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...]

Vanilla Sugared Cranberries

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Bright red and sparkling, these little beauties belong on every holiday table.  Super simple to make and even simpler to pop in your mouth for a little sweet/tart snack.  They make a stunning garnish to many holiday dishes and cocktails....almost too pretty to eat! I love sparkles....shiny, pretty, glittery things that make me smile.  I'm like a bird, I'm drawn to tinsel, glitter, baubles and sugared cranberries.  I've always had a thing for sugared fruit but always bought the styrofoam … [Read more...]

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...]

Blackened Honey Chipotle Roast Turkey

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Spicing up Thanksgiving with a cornucopia of flavors....this Blackened Honey Chipotle Roast Turkey is full of sweet, spicy flavor and will be the hit of your Thanksgiving dinner this year.  An unexpected twist to the usual roast turkey, you may never go back to your old standby turkey again. Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by OXO.  The products used in this post were provided to me by OXO to review, all opinions and statements about the products are my own. We had snow last night. … [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...]

Apple Pie Layer Cake

Apple Pie Layer Cake | The Suburban Soapbox

Buttery cake layers sandwich a creamy cheesecake and apple pie filling along with crispy pie crust crumbles. A great way to mix up the dessert table this holiday season, this cake has a little something for everyone.   For my last big birthday, I ordered myself a birthday cake.  I was 40....I was doing things my way.  And since we were going to Manhattan for the weekend I figured I would get something I always wanted but never felt like a bazillion dollars just for shipping was … [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...]

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...]

Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Seed Toffee

Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Seed Toffee | The Suburban Soapbox

Drenched in toffee and covered in chocolate, pumpkin seeds are turned into a unique and addicting fall treat.  A great hostess gift for upcoming Halloween parties or just to have for drop in guests.   Every year I dump some chocolate chips on some kind of toffee.  One year it was Saltine Cracker Toffee....or Christmas Crack as it's commonly known.  Last year, I poured that molten, sugary concoction on a pile of pretzels to make my Chocolate Covered Pretzel Toffee....yep, it was a great … [Read more...]

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with 6 Great Recipes

St Patrick's Day Recipes | The Suburban Soapbox

St. Patrick's Day always sneaks up on me even though it's one of my favorite festive days of the year.  The Irish really know how to party....unfortunately, I can never keep up...I'm that person in the corner of the bar waiting for the night to end.  Beer is not my friend....but I look fabulous in green.  If I could go to an Irish pub and eat the filling comfort food with one or two pints without going deaf on St. Patrick's Day, that's my idea of a good time.  I know, lame.  I will probably be … [Read more...]