Nine Touchdown-Ready Super Bowl Snacks

Super Bowl XLVII, a.k.a. The Brother Bowl, is little more than a week away, which means food and football enthusiasts are readying for one of the year's biggest bashes. As a San Diego native, I've been a longtime Chargers fan. But seeing as they didn't even make the playoffs, I quickly transferred my enthusiasm and emotional investment to the Packers and the Patriots. And then they both lost in the playoffs.So now that I'm team-less heading into the big game, I've devoted all of my energy to hitting the gym extra hard. Hah. Right. No, I've devoted all of my energy to planning the ultimate gourmet game day. Here are nine of my favorite Super Bowl snacks, from potato skins to chicken wings and every taste in between....more
@GoFashionDeals Haha I love it! Enjoy them all :)more

Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs

Are you ready for some meeeeatballllls?? Raise your hand if you're excited for the Super Bowl?! My hand is up and waving wildly, though more for the food than the actual game. I don't follow the two teams going head to head, though Ben informed me that the coaches are brothers. Brothers! Can you imagine competing against your sibling for the title of best football team in America? The biggest thing my brothers compete over is who can drink the most eggnog before waving the white flag or...worse...every Christmas during their annual Nog-Off. Don't they feel silly now! (Now?) ...more
I'm choking up with pride as I type this...IOWA GIRL RULES!!!more

Hot Sausage Dip for Game Day

My favorite part of the Super Bowl is all of the new commercials and the tailgating food. I love grazing on all the finger foods and dips so much that I usually make a meal of it. And the star of this year's Super Bowl party is going to be this Hot Sausage Dip. ...more
Oh my, this looks delish!  I love hot sausage and never seen a sausage dip that called for it.  ...more

Have A Happy, Healthy Holiday With These Appetizers

Appetizers can be the downfall of a weight management plan for anyone over the holidays.  Food is everywhere! On desks and in break rooms, in classrooms, at parties and get-togethers!   Are there any healthy choices?Some picks are better than others.  Here are some choices to look out for and at the bottom is my Mother’s recipe for a great vegetable dip that she served at the holidays. Appetizers to look for:-Shrimp cocktail...more

Lobster and Puff Pastry: An Easy, Delicious, Holiday Appetizer

Lobster seems to be one of those rarefied experiences that we reserve for only the most special occasions. In fact, I think we often overlook its potential because we assume that it is out of reach…a crazy indulgence. While it is certainly an indulgence, it can be a really wonderful addition to a holiday party, and as an appetizer, a little can go a long way. ...more
Thanks, Genie. It is delicious. I'll be the first to say that it would be spectacular to make it ...more

Easy Onion-Herb Focaccia bread

  Sunday dinner is an absolute, must have ritual at my house....more

Spicy Black Bean Empanadas

Sausage Bites

With the holidays fast approaching, it is always helpful to have a few quick and easy appetizer recipes to pull out for get togethers and parties. Sausage Bites can be put together easily; however make sure to cook or microwave the sausage ahead of rolling them up. I forgot this important part the first time I made them and could not figure out why the sausage was still pink inside. DUH!! Sausage Bites Approximately 40 appetizers Ingredients: 1 tube (7 1/2 ozs.) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits 1 tablespoon butter, melted 3-4 teaspoons Parmesan cheese...more

Avocado Deviled Eggs

 This Sunday, I'm teaching a great group of young adults how to plan, prepare and host a Holiday Cocktail Party!  This group of "20 Somethings"made up of some really awesome men and women meet once a week in a Life Group.  From the friendships that developed, they also started a supper club and last month the girls approached me about a cooking class.  Of course, I jumped at the opportunity!...more

Artichoke-Parmesan Crostini

I got this recipe at because I wanted to make something simple, quick and yet tasteful. And that's exactly what these Artichoke-Parmesan Crostini are. Perfect to have friends over. I selected lounge music from Juliano Kurban to listen while you make these appetizers, since they are pre-party,  so you will be ready to dance the night away!...more