Creamy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Dip: The Perfect NYE Appetizer

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Creamy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Dip - the perfect NYE appetizer

I think I’m on a high. Still recovering from the Christmas cheer that spread throughout my house, family in town celebrating, and a fun weekend of even more celebrating in my near future. And, of course, smack dab in the middle of all of that is New Years Eve. The biggest party of the year, right?

We normally head over to my brother in laws house with appetizers and sparkling grape juice in hand for a kid-friendly NYE party where we celebrate ringing in the new year on GMT. We’re home by 6-7pm and the kids feel like they’ve gotten to celebrate the big countdown with their family and friends. But then my husband and I can enjoy a nice quiet meal together as we ring in the new year while the kids snooze.

Creamy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Dip

I try and keep things simple by making a few appetizers to enjoy instead of a large meal. I bring a larger version of the appetizer to the party while I save a small version for us to heat up later. We can munch together and watch the festivities on tv as we remember what happened in the years past. It’s a great way to connect. But it’s also a great way to try out fun recipes I haven’t had a chance to try out in the previous year. And this creamy chicken jalapeno popper dip recipe is one of them! The kids loved that I paired it with their favorite sparkling grape juice.

I first saw a variation of this recipe on my friend Melissa’s site and knew I wanted to try it. But I wanted to see if I could mix those flavors with my favorite “crack dip” recipe. Adding chicken to this dish not only took it up a notch but made it more acceptable as a replacement for dinner. I’ll enjoy mine with celery while the husband dipped in with crackers and tortilla chips!

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Creamy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Dip

  • 2 8 ounce packages Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 4 ounce can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 2 diced jalapeño peppers, seeds removed
  • 1 cup Mexican style Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese
  • 1-1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 375˚ F.  In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, green chiles, jalapeños, chicken, and shredded cheeses.  Mix thoroughly with a spoon or spatula until smooth and evenly combined.  Spread the mixture into a baking dish (approximately 9 x 9-inches).

In a second bowl, combine the Panko and Parmesan and stir until combined.   Sprinkle over the cream cheese mixture in the baking dish.  Bake for 25 minutes or until the mixture is hot and the topping is golden. Broil on high for 30 seconds if it’s not as toasty on top as you’d like.

Serve warm with crackers, tortilla chips, baguette slices, vegetables, etc. as desired.

Creamy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Dip with chips and crackers

You can find more awesome holiday recipes using Kraft products here! Also, look for other great savings on Kraft Heinz products. While shopping, make sure to take advantage of $1.00 off when you buy two 8oz Natural Shreds & Chunks and $1.00 off two Philadelphia Cream Cheese coupons for Kraft products available 12/13 – 2/13. You can save up to $13 this holiday season!

Kraft Shredded Cheese at Walmart

Head on over to the Cheese aisle at Walmart to pick up some Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese to make this delicious appetizer for your family this holiday season.

What do you munch on during the NYE celebration? 

Party On A Ritz: Carnitas Street Taco Bites + Mini Pecan Pie Bites

We love to travel. And we love to entertain. So we’re sharing a little of both with these two recipes featuring our sponsor, Ritz. Read ahead to find out how to marry your favorite destinations all on one tablescape! 

I’m planning a fall harvest party for my family and cannot wait to share a few of the recipes I’ll be serving at the party. With the help of Ritz, I’ve created two delicious destination dishes that include one inspired by local foods here in San Diego, and another dish inspired by a Southwest Airlines destination I’m dying to travel to.

One thing these recipes have in common are that they’re both very simple to put together and the dessert can be made ahead for easy serving at the party. I love make ahead dishes! Not only do they make planning easier, timing is also easier with a few make ahead dishes at the party.

I’ve also submitted both of these recipes to be featured on LuvRitz.com in a contest they’re hosting with Southwest Airlines. I have a chance to win a $500 Southwest Airlines voucher if I receive the most votes on my recipes! How awesome is that? Read ahead to check out my recipes and don’t forget to vote for me:

Carnitas Street Taco Bites

I’ve lived in San Diego all my life. Born and raised with deep roots in this city. I’m 3rd generation San Diegan and my husband is 4th generation. It’s pretty rare to find one of us around town and we’re pretty proud of the city we live in. One thing I absolutely love about this city is the copious amounts of good mexican food available around town. From our favorite taco shops, to our go-to mexican sit down restaurants, whenever I have a craving for the food I love, I am always close by.

I don’t just head out for mexican food either. Being raised by a dad who’s half mexican and half english rubs off on you, even if that means eating tortillas and drinking tea for breakfast. And some of my relatives make the best carne asada and mexican rice out there. I remember my dad’s stories of his father making fresh tortillas for him and his siblings and how he wished he had a chance to learn how to make them too.

Needless to say, I enjoy preparing mexican inspired dishes in my own home today. And that includes street tacos! But when I’m serving food at a party I love making things bite size. So for our upcoming fall harvest party I decided to miniaturize our favorite street tacos and put all of our favorite flavors on a Ritz. All of the deliciousness in one bite!

Carnitas Street Taco Bites with guacamole

Carnitas Street Taco Bites

  • Ritz crackers
  • Carnitas, shredded
  • Guacamole
  • Onions/cilantro
Grab a Ritz, top with shredded carnitas, guacamole, and onion/cilantro mixture. Place in mouth, chew, and enjoy!
Vote for this recipe here: http://wshe.es/jDtdNsXi

Mini Pecan Pie Bites

While I love where I’m from, I also love traveling. The best part about living where I am is that it’s really easy to travel. Whether it’s by car, train, or plane. However there’s one destination I’ve never been. And that’s the southern US. I’ve dreamt of visiting but have never pulled the trigger and planned a vacation down south. But that doesn’t mean its not on our list in the near future.

And when I’m ready, I know Southwest flies to multiple destinations in the south. That means I get to keep track of Southwest sales that hit my inbox to keep an eye on flight prices. If a good price comes up I may just snag it even for a long weekend trip.

One thing I look forward to when I visit the south is the various foods I’ve heard so much about. I have a little confession to make. I never tried pecan pie until about two-three years ago when it was brought to Thanksgiving by one of the relatives. Pumpkin was usually the only option growing up so that’s what I ate. So when I had the chance ot try it, I jumped on it. And fell in love with it.

Since pecans are grown in the south, my easy no-bake party dessert was inspired by this destination. Yeah, that’s right, no-bake dessert! And bite size so it’s perfect for parties.

Mini Pecan Pie Bites with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Mini Pecan Pie Bites

  • 2 sleeves Ritz crackers
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate morsels
  • 1/8 cup heavy whipping cream
Grab 2 baking sheets and line each with wax paper. Lay out 1 Ritz sleeve of crackers on each baking sheet.
In a food processor, chop up the pecans finely. Pour pecans into a small bowl. Add brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and vanilla extract to the pecans and mix well until combined.
Using a teaspoon, take a spoonful of the pecan filling and place on top of a Ritz. Press down flat with the back of the teaspoon. Repeat with the rest of the crackers.
Take the dark chocolate morsels and heavy whipping cream and place in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir well to incorporate morsels and cream. Add chocolate to a sandwich bag. Cut off a small piece of the corner of the sandwich bag.
Drizzle chocolate over each mini pecan pie bite. Serve and enjoy!
Vote for this recipe here: http://wshe.es/ZgX5gTDI
Party On A Ritz
Stay tuned to see more of my fall harvest party next week! In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the tablescape I’m planning.
 
I’m not the only one who can enter for a chance to win! 

Ritz and Southwest Airlines want to know where you want to go and how you enjoy Ritz Crackers. One lucky winner will win $5,000 in Southwest gift cards! Just Tweet or Instagram your response along with #LuvRitzSweepstakes to be entered. (Example: “I want to go to #Dallas for the holidays and enjoy Ritz Mint Thins #LuvRitzSweepstakes”)

Girls Night In Appetizers: Cheese Platter On A Stick Ideas

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Girls Night In Appetizers Cheese Platter On A Stick

Friendships are very important to me. Making time for my girlfriends is something I need to do to keep my sanity and with three kids that can get difficult. Especially when one of them is 5 months old and isn’t too good at taking a bottle. So in order to get my girl time in I often have friends come over for girls night in instead of girls night out. Sure, girls night out is fun, but girls night in is just as fun and can save me a little money too.

I love being able to come up with creative ways to make girls night in interesting. From My Favorite Things parties, to pairing afternoon kid snacks with wine, to prepping some appetizers in advance and popping open a box of Black Box wine, there are tons of ideas on making girls night in enjoyable.

Girls Night In Appetizers Black Box Wines to pair with appetizersCheese Platter On A Stick Ideas paired with Black Box Wines

This time I paired my love of cheese platters with an on-the-go solution to enjoying them easily whether we’re at my house, or having a girls night in at one of the other ladies houses. All I have to do is pack them up and grab a box of wine and we have a portable girls night. Easy peasy.

I grabbed a few things we had in the fridge and pantry and paired them with some cheeses and meats I’d normally serve on a cheese platter. The classic combo of flavors found in a caprese salad, some melon and prosciutto with provalone, and my favorite pizza toppings. Each trio pairs perfectly with either a glass of cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay.

Girls Night In Appetizers Cheese Platter On A Stick with fruitCaprese Cheese Platter On A Stick

Cheese Platter on a Stick Ideas

Caprese Salad

  • basil
  • tomato
  • mozzarella
  • sopressata

Melon and Proscutto

  • mint (optional)
  • cantalope ball
  • prosciutto

Salame and Olive

  • mozzarella
  • salame
  • black olive

Girls Night In Appetizers Cheese Platter On A Stick with Balsamic Glaze

The pairing possiblities are endless. Brie, apples, and figs; arugala, gorgonzola, and pear; etc. And each is a great way to bring out the various flavors in the wines we love.

Visit the Simple Entertaining Social Hub for more great entertaining ideas! Black Box has won over 50 Gold Medals for its quality, it’s available for 40% less than comparable bottled wines, and it stays fresh for up to 6 weeks. And don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes to win a trip to the California wine region of your choice. Did you know San Diego has some amazing wineries within driving distance?

What’s your favorite on-the-go appetizers for girls night?

Delicious 2 Ingredient Queso Dip + RO*TEL Coupon

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2 Ingredient Queso Dip

Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart!

Are you creating a big snacking spread for the Big Tournament? Looking for ways to spice up game day and save money at the same time? #JustAddRotel is the perfect way to spice up your favorite recipes. From guacamole to pot roast sliders, adding a can of RO*TEL makes a traditional game day recipe into something extraordinary.

Click this link http://cbi.as/4wqx  to print a Walmart coupon where you buy 3 cans of RO*TEL, you will get 1 can free!

Hurry, this coupon expires on April 6th and is only while supplies last!

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Be sure to look for RO*TEL in either the Pasta or Hispanic aisle in Walmart! Now it’s time for some delicious queso! No celebration is complete without this addition.  

2 Ingredient Queso Dip

What You Need:

  • 1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
  • 1 pkg (16 oz each) Velveeta®, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

What You Do:

1. Combine undrained tomatoes and Velveeta in medium saucepan.

2. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until Velveeta is melted completely and mixture is blended, stirring frequently.

3. Serve warm as a dip with tortilla chips, crackers or cut-up fresh vegetables.

Enjoy! 

What’s your favorite dip? 

 

Easy Entertaining with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Appetizers

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Easy Entertaining with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Appetizers

I love appetizers. They’re small, bite-sized, and packed with flavor. So when appetizers become easy enough  to throw together with 2-5 ingredients you know I’m interested!

Last week I was invited to attend a delicious party featuring Pepperidge Farm puff pastry and a handful of recipes. While I mingled with social media friends I was able to try a nibble of just about everything. And this pregnant mama was very grateful for the small bites.

If you’re planning a homegating party or heading to the next game for some tailgating fun, then you’ll love these quick and easy recipes you can whip up in no time.  [Read more…]

Ad: Simple Football Tailgating Food Ideas with Hot Wings and Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Simple Football Tailgating Food Ideas with Hot Wings + an Spinach Artichoke Dip recipeI love football season. But it’s not for the game… it’s for the food. No, seriously. I also like the fact that we have an excuse to get together with friends and hang out. And it gives me an excuse to try out delicious recipes without having to enjoy them all by myself.

And as of this weekend, football season is here with full force. So that means a. I have no control over the remote anymore and b. I get to try out all of the recipes I’ve been pinning over the summer! Starting with a delicious spinach artichoke dip that will complete any tailgating spread.

With any party food I try to keep it simple. My basic rule of thumb is to buy mostly pre-made foods (let someone else do a little of the work) and focus on one homemade recipe to keep my stress level down. Luckily I got some help from Walmart’s deli department this time… [Read more…]

Celebrate the Big Game with Mrs T Pierogies Recipes

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Mrs T Pierogies Recipes

This past weekend I hosted a playoff party for our family and friends and at the top of the line up of appetizers were these delicious Mrs. T pierogies. After making them for a girls night in a few weeks ago I decided they’d be the perfect addition to our game day meal.

I kept it simple and grabbed a box of my favorite low-fat potato and cheddar pierogies and some frozen fire roasted onions and peppers from Trader Joe’s (a freezer staple in our home) and cooked them up in some olive oil.

These were such a hit! Our friends loved them and they paired perfectly with the other dishes we served. They also tasted great with a beer in hand!
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Hot White Pizza Dip with Pepperonis and Philadelphia cream cheese

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I’m all about the appetizers and desserts this time of year. The one thing I always love to make for guests is a hot dip to enjoy and warm up to. And my dips almost always include Philadelphia cream cheese. Because who can say no to that creamy goodness? In an effort to combine a few of our favorite flavors, I made this delicious hot white pizza dip with pepperonis.

We just celebrated my daughter’s 3rd birthday yesterday and boy was it a blast. Good friends, good food, and good fun. While in full party prep mode the day before I made a list of all of the items I still needed to pick up for the party. Including the ingredients for this dip.

I went into the garden to see what kinds of veggies and herbs I had. Luckily I had 6 gorgeous tomatoes, a ton of small red peppers, and some fresh basil, thyme and oregano. So those were definitely going into the dip. Then I headed to Sam’s Club to pick up all of the items we needed for the party. [Read more…]

Holiday Appetizers: SeaPak Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

I made this delicious spicy peanut sauce as part of a compensated social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and SeaPak. All opinions are my own.

SeaPak Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce #PakTheParty #shopIt is officially December and I’m in holiday planning mode. That means seeking out the best holiday appetizers and desserts for our annual get-togethers and events. This weekend will kick off the celebrations with my daughter’s 3rd birthday. Not only are we feeding a large crowd, we’re also entertaining them as well.

When I decided on the party food I wanted to serve at her birthday party, I went with simple, delicious, and crowd-pleasing. Luckily these spring rolls are just that. By making a spicy peanut sauce to pair with the chili sauce included in the packaging, I can make a store bought appetizer more homemade. And everyone loves options, right? Since I can prepare the dip ahead of time I can spend more time with my guests. [Read more…]

English Muffin Pizzas – Simple Toddler Meals

English Muffin Pizzas

Lunch time always proves to be a challenge when it comes to figuring out what to make. The kids either don’t want what your making, you’ve already served it 3 days out of the past 5, or it just doesn’t sound appealing.

So I created a cheat sheet of sorts. For lunches. You know, to take the guessing game out of the picture AND always have ingredients on hand for meals my kids will actually eat.

You can find all of my quick, easy toddler lunches here  but I thought I’d share an all-time favorite in our home, English Muffin Pizzas! And the best part is these take less than 10 minutes to make from start to finish (unless the kids are helping…).

Remember, the toppings listed below are just suggestions. There are countless other combos that would make this pizza just as tasty. These would probably make some tasty appetizers too if you’re looking for a quick fix.

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English Muffin Pizzas

Preheat your toaster oven to 425 (or use your large oven if making many). Line a toaster oven safe tray or cookie sheet (for oven use) with foil.

Grab an english muffin and cut it in half. Add all of the ingredients into small, separate bowls in an assembly line. Move a stool over and let your child hop up to counter height, or assemble on the kitchen table.

Have your child spread about a spoonful of sauce onto each muffin half. Then have them take a small amount of each topping and add it to the sauce. Let them top each pizza with a pinch of cheese (careful not to over do it).

Before placing the pizzas in the oven, let your child sprinkle the top of each pizza with a little bit of Italian seasoning. Put pizzas on prepped tray and bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and golden. Let cool for a minute or so then serve and enjoy!



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