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Super Bowl Party Foods

I don’t know what we’re having for Super Bowl snacks just yet. I’m a late planner--so bad, I know! Some people knew what they were having weeks ago! Not me. I’ll probably decide by, oh, Saturday?

Just in case you don’t know what to make, either, I thought I’d go through my archives and give you (and me!) a few ideas.

Appetizers and Snacks:

Asian Style Mash Up Hot Wings

Asian Style Mash Up Hot Wings

Avocado Chimichurri Bruschetta

Avocado Chimichurri Bruschetta

Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Easy Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Edamame Dip

Edamame Dip

Pork Egg Rolls

Pork Egg Rolls

Spiced Nuts and a Snack Mix

Snack Mix

Loaded Fries

Loaded Fries

Super Bowl Suppers!

Grand Prize Winning Seneca Crisp Onion Turkey Sliders

Seneca Crisp Onion Turkey Sliders

Pesto Parmesan Turkey Burgers w/ Pesto Mayo

Pesto Parmesan Turkey Burger w/ Pesto Mayo

Pork and Chickpea Chili

Pork and Chickpea Chili

Mushroom “Steak” and Cheese (No meat, all mushroom.)

Mushroom “Steak” and Cheese

Fish Tacos with Corn Salsa and Lemon Dill Remoulade Sauce (TGIF Style)

Fish Tacos with Corn Salsa and Lemon Dill Remoulade Sauce

Roasted Veggie Pizza with Pesto

Roasted Veggie Pizza w/ Pesto

Desserts and Sweets:

Caramel Corn

Caramel Corn

Vegan Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

S’mores meet Rice Krispy Bars in these S’mores Rice Krispy Treats

S’mores Rice Krispy Treats

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Super Fudgy Brownies

Brownies Two Ways

Woodchuck Draft Cider Sorbet (The #1 recipe on my blog)

Woodchuck Draft Cider Sorbet

Homemade Fruit Soda and Lime Rickeys

Raspberry Lime Rickey

Chocolate Pretzel Haystacks

Chocolate Pretzel Haystacks


A look back at 2009, Food Blog Style

I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by, can you?  I know--seems like we say that every year, but it never ceases to surprise me.  Maria, over at Two Peas and Their Pod posted a look back at their favorites for the year, and I’m totally stealing her idea she inspired me to do the same. 

Click on the photos for links to the recipes.

Way back in January ‘09, I started the year with macaroni and cheese.  The creamiest, dreamiest mac and cheese.  The Velveeta makes it extra creamy, but if you’re dead-set against that, use another cheese.  I’ve made it with a three cheddar blend and Monterey Jack, and it’s still creamy and dreamy good!  This is still one of my most looked at posts, almost a year later!


Another reader favorite that still gets lots of hits?  Easy Teriyaki Chicken Wings.  This was one of my mom’s recipes--she always made a ton when we had parties.  And there were never any left!  I’ve seen grown men practically inhale these.  The marinade is very versatile--take a look and change it up, if you like.


These sandwiches were the start of our “less meat” lifestyle.  Even if we didn’t know it at the time, we’d soon be giving up meat nearly entirely.  I had a lot of you fooled when you first saw the photos--some of you thought it really was steak!  These Portobello “Cheese Steak” Sandwiches really hit the spot and are so satisfying.



Bucatini with Tuna and Baby Peas is still one of our favorites!  We’ve been having it without the tuna lately, and it’s still delicious.  So easy to prepare, too.  Great for a busy day when you get home late and don’t feel like a huge production.  Also good for company, as long as you’re not hanging out with vampires--I like a lot of garlic in this!


We really love these Chocolate Glazed Donut Muffins!  And so do a lot of you--it's still always in my top viewed content.  It's amazing what a craving for a donut can do. 


The Stuffed French Toast was a fun post.  I'd never made it at home, and it was a fun experiment.  Tasty, too!  Writing the post brought back a lot of memories for me, as well.


Browned Butter Blueberry Maple Muffins.  Blueberry pancakes you can hold in your hand.  I don't think I have to say anything else.  Except--damn, these are good!


Raw Raspberry Ganache Fudge Cake.  We knew that eating raw didn't mean sacrificing taste, but did we know that a completely raw cake and raw ganache could be this decadent and sinfully good?  Hell, no!  If you try anything raw, this will convince you that eating raw foods can be amazingly good.


Roasted Veggie Pizza with Pesto is a great pizza, any time of year!  It's incredibly easy, too.  Still a favorite!


Mock Sushi.  Not only could I eat sushi every day?  But I could easily eat this every day.  It's just the perfect combination of flavors--all cool and  crisp on your taste buds.  I love you, mock sushi!


Vegan Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Also consistently in my top viewed content.  And don't feel confined to doing these vegan-style.  Go ahead and use eggs and butter, if you wish.  I was super excited about these, because the egg substitutes I discovered (that are listed in the post) changed vegan baking for me.  It helps that they're delicious!


Brownies and Lemon Bread, both made with Xagave brand agave.  You guys loved this one, and so did I!  Incredibly rich and moist baked goodies, made with agave instead of sugar.  I'd been unsure of how to incorporate agave into baking, and Xagave helped me figure it out.  My kids actually fought over those brownies!



These are just some of the favorites that were made in my kitchen this past year.  Also in the past year, I left one blog platform and got my own domain and website.  That was so much fun for me!  A lot of work, but so worth it when it's done.  If any of you are considering it, I encourage you to go for it.  Squarespace offers me everything I could ever want, with great customer service, if you're interested. 

Here's to another great year, and many more to come!  Thank you all for making it such a great year.  You guys are the best!


Maggot Sliders!

Oh my gosh, who left the sliders out??  Look, they’re covered in maggots!


Ok, pick yourself up off the floor.  Throw water on your face.  Relax!  They’re not real maggots.  Just innocent little rice.  See?  Yeah, now you see it.

It’s Day 4 of the #GreatHallowTweet started by Renee at Flamingo Musings.  Please also check out my ghoulish cohorts in the pumpkin widget in the sidebar!


I can’t take credit for this ghoulishly gross idea, I found them here at Daily Munch.  That’s a great blog, by the way--lots of great food, so you should check it out!  I didn’t make mine exactly the same way, but you can see that there, Jake served them as an appetizer.  We served ours as a stuff your face with ghoulishly gross sliders dinner.  YES.  We ate ground turkey.  And we enjoyed it.  And now we’re back to being mostly vegan.   Mostly, meaning we can’t give up sushi.  And I’ve found I can’t bake right without eggs.  Which is another post altogether.  For later.

One easy recipe, coming up!


Maggot Sliders

ground turkey or beef
Weber Burger Seasoning (or use your fave!)
cooked white rice
small, slider sized buns

Mix the ground meat and seasonings, and form into small patties.
Roll the edges of the patties in a plate full of the rice.
Carefully cook so all of the rice doesn't fall off.  (Some of it will, but don’t worry too much.)
Cook to your liking--medium, medium well, etc.
Though for turkey, cook to 165 degrees.
Serve on buns with ketchup for that bloody look!



See?  SO easy!  And you can totally gross out your friends.  But these taste so good!  And if you place the ketchup right, you can also make them look bloody!  Bonus!



Ten Words

One of my favorite people (and best friends!) in the world, Dawn, aka @lettergirl --who writes a blog called Not Going Postal, issued a challenge the other day.  Pick your ten favorite words, and describe why they're at the top of your vocabulary.  She chose great words, yes? 

I've been thinking for a few days about my words.  It's hard, you know!  My favorites, I guess, are simply words that make me happy, thrilled, or excited.  Words that get a good reaction out of me.  And as I type this, I'm still thinking!  Here's my take on ten words.

1. Family  Yeah, this is at the top of my list, because I do adore my family.  I  have been blessed with a fabulous husband and four great kids.  Sure, we have our ups and downs--who doesn't?  (Funny--as I'm writing this, the kids happen to be driving me insane. If I hear "Mom! Mom!" one more time in the next 20 minutes, I'm on strike till tomorrow, hehe!)  But in all seriousness, my family makes me happy.  My husband is still like my boyfriend.  I hate to see him leave in the morning, and I can't wait for him to get home in the evening.  He makes me feel like I'm still the 19 year old girl he met years ago.  That's not always easy to come by!

2.  Friends  Because as great as life can be, it's no fun without friends.  I have some of the best friends I've ever had at this point in my life.   Family is awesome, but sometimes you just need to let loose and be stupid with your friends.

3.  Autumn  It's my absolute favorite time of the year.  No question.  I love every single thing about it.  The cooler air, the fall foliage, apple picking, searching for the perfect pumpkin, fall baking, the smell in the air...I could go on and on, seriously.  Everything about it makes me happy!

4.  Blizzard  While we're on the subject of seasons and second favorite season is winter.  And oh man, do I LOVE a good blizzard!  Or five or six!  The more the snow, the better.  When the weather people start mentioning a "blizzard," I get as giddy as a schoolgirl.  Snowdays, snowball fights, everyone at home--safe, cozy and warm.   (I fly my freak flag proudly.)  Oh, and a football game in a blizzard?  The BEST.

5.  Football  So exciting!  I have my husband to thank for my football addiction.  I think I've even surpassed him in the football fan area.  Don't sass me about my team, or you may just reach for the chips and salsa and pull back a stump.   Bill Belichick and Tom Brady?  Would definitely be on my "what 10 people would you love to have to dinner" list.  I count down the days from the Super Bowl to opening day of the upcoming season.  When the sports guys start mentioning training camps in the summer, I get that happy feeling in my stomach.  It's coming.  Soon.

6.  Chocolate  Just because it's chocolate. 

7.  Food  I love this word.  Not only do I like eating food--but I like cooking it, reading about, and writing about it.  Oh, and photographing it!  Still practicing those last two things.  I also love serving it to family and friends.  

8.  Music  Who doesn't love music?  I mean sure, you can find people that don't like football or chocolate or snow--but everyone loves music, right?  It also makes me happy.  It's always on in some form--in the house or in my truck, or--in my head.  Can't live without it.  Listening to some right now, in fact!

9.  Cupcake  Yes, really.  I have always loved that word.  Not only is it the promise of something deliciously cakey and good to come--but I love the way it sounds.  Cup cake.   Cupcake.   Cup. Cake.

10. Books I have always loved books.  I can't remember a time when I didn't.  I love the feel of a book in my hands.  The sound when you toss a paperback on a table and makes a "thwack!"  Or a hardbound--it makes a "thwump."  I love the smell of books.  Libraries?  Smell awesome.  I love the sound that a brand new hardbound book makes when you open it for the first time, and test the spine.  It crackles. 


So...those are my ten words.  Now I want to hear yours!