Category Archives: Food and Recipes

5-Layer Mexican Dip

Here’s a yummy dip recipe that’s great for summer snacking as well as game-watching all year round! I love recipes like this that are so easy to make, and because this 5-Layer Mexican Dip has refried black beans, olives, green onions, and chopped tomato in it, it’s a little healthy, right? 🙂 You could make it even healthier by using light sour cream instead of regular sour cream. Or, if you like plain Greek yogurt, you could even substitute that for the sour cream. And if you use low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, you have a lower-calorie dip that’s still really tasty!

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Summer Fruit Salad

One of the things I love best about summer is all the fresh fruit of the season, especially berries of all kinds. And this is a great fruit salad to make in the summertime because it has blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries…mixed in with lots of other delicious, colorful fruit! This salad also has some canned pineapple chunks and it’s sweetened with the pineapple juice from the can. So there’s no extra sugar, and I think the sweetness is just right. I love all the colors in this fruit salad—it’s so bright and summery!

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Smoked Gouda, Cheddar, and Parmesan Mac ‘n’ Cheese

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. I’m reviewing a new cookbook, The Duke’s Mayonnaise Cookbook, and I’m also having a giveaway for two copies—2 winners will each receive a copy! Continue reading below for details on how to enter the giveaway! 

I am a big fan of Mac ‘n’ Cheese, but this is the first time I’ve made it myself—there really is nothing like homemade, especially if you make this recipe! The Smoked Gouda, Cheddar, and Parmesan Mac ‘n’ Cheese is from the new Duke’s Mayonnaise Cookbook (hardcover, Grand Central Publishing) by Ashley Strickland Freeman and it is wonderful! It’s creamy, cheesy, and has an amazing buttery breadcrumb topping. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

The Duke’s Mayonnaise Cookbook is a keeper, too! All of the recipes include Southern staple Duke’s Mayonnaise as an ingredient, making the wide variety of dishes taste extra good! There are recipes for Breakfast and Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Sides and Snacks, and Desserts. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find: Breakfast Strata, Bananas Foster Bread, Peaches and Cream Crepes, Buffalo Chicken Sliders, Cottage Pie, Tarragon Crab Cakes, Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes, Sweet Potato au Gratin, Blackberry and Peach Crisp, Key Lime Pound Cakes, Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake…just a few of the many delicious things you’ll be inspired to make!

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Creamy Fruit Dip

Fresh fruit served with a sweet, creamy dip is great for a summer brunch, snack, or even a light dessert. And this is a ridiculously easy fruit dip that’s so good! It’s made with just two simple ingredients—marshmallow creme and fruit-flavored cream cheese. The marshmallow creme makes the dip really smooth and creamy. Serve this dip with a variety of your favorite fruit!

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Sweet and Juicy Blackberry Crumble

This is the first Blackberry Crumble I’ve made. I’m a big fan of blackberries, but had never made a crumble with them, so I looked at some different recipes and came up with my own version. Not having made one of these before, I wasn’t quite sure what a typical blackberry crumble was supposed to be like…mine isn’t as gooey as I thought it would be—it’s more sweet-syrupy-juicy. The blackberries have just the right amount of sweetness, with a little punch of flavor from the lemon juice, and the buttery, brown-sugar crumble topping is a great finishing touch. I like using oats in the topping, too—anything with oats always seems a little healthier to me! 🙂

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