Over the past six months, I’ve been collaborating with Pepperidge Farm and sharing my original recipes using Puff Pastry. Along the way, my readers were asked to submit ideas for recipes they would like to create using puff pastry and just a few weeks ago one reader (Sharon from Cupcakes and Cutlery!) got the news she would be heading with me to the Pepperidge Farms Innovation Center to compete in our own version of a Top Chef inspired cooking challenge.
We arrived with several other bloggers and guests for a day of inspiration, taste testing and recipe development! Above is Sharon and I in the Pepperidge Farm test kitchen. It was SO cool!
With aprons tied, we worked together to create two dishes that would be presented to the judges. Our mission was to create two recipes each inspired by a new food trend –Brazilian influence and using Greek yogurt in a savory dish. Above were our two dishes.
Entertaining guests? A crudite platter is always a great choice when preparing light appetizers, especially this time of year! Our own garden is beginning to really take off and one of our favorite things to do is serve up what we’ve grown. Until then, we enjoy heading to the local farmers’ market and picking up veggies. Select your favorite veggies and feel free to be creative! One idea is to make a serving bowl from an artichoke — it makes for great dip presentation.
To make you simply use a knife to cut the center out of the artichoke. Once you’ve removed most of the leaves, use a metal spoon to hallow out the center before filling with your favorite dip or hummus.
What? I had you at bacon. I figured that might happen.
I recently decided since everything is better with bacon, that must be true about french fries as well. I was right, these babies are deliciously sinful. The bacon flavor combined with the crispy fry …. so good. Dip them in your favorite dipping sauce (recipe for this Sriracha mayo below) and you have a winner.
Ready for the big game? If not, no worries — I’ve got you covered.
Today I’m excited to kick off a week of great game day ideas from a wonderful group of home entertaining experts. We’re sharing tips, ideas and recipes for celebrating the Super Bowl at home. Be sure to visit each link for great ideas!
Looking for something warm, delicious and sure to please for game day? This bacon beer cheese dip will do the trick. Perfect to serve Superbowl Sunday (or anytime you want to impress your guests, really).
The main players here: cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, a bottle of good beer, garlic powder, montreal steak seasoning, Kettle Brand chips (I used Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper), and …
bacon. Cooked, chopped, amazing, bacon.
This beer cheese dip is the perfect combo of creamy, cheesy, and a little crunchy (thanks to the bacon). The Kettle Brand chips are the perfect choice for dipping because they are a bit thicker than your typical chip and have a great balance of salt and pepper which goes great with the richness of this dip.