Pesto Pull Bread

Pesto Pull Bread

I love my traeger grill and I always follow their new recipes.  I saw an instagram picture from Traeger for Pesto Pull Bread and I had to try it for myself.  While I did not follow the recipe, I did create my own from the picture. Man, it was delicious! If you are looking for a great appetizer, this is it!  Plus, I used the oven so this recipe is for everyone!

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Queso Fundido

Queso Fundido

Dana and I love Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant!  If you have one near you I recommend that you try it ASAP.  Last year during their Hatch Chili Festival they had a limited time special menu that included Queso Fundido. What is Queso Fundido you ask?  Well it is freaking glorious!  Basically it is a Chorizo and cheese dip that you serve on warm flour tortillas.  It is quite possibly the best cheese dish that I have ever had!  The ooey gooey cheese and chorizo on a warm tortilla is straight up gold.  My mouth is watering as I write this up!  You have to try it.

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Big Game Appetizers

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The Big Game is this Sunday, and I want to make sure that you are all prepared for your party.  The Big Game is a great time to get together and party.  In order to keep your party lively, appetizers and finger foods are the best way to go for game day food.  That way you can keep it light.  You don’t want your guests falling asleep during half time. Besides a nice selection of Ice Cold Beer, you should consider serving some of my favorite Appetizers. These recipes are tested and guaranteed to keep your guests happy and full.

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Pepperoni Pinwheels – The Ultimate Appetizer

Pepperoni Pinwheels

Pepperoni Pinwheels are the ultimate appetizer.  They contain all of the ingredients from everyone’s favorite meal, Pizza!  They are easily shared and can be dipped in your favorite pizza/marinara sauce.  Pepperoni Pinwheels are like mini pepperoni pizza sans pizza sauce.  Therefore you can eat them in your favorite white shirt without too much worry.  This is quite possibly one of the best appetizers that I have ever made.

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Labor Day Menu 2014

Labor Day Menu

Here is my Labor Day Menu.  All grilled, all the time.  It is the end of the summer and you and your family should spend the entire day outside.  For that reason, my whole menu is cooked outdoors.  It starts with some delicious shrimp and ends with a grilled nectarine.  Also, included is a nice grilled lemonade cocktail that will keep you socially lubricated all day.  Enjoy!

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Hatch Green Chile Queso

Hatch Green Chile Queso

Dana and I are huge fans of Green Chiles.  We eat them whenever we can, but Hatch chiles are hard to come by in Virginia.  A couple of weeks ago the fine people over at http://www.hatch-green-chile.com/ provided us with 5lbs of medium Hatch green chiles.  These are top notch chiles, fire roasted, seeded and then flash frozen. … Read moreHatch Green Chile Queso

Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi – Hacked!

Red lobster shrimp scampi hacked

Growing up, my family loved to hit up Red Lobster.  Red Lobster is famous for cheddar biscuits, shrimp scampi and bringing seafood to the Midwest. Who wouldn’t love it.  My favorite thing on the menu was the shrimp scampi.  Not a traditional scampi, but a scampi inspired dish that was pure shrimp and no noodles.  The other day my Father asked me if I could recreate it. I accepted the challenge and here it is.

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Bill’s Bruschetta

Bill's Bruschetta

My Father-In-Law Bill has a great garden and has been harvesting tomatoes for the past couple of weeks.  He utilized the fresh tomatoes to make a great homemade bruschetta. It is a delicious recipe with extremely fresh ingredients. It is a must try.  So here is Bill’s first guest post.  Take it away Bill. Bruschetta … Read moreBill’s Bruschetta

Grilled stuffed Jalapenos

Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos

The other day I picked up a Jalapeno rack and was extremely excited to try it out.  In my excited state, I totally forgot that that February is not the best time to find jalapenos.  However, after a long search I found some fresh jalapenos. There are a ton of companies that make jalapeno racks. … Read moreGrilled stuffed Jalapenos

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Bread

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Bread

Ever since I was a kid, the holidays meant it was time for hors d’ouerves / appetizers.  Since everyone is coming and going, my Mom would always have a table full of them.  For this reason, I am always on the lookout for new and interesting ideas.  I stumbled upon a single picture that excited my taste buds.  It was a picture of a round of sourdough bread that was sliced to resemble a porcupine and then covered with bacon and cheese.  To my surprise, the bread was also drenched in ranch flavored butter.  So I made it for Dana and it was a hit.  I can see why it is nicknamed “Crack Bread”.

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Veggie Dip

Vegetable Dip

Every holiday, special occasion or just get together my Mom makes veggie dip. It is delicious and easy to make. The only thing that I always forget is that you have to make it at least 24 hours before you want to use it. That way all of the ingredients have a chance to mingle … Read moreVeggie Dip

Green Bean Fries

Green Bean Fries

A couple of weeks ago I was emailed by a reader to try Green Bean Fries, like the ones at T.G.I. Friday’s. So, I went to the source and tried them. They were good, but mine might have been sitting around for a while as they were a little mushy. So I got home, plugged in the deep fryer and started to experiment.  The first two tries were alright but not amazing. Then I figured it out and created some of the tastiest Green Bean Fries around. In my opinion they were even better than the ones at Friday’s.

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Tomato Tartlets

I was invited to a little party yesterday and I wanted to bring an appetizer. I was unsure what to make so I started to look through my cooking magazines. Luckily the December copy of food and wine was delivered. In there they had quick and easy hors d’oeuvres. They had these quick and easy tomato tartlets that made 60 portions. Score.

Tomato Tartlet
Tomato Tartlet

The tartlets are bite-size and simple to make.

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