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Peach Mango Caprese Salad

Peach Mango Caprese Salad

Looking to shake things up a bit? Peach Mango Caprese Salad offers a lovely twist on the classic tomato and mozzarella dish. Caprese Salad fans will absolutely adore this lil bowl full of summer. The perfect bite holds wonderfully ripe peaches, juicy mango, tangy tomatoes, […]

Bananas Foster French Toast Bake

Bananas Foster French Toast Bake

Bananas Foster French Toast Bake combines three of my favorite things from New Orleans, brunch, booze and dessert! Mardi Gras season is here and it’s leaving me with some major NOLA daydreams. We spent 5 days in the Big Easy last Spring and like any first […]

Broccoli Cheese Spread

Broccoli Cheese Spread

Broccoli Cheese Spread is such a simple recipe but it’s so amazingly good. You absolutely need this quick and easy appetizer recipe in your arsenal. I mean could there be a more classic combination than broccoli and cheese? I don’t think so! Just try it and see. It’s near impossible to resist the lusciousness of this rich and creamy dip. You won’t believe how easy it is to make. Serve it up for a party or crowd, whip it together quickly when company stops by, or hoard it all for yourself while binge watching your fave Netflix series. This versatile dip can be ready at the drop of a hat or even made ahead of time. Pop it in the oven and it’s done in 20 minutes. Go ahead and hit the print button already!

Here’s all you’ll need: cream cheese, sour cream, Italian salad dressing mix, frozen chopped broccoli, cheddar cheese, and crackers for dipping.

Broccoli Cheese Spread Ingredients list

Five ingredients, that’s it just five ingredients! Let’s get this party started!! Soften the cream cheese and place it in a large bowl. You can leave the cream cheese out for a bit or nuke it in the microwave for a few seconds. It’s easier to mix when it’s softened. Using a hand mixer, blend together the cream cheese, sour cream and Italian salad dressing mix. You can find the salad dressing mix in the salad dressing aisle at your local grocer. It usually comes in a packet or sometimes in a box if it’s a two-pack.

Cream cheese, sour cream, and Italian dressing mix blended together in a large mixing bowl.

Thaw the frozen broccoli. You may need to drain it as well and pat it dry. You can also chop up any especially large broccoli florets that slipped through the cracks. I like all my pieces to be bitesize. Next fold in the broccoli and 1-1/2 cups of cheddar cheese. I love sharp cheddar! The sharper the better!! My hubby always seems to gravitate towards mild. So whatever floats your boat will work just fine.

Chopped broccoli florets and shredded cheddar cheese are folded into the Broccoli Cheese Spread.

Spray a shallow 1-quart baking dish lightly with cooking spray. I used my Corningware 1-qt dish but a pie plate also works greats for dips or spreads. Spoon the Broccoli Cheese Spread evenly into the baking dish. Broccoli Cheese Spread spooned into a baking dish.

Top with the remaining cheese and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes. That’s it! Seriously so easy!!

Broccoli Cheese Spread in a baking dish topped with cheddar cheese.

And so cheesy!!! Grab a cracker before it’s gone because I’m diving right into the Broccoli Cheese Spread. Speaking of broccoli and cheese…Have you tried our Broccoli Cheese Soup?

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Broccoli Cheese Spread

January 21, 2020
: 3-1/2 cups
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
  • 3 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed, drained and patted dry
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • Crackers for dipping
Directions
  • Step 1 Soften the cream cheese and place it in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, blend together the cream cheese, sour cream and Italian salad dressing mix.
  • Step 2 Thaw the frozen broccoli, drain, and pat dry. fold in the broccoli and 1-1/2 cups of cheddar cheese.
  • Step 3 Spray a shallow 1-quart baking dish lightly with cooking spray. Spoon the Broccoli Cheese Spread evenly into the baking dish.
  • Step 4 Top with the remaining cheese and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes. Serve with crackers. Enjoy!

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Pizza Pasta Salad

Pizza Pasta Salad

Pizza Pasta Salad is the summer side dish your whole family will agree on! Loaded up with all of your favorite pizza toppings, this hearty salad tastes just like your favorite pizza. We’re always in need of new summer side dishes that pair well with […]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I’ve never met a cookie that I didn’t like and these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are no different. I’ve gotta warn you though…they pack a wallop of flavor and are highly addictive. Just like the ones Grandma used to make, this delicious cookie is crispy on […]

Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza Pinwheels

If you’ve never made Pizza Pinwheels then you’re truly missing out! This bitesize, crowd pleasing appetizer is totally irresistible, super easy to make and tastes just like pizza. Loads of pepperoni and mozzarella are wrapped up inside a tender, flaky crescent dough crust. These mini pizzas are fun to eat, extremely dippable, and 100% kid approved. And did you notice there’s only 5 ingredients? I mean c’mon!! Perfect for game day, after school snacking and just about everything in between. You’ll be making this one again and again!

Here’s all you’ll need: pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, an egg, and crescent rolls.

Pizza Pinwheels ingredients list

Let’s get rolling! First we need to dice up that pepperoni into itty bitty pieces. Short on time? Try pepperoni minis instead! As if this recipe couldn’t get an easier.

Diced pepperoni on a cutting board.

In a small bowl, combine the diced pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and the egg yolk. Only the yolk. Make sure to save the egg white! We’ll be using it a little later.

Pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and an egg yolk mixed together in a small bowl.

Next pop the top on that crescent dough and try not to jump! I know, I know. It’s near impossible. Unroll the crescent roll dough and pinch the seams closed to form one big piece.

Crescent dough unrolled on the countertop. Seams are pinched together to form one large rectangular sheet of dough.

Then spread the cheese and pepperoni mixture over top to within 1/4″ of the edges. Because what’s a pizza without loads of pepperoni and cheese??? I love this recipe because it’s really versatile. Switching up the cheese and fillings can give it a fun twist. Diced ham and cheddar would be a perfect pair! The possibilities are really endless!! Mmm mmm.

Pepperoni and cheese spread over top of the crescent roll dough.

Time to get rollin’! Starting with the shortest side, roll up the dough jelly-roll style. This is how we get that amazing spiral. Pinch the seam closed to seal. Place the roll on a cutting board and cut into 12 equal sized slices. I start by cutting the roll in half. Then cut both of those halves in half. Then cut each one of those pieces into thirds. This helps to keep all my slices nice and uniform.

Dough rolled up jelly-roll style to form a log. The log is then cut into 12 equal pieces.

Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The parchment paper is so clutch here!! You know I love it but in this case it’s seriously a MUST! The melty cheesy goodness on the inside will easily stick to the pan and no one wants that. Oh and remember that egg white we set aside earlier? Well now’s the time to use it. Lightly beat the egg white and then brush it over the tops of the pizza pinwheels.

Pizza Pinwheel dough slices place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve warm with marinara sauce or Ranch if you’re crazy like that and watch them disappear. No seriously, you better grab one for yourself!

Pizza Pinwheels on a baking sheet hot out of the oven.

Look at that spiral though! That bubbly, delicious cheese gets me ever time. It’s always a good time for Pizza Pinwheels!! And if you haven’t discovered our Cheesy Pizza Dip yet, you’re gonna wanna put that one on the list, like, ASAP.

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Pizza Pinwheels

January 28, 2019
: 12
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup diced pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
Directions
  • Step 1 In a small bowl, combine the diced pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and the egg yolk. (Set the egg white aside for later)
  • Step 2 Unroll the crescent roll dough and pinch the seams closed to form one big piece. Spread the cheese and pepperoni mixture over top to within 1/4″ of the edges.
  • Step 3 Starting with the shortest side, roll up the dough jelly-roll style. Pinch the seam closed to seal. Cut the roll into 12 equal sized slices.
  • Step 4 Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly beat the egg white and then brush it over the tops of the pizza pinwheels.
  • Step 5 Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve warm with marinara sauce. Enjoy!

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Sweet and Tangy Macaroni Salad

Sweet and Tangy Macaroni Salad

Are you ready for a macaroni salad with a twist? Tired of bringing the same old boring salads to parties and potlucks? Prepare to be amazed by our Sweet and Tangy Macaroni Salad! This super creamy salad is like nothing you’ve ever tasted. It’s one […]

Quick and Easy Loaded Totchos

Quick and Easy Loaded Totchos

What happens when you combine tater tots and nachos??? You get Totchos!!! Our all new Quick and Easy Loaded Totchos recipe are the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This delicious spinoff recipe swaps tater tots for tortilla chips and then smothers them with all […]

Speedy Kielbasa Dip

Speedy Kielbasa Dip

Typically March Madness means I’m outraged because I’m SO. Over. This. Snow!!! But this year’s a little different. We’re all about basketball right now here in Buffalo. Our hometown team, the University at Buffalo, pulled off a huge upset! If you know Buffalo sports, you know that we love ourselves a good underdog to root for. The 13th-seeded UB Bulls came up with a huge win against the 4th-seeded Arizona Cardinals in the NCAA tournament on Thursday night. The 89-68 point victory marks the very first NCAA tournament win in the school’s history!! Go Bulls!!! Talk about a bracket buster!! #sorrynotsorry We’ll be tuning in tonight to watch the Bulls face off against the Kentucky Wildcats. But what’s a basketball game without the party food?!? Our Speedy Kielbasa Dip is the perfect party snack! It’s great for game day or really any day for that matter. This thick and creamy dip is a family favorite. And it’s my favorite too because it’s so quick and easy to make! How easy you ask??? Well…let’s put it this way…you won’t even have to turn your oven on! It’s 100% completely microwavable!! That’s why Speedy Kielbasa Dip is my go to recipe when I’m in a pinch and need to whip up party snacks in a hurry. You’ll be so happy to have this one in your recipe arsenal.

Here’s all you’ll need: cream cheese, sour cream, milk, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, fully cooked kielbasa sausage, green onions, Parmesan cheese, and Tostitos or crackers for dipping.

Speedy Kielbasa Dip

Start with a microwave safe bowl. Heat the cream cheese uncovered for 1 minute. Stir it up. Boom! You just handled step one like a boss!

Heat cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute.

Next mix in the sour cream, milk, mayo, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine. I know it’s hard to believe but we’re like halfway done with this recipe. A few more steps and it’s going to be AMAZING!!!

Mix in the sour cream, milk, mayo, and Worcestershire sauce.

Slice up the green onions. And dice up the Kielbasa while you’re at it too! If you really want to be on top of your game, you can have this stuff prepped ahead of time. A lot of times I prep the ingredients and take them with me to the party and then make the dip right there on the spot! After the prep work it literally takes less than 5 minutes in the microwave. Speedy Kielbasa Dip for the win!

Slice up the green onions. Then dice up the Kielbasa.

Now toss in the kielbasa, 1/4 cup of green onions, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. Microwave for 1 and a half to 2 minutes. Stir. Then microwave for another 1 and a half to 2 minutes or until heated through.

Toss in the kielbasa, 1/4 cup of green onions, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. Microwave for 3-4 minutes, stirring once.

Top with the remaining 1/4 cup of green onions to pretty it up a bit. Serve with chips or crackers for dipping. Really though, can you believe how easy that was?!? She shoots…she scores!! SWISH!!

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Speedy Kielbasa Dip

March 17, 2018
: 24

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 ounces fully cooked kielbasa or Polish sausage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Tostitos or crackers for dipping
Directions
  • Step 1 In a microwave safe bowl, heat the cream cheese, uncovered, for 1 minute.
  • Step 2 Mix in the sour cream, milk, mayo, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine.
  • Step 3 Add the kielbasa, 1/4 cup of green onions, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine.
  • Step 4 Microwave for 3-4 minutes stirring once, halfway through.
  • Step 5 Top with the remaining 1/4 cup of green onions. Serve with chips or crackers. Enjoy!!

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Banana Split Cake

Banana Split Cake

Every year I make my famous Banana Split Cake for my Grandma’s birthday. I’ve probably made it for at least the last 15 years without missing a birthday. I have alot of other cakes that I can make. And I’ve tried to convince her to mix […]