Appetizers and Dips

Cowboy Caviar

Move over, guacamole. I am guessing that this amazing dip would be “caviar” to anybody, cowboys or otherwise.  We are going camping in Leavenworth this weekend, and one of my favorite things to do at the place where I spent so many childhood summers, is to sit under the shade of the big apple tree, in the field… Continue reading Cowboy Caviar

Appetizers and Dips · Side Dishes & Salads · whole 30 paleo

Whole 30 Dump Ranch

Oh mylanta you guys.  I can’t believe I completed 45 days of Whole 30 in my life without making dump ranch. Big mistake.  Huge. I finally made dump ranch today, and doing this recipe with the exact ingredients written, I swear to the heavens that I absolutely can’t tell the difference between this and homemade… Continue reading Whole 30 Dump Ranch

Appetizers and Dips

Fire Crackerz (for FOOTBALL SEASON!!!!)

Well everyone, it’s officially football season, and I am looking forward to cheering my Seahawks on to another Superbowl this year.  I’m also looking forward to watching my boyfriend, Pete Carroll on television for 3 hours every Sunday. (It’s okay to have a big crush on the coach as long as that isn’t the reason… Continue reading Fire Crackerz (for FOOTBALL SEASON!!!!)

Appetizers and Dips

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

I have to tell you- bacon wrapped anything is not really my thing.  It’s not that I have anything against bacon- I like it as a breakfast meat.  I enjoy it wrapped around asparagus.  I do not like it on burgers, sandwiches, etc.  I think it’s something about the meat-on-meat.  I find it unnecessary. Now,… Continue reading Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Appetizers and Dips · Side Dishes & Salads

Candied Walnuts for Salads

I’ve made candied walnuts in the past, and it has always involved toasting nuts in the oven, complicated syrups, candy thermometers, and breaking apart stuck together nuts tediously with a fork.  No thanks.  I’d way rather just buy the $6 bag of them near the croutons at the grocery store. I have to say though,… Continue reading Candied Walnuts for Salads

Appetizers and Dips

Basil Butter Garlic Bread

Basil Butter Garlic Bread A couple of times a year, I get together with a group of my old high school girlfriends.  We pig out and drink wine or margaritas, and we talk about the good old days, and where everybody we knew then is now.  We talk about old crushes, skipping class together, and… Continue reading Basil Butter Garlic Bread