Category Archives: Food

Here is where you will find everything related to food. There are meal ideas, short cuts, tips and hints and recipes I come across.

Delicious Bacon Cheddar Dip

This easy Bacon Cheddar Dip is a delicious snack!bacon cheddar dip

I never used to be a big dip person. I would eat it maybe once or twice a year and that was it. But these last few years I have had it a few times a month.  My daughter Kayla makes a Spinach and Artichoke dip that the entire family likes to snack on. Savannah and I like to add some crispy bacon pieces into ours. There are so many times when dip makes the perfect the snack. While watching the big game, parties and family game night.  My family enjoys eating a tasty dip while watching movies or our favorite shows.

My recipe for Bacon Cheddar Dip is easy to make and delicious. You know I love almost anything that has bacon in it!

Bacon Cheddar Dip Recipe

BACON CHEDDAR DIP RECIPE

Easy Bacon Cheddar Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 C. Mayo
  • ½ C. Plain Greek Yogurt
  • ½ C Sour Cream
  • 4 Green Onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 pcs. Bacon, crisped and chopped
  • 2 C. cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients , stir well. Chill for one hour before serving. Serve with crackers of choice. Also makes a very good topping for baked potatoes.
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Do you like to eat dip? What is your favorite kind?

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5 Ways To Tackle A Tasty Game Day Menu Plus a Wings Recipe

No matter who you are rooting for on game day, delicious food is a part of the festivities. Just like your favorite sports team, hosting a winning big-game party or tailgate takes planning, preparation and teamwork. To make your festivities fun-filled, remember these entertaining tips that are sure to score big with your fans.

Scatter the refreshments. Help direct movement and traffic flow by setting up food stations. Using different rooms or areas helps prevent congestion and encourages guests to mingle. Try placing finger foods and other appetizers in a couple of locations, beverages in another area and desserts in yet another space.

Embrace variety. Take into account taste preferences and dietary needs, and have an assortment of food and drinks available. Offer spicy options along with less seasoned dishes, both indulgent and better-for-you treats, plus an array of beverages for drinkers and non-drinkers alike.

Build your roster. If your party is a potluck, encourage guests to sign up for dishes so you don’t end up with multiple versions of the same thing. Create a discussion group online, or simply ask guests to indicate what they’ll bring along with their RSVP.

Don’t forget the dips. Wings are a tailgating staple, and dips are a great way to complement those zesty flavors or cool the heat, but you may find yourself in a team rivalry when it comes to the preferred dip at the game day bash: ranch or bleu cheese dressing? Both pair well with a range of wing flavors, so these dips are sure to be crowd pleasers. The delicious combination of fresh herb and vegetable flavors make Litehouse Homestyle Ranch a perfect party choice, and Litehouse Chunky Bleu Cheese features fresh buttermilk, homemade mayonnaise and a blend of spices as the backdrop for award-winning artisan blue cheese chunks that will make your fellow sports fans cheer for more.

Expand on tradition. Tailgating is a time-honored tradition, and the food lineup is often based on familiar fare. Along with those fan favorites, don’t be afraid to put some new flavors into play, such as these Sticky Sesame Chicken Wings that add a tangy ethnic flair to traditional wings.

Find more game day recipes at LitehouseFoods.com.

Sticky Sesame Chicken Wings

Sticky Sesame Chicken Wings

Recipe courtesy of Friday Cake Night. Visit the site for more delicious recipes!

Sticky Sesame Chicken Wings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

50 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 20 chicken wings
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Litehouse Instantly Fresh Garlic
  • 3 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • sliced green onions, for garnish
  • sesame seeds, for garnish
  • celery sticks (optional)
  • Litehouse Homestyle Ranch and Chunky Bleu Cheese Dressing

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. In large bag, combine flour and salt. Add chicken wings and shake to coat. Discard any leftover flour.
  3. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with pan spray of your choice. Place wings in single layer on baking sheet.
  4. Bake wings 40-45 minutes, turning halfway through.
  5. In sauce pan over medium heat, combine soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, 2 tablespoons water and brown sugar. Whisk together remaining water and cornstarch, and pour into sauce. Bring to boil then simmer until thickened.
  6. When wings are done, toss with sauce, garnish with green onion and sesame seeds, and serve with celery sticks, ranch and bleu cheese
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Wings and potato skins are always a big hit on game day. What are some of your game day favorites?

 

 

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Easy Eggnog Pancakes Recipe

Pancakes are always a big hit in my house. They are easy to make plus you can make so many different varieties. During the holiday season, mix things up with this easy Eggnog Pancakes recipe.

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eggnog pancakes

eggnog pancakes

eggnog pancakes

Eggnog Pancakes Recipe

Easy Eggnog Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¾ cup eggnog

Instructions

  1. Place a frying pan or skillet over medium heat and add a tablespoon of oil or butter to the pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, egg nog and butter.
  4. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  5. Using a 1/4 cup measure, portion out the batter into your pan - about 2-3 pancakes at a time - and flip when the tops begins to bubble and the underside has turned a toasted brown color, about 2 minutes.
  6. Cook for 2 more minutes on the other side and then remove to a warm plate as you repeat with the rest of the batter.
  7. Serve with powdered sugar or maple syrup.
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Give A Mouse A Christmas Cookie Special Plus A Recipe!

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Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. I love buying gifts and all the colorful decorations. We always wait until after Thanksgiving to really get into the holiday spirit. Not too long though. Like most people I like to get my tree and decorations up the day after Thanksgiving. Then I like to relax with a holiday movie.

This year on November 25th, we plan on checking out If You Give A Mouse A Christmas Cookie on Amazon streaming. This animated holiday special is based on the classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book series written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. I remember reading this book to my children when they were growing up.  I think it will be fun to watch the story come to life with a holiday theme.

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In the special, it’s holiday time and in Mouse’s house that means Christmas cookies (including a special one for Santa, of course!), caroling with friends…and one nearly-destroyed holiday pageant. Can Mouse and his animal friends save the show without getting utterly distracted along the way? It’s a wild ride as Mouse and his friends reinforce for young viewers the friendship and caring that’s at the heart of the holiday season. Like the books, If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie special is centered on an “if… then” narrative structure that teaches cause and effect and encourages creativity among children.


If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie also features an original song, “Christmas Cookie Song,” by Lisa Loeb, available exclusively on Amazon Music to download and stream November 25.

When we have family movie night I like to make special treats. It makes the night that more special.  I have a recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies that will be perfect to snack on while watching If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie on Amazon.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies

chocolate peanut butter cookies recipe

chocolate peanut butter cookie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 20

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 4 oz (1/2 brick) cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 20 Peanut Butter Cups

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, cream cheese, butter and egg.
  3. Portion into 1 1/2 Tablespoon-sized balls (I used a cookie scoop to help with this). You should end up with approximately 20 cookie balls.
  4. Take one ball and flatten it in your hand. Place the peanut butter cup on top and fold the cookie dough around the patty to cover it completely.
  5. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
  6. Add sprinkles on the top of each patty.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until cracked and no longer glossy.
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Easy Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites

If you ask my kids what is their favorite thing about the holidays they will say the food! Of course they are mainly talking about dessert.  I make a variety of desserts because my family likes a little bit of everything. I think I got this from my Grandmother because every year she would have a dessert table full of delicious treats for the holidays.

Pies are always popular but mini pies are a big hit. They are great for to go plates and in lunches with your leftovers. They are the perfect size for just a bite if you are stuffed from the main meal and just want a little dessert. I have a recipe for Easy Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites that you will love!

Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites

easy mini pumpkin pie bites

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Easy Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

50 minutes

Yield: 24

Ingredients

  • 2 Refrigerated Pie Crusts
  • 1 pkg (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white mixed with 3 TBS water for egg wash
  • 1 TSP Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 TSP Vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray cupcake pans with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Roll out dough on floured surface, using a rolling pin, roll the crust to make the diameter just a bit larger, ½ inch.
  3. Using a 3 inch circle cutter, cut out your circles. You should get 12 rounds. Push rounds into the sides of the pan. Roll the tops a little to form a top crust. The cups will not come to the top of the cupcake wells.
  4. Brush the top edge of the dough with the egg wash; set aside.
  5. Using a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Add eggs in one at a time.
  6. Add pumpkin puree and beat until combined. Add on pumpkin pie spice and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  7. Spoon mixture into cups, fill till you are almost at the top.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, until the crust edges turn golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  9. Top with whipped cream and lightly sprinkle with cinnamon before serving.
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These Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites taste even better with homemade whipped cream!

Homemade Whipped Cream

Ingredients:

1 C. Heavy Whipping Cream
4 TBS. granulated sugar
1 TSP vanilla extract

Instructions:

Chill the bowl of a stand mixer for 30 minutes before you begin! Pour cream and vanilla into the bowl, then add the sugar. Mix on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Prep time: 4 min.
Yield: 2 Cups.

mini pumpkin pie bites

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Holiday Cocktail Party Tips and A Giveaway

I have been using Nielsen-Massey extracts in my cooking for a while now. I love the quality of their products and the way they taste. They carry a variety of flavors of extract but it is the season for Peppermint.

peppermint mocha cocktail recipe

There are so many ways you can use peppermint extract. Cookies, cakes, brownies, hot chocolate, tea and cocktails. November and December are very busy months for parties.  I have a few tips from Nielsen-Massey to help you throw a fun cocktail party this holiday season.

Visit your local thrift shop to pick up new or vintage mismatched cocktail glasses. No need to adorn each glass with a marker. Throw a party where each glass has a unique and fun look. The glasses can even serve as party favors for guests when the evening is over.

Stick with the theme. Create a menu of bite-sized indulgences. Your menu can be an array of appetizers that lead right into a fun dessert spread. Nielsen-Massey’s Peppermint Mocha Pana Cotta can be served in mini cocktail glasses or small juice glasses, making it easy for guests to continue mingling while they enjoy a bite or two.

Serve one signature yet versatile drink that pairs with your appetizers and dessertSet up a drink table or bar with Nielsen-Massey flavors, bitters, and special tonics so that your guests can experiment, but choose one drink to highlight the night. This Peppermint Mocha cocktail (recipe below) made with Pure Peppermint Extract, Amaro, Vanilla Syrup and espresso-infused vodka pairs with soft cheeses, savory pork and is a delicious finish matched with even the richest chocolate dessert.

Peppermint Mocha Cocktail

peppermint mocha cocktail8 drops Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract
1/4 fl. oz. CH Amaro
1/2 fl. oz. Vanilla Syrup (see below)
2 fl. oz. Espresso-Infused CH Vodka (see below)
Chocolate shavings for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake vigorously. Strain and pour in a cocktail glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings.

Makes 1 cocktail

Espresso-Infused CH Vodka
1 cup espresso beans
1-750ml bottle of CH Vodka

Toast espresso beans on foil-covered baking sheet for 3-5 minutes at 450 degrees F, until you smell the classic coffee aroma. Beans should look oily and dark brown, not black. Steep beans in vodka for 20 minutes and then strain.

Makes 750 ml

Tip: With our flavors, no need to chop, zest or juice–simply measure and pour.

Vanilla Syrup
Makes 1 cup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine water and sugar and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar fully dissolves. Split the vanilla bean, scrape the seeds and add the bean and seeds into the saucepan. Remove from heat. Steep for 30 minutes. Remove bean.

Please visit the Nielsen-Massey website for more product information and additional recipes.

The Giveaway

One reader will win a 2oz bottle of Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract

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Easy Family-Friendly TROLLS Inspired Treats Recipes

TROLLS came out in theaters this weekend! I have not seen it yet but I plan on checking it out with my daughter Jazz. I am pretty sure this movie and everything related to TROLLS is going to be very popular. I predict a lot of TROLLS themed parties in the future. Thanks to Sparkling Ice® and Walmart, I have three TROLLS inspired treat recipes to share with you!

Branch’s Survival Potion

Meet Branch—he’s the over-cautious, paranoid survivalist in the Troll Village. Branch Survival Potion is just what any inner-Branch character needs to boost their confidence and encourage positivity!

Trolls drink recipe Branch's Survival Potion

Serves: 4 // Total Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:
Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry
3-4 Fresh Strawberries, hulled
5-6 Fresh Blackberries
Garnishes: Sugar for Glass Rim, Pop Rocks, Dry Ice (optional), Fresh Sliced Kiwi

Directions:
Blend the strawberries and set aside. Rim a glass with colored sugar of your choice. Smash blackberries at the bottom of the glass. Add the blended strawberries and sliced kiwi. Fill the glass with Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry and add a pinch of Pop Rocks. Drop three small pieces of dry ice (optional) as garnish.

Poppy Sherbet Punch

Meet Poppy—the relentlessly upbeat lead Trolls character who solves problems with a song, a dance and a hug. Poppy Sherbet Punch will enlighten your senses and put some pep in your step!

Poppy Sherbet Punch

Serves: 3 // Total Time: 10 mins
Ingredients:
2 Cups Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade
1 1/2 Cups Raspberry Sherbet, Softened
Garnishes: Pink Cotton Candy, Sugar for Glass Rim

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl, combine Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade with Raspberry Sherbet. Mix on low speed with a blender or electric mixer until it’s well incorporated. To serve, pour into sugar-rimmed glasses and garnish with a small amount of cotton candy!

Guy Diamond Glitter Smoothie Pops

Meet Guy Diamond—the village’s resident, “naked glitter Troll,” with heaps of body confidence and who loves to party! Serve Guy Diamond Glitter Smoothie Pops which will be a true party favorite!

Guy Diamond Glitter Smoothie Pops

Serves: 6 // Total Time: 8 Hours, 15 mins
Ingredients:
2 Cups Whole Milk French Vanilla Yogurt
1/4 Cup Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry
5-6 Fresh Blackberries, cut in half
6 Fresh Raspberries, cut in half
Edible Glitter, Sparkling Colored Sugar

Directions:
In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup yogurt with Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry; mix well and set aside. Add a layer of vanilla yogurt to the bottom of each popsicle mold. Add a layer of yogurt/Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry mixture and add 3-4 pieces of fruit to the mold. Finish each by dividing the remaining yogurt among the popsicle molds; use a knife or wooden skewer to swirl the mixture slightly. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for at least 8 hours, or until completely frozen.

Before serving, run popsicle molds under warm water to release the popsicles. Allow popsicles to sit at room temperature for 2 minutes and immediately sprinkle or brush with edible glitter or sparkling sugar. Serve immediately or return to freezer until ready to serve.

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