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Holiday Dips and Bites

No Comments | Written on December 15, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Holiday parties are in full swing!  Many of us will be entertaining guests over the next few weeks from now through New Year’s Eve.  I am always on the lookout for new and exciting crowd-pleasing appetizers to serve.

This past weekend I was lucky enough to attend a Hellmann’s Holidays tasting event with celebrity chef Tim Love!  He shared some of his favorite quick and easy holiday dips and spreads to help make your party a huge success.


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Bombay Mix

No Comments | Written on December 12, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

You know when you start snacking and then it tastes so good you keep telling yourself, “just one more bite.”  Then, of course, suddenly the bowl is half empty.

Yep, that’s exactly how I felt when I first made a batch of this savory and spectacular Bombay Mix!

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Coffee and Chocolate Rice Pudding

No Comments | Written on December 11, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Feliz Navidad!  If you are looking to add a little south of the border flair to your menu this holiday season, this recipe for Coffee and Chocolate Rice Pudding is for you.

In this unique preparation, coffee is infused into the rice and chocolate takes this creamy dessert to the next level.

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Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer

No Comments | Written on December 10, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

It looks like I have a new go-to appetizer for holiday entertaining!

These stuffed mushroom appetizers are a bit of a trick.  They feel “meaty” yet they are completely vegetarian.  (They can even be made vegan by skipping the cheese on top.)

There is even a bit of dry white wine used in the recipe, that way the rest of the bottle can be enjoyed with you guests!

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Leek and Gruyere Breakfast Quiche

No Comments | Written on December 9, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Entertaining during the holiday season means planning more than just festive dinners and whipping up show stopping desserts!  We are often hosting overnight guests and need to plan ideas for breakfast or brunch while they are in town.

This rich Leek and Gruyere Breakfast Quiche is easy, impressive and ready to serve a crowd.  Plus, it has a mouthwatering twist – bacon in the crust!

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Chocolate Dipped Dried Fruit

No Comments | Written on December 8, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

With the holiday season filled with rich and decadent desserts, this recipe is a great option when you want to offer just a small sweet treat at the end of a meal.

Chocolate dipped dried fruit is also a great option for a homemade gift!

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Easy No-Boil Lasagna

No Comments | Written on December 5, 2014 at 1:22 pm , by

If you are looking for an easy, stress-free meal to serve a crowd this holiday season, this recipe is for you!

A pan of lasagna is perfect for a big group and this version is as easy as it gets.  You don’t even have to boil the noodles!  Serve up this family favorite “Easy No-Boil Lasagna” and a tossed salad for your next family gathering.

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Curried Hummus

No Comments | Written on December 4, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Hummus is a healthy and delicious dip or spread that has risen to popularity over the past several years.  This high-protein and high-fiber snack can be a blank canvas for your favorite flavors.

In this version I added toasted cumin seeds and curry powder to create Curried Hummus!

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Million Dollar Recipe

No Comments | Written on December 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm , by

These unbelievably creative and mouth-watering treats just won $1,000,000!

Yes, you read that right!  Just a few hours ago, live on The Chew, the Pillsbury Bake-Off grand prize winner was announced.  The million dollar recipe is called “Peanutty Pie Crust Clusters” by talented home cook Beth Royals.

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No-Bake Clusters

No Comments | Written on December 2, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Cookie season is upon us!  If you oven is busy baking batch after batch of holiday favorites, why not try a no-bake cookie as well?

These no-bake clusters are the perfect blend of sweet and salty.  With chocolate, peanut butter, peanuts and pretzels, these are sure to be a huge hit!

Ready to whip up a batch of these “Sweet and Salty No-Bake Clusters?”

Follow this link for the recipe –>   http://cookie.betterrecipes.com/sweet-and-salty-no-bake-clusters.html

By the way, if you love easy, no-bake cluster cookies I suggest you check out “Peanutty Pie Crust Clusters.”  This innovative recipe comes from my friend, Beth Royals.  She is one of 4 finalists in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off and is in the running to win $1,000,000!  Take a look at her delicious recipe and if you are so inclined, please give her a vote to win the big prize!

Today is the last day to vote.  The winner will be announced tomorrow live on The Chew!