Archive of ‘Appetizers & Party Snacks’ category

Samoas Caramel Corn

This fabulous unique caramel corn recipe was inspired by my favorite Girl Scout Cookie, the Samoas (or Caramel D’Lites). The last batch of samoas caramel corn I made disappeared in minutes!

Samoas Caramel Corn - This recipe always disappears in minutes! *

Ever since I whipped up a batch of chai tea caramel corn and realized how easy it was to make caramel corn at home, I’ve had so much fun experimenting with recipes! Last Christmas, I shipped care packages to family with snacks, and included my s’mores caramel corn and this Samoas caramel corn. The recipe didn’t go up last year because the caramel corn I saved for pictures disappeared too quickly. I had to make this recipe at least 3 times to get pictures, everyone loves it!  (more…)

Breakfast Jalapeño Poppers

Game day watch party food can be a challenge when your team is in a different time zone. Incorporate traditional tailgate foods with a morning twist when you add breakfast jalapeño poppers to the menu! 

Breakfast Jalapeño Poppers - The perfect baked jalapeño popper recipe for morning football games... or breakfast lovers! * Breakfast jalapeno poppers recipe on

The Godfather and I follow our college football team each year. It’s our alma mater, where we met, got engaged, and were both members of the marching band. I played clarinet and convinced him to join the drum line for a year where he played cymbals since that was all he could play with no musical experience. I make his life interesting. When we moved to California, we found ourselves facing a bit of a conundrum for early football games. When we could catch a University of Miami football game on television, the times would seem a bit funny. A 12 noon game would start at 9 in the morning, closer to the start of our day (before children) than lunch time. It felt strange to serve “traditional” tailgate foods for game watch snacks, so we got creative!  (more…)

Tarragon Chicken Salad

A classic for everything from sandwiches to entertaining, tarragon chicken salad is perfect for the golf course, a lunch box, or served in mini at a holiday soiree. 

Tarragon chicken salad - this easy chicken salad recipe makes a perfect filling for sandwiches, or a great snack served with crackers! *

I’d like to start off by saying how much I love the word soiree. Expect to see it slightly overused as the holidays approach and I delve into serious entertaining mode, even if it’s just entertaining small groups. Tip: Chicken salad is great for entertaining when spread on small baguette rounds or put in toasted phyllo cups. But I didn’t originally create this beautiful dish for entertaining, I made it for lunch.  (more…)

Honey Grilled Fresh Figs with Whipped Goat Cheese

Fresh figs are available for two short seasons each year – June and then August through October. Make the most of the season and experiment with easy, impressive recipes like these honey grilled fresh figs with whipped goat cheese!

Honey Grilled Figs with Whipped Goat Cheese and Balsamic Glaze - a foodie appetizer ready in just minutes. It's a must-make for fig season! *

Bless the Godfather’s patience for walking around a grocery store with me. The produce section is especially dangerous as when I spot things I’m particularly fond of, like Brussels sprouts and fresh figs, I will happy dance and cheer out loud before I can stop myself. This situation played out rather recently when I spotted a box of fresh figs at one of the local markets and I had to have it! It was a two pound box, and I ate most fresh. I used the blog as an excuse to bring so many home though, so I needed to actually make a recipe. I ate these honey grilled figs too. They were so easy, and so delicious, I will make these for at least one party this year. Perhaps more. (more…)

Pretzel Bites with Green Chili Cheddar and Mustard Dipping Sauces

No matter what the occasion, pretzel bites are a hit at parties! They’re easier to make than you’d think, and you can get creative with dips! You’ll definitely want to add my pretzel bites with green chili cheddar and mustard dipping sauces to your next party menu. 

Pretzel bites are the perfect snack food! Easier to make than you'd think, you'll definitely want to add these pretzel bites with green chili cheddar and mustard dipping sauces to your next party menu. * Recipe on

This recipe came about in an interesting way… book club! The book club I’m in meets during the school year at various local restaurants to talk about our book for the month and socialize. One of our stops was – not kidding – the restaurant/bar at a local hotel. A book club member had been before, and was raving about the beer cheese fries. I am always up for the chance to try a good fried potato dish, as are most of the ladies, so we went for that month’s meeting. Before we got to the fry portion of the evening, two of the ladies ordered a pretzel appetizer to share. The pretzels came with two dipping sauces, a cheese sauce (naturally), and this mustard sauce that had everyone raving! They even asked for more to add to their main course later. *ahem* The fries. These are the perks of adulthood people. (more…)

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