Appetizers

Appetizers

5.5 Layer Dip

5.5 Layer Dip

HEY I THOUGHT IT WAS 7-LAYER DIP! Yeah, so did I. I was perusing Pinterest one day and I saw a picture for a 7-layer dip that looked PHENOM, and I thought, I have to make that.  Except guess what?  It was a bad link.  🙁  Supwitdat.  So I kind of had to wing this
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Arroz con Crema

Arroz Con Crema

I may have mentioned once or a hundred times that //Distrito// is one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia.  They used to have this dish on their menu that was so good it legit brought tears to my eyes – arroz con crema.  It was a rice side dish that was cheesy, creamy, warm, and
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Bagel Chip Dip

Bagel Chip Dip

Are you guys ready for the big game?  I get excited for football season in the fall because it means I can make game food on Sundays.  I care much more about the food than about the game.  Usually.  Our Eagles aren’t the best.  But in recent years I have become more interested in football. 
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BBQ Chicken Flatbread

BBQ Chicken Flatbread

A great way to use leftover shredded barbecue chicken!
BBQ Chicken Nachos

BBQ Chicken Nachos

Ever since I threw together these //BBQ pulled pork nachos// a couple years ago, I have been wanting to do a BBQ chicken version. I typically prefer BBQ chicken over BBQ pork. So I wanted to put a new spin on it. These nachos feature my favorite //pickled red onions//, spicy pickled jalapenos, and a
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BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, I have a yummy Mexican recipe for you!! A little while ago I made a batch of slow-cooked BBQ chicken for my husband’s work lunches.  And it turned out I’d made just a bit too much.  Like he wasn’t going to eat it all before it went bad. 
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Beef Enchilada Dip

Beef Enchilada Dip

So there’s no ifs ands or buts about it – the thing that drew me in to try this recipe was the pictures on the website.  Go check them out //here//.  That cheese is so deliciously melty and the dish is so beefy and I just love Mexican food so I had to make this
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Bloomin' Brie Bread

Bloomin’ Brie Bread

As soon as I saw this video for //Bloomin’ Brie Bread// posted by Delish on Facebook, I had to try it.  WHO DOESN’T LOVE OOEY GOOEY OOZY CHEESE?! Well, we were sorely disappointed in this, but it’s not a #52NewEats fail because it actually still tasted very good. I really just think for video purposes,
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Blue Cheese Dressing

Blue Cheese Dressing

I have previously //waxed poetic here// about my love for blue cheese dressing.  I consider myself a blue cheese dressing expert.  I know what restaurants have good blue cheese dressing, and what restaurants have meh blue cheese dressing.  I have had my go-to recipe for forever, which is straight out of a //Morton’s Steakhouse cookbook//,
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Blue Duck's Cheesesteak Nachos

Blue Duck’s Cheesesteak Nachos

Hello friends. As you know, I live in the Land of the Cheesesteak.  I love cheesesteaks.  You can hardly drive a mile in any direction in Philadelphia without passing a place where you can get a cheesesteak.  Cheesesteaks are the bomb. These nachos were inspired by my favorite neighborhood restaurant, The Blue Duck.  Back in
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Bourbon Pecans

Bourbon Pecans

Two years ago, a dear friend of ours, Lyle, came to visit at Christmas time and brought a beautiful jar of bourbon pecans, and I scoffed, because I hate pecans. Or… so I thought… Cuz then I ate one of these and I couldn’t stop eating them, and I insisted on getting the recipe from
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Bread Dip

Bread Dip

You guys, this is the greatest dip ever known to man.  I’d put my life on it. When I was a kid, my dad was into politics, and my mom was forever hosting campaign-or-something-related events at our house.  All us kids had to hide upstairs while they had all these important people over till all
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Brie-Onion French Bread

Brie-Onion French Bread

I recently hosted a party and decided on a theme I thought all attendees could get behind – cheese and bread!!  😂  I mean, who can’t get behind that?? Back in November of last year I tore this recipe out of my Food Network magazine and could not WAIT to try it.  This party finally
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Bruschetta

Bruschetta

Bruschetta! How do you say this, by the way?  Broo-skett-ah?  Broo-shett-ah?  Who knows.  I don’t care.  I say Broo-shett-ah. Anyway.  I love bruschetta because you know why?  It makes me think of spring and summer, because can you really think of anything fresher and more delicious than a juicy, ripe tomato and some fresh basil?
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Bruschetta French Bread Pizza

Bruschetta French Bread Pizza

Did you guys ever find yourself with like a ton of leftover bruschetta and no idea what to do with it? No?  Yeah, me neither.  Not often anyway.  But when I do have some leftover, I usually make this the very next day! So one of the ways I originally toyed with introducing cheese to
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Buffalo Cheese Fondue

Buffalo Cheese Fondue

Buffalo cheese fondue is another one of those recipes I pinned some time ago and WAS SO EXCITED TO MAKE and then just… never… made it.  Which is the whole point of the #52NewEats project!  To force me to go and make some of these recipes I’ve collected over the years. And like a total
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Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Buffalo Chicken Nachos

A little while ago, I couldn’t decide which new recipe to make first, so I held a little contest on Instagram and Facebook to help me choose.  The winner, but not by much, was Buffalo Chicken Nachos!  So here you go, folks! A couple years back I actually made a buffalo chicken nachos recipe that
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Burrata with Roasted Tomatoes

Burrata with Roasted Tomatoes

Happy November!! I don’t especially love November, at least not like I love October.  But, my husband’s birthday, my daughter’s birthday, and Thanksgiving usually all fall within the same week.  It makes for a hectic week, but I love it.  Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday of the year bc food duh.  This year we
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Buttermilk Cornbread

Buttermilk Cornbread

Holy cow! Let me just start by saying that I don’t think I can say enough good things about this cornbread.  This buttermilk cornbread was absolutely amazing.  I love cornbread but I don’t often make it at home because it can be dry, crumbly, and just kind of generally unsatisfying.  BUT NO MORE! This recipe
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Cara’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

My best friend Cara makes theeeeee best buffalo chicken dip. I’m sure there are a million ways to make buffalo chicken dip and I, myself, have only ever had two in my life, but I can assure you this one is amaaaaze. I remember the first time I had it – if my memory serves
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Cheeseburger Nachos

Cheeseburger Nachos

GUYYSSSSSSSS. I knocked these out of the park.  I really, really did.  They were SO GOOD. Last week I posted about my //Buffalo Chicken Nachos// and how they just barely won a contest for which recipe I would make next – well these came in a very close second.  I had been tossing this idea
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cheesesteak hoagie nachos

Cheesesteak Hoagie Nachos

So, you guys!  I’m pretty excited.  Def about these cheesesteak hoagie nachos, but first: Several posts back I mentioned how I wanted to get back into this blog thing after being away for so long because my life took over my life.  Well today I discovered that Facebook is *actually* good for something (I know,
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Chickie's and Pete's Fries

Chickie’s and Pete’s Cheese Fries

So if you’ve ever been to Philly, you probably have heard about Chickie’s and Pete’s.  It’s a famous sports bar chain whose original location is actually in my neighborhood.  They are probably most famous for their Crab Fries – crinkle-cut French fries seasoned with Old Bay seasoning, served with a cup of white cheese sauce
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Chili Snack Mix

Chili Snack Mix

I was perusing Facebook one day and because Facebook is a stalker, it showed me a comment a friend of mine left on someone else’s post.  My friend (‘sup Sara! 💖) was asking for this recipe, and commenting on how addictive this snack mix was.  And like, who can’t get behind an addicting snack mix?!  But
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Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dip

Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip

I don’t really know what Chuy’s is, I am assuming it’s a restaurant of some kind, all I know is that when I saw //this dip// on Pinterest it looked creamy and delicious, and those are my two favorite criteria for anything going into my mouth. I was excited to make it for a Mexican-themed
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Classic Nachos

Classic Nachos

You guys.  It’s nachos. NACHOS! I don’t know how or when nachos became my most favorite food on the planet, but seriously, to me, there is nothing better in this world than a fat messy plate of nachos.  With or without meat, with or without beans, I could really care less.  There aren’t many nachos
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Copycat Chili's Queso

Copycat Chili’s Queso

My brother is not shy about proclaiming his love for specific restaurants or dishes.  In fact, he can be downright forceful in his opinion.  “NO.  D’ALESSANDRO’S HAS THE BEST CHEESESTEAKS IN PHILADELPHIA.  I DARE YOU TO FIND ONE BETTER.”  Sometimes, I have found him to be right, and sometimes I just think to myself, oh
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Copycat Chili's Salsa

Copycat Chili’s Salsa

One of my daughter’s favorite restaurants to eat at is Chili’s.  Personally, I also love Chili’s!  Chili’s holds a special place in my heart.  When my husband and I first started dating (way the hell back in the last century, in 1998), it was the “nice” restaurant that we would go to when going out
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Dill Pickle DIp

Dill Pickle Dip

I have to be honest, I wasn’t totally sure about this tip.  I 100% chose it because I knew my husband would devour it (and devour it he did), because he is a pickle fiend.  And I love pickles, especially Claussen pickles, but I was not sold on the idea of them being lost in
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Distrito Nachos

Distrito Nachos & A Blogaversary

Guys!  It’s my 3-year blogaversary! Yes, yes, yes, I can hardly believe it, but three years ago today, I started this little bloggity blog as a creative outlet for my writing, food photography, and enthusiasm for food.  My first post was (DUH) a nachos recipe inspired by one of my favorite food bloggers, Pinch of
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Eggs Benedict Fries

Eggs Benedict Fries

Eggs Benedict Fries. Yes.  They are A Thing. They should be A Thing on your menu for this week too.  Because seriously.  Why not?!  Life is short.  Eat the French fries, topped with creamy, tangy Hollandaise sauce, topped with a glorious poached egg, topped with smoked paprika and chopped chives.  Eat them. Eggs Benedict Fries
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French Onion Poutine

French Onion Poutine

One of my best days ever was just a few weeks ago when I discovered that a local farm carries cheese curds.  I saw them and gasped on the spot and yanked the cold case door open and squealed with delight!  I made such a(n embarrassing) scene that the cashier a couple aisles away poked
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Fresh Ricotta Toasts

So like.  Did y’all know you can make ricotta at home?  And that it’s better than almost anything you could buy at a store (unless you have access to some mom and pop Italian market that makes it fresh)? It’s true.  And it was SO easy to make, that of course I immediately had to
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Guacamole

Guacamole

I have a confession to make. Until about 5 years ago, I totally hated guacamole. I know.  Can you forgive me? Interestingly enough, what changed my mind was going to Mexico.  We went to Cozumel for Aaron’s 30th birthday, to a beautiful all-inclusive resort, where I felt like hey, if I don’t like it, at
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Herb and Garlic Cheese Spread

Herb and Garlic Cheese Spread

Herb and garlic cheese spread is another old recipe I found in my binder from my early days of learning how to cook.  I remember Aaron loved it back then, so when I saw this I thought it would make a good snack for him to bring in for lunch! It’s funny because the day
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Herbed Goat Cheese

Herbed Goat Cheese

I discovered within the last couple of years that I am, indeed, a passionate lover of goat cheese. Not really the crumbly goat cheese – I like the stuff that comes in a log and is creamy and tangy and delicious. So when I saw //this recipe for Herbed Goat Cheese//, my mouth immediately started
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Italian Bread Dipping Oil

Italian Bread Dipping Oil

Several years ago, I went to visit my friend Sara in Kansas City with some girlfriends, and we went out to dinner at this Italian place called Garozzo’s.  On the way there, Sara raved about the bread dipping oil.  WAIT TILL YOU DIP YOUR BREAD IN THAT OIL… OMG.  And I chuckled a little, thinking,
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Jose Pistola's Nachos

Jose Pistola’s Nachos

My close friend told me the other day that she’s tired of looking at my Instagram because all that’s ever on there is nachos. Oops. I can’t help it though!  Nachos are my most favorite thing on the planet.  I’m pretty sure she was joking.  She loves me.  She’s not a meanie. And then about
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La Bomba Nachos

La Bomba Nachos

A friend of mine shared this recipe video on my Facebook feed a few weeks ago, and I knew immediately I had to make these nachos. La Bomba Nachos, fools! So I did change some things.  First, I nixed the mozzarella cheese.  People.  Mozzarella cheese has no place in Mexican cooking.  Stop mixing cuisines, mkay? 
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Mexican Street Corn DIp

Mexican Street Corn Dip

I mentioned in my post for Mexican Street Corn Tostadas a couple weeks back that I was pretty inspired by that recipe and made a corn dip….thing. Is it weird that I think the words “corn dip” just don’t jive together?  I don’t know why.  It sounds pretty redneck.  Y’ALL COME FETCH YA SOME CORN
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Mexican Street Corn Layer Dip

Mexican Street Corn Layer Dip

This layer dip was inspired by one of my favorite recipes I made last year, the //street corn tostadas//.  I wanted a way to eat more of this flavor combination and came up with this super simple layer dip!  Enjoy!

Nachos Blanco

So ya had to know it was only a matter of time before one of the new recipes I wanted to try was a nachos recipe, right?  🙂 This week’s recipe comes to you from Sunny Anderson a la Food Network fame.  I watched the episode these nachos were featured on, oh, I don’t know,
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National Nachos Day!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t need an excuse to eat nachos.  Give ’em to me all day err day.  But tonight, I am attempting to recreate the Holy Grail of Nacho Wonderland…. Distrito‘s nachos.  I’ve got just about all the ingredients waiting for me at home, ready to throw together and devour
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Paleo Cinnamon Roasted Cashews

Paleo Cinnamon Roasted Cashews

I could eat cashews all day long.  I love them so much, but sometimes you want them to have some flavor, right?  So twice in the past 6 months I have attempted to make ______ Roasted Cashews, and I will now say, NEVER AGAIN.  Leave the flavored roasted cashews up to the experts, and just
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Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese

Earlier this year I discovered the amazingness that is pimento cheese. I went to Lexington for work and we went to this amazing little place to eat called Stella’s Kentucky Deli.  I really went for the hot brown, but came away with a newfound love and appreciation for pimento cheese.  (The hot brown was also
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Pinch of Yum Nachos

Pinch of Yum Nachos

As my first blog post, I think it’s only right that I post a recipe that was inspired by the blog that inspired me to start this blog!  (Did you catch that?) Pinch of Yum is one of my favorite food blogs.  Without even knowing it, I had a bunch of her recipes already pinned
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Poutine

Poutine

What’s poutine? This: Aw yeah that’s it. Poutine is this amazing plate of Canadian goodness (you can find the official definition here).  We are talking about crispy fries, and a beefy brown gravy, and sweet, creamy cheese curds, and a bit of minced parsley on top cuz every plate should have some green on it.
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Pulled Pork Nachos

Pulled Pork Nachos

Hey guys. Like HAAAAAAAY GUUUUUYS!!!! I don’t even think I can tell y’all just how good things have been in the past week.  I have a new boss at work.  And the meetings and discussions I’ve had since he’s stepped into place have been so productive and motivational and for the first time in a
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Salsa Baked Cheese

Salsa Baked Cheese

Chips and salsa is one of our FAVORITE snacks around here.  And //this salsa// is one of our favorites. My daughter is so picky.  SOOOO picky.  SO.  PICKY.  And I don’t even know how she got that way because her father and I are pretty good eaters.  But she does like chips and salsa.  If
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Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Sliders

Last summer sometime, I hosted a Slutfest at my house with our friends Geoff and Becky.  Normally Slutfest is just the four of us getting together and pigging out but on this occasion we also invited our friends Jackie and Brandon. One of Jackie’s contributions to the party was some kind of cheesesteak or cheeseburger
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Sawtooth Grill Blue Cheese Fries

Sawtooth Grill Blue Cheese Fries

Back when I lived in Spokane, there was a restaurant there called the Sawtooth Grill.  I heard it has since closed, but when we lived there it was one of our favorite places to frequent for cheeseburgers.  They had GREAT burgers.  And they had an appetizer on their menu which was skinny French fries doused
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Spinach Dip

Secret Spinach Dip

Spinach Dip. Really, SFB? I know, I know.  Everyone knows how to make spinach dip, right?  In fact, it just may be that you know how to make it the way I make it here.  Maybe what I have here is not even new to you.  But it’s new to me, and I’m excited to
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Sloppy Joe Cheese Fries

Listen.  When I started this blog, I felt like food creativity started coming at me from a hundred different directions.  And one of those things that popped in my head was ‘sloppy Joe cheese fries’. I’m not sure if I’d ever seen them on a menu before or something, but I know for sure I
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Sloppy Joe Sliders

Sloppy Joe Sliders

Some time ago I was Paleo, or predominantly Paleo, for the better part of about a year.  My husband really took to it – he likes meat and vegetables and has no problem turning away from potatoes and pasta.  Me, not so much.  I couldn’t last on Paleo like he could.  So he continued on
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Slutty Fries

Slutty Fries

There is an awesome foodie restaurant near me called The Butcher & Barkeep, and it’s about the only foodie restaurant around.  The waits there are regularly an hour or more during dinner time, any day of the week.  It’s a popular place with the locals, and for good reason – they have an excellent craft
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Spicy Mixed Nuts

Spicy Mixed Nuts

I love snack mixes.  They are usually ridiculously easy to make, and highly addictive, and great to have out at a party. I also love mixed nuts.  Planters Mixed Nuts – my favorite – I usually eat all the Brazil nuts first and then all the cashews and then it’s a free-for-all for the rest.
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Strawberry Balsamic Baked Brie

Strawberry Balsamic Baked Brie

Mmmmm, baked brie.  Warm, melty, spready cheese.  On a salty cracker.  With sweet, tangy balsamic strawberries on top.  Mmm, mmm, mmm. This recipe for baked brie was really, really decadent.  I had to make myself stop eating it so that I would eat my dinner!  I will definitely make it again, but I will change
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Taco Dip

Taco Dip

If you were looking for a highly-addictive, semi-healthy, fresh-tasting dip to put on the table for Cinco de Mayo, you need look no further. This recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember.  My mom used to make it all the time.  She probably got the recipe off some product
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Totchos

Hey y’all! Today is National Tater Tot Day.  Or something to that effect.  Did you know that?  I mean I did because I’m a food blogger and of course I know all the food holidays so that I can celebrate them appropriately.  Or, as my husband says, so I have an excuse to eat bad
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World's Greatest Onion Dip

World’s Greatest Onion Dip

Ok so.  I’m just going to say this loud and clear: you WILL want this dip at your next family or friends get-together.  You just will. You WILL need to get over the idea of sauteeing the onions for 45-60 minutes.  You just will.  Because this step, this crucial step, is what sets this dip
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