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Chicken Enchilada Pockets. Baked Zucchini Sticks and Sweet Onion Dip: that bloomin’ zucchini! Today, class, it being late July and all, we’re going to examine our zucchini facts: •Zucchini is always at the end of any A-to-Z food list; •Zucchini and fruitcake are the undeserving targets of many a joke; •The zucchini plant literally grows like a weed, making it absolutely ubiquitous in vegetable gardens across America; •And for that reason, enterprising cooks have discovered ways to turn it into muffins, and cake, and pancakes, and… Baked Zucchini Sticks.

Baked Zucchini Sticks and Sweet Onion Dip: that bloomin’ zucchini!

You know that onion appetizer that came into bloom back in the late ’80s? Outback Steakhouse claims it invented the “Bloomin’ Onion” back in 1988, and it wasn’t long before quasi-fast food restaurants adopted it as the hottest appetizer since artichoke dip baked in a bread bowl. These zucchini sticks, with their melty-soft interior and crisp crust, are reminiscent of those onions – and equally addictive, especially when served with their special onion-mustard dip. Ready to go beyond muffins, bread, kebabs, and frittata? Queso Blanco Dip {Sugar Rush Reinvented: #6} And so…another week of my anti-Sugar Rush continues.

Queso Blanco Dip {Sugar Rush Reinvented: #6}

Well, not that I’m anti-sugar, but like I explained last week, I am changing it up this year and doing two weeks of savory, delectable appetizer “treats” with a highlighted recipe from years past of Sugar Rush. I feel a little redundant swooning over each of the recipes I’ve posted with Sugar Rush Reinvented, but I’m telling you, I hit on some wondrous recipes this go-round. Even though I stated the pinwheels were my favorite, I had to sidestep that claim when the pizza bites knocked my socks off, and now…if the quantity of queso blanco dip I devoured (rephrase: me and the baby devoured) is any indication, this might be my actual favorite. Until tomorrow, that is. So creamy. Click HERE to see all of this year’s Sugar Rush Reinvented recipes. Note: White American cheese can be found at the deli counter in most grocery stores. Ingredients Directions. Kolokythokeftedes (Zucchini and Feta Balls)

When I went to Greece on vacation last year, at one of the restaurants we went to we decided to skip having a main course and we ordered a bunch of mezes or appetizers to share.

Kolokythokeftedes (Zucchini and Feta Balls)

Among the appetizers were of course some of the classics including tzatziki (a Greek cucumber salad), melitzanosalata (a Greek roasted eggplant salad) and a few others. The one that really caught my attention however was the zucchini balls otherwise know as kolokythokeftedes. They were like meatballs only made with zucchini along with some herbs and feta. They were perfectly round, golden brown, slightly crispy on the outside and warm, soft, moist and tasty on the inside.

What Megan's Making: Bread. Works for Me Wednesday – How to Freeze Bread Are you familiar with the blog We Are That Family?

What Megan's Making: Bread

Kristen is inspiring, challenging, funny, and she has the best stories. Every Wednesday she hosts Works For Me Wednesday on her blog. Cheese Pinwheel Rolls. Sooner or later, all my conversations inevitably turn to food.

Cheese Pinwheel Rolls

Don’t believe me? Call me up sometime and try to, say, sell me some insurance. Fried Dough Mozzarella Bites. These weren't as crazy amazing(cramazing?) As they look and sound, but they were still very good. They definitely need a few tweaks though to become a perfect recipe. The main issue which I knew might be a problem from the start is that the cheese explodes out of the dough well before the dough is finished cooking. Appetizer Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce. If you can find tiny new potatoes, those would be even more aesthetically precious.

Appetizer Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

But chunks work fine, too. Just be sure to dice the potatoes smaller than you might think. We found that the smaller chunks actually had a better potato-to-bacon ratio. They were dangerously poppable. With the creamy wedge of potato and the crunchy bacon, the sour cream dip is what pushes this appetizer over the edge. Pepperoni Pizza Puffs. If I ask my kids what they want for dinner, there’s a ninety percent chance they will say pizza. They love it, as most kids do.

Cheesy baked artichoke dip. In college i was a waitress and bartender at The Loring Bar & Cafe in Minneapolis. it is where i met alex, so it will always hold a very special place in my heart. it was a really great place to work - cool co-workers, great customers and excellent food. the one thing that we were known for was artichoke dip. i can't tell you how many times i ate that for dinner. it was incredible but since The Loring closed no other artichoke dip has even came close to replacing it. i have tried several recipes for artichoke dip that really sucked. too dry - to heavy - not enough flavor - i have covered them all. but this recipe is the last artichoke dip recipe i will ever need. it is similar to the Loring recipe - dare i say - it might be even better. let me put it this way - this is THE BEST artichoke dip!

cheesy baked artichoke dip

I apologize for the weird measurements - i doubled the original recipe because it just didn't make enough! Alex did a beautiful job of modeling the dip :) Yield: Makes about 2 2/3 cups Preheat broiler.