Caramel Apple Baked Brie

Caramel Apple Baked Brie is a gooey, scrumptious appetizer that’s perfect for holiday entertaining! This easy recipe has a caramel apple topping piled on top of wheel of melted brie. It only has 5 ingredients and takes 20 minutes from start to finish.

Caramel Apple Baked Brie is a gooey, scrumptious appetizer that's perfect for holiday entertaining! This easy recipe has a caramel apple topping piled on top of wheel of melted brie. It only has 5 ingredients and takes 20 minutes from start to finish.

I realized the other day that I haven’t shared one appetizer recipe for this entire year. Um, I guess I got a little carried away with the chocolate and cookies, as per usual.

But with the holidays coming up and quick and easy appetizers being in high demand, a scrumptious holiday appetizer was in order – especially because this is the season for baked brie, one of my favorite holiday treats  [Read more…]

Mozzarella Heirloom Tomato Galette with Parmesan Crust (Gluten Free + Grain Free)

This Mozzarella Heirloom Tomato Galette showcases beautiful heirloom tomatoes bubbling with melted mozzarella cheese, all tucked into a gluten-free + grain-free Parmesan crust. 

This Mozzarella Heirloom Tomato Galette showcases beautiful heirloom tomatoes bubbling with melted mozzarella cheese, all tucked into a gluten-free + grain-free Parmesan crust. Since I tried making my first galette earlier this year, this irresistible chocolate strawberry one, I’ve been having galettes on the mind rather often. A galette, if you’ve never had one before, is essentially a rustic version of a pie or tart. It has a similar flaky crust that’s rolled out, and it can have a fruity or savory filling, but instead of being placed in a pie dish or tart pan, the edges of the pastry dough are folded up and around the filling, forming a freeform kind-of pie.

After that initial Chocolate Strawberry Galette was such a raging success, I had dreams of a galette that could be dinner – I wanted something savory, full of veggies and cheese. From that, the Spinach Artichoke Galette was made…and subsequently devoured. [Read more…]

Green Chile Corn Muffins

These Green Chile Corn Muffins are the best corn muffins I’ve ever had! Flavored with green chiles & cheddar cheese, they are perfect served with a bowl of chili or a drizzle of honey.

These Green Chile Corn Muffins are the best corn muffins I've ever had! Flavored with green chiles & cheddar cheese, they are perfect served with a bowl of chili or a drizzle of honey.I got back from my spontaneous, four day trip to Hawaii a few days ago and it feels like a whirlwind tropical dream. Thankfully, I acquired some tan lines to prove it actually happened. We got so lucky with the weather, and every day in Kauai was warm and dry, which is rare for January.

We hiked to some of the most magnificent spots imaginable, ate fresh fruit and fish every day, and spent plenty of time exploring beaches, caves, and little side-of-the-road fruit stands. The waves were extraordinary – I had never seen waves quite like this. We’re talking giant thirty, forty foot swells crashing with wild abandon against the rocks, creating splashes like you couldn’t believe. [Read more…]

Sweet Sticks

Sweet Sticks were a favorite of my friends and I in college – these bread sticks are topped with melted mozzarella, garlic, and brown sugar for a salty-sweet combo that’s surprisingly irresistible!

Sweet Sticks were a favorite of my friends and I in college - these bread sticks are topped with melted mozzarella, garlic, and brown sugar for a salty-sweet combo that's surprisingly irresistible!Sweet sticks bring back some really good memories…sometimes hazy, but always good.

Sweet sticks were one of the staples of a night out in college. At my school, there was a pizza place on campus that would stay open until 2 a.m. on the weekends, but they would stop taking pizza orders an hour before closing. [Read more…]

Easy Brie Bites

These Easy Brie Bites have only four ingredients, but make a delicious appetizer that you won’t be able to get enough of! Gooey brie and crunchy smokehouse almonds make this simple appetizer recipe shine. 

These Easy Brie Bites have only four ingredients, but make a delicious appetizer that you won't be able to get enough of! Gooey brie and crunchy smokehouse almonds make this simple appetizer recipe shine. Raise your hand if you like football! Okay…now raise your hand if you like watching football especially when there are delicious snacky foods around to eat. Hands up? Yeah, me too.

I think most football lovers know that one of the best things on game day, close behind cheering for your favorite team, is filling your tummy with easy to eat, usually-cheesy snacks. The best kinds of snacks are the ones that are so easy, you can throw them together during a commercial break and they’ll be done by the following commercial break. [Read more…]

Cheesy Turkey Pesto Rolls

These Cheesy Turkey Pesto Rolls make a great snack or appetizer perfect for tailgating or the holidays! Gooey mozzarella makes this easy four ingredient recipe absolutely irresistible.

These Cheesy Turkey Pesto Rolls make a great snack or appetizer perfect for tailgating or the holidays! Gooey mozzarella makes this easy four ingredient recipe absolutely irresistible.I don’t think things get much busier than they do during the holidays. It seems like everything is hustling and bustling, with holiday shopping for everyone on your list, kids out of school for the holidays, holiday parties galore, and of course…tons and tons of food. 

Food is one of the cornerstones of the holidays, with our meals being where we all come together to celebrate each other and get really, super full. I don’t know about you guys, but my family is always in a major food coma after every holiday meal, and the food all seems to disappear oh so much quicker than it took to come together. [Read more…]

Cheesy Tomato Basil Rolls

These Cheesy Tomato Basil Rolls are packed full of tomato flavor and fresh basil with gooey mozzarella cheese melting out of the middle and a Parmesan crust on top! These are the perfect snack or soup accompaniment.

These Cheesy Tomato Basil Rolls are packed full of tomato flavor and fresh basil with gooey mozzarella cheese melting out of the middle and a Parmesan crust on top! These are the perfect snack or soup accompaniment.I’m not a procrastinator. Okay, that’s not true – I procrastinate a little bit, as does everyone, but generally, I’m definitely the kind of girl who gets it done ahead of time. Yet, somehow, I’m sitting here at 8:08 AM, writing a post that was supposed to have gone out at 8. Behind this on my desk top is a cover letter I’m in the middle of writing, a (thankfully) finished case analysis for class today, and a five page draft of a memoir that’s due in one hour and is definitely supposed to be seven pages.

Normally, I would be majorly beating myself about it, filled with anxiety about the standards I’m not meeting. In reality, the “standards” are just really ones I’ve set for myself – and I do think that it is important to set high standards for yourself. For me at least, that’s how I get places. Set a goal, reach it, set another. I’m the same way with my tasks everyday. Sometimes though, like this week, things are just a little too hectic and filled for me to get my hands on everything that needs to get done. Things slip through, panic ensues, and I always get it done before the world comes crashing down. [Read more…]

Pepperoni Pizza Pull Apart Bread

This Pepperoni Pizza Pull Apart Bread features soft layers of homemade bread loaded with tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni for an appetizer that’s sure to be a fan favorite.

This Pepperoni Pizza Pull Apart Bread features soft layers of homemade bread loaded with tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni for an appetizer that's sure to be a fan favorite.A certain big game is coming up in just three short weeks for us American football fans. A game that celebrates American spirit, enthusiasm for whatever team you call your own, and the opportunity to be with friends, drink beer, and eat excessive amounts of great food.

While my team is officially out of the race to the Superbowl (c’mon Chargers, step it up this year!), I’m still majorly in it for the food. The best kind of Superbowl food is the kind that’s shareable, delicious, and typically covered with too much cheese. This Pepperoni Pizza Pull Apart Bread totally fits all of those criteria. [Read more…]