Category Archives: Appetizers

Cowboy Caviar


Who doesn’t love a good dip? Now that football season has officially begun, dips are where all the action is at! Whip this up and grab a bag of tortilla chips and enjoy!

1/2 red onion, diced finely
1 bell pepper, chopped (I use yellow or orange)
1 small bunch green onions, chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
1 jalapeno pepper, finely diced
1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes, quartered
1-15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1-15 oz can black-eyed peas, drained
1-11 oz can corn with jalapenos
1 avocado, diced
1/2 tsp black pepper
small bunch of cilantro, chopped

8-oz of your favorite zesty Italian dressing, I use the olive garden brand.

In a large bowl, toss all the ingredients together, pour the dressing over the top and stir. Store in the fridge until serving. Easy Peasy and not to mention, yum!!!


Cheesy Goodness Bread

Ah, hot cheesy bread goodness, I imagine this is available in that most special place, Angels All-U-Can Eat, location?: Heaven, because why wouldn’t a slice of this not be there? Cheese makes me happy, it makes everyone around me happy (unless they have that poor unfortunate lactose allergy) I make this on a large loaf of french bread or one of those skinny baguettes, I try to imagine that there are less calories that way;)

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1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup mayo (yes, you read that right)
1/2 tsp Italian herb, crush it real good with your fingers
1/2 bunch green onions, sliced super thin (I cheat sometimes and grab one of the packages of chives, and use my kitchen shears to slice into tiny pieces, I use 1/3 of the package)
1 loaf good french bread, halved lengthwise
Parmesan cheese

Combine the first 5 ingredients together. Spread the mixture onto the bread and sprinkle generously with the parmesan cheese.
Place the bread halves onto a cookie sheet and bake ate 350 for 20-25 minutes, until bubbly. Remove from the oven and slice.  Now, try not to inhale 3 pieces before you get to the table with it!

Veggie Dip

So, confession time…..I love a good dip! I will eat veggies all day, as long as a yummy dip is involved. I am a dip-aholic. Is there a group meeting for this kind of problem?? Who doesn’t find joy picking up a carrot and dunking it in a dip that is super tasty??

1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayo
1 tsp dried onion
1 TBSP dried parsely
3 tsp beau monde
2 tsp dried dill weed

Mix all of this happiness together….Refrigerate and serve with veggies…or pita chips….or potato chips…


Chipped Beef Dip

I will be the first to admit…..that this is not a super-duper-handsome-dip,…BUT…DANG! It’s super-duper-tasty….and Frito’s make it!…no lame crackers for this one! I recommend the larger of the corn chip family…more dip for the happy mouth!

8 oz cream cheese
2 TBS. milk
2 TBS. minced green onion
2 TBS. minced green pepper
2 packages deli select oven roasted cured beef, diced
1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp pepper

Mix all together and pour into greased shallow pan. Bake 20 minutes at 350 and inhale with fritos.

Donna B’s Fab Stuffed Mushrooms

2 heads of garlic (peeled of course)
1 cup heavy cream
simmer together for 45 min.

whole mushrooms (obviously;)) (pop the stem out to fill them)

smoosh garlic cream up into a paste (it is a technical term….I looked it up..hehehe)

add the following together with the cream mixture

1 teaspoon salt
1 cup panko bread crumbs

brush mushroom caps with oil before filling, then fill with the creamy panko mixture.

Bake 350 degree oven 15-20 minutes until lightly browned…..then try not to eat them all in one sitting!!!


Artichoke Dip

1 8oz pkg. cream cheese
1 7oz can diced green chilis (I like my dip with a big kick, if you don’t, use a 4oz can)
1 can artichoke hearts (non-marinated)
1 cup mayo
1 cup parm cheese

Chop artichoke hearts and combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until cheese is melted. Serve with bread or crackers.

Garlic Artichoke Dip

2 – 14 oz cans artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 cup shredded colby-jack cheese
1 cup parm cheese
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp dried thyme
1 3/4 cups mayo


Combine all ingredients except paprika and stir well, put mixture into non- metal 9×13 pan. Sprinkle with paprika and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Serve with garlic toasts (crostini).