Appetizers and Dips

Easy Homemade Salsa

May 6, 2011

I made some salsa yesterday in honor of Cinco de Mayo and I was totally pleased with the result. I’d never made it before and couldn’t believe how easy it was. If you are looking for an “authentic” recipe- I don’t really know what one should tasted like. If you are looking to make something […]

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Red Pepper-Walnut Spread

April 13, 2011

I bought a giant red pepper a little while back and completely forgot about it until I found it in the back of my fridge mid-cleanse. Since it was about to spoil and I couldn’t eat right then and there, I roasted it, cut it up and stuck it into a jar.  I forgot about […]


My first few years of college, I lived off of a sophisticated diet of hotdogs, Chef Boyardee ravioli, fish sticks and a lot of value-menu fast food. I also ate too much ramen. I liked to splurge for the kind in the styrofoam cups. Obviously, I didn’t do a lot of cooking in those days […]


Brie En Croute Bites

February 17, 2011

Brie en croute…where have you been all my life? When my cousin introduced me to this pastry-wrapped brie appetizer over the holidays, it was love at first bite. It was cheesy, melty, sweet/salty deliciousness. Traditionally, you make this appetizer using a large wheel of brie cheese. The presentation is beautiful: it’s a hunk of crusty, […]


Black-eyed Pea Dip

January 1, 2011

Even though I like black-eyed peas, they don’t often end up in my grocery cart or on my dinner plate. It was only a few years ago I learned that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is supposed to bring prosperity. Couldn’t we all use some luck? Traditionally, they’re cooked with pork of some […]


Brie & Honey Puffs

December 20, 2010

I discovered this recipe when I needed a way to use up some leftover brie cheese, and it has become my new favorite hors d’oeuvre.  These bite-sized pastry cups are filled with brie and honey (an amazing combination) and have been a hit at the gatherings I’ve brought them to. They are a little different […]


Spinach Dip

December 13, 2010

This is the recipe on the back of a Knorr vegetable soup mix packet. Do you know about this dip? If not, let me introduce you. It’s one of my go-to party recipes because it’s fast, relatively cheap and makes a good amount. It also gets bonus points for being (potentially) healthy. I sort of […]


Sweet Pumpkin Dip

December 2, 2010

I know it’s December, but technically it’s still Autumn, so I’m going to sneak another pumpkin recipe in here. This pumpkin dip is great with ginger snaps, graham cracker, vanilla wafers or apple slices, and it’s something fun and easy to take to a holiday party.

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