Appetizers and Dips · Healthy and Delicious · Side Dishes & Salads

Arugula Salad with Creamy Garlic Vinaigrette

THIS SALAD IS THE BEST THING I’VE EVER EATEN. It will have you going full on Bridesmaids. It was SO easy to make.  I love the tiny bit of bite you get from fresh arugula.  Add some petite red tomatoes, red onion, parmesan cheese, and the best homemade salad dressing you’ve ever had, and BOOM.… Continue reading Arugula Salad with Creamy Garlic Vinaigrette

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Whipped Feta Dip

My Aunt and Uncle have a house with a dock on Lake Washington, and every summer, they generously host us for “dock days” where they take us boating, tubing, water skiing, and where we jump off the dock into the clean, cool water and swim (and jump on the water trampoline) to our hearts’ content.… Continue reading Whipped Feta Dip

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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

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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!!!!)

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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