Spicy Cumin Dusted Tortilla Chips

Cumin Dusted Tortilla Chips

Not your ordinary tortilla chips!  These Spicy Cumin Dusted Tortilla Chips take minutes to make and are a great way to spice up your chip bowl.   Freshly made tortilla chips are like a gift from the heavens.  Really.  Once you've had them you will never go back to the commercial variety again.  This is a warning....because you are now going to be frying up batches of tortilla chips whenever you have a hankering for chips and guac.  Or whenever you have corn tortillas that are going stale … [Read more...]

Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

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Dipped in hot sauce and wrapped in bacon, these Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Chicken Tenders have half the calories of the fried version.  Serve them with this light Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce for the tastiest, guilt-free game day snack ever. Bacon gets a bad rap.  It's true.  Sure, some versions are loaded with sodium....and fat....but if you use it in moderation and in a way where you render off most of that fat it can be your friend.  It can make something you don't really love much taste … [Read more...]

Pimento Cheese Spread

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Sharp cheddar, Colby Jack and cream cheese are blended with spices to create this classic Southern staple. Pimento Cheese is easy to make and crazy addictive. Pimento Cheese is one of those foods that looks kind of mysterious. I was a little scared to try it the first time it was served to me. We were visiting my mother-in-law, who just happened to live in South Carolina at the time, and she served Pimento Cheese as part of a cheese platter. There it was, heaped in a bowl...kinda … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Maple Balsamic Pork Tacos with Celery Root and Apple Slaw

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These super easy Maple Balsamic Pork Tacos are made in the slow cooker and topped with a simple, make-ahead slaw that's crisp and bright.  A great dinner for a busy weeknight. You know by now that I'm a huge fan of my slow cooker.  I love that I can have a real dinner on those days when I'm a baking fiend.  And as much as I tell everyone "Cake is perfectly acceptable for dinner"....it's really not.  And after a day full of tasting batter and eating frosting, I look forward to something … [Read more...]

Cranberry Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers

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A game day favorite, Jalapeño Poppers are all dolled up for the holidays with a little cranberry thrown into the mix and a big piece of bacon wrapped around them for good measure.  Make a batch of these as festive appetizers for Christmas Day or whip them up to munch on during your favorite bowl game this week. I really wanted to hate jalapeño poppers.  I tried my hardest...I just didn't think they sounded very good but my friends ordered them at a bar and once they put that big bowl of … [Read more...]

Cranberry Pomegranate Salsa

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Super tart and a little spicy, this salsa will definitely change things up during any holiday or tailgating party.  A great topping on those post-Turkey day sandwiches or just served as a dip with some chips.  Pucker up, my friends! Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Foodie by Mode Media.  The Suburban Soapbox will receive compensation for this post. Are you looking for some mouth-watering appetizers for your holiday party?  I rounded up some of my favorites and put them in one … [Read more...]

Crab Rangoon Dip with Five Spice Chips

Crab Rangoon Dip

Just as tasty as the popular Chinese dumplings but much easier to make! Crab Rangoon Dip is the rich filling baked in a dish until hot and bubbling, then served with crisp, light potsticker chips lightly dusted with spice. Chinese food is one my favorite things on the planet. The noodles, the rice, the dumplings...everything is savory and mouthwatering. And when you drop one of those little pouches of heaven in a deep fryer (wontons, potstickers, I'm talking about you) it transforms them … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers with Parmesan Basil Polenta

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Super simple, ready when you are, slow cooker Sausage and Peppers.  No cooking ahead of time, just dump everything into the slow cooker and go.  The Parmesan Basil Polenta makes a great pairing and takes five minutes to make.  Yep, five.  Hungry yet? Halloween is over and Christmas is....EVERYWHERE.  Already. It's only been four days and there are commercials for Christmas specials, wreaths hanging in the shopping center parking lots, pre-Black Friday sales.  Did someone … [Read more...]

Loaded Taco Tater Tots

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Seasoned ground beef, cheese and your favorite taco toppings all piled high on a mountain of tater tots.  A great game day "snack" or busy weeknight meal the kids will love.  Ready in less than 30 minutes. My friend just had a baby, her third.  She now has three kids....4, 2 and new.  She's busy and I'm sure...tired.  I haven't visited the newbie yet because we get sick whenever we have a visit planned and nobody wants to be "that" person...you know the one who should be quarantined but … [Read more...]

Short Rib and Taleggio Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Rich meaty short ribs combined with creamy, smooth taleggio cheese make this the world's best grilled cheese sandwich. This, my friends, is the ultimate comfort food. I've been struggling to write this post for almost a week.  I wanted to share this amazing sandwich with all of you so you could use up your leftover Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs. ;-)  I wanted to share it immediately but, life.  Sometimes it throws you a wicked curve ball.  One that can leave you reeling for days.  One that … [Read more...]