Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board Tutorial

Tutorial: Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Blue Diamond®. The opinions and text are all mine. You better watch out, you better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why. The relatives are coming to town! Oh yeah, ‘tis the season for judgmental holiday guests. They will criticize your every hosting move, while handing out back-handed compliments as generously as Santa hands out presents. So, this year, pull out all the stops with the most fabulous, undeniably magical entertaining trick to have ever existed… a Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board! Even your mother-in-law will be …

Parmesan Currant Crescent Rolls

Parmesan Currant Crescent Rolls

Tis the season for hosting parties! And as we’ve been extensively covering this month, you need some killer appetizers on your menu. So today I offer you up a surprisingly sweet and scrumptious recipe to knock your holiday festivities out of the park… Parmesan Currant Crescent Rolls! This one comes courtesy of my friends at Cello Cheese who sponsored this post and truly want to help you get the party started. So without further ado, let’s get to baking! This is a very simple recipe to whip up! Let’s walk through it together so you can see just how easy. …

Braided Ham & Brie Stuffed Pastry

Braided Ham & Brie Stuffed Pastry

Alert! Alert! We are T-Minus 3 weeks to Thanksgiving, people! And we all know what that means… the in-laws! Oh yeah, if you’ve been married as long as I have, then you know that as you nervously baste the turkey, your mother-in-law will be scrutinizing your every move. It’s like she’s got eyes in the back of her head! So distract her with a tempting appetizer that even she won’t look away from… Braided Ham & Brie Stuffed Pastry! I was sent a delicious sample of Frick’s Applewood Smoked Ham and the recipe wheels immediately began turning. I personally always …

Buffalo Chicken, Tyson Any'tizers, Appetizer

Buffalo Chicken & Feta Basketball Poppers

This post is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. All comments and opinions are my own. ‘Tis the season to shoot hoops! Sleeveless jerseys, sweaty palms, baited breath as the ball swooshes through the net. Oh yeah, and chicken! Let’s all just agree right here and now that chicken appetizers should be the official food of basketball season. Seriously, it’s the peanut butter to jelly, the Sam to Diane, or how baby boomers like to think of millennials, the avocado to toast. Watching a game isn’t enjoyable without some bite-sized chicken in hand. And if you need some convincing, then look …

Tai Pei, Fried Rice, Frozen Meals

Tai Pei Fried Rice for the Win!

This post was sponsored by Tai Pei, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Every so often, I like to take a recipe breather and introduce you to an innovative pre-made food product instead. I do this because I am a realist. I know you’re busy. Unless you’re Ina Garten or Martha Stewart (circa 1980), it’s impossible to make every meal from scratch. Seriously, who has time for that?! Even me, a professional food writer, stylist, and recipe developer often opts for pre-made, easy meals. Between my work, my toddler, and every day life, home cooked food is …

Idahoan soup, potato soup, cheesy chestnut poppers

Loaded Potato Soup & Cheesy Chestnut Poppers

Thank you Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups for sponsoring this post. Stay warm with this winter with a cozy bowl of soup! Baby it’s cold outside! So let’s warm up together inside. I have teamed up with Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups to bring you perfect meal solution for your chilly winter predicament: Loaded Potato Soup & Cheesy Chestnut Poppers. It’s too cold to dawdle, so let’s jump right in… Loaded Potato Soup & Cheesy Chestnut Poppers INGREDIENTS: Idahoan Steakhouse Soups – Loaded Potato Soup 1 roll of pre-made dough 10 roasted chestnuts 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese (shredded) 1 egg (yolk only) Garnish: Bacon …

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Homegating Tutorial: Chicken, Beer, & Football

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. If you are an avid reader of the blog, then you know that I am not a sports fan. But what I am a fan of is throwing parties. So in a sense, I actually am a fan of sports because it’s an excuse to throw a party. Are you following me? If I have a reason to use my kitchen, mix up a cocktail, and put together a kicking tablescape, then I am all for it my friends. JJ …

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Easy Appetizer: Artichoke Heart Pockets

As I’ve mentioned in the past, my bread and butter isn’t actually this blog. My day job is serving as a food stylist and recipe developer for retail brands. I help create recipes and photo shoots for the brands’ Instagram pages, websites, and advertising campaigns. They even let me eat, I mean, clean up after I am done. It’s a tough job. Recently, I teamed up with Reese Specialty Foods to create a scrumptious recipe using their jarred artichoke hearts for their Instagram page. Well, the results were so delicious that I simply had to share it with you, my …