Category Archives: Spreads and Dips

Loaded Baked Potato Dip

If you’re looking for an easy snack to make for any kind of get-together, like Game Day for example, you can whip up this Loaded Baked Potato Dip in no time! It’s such an easy recipe and it tastes so good! This dip is loaded with everyone’s favorite baked potato toppings: sour cream, cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, bacon bits or pieces, and some Ranch Dressing Mix to give everything a little extra zing! Serve this dip with wavy potato chips—I’m not sure why, but the wavy (or ruffled) chips somehow taste better with this! 🙂 Continue reading

Texas Caviar

Super Bowl time is getting close and if you’re planning on watching the game, you’re probably deciding on what kind of snacks you want to make. If you’re still looking for ideas, this Texas Caviar is a great recipe to try! Some people also call it Cowboy Caviar. I’ve seen lots of variations on this dip and decided to come up with my own version. Continue reading

Mango-Jalapeno Salsa

Mango Jalapeno Salsa @ NancyCAre you staying cool during the hot weather we’ve been having? This is the time of year when I probably eat the most fruit. I love all kinds of fruit and that’s what I like about this Mango-Jalapeno Salsa–there’s a nice variety of fruit—mango, pineapple, and apple—–mixed in with some diced tomato and red bell pepper. It’s a little on the spicy side, so use half the amount of jalapeno and ginger if you want a milder salsa. Overall, I think this is a great, healthy mix of naturally sweet and savory flavors! Continue reading

Creamy Salsa Yogurt Dip

Creamy dips are great to snack on, whether you’re visiting with friends or watching a big game. And if you’re keeping track of calories, this Creamy Salsa Yogurt Dip is a good one to try. This yummy dip is a little more on the healthy side compared to other dips. It’s made with yogurt, salsa, a little bit of light mayo, and some seasoning. Continue reading

Basil Pesto

I’ve grown basil every summer for many years–sometimes in a garden, but lately in a large pot, since I don’t have space for a garden right now. I love making homemade pesto with my basil! It’s really easy to make and there’s nothing like cutting fresh basil from your own garden or pot to make it. What probably takes the longest time in making this recipe is picking the basil leaves off the cut stems…but even that task is enjoyable because you get to sniff the wonderful aroma of fresh basil while you’re doing it! Here’s a simple recipe I use…it’s a good starting point, and you can adjust the amount of certain ingredients (like the garlic, for example) to suit your taste. You can use a food processor or blender–a food processor probably works best, but a blender will work, too.

BASIL PESTO by NancyC

Makes 2/3 to 3/4 cup

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves. packed
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. pine nuts (I often substitute pecans or walnuts, because they’re less expensive)
  • Dash or two of salt, to taste (optional)

In a food processor or blender, add the basil, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic; blend or process until smooth (the mixture is on the thick side, so if you’re using a blender, you may have to stop the blender and stir with a spoon to help it along). Add the Parmesan cheese and nuts (and salt, if desired) to the basil mixture, and blend well. Spoon it out of the blender or food processor into a small bowl (or covered container if you’re going to use it later).

I mostly eat pesto spread on a thick slice of crusty bread. It’s also really good on the Asiago cheese bagels you can buy at Panera Bread or Atlanta Bread Company. If you’re a sourdough bread fan like I am, it’s good on that too!

Do you grow your own basil too? What do you like to make with it?

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