Roasted Garlic and Brie Pull-Apart Bread


A few weeks ago I bought some Brie cheese to re-make a pie I made a few years ago. For some random reason, I bought two triangles of cheese and only needed one for the pie. So when my Thanksgiving day meal planning was in its dawn, I contemplated what type of appetizer I could…

The Easiest Buttermilk Biscuits {in the history of all time}


A few years ago my friend and her then-husband figured out that if you make cookie dough, roll the dough into balls and then freeze the balls of dough, you can make and eat fresh baked cookies every night. And they did. And she gained weight from it. Her words; not mine. I didn’t notice….

Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffed Rice Bars


A couple months ago I bought a bag of puffed rice, I’m presuming because I likened it to brown rice cereal AKA (brown rice) rice krispies and intended to use it to make some sort of granola bar recipe. Tick-tock, tick-tock. Time passes and the bag of puffed rice sits on its perch in my…

Cauliflower Fritters


Every time I buy cauliflower (or rather cauliflower rice these days) I get grandiose thoughts of doing something cool with it and then sort of forget that the cauliflower is even in my refrigerator. I guess I must not find cauliflower all that exciting when you get right down to it or I wouldn’t procrastinate…

Mom’s Hot Taco Dip


I grew up in the Midwest where summers were long, hot and humid. Barbecues and outdoor parties were frequent. People (legally) set off their own fireworks. The huge Fourth of July fireworks celebration occurred over the lake front on the night of July 3rd at a massive outdoor music festival and everyone was hung over…

Southwest Chicken Pizza Rolls {low -carb}


I used to be a bit judgmental about people who ate low-carb. I thought they were weird. Sad. Obsessive. Crazy. Crazy because who doesn’t want to stuff themselves full of carbs??? But now that I eat mostly low carb I get it. You lose weight when you turn to a low-carb lifestyle. Your stomach feels…

Bread Bowl Brie Onion Dip


In between Thanksgiving breakfast and dinner, I knew I needed something for my dad and I to munch on. I have a cascade of “appetizer” recipes located in my appetizer file I keep. That’s right. I keep an appetizer file. I keep a “bread” file and a “pizza” file and a “cake” file and a…

Smoked Salmon Dip


One of my friends has a house on an island in Alaska. Her family convenes there every summer (at the least) and they fly back to the Pacific Northwest with as much fish as they can carry. Just kidding. I think they have the fish shipped back. When I lived in Portland, she was nice…

Healthy Baked Chicken Fingers


I have to say that after creating my superfood-spiked morning oatmeal I have begun feeling inspired to create other meals using said superfoods. One of the biggest challenges I seem to face when trying to overhaul my normal diet (of hot chocolate, cookies and cake) is that I cannot seem to get enough fiber into…

Cheesy Garlic Rolls


I was challenged to recreate these awesome garlic rolls that are a must when ordering pizza delivery from a local pizza joint, Broadway Pizza. OK. After having a conversation with a coworker about how great they are I basically challenged myself to make them. The rolls really are best if you eat them at the…

Homemade Jerky


I can’t say I ever imagined I would make my own beef (or turkey) jerky. However, now that I’ve made it, I never want to eat store-bought jerky again. Consider this: you can make your own nitrate-free jerky without a dehydrator with very little effort. I took some of this stuff in to work for…

Quick Feta and Lemon Dip


This recipe comes from Paul Lowe’s cookbook Sweet Paul Eat & Make. I’ve stumbled upon it (courtesy of my grandma) at relish magazine and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. I love it for its simplicity and ease. I first ate feta cheese when I was 30 years old and my boyfriend at the time served it on…

Salmon Nachos


I found the idea of salmon + nachos at once intriguing and slightly disgusting. The most out-on-a-limb I normally go when eating nachos is subbing chicken for beef. But I had this one lone salmon fillet in my fridge this week and didn’t feel like having salmon and spinach again. So I got a little…

Artichoke Dip


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
Prior to working at The Chancery, I had never eaten an artichoke much less artichoke dip. The first time I tried artichoke dip, I was hooked. Of course I would probably like any recipe comprised mainly of three different cheeses! This recipe, found on JSOnline, tastes exactly like The…

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms


Until I get a new lap top/fix my current laptop, my posts will be brief. I do not have the patience to one-finger type a long post on my iPad. My New Year’s Eve food tradition is Brie en Croute. However, after the success of the stuffed mushrooms from Christmas, I decided to add stuffed…

Artichoke Blue Cheese Spread


I have been slightly obsessed with blue cheese recently. Lots of people feel strongly about blue cheese, either hating or loving it. I have to admit that I was never overly fond of it until recent years. My first exposure to blue cheese was the dressing. I worked at The Cheesecake Factory for several years…

Stuffed Mushrooms


It’s hard to imagine I’ve never made stuffed mushrooms, but it’s true. There are a lot of appetizers out there that I haven’t made, but mushrooms I love so you’d think they would be at the top of my list. My grandma sent me a recipe for stuffed mushrooms clipped from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Below…

Roasted Chipotle Pumpkin Seeds


I have to admit it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed some freshly roasted pumpkin seeds. So long that I can’t actually remember the last time I had them, though possibly it was 2007 – which was the last year I remember carving attempting to carve a pumpkin. This year I’m into pureeing my…

Savory Tomato-Topped Italian Herb Rolls


Gaaaa! My tomatoes are multiplying in my garden. And, thus, I’m on the hunt for tomato recipes galore. I was looking for a bread made with fresh tomatoes (there is such a thing!) when I stumbled upon this delicious looking recipe for a bread dish made with fresh tomatoes at the website simmer till done….

Fresh Tomato Salsa


I absolutely detest store-bought salsa. You will never find me reaching for it at a party, picnic or potluck. In a pinch, I will buy/use Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde, which is made from tomatillos, not tomatoes, and is more of sauce to me than a salsa. I mainly add this sauce to the inside of…