

Appetizers · Cooking · Dinner

Crispy Parmesan Asparagus Fries

In general, my kids are very good at eating their vegetables. But I'm always looking for ways to make them more appealing. Although they'll both eat asparagus with just a little olive oil, salt n' pepper - they certainly don't gobble it down like they did these crunchy flavorful asparagus fries. Yum yum! These would… Continue reading Crispy Parmesan Asparagus Fries