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Jalapeño Popper Dip

Jalapeño Popper Dip
That’s right, you heard it here- Jalapeño Popper Dip! I love jalapeño poppers and have even tried to make them, which didn’t turn out as well as their purchased cousin and were pretty labor intensive. The word labor makes me run the other way. Have you ever made poppers before? Dealing with jalapeños is quite an undertaking as one has to be very careful not to burn their hands or rub their eyes during the process. Just look at that thick layer of prebaked crust. I took this appetizer to a neighborhood gathering last Saturday and everyone really liked it- a lot. Look at that beautiful golden crust atop a bubbly creamy and flavorful base. Jalapeño Popper Dip2- 8 ounce packages cream cheese, room temp1 cup mayonnaise1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese1/2 cup Parmesan cheese1- 4 ounce can chopped green chilies1- 4 ounce can sliced jalapeños- double if you like heat 1 cup panko bread crumbs1/2 cup Parmesan cheese1/2 stick butter, melted For other delicious dips and spreads: Related:  Sauces & Dips

Secret Recipes and Hummus We all have our secret recipes. Recipes that we are proud of, that we offer to bring to get togethers, and that everyone adores and coos over. After the party is over the bowl has been scraped clean and everyone is asking - nay begging- for your recipe. Naturally you are flattered that everyone has loved it so much to not only finish it all but to beg for the recipe, and you begin sharing the recipe with everyone. Except when it is a secret recipe. Thousands of dollars funding my education in political science has helped me self-diagnose myself as a 'realist' who believes in 'zero-sum gain', as in they feel like only one person can win while everyone else loses. So, I have concluded that I am probably insane, and like most insane people I need to rehabilitate back into normal society. Especially since it seems that when I share my secret recipes everyone else seems to love them as much as I do! Today I am sharing with you my 'secret' but now not so secret hummus recipe. Directions: 1.

Nasturtium Pesto Recipe | POPSUGAR Food How does your garden grow? Now that the weather in California's started to warm, all of the vegetables in mine have finally started to grow! Nothing's quite large enough to pick yet, except for a few nasturtium plants, which are growing like weeds. When life gives you nasturtium leaves, make nasturtium pesto! See what I topped with this condiment, then make your own version of this fresh pesto. Specialty stores often sell nasturtium leaves and blossoms, as do many farmers markets. With a jar of peppery nasturtium pesto, I made a simply delicious pizza. Ingredients 2 tablespoons pine nuts 2 cups packed nasturtium leaves and tender stems 1 green onion, ends trimmed, sliced 1/2 cup freshly shredded pecorino cheese 7 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil Salt (optional) Directions In a small skillet, over a medium low heat, toast the pine nuts until golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Makes about 3/4 cup. Information Category Condiments/Sauces, Other

French Fries: The No-Guilt Version There’s nothing like a french fried potato. The taste, the texture, the dip-ability; it’s probably one of my favorite go-to comfort foods. However, I don’t need the fat of an actual deep fried potato, and I certainly do not favor processed french fries that come from the frozen food section of the grocery store. Enter: Healthy French Fries* Step 1: Peel your ‘taters. Step 2: Cut them into strips. Step 3: Place potatoes in colander and rinse the starch off of them. Step 4: Pat down the potatoes. Step 5: Drizzle Olive Oil over potatoes. Step 6: Salt those babies up. Step 7: Mix them up so they all get coated with the olive oil and salt. Step 8: Arrange them, on a baking sheet, in a single layer Step 9: Add anything else you like. Step 10: Place the potatoes into your preheated oven for 20 minutes. Step 11: Flip and continue to bake for 5-10 minutes. And then, voila… Healthy French Fries *I usually do the same thing with sweet potatoes. Enjoy!

Vanilla Extract Recipe Vanilla extract is called for in just about every baking recipe, but what most people don’t know is that making your own is incredibly easy, and even saves a little cash. (Our vanilla is about 25 percent cheaper than buying it at the store.) Just don’t confuse this recipe with an infused liquor for drinking—the extract is way too concentrated to sip on the rocks. What to buy: Vanilla beans can be found in the spice or bulk section of most grocery stores. Game plan: Using vodka for the base creates a vanilla extract with a neutral, all-purpose flavor, but we found that other liquors like rum and bourbon could also be used to add different flavors to your baking. Make sure your jar is very clean or it may impart unintended flavors to the extract. To get more mileage from the spent pods, tuck them into a jar of granulated sugar for a vanilla-scented sweetener to use in coffee, tea, or cookies. This recipe was featured as part of our Homemade Vanilla Extract project.

Avocado Fries Oh dear. I never should have done this. This may be one of my biggest mistakes all year. So we’re totally enjoying our grilled avocados, but my husband innocently asks “What else can you do with avocados?” Sigh…. At a buck fifty a pop (at least around here), avocados can easily run up quite a tab on the grocery bill. So, consider yourself warned. Avocado Fries Printable RecipeRecipe Adapted from Sunset Magazine Canola oil for frying1/4 cup flour1 tsp kosher salt2 large eggs, beaten to blend 1 1/4 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs) 2 firm-ripe medium avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced into 1/2-in. wedges Grated parmesan for serving (optional) 1. 2. 3. 3.

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

biddy talk. — I am so over store bought salsa. I have had this... Garlic Butter Rolls › shutterbean For those of you who swoon over garlic twisty bread but can’t bring yourself to order whole pizza to make the delivery worthwhile, this one’s for you! They are scrumptious! Dip some in marinara or serve them with a salad and pasta! You could also eat them alone, directly from your kitchen counter. No one will know. To push them over the edge of deliciousness, I am going to tuck a little bit of Parmesan cheese in the middle of each roll before I form them into little dough balls next time! I used Trader Joe’s plain pizza dough for this batch! Start by mincing 4 cloves of garlic. While your dough is getting to room temp, get your muffin tin ready and put some oil in a little bowl. Cut the dough into 12 pieces. Put a pinch of garlic on top. Brush the tops with olive oil and place in the oven for 15-18 mins. Here’s what they look like after 17 minutes in my oven. Dip them in a bowl of melted butter and parsley. You have yourself a very delicious little garlic knot/roll. Makes 12

Recipe: Sriracha-style hot sauce Sriracha-style hot sauce Total time: 25 minutes Servings: Makes about 1½ cups sauce Note: This sauce should be prepared in a well-ventilated area and is best prepared at least 1 to 2 days before using. Cane vinegar and palm sugar can be found at select well-stocked cooking stores, as well as Asian markets. 1 pound mixed fresh red chiles (such as red Fresnos or jalapeños), stemmed and chopped 2 to 4 cloves garlic 1/4 cup cane or rice vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, more if desired 2 tablespoons palm or light brown sugar, more if desired 1. 2. 3. 4. Each tablespoon: 13 calories; 0 protein; 3 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 cholesterol; 2 grams sugar; 133 mg sodium.

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