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Quick and Easy Restaurant Style Salsa. Let me introduce you to the easiest salsa you’ve ever met.

Quick and Easy Restaurant Style Salsa

It literally comes together in under 5 minutes. Not only is it easy peasy to prepare but it’s down right delicious. Unlike pico de gallo, it’s more like a salsa you’d get in a Mexican restaurant served with chips before you get dinner. This is perfect for the winter months when tomatoes aren’t in season but you’re craving a fresh simple appetizer. It’s a go to recipe of mine when we have a houseful of guests. In a food processor or blender, I combine a can of diced tomatoes, a can of Rotel which is seasoned diced tomatoes with green chilies, 1/2 of a small onion, 1/2 of a jalapeno, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, honey and a few spices. It’s the perfect apres nosh after a long day of skiing or snowboarding and the perfect beverage to wash this down is an icy cold beer. With the Super Bowl just around the corner, this would be a great easy appetizer to watch the big game.

Quick and Easy Blender Salsa Ingredients. Creamy Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe. Creamy Avocado Salsa Verde Straight out of the ASP garden ~ freshly picked Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe that will make your head spin!

Creamy Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe

So when I say garden, I really mean flowerbeds. For years I’ve pretended to have a green thumb, digging in the dirt, researching regional plants, perusing nurseries. Sausage & Cheese Muffins. Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings. Buffalo Chicken Bites. One of my favorite guilty pleasures is buffalo wings, especially dipped in blue cheese dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Bites

There's something about the buffalo chicken and blue cheese combo that really appeals to me and I had a craving for it lately. When I came across a recipe for ham and cheese stuffed pretzel bites, I figured I could substitute it with chicken and blue cheese. That's when I decided to make these Buffalo Chicken Bites... yum! These are such an awesome snack, which could be a meal in itself if you have enough of them. The Best Guacamole I’ve Ever Made – recipe. Jul 04 2008 **Happy 4th of July everyone (in the USA)!!!

The Best Guacamole I’ve Ever Made – recipe

Super Bowl Recipe Week: Mini Corn Dog Muffins. The original Mini Corn Dog Muffins!

Super Bowl Recipe Week: Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Queso Blanco, The First Attempt. Signature Spring Soiree « Botkier Blog. Mardi Gras Munchies: Hot Crab Dip – You've Got To Taste This. Besides gold, green, and purple beads you’ve got to whip up some tasty Southern treats to celebrate Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras Munchies: Hot Crab Dip – You've Got To Taste This

The most famous Mardi Gras dishes include King Cake, Cheddar Cheese Straws, Jambalaya, and Red Beans & Rice, but my favorite is Louisiana Hot Crab Dip. Crab is on every menu in New Orleans, utilizing the local blue crab. But you can use any crab available–just make sure it’s free of preservatives. This creamy dip is traditionally served with plain white crackers or toast points. All you need to do is turn up the Zydeco music and start partying! 1/2 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, free of shells1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese1/2 cup mayonnaise1/4 cup grated Parmesan3 tablespoons minced green onions (white and green parts)2 large garlic cloves, minced2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice1 teaspoon hot sauce1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoningSalt and pepper to taste 1. 2. 3. Avocado Fries. Oh dear.

Avocado Fries

Spanakopita Bites. Buttery, flaky phyllo appetizers are especially popular in my family.

Spanakopita Bites

I guess I can't blame them since who can resist buttery, flaky phyllo dough anyway?! My mother in law requested these Spanakopita Bites as an appetizer for the birthday party she was throwing for her husband. They were a hit with no leftovers, which is no surprise. I firmly believe that anything paired with butter and phyllo dough would be hard to resist...right? These spanakopita bites are a twist on the classic spanakopita recipe I tend to make. Spanakopita Bites recipe adapted from CBSrecipe yields 60-72 mini muffin sized bites 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 1 small onion, chopped 3 green onions, chopped 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach. thawed and squeezed dry 4 to 6 ounces domestic feta cheese, crumbled 1 cup cottage cheese OR ricotta cheese OR cream cheese 1 egg Salt and pepper to taste 1 pound phyllo, thawed 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick), melted 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Ham & Cheese Pretzel Bites. Baked Fontina. Brace yourselves for possibly the easiest appetizer you’ll ever come across.

Baked Fontina

I’d say this recipe is even easier than putting together a cheese platter because there is no agonizing over what cheeses to buy – wait…am I the only on who agonizes over things like this? Anyway, for this baked fontina, you’ll cube some Italian fontina, chop some garlic and herbs, put everything in a cast iron pan, and pop it under the broiler for 6 minutes. Artichoke & Asiago Poppers for Oscar Night. In a perfect world, you'd have seen these delicious morsels of artichoke goodness well before Colin Firth presented Meryl Streep her Best Actress Oscar (my favourite moment of Sunday night - my boyfriend looked so handsome and Meryl so eloquent and perfectly charming).

Artichoke & Asiago Poppers for Oscar Night

It's been crazy busy around here, with this and that and trying to find time to sleep and eat too. Luckily I'm snagging a few seconds to blab about my favourite movies of late and to tell you about these most delicious appetizers. Believe me, you want this recipe in your appetizer file. First off, let's talk flicks. Admittedly, I didn't see a lot of the Best Picture nominations. Alrighty now, are you ready to hear about these artichoke and asiago poppers? So let's get started! Get yourself a breading station...little shallow bowls of flour, beaten egg, and Panko bread crumbs. Sink these babies into a hot oil bath.