Roasted Butternut Squash, Cranberry and Burrata Salad

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Roasting butternut squash and cranberries together creates a sweet, tangy relish that's the perfect pairing for creamy burrata cheese.  Topped with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, this salad is a wonderful first course for entertaining or a main course salad. One of my favorite salads in the summer is the popular Caprese Salad, I love mine with burrata cheese.  If you haven't had burrata, you're totally missing out.  It's like Buffalo mozzarella on the outside with creamy ricotta inside. … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Apple Walnut Goat Cheese Ball

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Tangy, creamy goat cheese is whipped with cream cheese and then rolled in a mixture of spiced up walnuts and apples.  A showstopper on any cheese plate or crudite tray this holiday season. I'm a cheese freak.  I could spend an hour in the cheese section of my grocery store, just sniffing around and looking for that perfect wedge or wheel.  I love when they give out samples because that means....free lunch.  Kinda.  I have to go back a few times and maybe throw on my shades and a hat so … [Read more...]

Spicy Cinnamon Maple Roasted Almonds

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Almonds tossed in a mix of spices and maple syrup before roasting are a great way to kick off any holiday party.  Sweet with a tiny bit of heat make this crunchy snack incredibly addictive.   Almonds are a staple at my house.  We usually buy a gigantic bag of raw almonds at Costco and work our way through it pretty quickly.  They go in smoothies, on top of yogurt, in my mouth.  They're simple and quick and a good way to avoid the bag of chips that may or may not be hidden somewhere deep … [Read more...]

Green Eyed Monster Deviled Eggs

Green Eyed Monster Deviled Eggs | The Suburban Soapbox

Spooky fun for your next Halloween bash.  Deviled eggs stuffed with an avocado filling are a healthy alternative to the usual mayo-based eggs.  Dressed up to look like monster eyes, these will disappear so fast...it's scary! I haven't been to a Halloween party in years.  Like a decade or more.  I'm not a huge fan of Halloween...there's something about decorating the front lawn with gravestones and rotting corpses that is a little unsettling.  I'm a "happy" Halloweener.  I like the cute … [Read more...]

Chicken Pad Thai Wontons

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The popular Thai noodle dish tucked into a crispy wonton...for dinner on the run!  These tasty treats are bursting with flavor and make eating Pad Thai a lot of fun.  The slightly spicy dipping sauce adds even more depth of flavor and makes these perfect for parties! I'm a huge fan of portable foods.  Dumplings, Wontons, Potstickers....you name it...I like things stuffed into little pouches.  It's like a little gift...for your mouth.  Sometimes you never know what you're gonna get, like a … [Read more...]

Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata

Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata | The Suburban Soapbox

Ripe, juicy tomatoes and creamy, tangy goat cheese top a flaky pastry dough to create a savory crostata.  An easy and light summer dinner ready in minutes.  Pair with a green salad and this dish is great for entertaining. Summer tomatoes are here.  In all their perfect glory, they are finally here.  This is the only time of year I will eat a fresh tomato and I definitely try to get my fill.  Tomato sandwiches.  Check.  Tomato Bisque. Check.  Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata.....checkity … [Read more...]

Cucumber Bruschetta with Tomato and Kalamata Olives

Cucumber Crostini with Tomato and Kalamata Olives | The Suburban Soapbox

This refreshing summer snack replaces the bread in traditional bruschetta with crispy, crunchy cucumbers.  Topped with a flavorful, tangy tomato, olive and caper mix....you won't be able to eat just one....or two.  Or three.  (I stopped at 5.) The winter took a toll on me.  I ate so.much.food. And sat around....a lot.  Before I knew it I had gained an extra 10 pounds.  I say extra because it was on top of some weight that I had already decided was extra.  So this was additional "extra" … [Read more...]

Sweet and Spicy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Sweet and Spicy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

If you're not hosting Thanksgiving this year and you're the guest.....you should definitely take these Sweet and Spicy Sausage Stuff Mushrooms to the party.  Your host will love you and probably give you extra gravy, butter or wine...or all three.  They're that good. I found a recipe many years ago on Epicurious.com for Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms.  It was my go-to appetizer for any party where I wanted to impress the hosts...and guests for that matter.  If my husband hadn't already put a ring … [Read more...]

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Jalapeno Poppers

I love spicy food and jalapeno poppers are no exception.  My favorite poppers are those filled with cream cheese....I'm not a huge fan of the cheddar.  Not sure why, it's just one of those things that I have a thing with.  You know what I mean? Now we all know the usual recipe for a popper calls for some deep frying...and we also know that I don't shy away from deep-fried things.  BUT when I saw Bobby Flay make his Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos on one of his shows on some random Saturday morning, … [Read more...]

Spicy Pineapple Guacamole

Spicy Pineapple Guacamole

An avocado is like a timebomb...once you cut that bugger open you must use it or lose it.  I probably eat more avocado than necessary because if I want a few slices for a sandwich I feel the need to eat the whole thing or risk watching it turn a horrible shade of brownish, grayish, green right before my eyes.  Sometimes I will just not eat it at all because I don't want it to go to waste.  Then they shrivel up in the veggie bin because I didn't use them for fear of waste. Ironic. Sometimes I … [Read more...]