Soft Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese


We love our appetizers. My family makes a meal of appetizers every once in a while. These are one of our favorite small bites. The pretzels are soft and flavorful. You can make the dough without a bread maker but if you have one why not let it do all the timing and stirring? The…

Herbed Roasted Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce


Looking for an appetizer that is simple yet can appear to be elegant? This can also be a simple entrée for a small group. Add some rice or quinoa salad and a green salad to create a super simple meal. Verdict: This was super easy to make and serve. The hardest part was getting everything…

Italian Sandwich Sliders (on Hawaiian Rolls)


I am going to be posting lots of foods you can use for football parties or for a hearty appetizer dinner. As I have said before my family loves these little Hawaiian rolls sandwiches, if you don’t like the sweetness of the rolls you can always substitute a nice package of heat and serve dinner…

Classic Hot Reuben Dip


Who doesn’t love a good Reuben? My family loves corned beef and I thought this would be a perfect dip for our little party. The best part was how simple it is to make. You can make it the night before your party, cover, and refrigerate until about 35-45 minutes before you are ready to…

Simple Taco Pizza Appetizer


With the new year fast approaching and football playoff season right around the corner in the US I am always looking for simple appetizers and finger foods that I can serve without a lot of fuss. This dish is super easy to make but if you are having tacos before you make this appetizer make…

Cheddar, Bacon, Ranch Roll-Ups


A friend of mine used to have a New Year’s Eve party every year. He would serve something similar to this (frozen and from a box) and would call them “Ritzy Roll-Ups.” We used to laugh every year when he would set them on the table because they were delicious but the name was hysterical….

Super Easy Chili Cheese Dip


Do you ever need something quick and easy to serve when your kids have friends drop over unexpectedly? Or need a quick football game day snack? This Super Easy Chili Cheese Dip has 5 ingredients that you may already have on hand AND can take 5 minutes if you make it in the microwave. I…

Pictures of Hors d’oeuvres for 150


We were trying to do super inexpensive yet nice food for approximately 150 people. There were no cooking facilities there so everything needed to be made ahead of time and no real way to keep things warm we went with simple room temperature or cold foods. We cut all the vegetables, meat, and cheese ourselves…

Hors D’oeuvres for 150


Yes, I am in the middle of making hors d’oeuvres for 150 people. I volunteered for this. What was I thinking? We are trying to do it inexpensively about $500 for everything including punch, sparkling juice, napkins, cups and trays. The venue is providing plates, tables, and flat ware.  This means we are doing quite…

Simple Comfort Food – Easy Poutine


Some days you just want comfort food. Poutine (click for link to original recipe) is comfort food. French fries drenched with gravy and melty cheese curds. If you make it the correct way you cut the potatoes, fry them up, make your gravy and then when the gravy is hot pour it over the warm…

Beer Battered Cheese Curd


  Every trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin we stop at a local cheese store. Very rarely does our order change. Three blocks of basil farmer’s cheese and three large bags of fresh cheese curd. If you have never had cheese curd when it is fresh it “squeaks” as you eat it. It slowly loses that sound…