Cheap Holiday Party Tray

Cheap Holiday Party Tray

When the holidays roll around and you’re asked to a party, do you usually say, “What can I bring?” And what if you don’t usually cook, or can’t cook. And maybe your budget is overextended as it is. That’s when you might think Party Tray. And if you know how to assemble a Cheap Holiday Party Tray, all your problems are solved. At least the what to bring option is. I apologize that this tray isn’t decked out in Christmas trappings. Between my bad shoulder and hand, I’m a bit limited and obviously made this Cheap Holiday Party Tray right around Thanksgiving. If you follow me, you might even recognize a few of these items. I’ll link to them, too.

 

Cheap Holiday Party Tray

Cheap Holiday Party Tray

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Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

I used to be kinda opposed to Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip, just on principle…and here’s the deal: Back in the ’80s, it was all about the creamy Spinach Dip and it was served warm or cold in a bread bowl. I loved that stuff! And I remember how fancy we all thought it was, too. Then in the ’90s it was all about the Hot Artichoke Dip. It seemed that just about every restaurant had a version. It was everywhere! And I loved that stuff, too! Of course, I’ve always had a thing for artichokes, and guess who else in the house does? Homer, my cat. She goes nuts over them. She can smell even the canned artichokes in the grocery bag and immediately comes running!

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

 

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Ina Garten's Guacamole

Ina Garten’s Guacamole

I made this beautiful guacamole recipe from Ina Garten some time ago; I never did post it. I thought it would be nice this time of year when we’re all looking for a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to make and bring to Christmas parties or game day get-togethers, so here is Ina Garten’s Guacamole.

Ina Garten's Guacamole Salmon Sandwich

Ina Garten’s Guacamole Salmon Sandwich

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Easy Homemade Boursin Cheese

Easy Homemade Boursin Cheese

Are you a fan of Boursin Cheese? If you’re not familiar, Boursin Cheese is a rich, creamy, herby blend of Gournay Cheese developed in Normandy, France. And while I’m a fan of Boursin Cheese, what I’m not a fan of is the price…so for the upcoming Holidays, I thought I’d make a knock-off. So here’s an Easy Homemade Boursin Cheese that’s going to be perfect for snacking with crackers, as an appetizer or maybe an addition to your cheese board.

Easy Homemade Boursin Cheese

Easy Homemade Boursin Cheese

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Restaurant Style Brussels with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

Restaurant Style Brussels with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

Gosh, do I love me some Brussels Sprouts. They’ve always been a fave, and especially my Bacon Brussels Sprouts. I mean c’mon! But man or woman cannot live on just Bacon Brussels Sprouts, sometimes you need to shake things up a bit, and so here’s a sweet little recipe for Restaurant Style Brussels with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce.

Restaurant Style Brussels with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

Restaurant Style Brussels with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

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The Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

The Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Believe me, I sympathize with parents on Halloween. It’s gotta be one of the most fun holidays, but man can it be hectic, especially if the celebration isn’t on a weekend. And it’s just not enough anymore to toss a sheet on your kid and send them out in the world with a pillowcase! Heck, Halloween hardly seems the time to make anything, let alone the Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!

The Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

The Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Freshly Popped Homemade Popcorn

Freshly Popped Homemade Popcorn

As far as a frugal snack, there’s not much that beats out popcorn. That is if you’re ditching the boxes of the microwave stuff and sticking with a bag or a jar of kernels and making your own Freshly Popped Homemade Popcorn. Yanno, microwave popcorn packets are the biggest rip-off since instant oatmeal packets. Hey, it HAD to be said! I mean really, what’s going to be next? Bottled water, lol?!

Freshly Popped Homemade Popcorn

Freshly Popped Homemade Popcorn

 

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

Goodness knows I’m not a huge sports fan. I just don’t have the attention span to sit and follow most things on TV. Unless maybe it’s food related, lol! But yanno what I can get behind on game day? The food! There’s just something about the fun party food that shows up around every football party, and these Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders are the perfect example of fun food.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

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Oven Baked Apple Chips

Oven Baked Apple Chips

You might think I’ve been living under a rock. I didn’t know about Oven Baked Apple Chips. Please tell me I’m not the only one? I thought that they were like the leathery, dehydrated apples and were just renamed as a gimmick. I thought, “What’s the big deal?”

Oven Baked Apple Chips

Oven Baked Apple Chips

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Crispy Zucchini Fritters

Crispy Zucchini Fritters

I had a couple zucchini in my fridge. I know I bought them for something specific, but who knows what that was! I usually have a menu for what I plan to eat & make, but in typical fashion, lost the list. Oh, the joys of getting old! But that all might have been for the best because instead, I made Crispy Zucchini Fritters.

Crispy Zucchini Fritters

Crispy Zucchini Fritters

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Shishito Peppers with Sriracha Mayo Dipping Sauce

Shishito Peppers with Sriracha Mayo Dipping Sauce

Have you tried Shishito Peppers yet? Have you heard of them? I hadn’t until my Step Sister Pam visited a while back and raved about them. I was determined to try them as soon as I was back in the Twin Cities but completely forgot until I saw them at Aldi, of all places. So I brought them home and made Shishito Peppers with Sriracha Mayo Dipping Sauce.

Shishito Peppers with Sriracha Mayo Dipping Sauce

Shishito Peppers with Sriracha Mayo Dipping Sauce

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Copycat French's Crispy Onion Rings

Copycat French’s Crispy Onion Rings

Are you a lover of French’s Onion Rings? Or are you like me and only use them once a year in that Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole that nobody admits they like but everybody eats? I guess I’m just not that big of a fan French’s Onion Rings – or at least I wasn’t until I made these Copycat French’s Crispy Onion Rings.

Bourbon Barbecue Pot Roast Sandwich

Bourbon Barbecue Pot Roast Sandwich

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Classic Marinated Carrots

Classic Marinated Carrots

I wasn’t sure whether to call these Old Fashioned Marinated Carrots or Classic Marinated Carrots, but either way they’re delicious, especially in the Summer. They’re cool and refreshing. The Marinade is almost like a tangy Catalina (or “French” dressing, if you’re as old as I am) and they’re the perfect thing for a summer picnic or potluck.

Classic Marinated Carrots

Classic Marinated Carrots

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Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

Now that summer is just about here…we hope…it’s time to think about those snacks we’d like to have out on the deck on a balmy evening. Chips and Salsa, I’m thinking. And one of my favorite summer recipes is a Salsa Fresca, a classic Pico de Gallo. Particularly Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa. Maybe even with a cold, slushy Margarita. But that will have to be another post.

Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

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McMullan's Irish Nachos, loaded with 2 cheeses and corned beef, topped with pickled jalapenos & sour cream

McMullan’s Irish Nachos

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!! I’ve actually been cooking Irish recipes all week, but the standout is these potato nachos, in the style of McMullen’s Pub, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. So there’s the name:  McMullan’s Irish Nachos. These are crispy, crunchy homemade potato chips loaded with cheese, crisped corned beef or other protein of choice, and pickled jalapenos. And sour cream, if you don’t forget to add it like I did before I took pics!

McMullan's Irish Nachos, loaded with 2 cheeses and corned beef, topped with pickled jalapenos & sour cream

McMullan’s Irish Nachos, loaded with 2 cheeses and corned beef, topped with pickled jalapenos & sour cream

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The Best Homemade Potato Chips - Brined & Double Fried

Best Homemade Potato Chips

The lowly potato chip. It’s available everywhere. But if you haven’t ever had a home-made potato chip, you just haven’t lived. These Best Homemade Potato Chips are warm, crispy crunchy deliciousness. They’re unbelievable delish! They’re like gobsmacking good!

The Best Homemade Potato Chips - Brined & Double Fried

The Best Homemade Potato Chips – Brined & Double Fried

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Millionaires Bacon - sweet, salty, spicy deliciousness.

Millionaires Bacon

Millionaires Bacon. It’s everything. It’s insanely good. Hard to stop, good. So what is Millionaires Bacon? It’s like candied bacon on steroids. Salty, sweet, spicy, smoky, crunchy, chewy deliciousness.

Millionaires Bacon - sweet, salty, smoky spicy deliciousness.

Millionaire’s Bacon – sweet, salty, smoky spicy deliciousness.

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