Chocolate Covered Strawberries

These Chocolate Covered Strawberries are a perfect romantic dessert for Valentine’s Day or at the end of any dinner for two! They’re also a simple treat to prepare in advance and serve at parties. I enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day. I don’t think it needs to be a big ordeal involving gifts and cards. It doesn’t even have to involve going out to dinner. In fact, my favorite way to enjoy the holiday is by having a quiet, romantic dinner for

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Chorizo Queso Blanco Dip

This Chorizo Queso Blanco Dip uses all real cheese and is PERFECT for parties! It’s rich and creamy, with just the right amount of kick from the chorizo sausage. You can omit the chorizo for a plain queso dip (or use an alternative like soy chorizo). People always go nuts for this when I serve it! When I offered to make a queso dip for Wisconsin Cheese, I thought it would be a no-brainer recipe. It’s a cheese dip. Point.

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Candied Pecans

These candied pecans are crunchy, sweet, and totally addictive, with just a few simple ingredients! They’re perfect on salads, soups or served with your favorite cheese (especially melted brie). You can also add a bit of cayenne if you like some spice! In my opinion, candied nuts are one of those truly multipurpose kitchen staples, and everyone should have a solid, go-to recipe for them. They instantly add crunch, subtle sweetness, and extra flavor to many dishes. Also, they’re inexpensive

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S’mores Bark

With only THREE ingredients, this amazing chocolate S’mores Bark recipe is going to be a total hit with your holiday guests. Who needs a campfire? Indoor s’mores are where it’s at! I’ll be honest, chocolate bark isn’t always my thing when it comes to holiday desserts. I’m much more of a cookie gal, as you’ve probably noticed. (In case you missed them, be sure to check out my recent posts for frosted eggnog cookies and soft gingerbread cookies with chocolate).

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Hot Buttered Bourbon

Hot Buttered Bourbon is a new twist on a classic winter cocktail that will keep you warm and cozy during the cold winter months! The first time I heard about hot buttered rum, I was intrigued but also hesitant. I love a warm cocktail in the cold winter months. The name evokes butterbeer and spiked eggnog. However, I still wasn’t so sure. Hot butter and rum? It turns out I love it just as much as spiked eggnog. Butter aside,

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Pecan Pie French Toast Bake

This Pecan Pie French Toast Bake is perfect for holiday breakfast and brunch gatherings! Almost all the prep work can be done in advance! This is the time of year when I start thinking about comfort food and easy entertaining recipes. There’s usually a bit of crossover there. To be honest, some years I do little to no holiday entertaining, so it’s the comfort food aspect that speaks to me. We have a small home that isn’t ideal for parties.

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Pumpkin Slab Pie

Pumpkin Slab Pie is the perfect solution if you’re serving a larger group! It makes 24-30 slices, providing a perfect portion of this classic fall dessert. Have you ever heard of slab pies? I’m really into them right now! They’re similar to sheet cakes. Basically, instead of having a round, tall pie (or cake), you bake a long, thin one using a rimmed baking sheet. This is so useful for parties where you’ll need a dessert that serves a large

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Mango Salsa

This mango salsa is fantastic served with tortilla chips, but I also love using it as a topping for fish and chicken! It comes together in no time. How do you brighten up a dish? While this is undeniably a summery recipe, I’m always in the mood for a tropical fruit salsa regardless of the time of year. It’s a refreshing snack, and it works so well as an accompaniment to a variety of main courses, brightening things up with

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How To Make Perfect Hummus: Everything You Need To Know

This is an incredibly smooth, creamy hummus recipe that can be prepared using either chickpeas or white beans! Homemade hummus is one of my absolute favorite snacks. It’s fantastic with toasted pita or vegetables, and I love using it as a sandwich condiment. For years I thought I wasn’t a fan; it turns out I actually don’t care for store brands (which I find to have an unusual aftertaste). These days I always have fresh hummus in the fridge. After

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My Favorite Guacamole + How To Keep It Fresh

Learn how to make perfect guacamole that will stay fresh and bright green for days! Guacamole is one of my absolute favorite snacks.  For quite some time now, I’ve been wanting to get back to basics. I’m always hesitant… does the internet really need another guacamole recipe? Of course not. However, while this site is full of more unique recipe combinations I’ve pulled together over the years, I’d like to widen my selection of kitchen staples as well as basic tutorials and guides.

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