Super easy! Super delicious! Super festive for a Super Bowl!



Touchdown Party Dip Super easy! Super delicious! Super festive for a Super Bowl! Ingredients: Guacamole (homemade or store bought) Sour Cream (reserve some for piping the lines) Refried Beans Velveeta Cheese Olives Cherry Tomatoes Layer ingredients in a baking pan in any order you wish as long as the guacamole is on top. Pipe remaining sour cream to create the football field. Assemble the olives and cherry tomatoes to form a play. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips (We prefer Tostito’s Fajita Scoops)


Mini Football Brownie Pies


1 package refrigerated pie crusts (pack of two)
1 brownie mix, plus ingredients to make the brownies
Vanilla frosting (homemade or store-bought)


Preheat oven to 350°F. Unroll one pie crust and use a 2 1/2” round cookie cutter to cut circles of dough, re-rolling as needed. Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray (I like to use the kind with flour in it) and press one round in each cavity. Repeat with second crust in box. You will get about 36. Chill until ready to fill.
Prepare brownie mix according to the package directions. Remove crusts from refrigerator and fill each cavity with 1 tablespoon brownie batter. (You’ll have some leftover. You can bake the leftover as cupcakes or in a loaf pan and use for brownie pops or just eat it with a fork.)
Bake pies for about 15 minutes, until the crust is browned. Let them cool completely before frosting.
Once cooled, a gentle urging from a butter knife will help the pies pop out of the muffin pans. Place your vanilla frosting in a sandwich baggie and cut off a teeny tiny bit of the tip. Pipe laces onto your pies and enjoy!


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Lasagna Dip

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All of the flavours of lasagna in a hot cheesy dip with no regrets!

  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup lasagna tomato sauce (see below)
  • 1 cup low fat cottage cheese or ricotta or cream cheese
  • 1 cup partially skim mozzarella, shredded
  1. Cook the turkey, add the tomato sauce and simmer until it thickens a bit, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Spread the cottage cheese over the bottom of a baking dish, followed by the sauce and finally the mozzarella.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the top is a light golden brown and the sides are bubbling, about 15-20 minutes.

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5 Amazing Thanksgiving Appetizer Dips

Swiss and Bacon Dip


Ingredients8 slices center cut bacon, chopped
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 rounded teaspoons prepared Dijon style mustard
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese, available on dairy aisle
3 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup smoked almonds, coarsely chopped
Baby carrots and a selection of spiced flat breads, cocktail sized pumpernickel or rye breads, or sliced whole grain baguettes, for dipping


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Brown bacon in nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Drain crisp bacon bits on paper towels.

In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, Dijon, Swiss and scallions with cooked bacon. Transfer to a shallow small casserole or baking dish and bake until golden and bubbly at edges, 15 to 18 minutes. Top with chopped smoked almonds. Place dip on a platter and surround warm casserole with breads and carrots for dipping.

Variation: Swiss and Bacon Dip with Horseradish – Stir in 2 rounded teaspoons prepared horseradish when combining cheese and bacon.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

036 buffalo chicken dip


2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup ranch dressing
3/4 cup red hot sauce
1 (10 ounce) can chicken, drained (or equivalent rotisserie or freshly-cooked, chopped chicken)
shredded cheddar cheese, you decide how much
Frito corn chip, scoopsDirections:

Beat cream cheese, ranch dressing, and red hot sauce.
Fold in shredded chicken.
Spread mixture into pie plate sprayed with Pam.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.
Add cheddar cheese to top.
Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
Serve hot with Frito scoops.

Crab and Artichoke Dip



1/2 cup regular mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup extra old cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 lemon, juiced
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 lb crabmeat, picked over for shells or 2 (7 ounce) cans crab, well drained and squeezed
1 garlic clove, smashed
2 tablespoons coarse grain mustard or 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped or 1 tablespoon dried dill, if necessaryDirections:

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
Once thoroughly combined, spoon into a medium sized baking dish or 2 small ramikins and bake at 425f degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until mixture is browned and bubbly.
Serve with pita wedges or French bread or crudites.

Creamy Avocado Lime Dip



1 ripe Avocado
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
salt & freshly ground black pepperOptional Toppings

cooked shrimp
sliced chile
halved cherry tomatoes
coriander sprig


Peel, dice and de-pit avocado and place in a food processor.
Add lime juice, hot pepper sauce and garlic.
Process until smooth and then season with salt and pepper.
Transfer to a bowl and cover by placing plastic wrap DIRECTLY onto the surface of avocado mixture.
Refrigerate until serving.
To serve, you can serve it as is or add some of the optional toppings and serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

Layered Hummus Dip




8 ounces prepared hummus
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/2 cup chopped tomato
garlic salt
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
fresh ground pepper
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons chopped kalamata olives
2 tablespoons chopped parsley


Combine hummus and cumin, spread on the bottom of a 9 inch pie dish.
Top with a layer of tomatoes, seasoned with garlic salt.
Add the cucumbers and sprinkle with pepper.
Add a layer of feta topped with olives, then parsley.


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The Top 10 Copycat Recipes

Olive Garden Grilled Chicken and Alfredo Sauce


Enjoy this classic dish from the Olive Garden with this copy cat recipe.


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces dry pasta
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)


Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Brush with oil and then season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Grill 5 to 7 minutes on the first side and then flip the chicken over and grill for another 3 to 4 minutes, or until cooked through.

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Prepare the Alfredo sauce by combining the cream and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Do not let the mixture come to a boil, but heat until small bubbles begin to form. Add the Parmesan cheese and whisk quickly. Add the garlic powder and continue to whisk. The sauce will thicken after a minute or two.

Cut the chicken breasts into strips. Serve by placing half the pasta on each plate, then topping it with sauce and a sliced chicken breast.

TGI Friday’s Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks


You can recreate your own fried cheese sticks just like TGI Fridays


  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • vegetable oil for frying


Cut cheese sticks into long slices approximately 3/8 inch thick. Blend together the flour and corn starch in a bowl. Place cheese plank into the flour, then dip into a bowl of whole milk, and then dip the cheese stick into the bread crumbs. Shake off excess bread crumbs and place mozzarella stick on a wire rack. Discard the flour. Repeat until all cheese sticks have been dipped once. When all of the cheese sticks have been dipped once place back into milk, then into bread crumbs for the second time, and shake off the bread crumbs. Dip all cheese sticks into bread crumbs for the second time.

Preheat vegetable oil to 350 for frying. Drop cheese stick into hot oil and fry until golden brown. This should take no longer than 1 minute. Remove cheese stick from oil and place on a wire rack to cool. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce.

IHOP Banana Caramel Pancakes


Enjoy your own IHOP Banana Pancakes at home with this recipe.


  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 4 serving package of banana pudding, prepare according to package directions
  • 2 bananas sliced (slice 1/4 inch thick)
  • 1/2 cup caramel topping
  • Whipped cream (optional)


Prepare banana pudding according to package directions.

Place first five ingredients into a bowl; add buttermilk, oil and egg. With a spoon mix all ingredients and beat until smooth.

Heat a frying pan or a griddle to 375 degrees. Spray cooking surface with non-stick spray. Pour 4 ounces of batter for each pancake, cook until hot and bubbly one one side, flip and then cook for about another 30 seconds or so and remove from the cooking surface. Place pancakes on a plate until they are ready to be used.

Turning pancakes is made much easier if you spray your pancake turner with a non-stick spray. The turner does not stick to the uncooked dough of pancake when you are turning them. If batter seems to be too thick, add a little more buttermilk and mix well.

To assemble, lay one pancake on a plate, add about 1/4 cup of banana cream and spread on pancake. Place about 4 or 5 banana slices onto banana pudding. Top banana pudding layer with another pancake. Add 4 or 5 slices of banana to the top of the pancake. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Saltgrass Steakhouse Boiled Shrimp and Avocado Salsa

This boiled shrimp and avocado salsa inspired from the Saltgrass Steakhouse is an easy recipe to prepare that is perfect for a light appetizer.


  • 3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup red onion chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup sweet yellow onion chopped fine
  • 2/3 cup Heinz Chili Sauce
  • 2/3 cup loosely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons or more of finely diced jalapeno pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1/4 pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined


Boil shrimp in water just until shrimp turns pink. Remove from boiling water and allow shrimp to cool. Chop half of the shrimp into small pieces. In a medium sized bowl combine tomatoes, red onions, yellow onions, chili sauce, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, avocado and salt. Stir to combine. Add half of the shrimp to the vegetable mixture. If desired you can place the remaining shrimp on top for decoration or you can simply stir all of the shrimp into the salsa. Serve with chips.

Heinz chili sauce is sold in most grocery stores. It is sold near the cocktail sauce. Personally I like to add extra cooked shrimp and avocado to this salsa.

Starbucks Eggnog Latte


You can make your own Starbucks eggnog latte, its so easy to do.


  • 2 servings espresso
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of eggnog
  • freshly ground nutmeg if desired


Prepare espresso or make one very strong coffee. Heat together 1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of eggnog for about 1 minute in the microwave. Froth milk by using a milk frother, if you don’t have one you can pour milk into a blender for about 30 seconds. If you don’t have a blender, you can put your milk in a jar, or even a cocktail shaker and shake for about 1 minute. The milk will froth up and almost double in size.

Pour 1 serving of coffee into a coffee cup, and top with 1/2 of the milk and eggnog. Top with whipped cream and grated eggnog if desired.

Cracker Barrel Pumpkin Custard N’ Ginger Snaps


Enjoy this sweet creamy custard that is topped with ginger snap cookie crumbs, and a pumpkin pie spice infused whipped cream.


  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree – 1 (15 ounce) can of pure pumpkin
  • 1 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup ginger snap cookies and about 8 ginger snap cookies that are whole
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoons granulated sugar – if you have extra fine sugar this is best
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Crack open 8 eggs, and separate the whites from the yolks.  In a medium sized glass bowl add egg yolks and whisk until they are creamy.  Add pumpkin,1/2 cup sugar, vanilla, 1 3/4 cups of heavy cream, and pumpkin pie spice and combine until all are incorporated.  Cook custard mixture in a double boiler, and stir until custard has thickened, and a spoon remains coated when inserted into custard.  Pour custard into either 8 custard dishes, or an 8 x 8 baking dish.  Bake custard for about 30-35 minutes or until a spoon is inserted comes out clean.  Halfway through the baking process combine the 1 cup gingersnaps and 1 tablespoon melted butter, and sprinkle the crumb mixture over the custard while it is baking by removing the dishes from the oven, adding gingersnap crumb mixture and returning the dishes to the oven to finish baking.  If you are using small individual custard dishes check the custard at 20-25 minutes.

Cold Stone Creamery Cake Batter Ice Cream


You can make your own cake batter ice cream in your own kitchen. This is so good.


  • Yield: 1 quart
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dry Duncan Hines Butter Recipe Cake Mix


In a heavy stockpot mix together 1 cup of heavy cream, salt, and 3/4 cup of sugar. Heat over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. When the sugar is dissolved turn off burner, add 1/2 cup Duncan Hines Butter Recipe cake mix, and whisk in well. Add 2 cups of heavy cream and 1 cup of milk into the pot and mix well. Refrigerate mixture for at least 4 hours or overnight. Before freezing ice cream according to your ice cream freezer whisk together well, the mixture will be a little lumpy.

I like to freeze the ice cream for a few hours before serving the ice cream.

Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup


Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup is easy to duplicate. Try this recipe—it tastes just like it does in the restaurant.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow or white onion
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 (16-ounce) loaf processed cheese (Velveeta or a store brand)
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup julienne-cut carrots (shredded carrots are okay)
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (2 cups)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour and onions. Cook for about a minute, then slowly add the half-and-half, about 1/4 cup at a time, whisking until thickened and smooth. When all of the half-and-half is incorporated, add the broccoli and processed cheese. When the cheese is completely melted, add the chicken broth 1 cup at a time, stirring occasionally, until soup is well mixed and has a consistent texture. Add the carrots and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in the cheddar cheese and cook for 10 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve when all the cheese is fully melted and blended through.

Johnny Carino’s Gorgonzola Chicken


Sauteed chicken with a creamy Gorgonzola sauce makes a wonderfully rich sauce for when you want something a little different.


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound dry pasta
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 4 ounces crumbly Gorgonzola cheese
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped red tomatoes


Pound chicken breasts until they are 1/2 inch thick season with salt and pepper. Sear chicken in a hot skillet with two tablespoons of oil over medium high heat. Cook on each side for about 4 to 5 minutes or until completely cooked. Remove chicken breasts from heat, and let rest for several minutes before slicing. You may need to add an additional tablespoon of butter or two to the sauce pan to saute the mushrooms. Saute the mushrooms on medium high heat until they are browned. While mushrooms are browning sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Cook pasta according to instructions on the package. Johnny Carino’s typically uses penne pasta, but I like to use a fettuccine pasta because I think it holds the sauce better. Prepare sauce by combining half and half and Gorgonzola in a saucepan heating through. The sauce should thicken slightly. Slice chicken into 1/4 inch slices. Add sauteed mushrooms to the sauce, and stir to combine well. Plate pasta by adding 1/4 of the pasta, 1/4 of the chicken slices. Drizzle with sauce, and top with chopped tomatoes and shredded Parmesan.

If you need to reheat this dish, I recommend leaving all of this unassembled and reassemble just before serving again. If you do not combine the pasta sauce and pasta together while this is refrigerated the sauce won’t soak into the pasta.

Spaghetti Warehouse Spaghetti with Garlic Butter


Looking for a meatless dinner? This Pasta with garlic butter that tastes like the Spaghetti Warehouse is a rich tasting meal.


  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic about 4 to 5 cloves
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 pound dry pasta – prepare according to package directions


In a small pot, melt 1/2 pound butter on low. Do not cook the butter on high heat, it will brown, and then burn. If you burn the butter you will need to restart the recipe. Chop garlic finely, and add to the pot. Simmer the butter sauce on low for at least 20 minutes. You want the raw taste of the garlic to cook out completely. Add about 1 tablespoon of the freshly chopped parsley to the butter sauce and mix well. Add 1/4 cup of the Romano cheese into the butter sauce about 4 minutes before serving.

Cook pasta according to package directions, and drain. In a large bowl combine butter sauce, and the pasta and mix well. Place pasta onto plates, and garnish with remaining Romano cheese and chopped parsley.

Applebee’s Grilled Chicken Oriental Salad


You can make your own Applebee’s Grilled Chicken Oriental salad at home. It is so tasty, and so easy to do. Best of all, you can customize this salad and put in the ingredients that you enjoy the most.


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 6 to 8 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup crispy rice noodles
  • Applebee’s Oriental Salad Dressing


Heat the grill to medium, or heat a cast-iron skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap and gently pound them to 3/8-inch thick. Brush with the olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. Grill for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Transfer to a plate to rest for 4 to 5 minute before slicing.

Toast the almonds in a small dry skillet over medium heat. Watch them carefully—there is a fine line between toasted almonds and burnt almonds! Shake the pan gently. When you begin to smell the almonds, toast for a few seconds more, then immediately place the almonds on a paper towel. Allow them to cool for a moment or two.

Assemble salads by first putting down the lettuce, 3 to 4 cups per serving. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons of the carrots, 1/4 cup crispy rice noodles, and 1/4 cup toasted almonds. Arrange the chicken on top. Serve with plenty of the Applebee’s Oriental Salad Dressing.


Now, Applebee’s Grilled Chicken Oriental Salad is a delicious salad, but there are a few variations that I like to make. I like to change out the lettuce and use a mesclun mix. I also like to add a few mandarin orange sections and sprinkle some thinly sliced green onion or scallion on top, for my personal version of the Applebee’s Grilled Chicken Oriental Salad. What changes do you like to make when you make a salad? Do you like any unusual ingredients on your salads?


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