14 Flavorful Fall Sides

I hope you are getting to enjoy a taste of fall in your part of the world. Between cooler temperatures and leaves on the brink of turning from the greens of summer to the vibrant brights of autumn, we’re ready to welcome all that is fall around here! Last week I shared 17 Autumn Desserts with you and today let’s talk sides. These 14 Flavorful Fall Sides to be exact …

14 Flavorful Fall Sides

Autumn Appetizers to whet your appetite

7-Layer Dip End Zone

7 Layer End Zone Dip can easily be made to look like a football (or soccer) field and suddenly [Read more…]

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40 Perfect Side Dishes for Summer Picnics

A few weeks ago I shared a collection of Over 30 Delicious Recipes for Easy Picnic Food with you, just in time for National Picnic Day.

With summer warming up, we’re already in summer picnic mode and couldn’t be happier about that! Not only are picnics a great way to enjoy the outdoors, they are a fun way to enjoy family time most months out of the year. Which means the more picnic food options we have, the better! So today I figured you could use 40 Perfect Picnic Sides to add to your picnic menu options. Enjoy!

 Quick Dips and Spreads for Crackers and Fruits and Veggies, Oh my!

  1. Pesto Bruschetta Spread
  2. Sun Dried Tomato Artichoke Hummus
  3. White Bean and Garlic Hummus
  4. Roasted Garlic Hummus
  5. 7 Layer Dip (In little jars)
  6. Guacamole for Chips
  7. Homemade Salsa
  8. Fusion Dip for Veggies
  9. Tomato Basil Dip for Crackers
  10. Honey Peanut Butter dip
  11. Cream Cheese Trio Appetizers for crackers

Appetizers & Snacks & Tasty Little Treats

  1. Hard Boiled Eggs
  2. Huli Huli Bacon Chicken Bites
  3. Almost Homemade Pickles
  4. Kale Chips
  5. Sweet Heat Slow Cooker Chex Mix
  6. Country Bob’s Tangy Chex Mix

A few More Traditional Picnic Favorites

  1. Chicken Salad
  2. Potato Salad
  3. Baked Beans

Pasta & Grain Salads for Light Summer Dining

  1. Perfect Pasta Salad + Tips and Tricks
  2. Another version of Pasta Salad
  3. Broccoli Tomato Tortellini Salad
  4. Bacon Tomato Ranch Pasta Salad
  5. Wild Rice Salad

Veggies Salads for those who prefer Healthy Picnicking

  1. Asian Broccoli Salad
  2. Ranch Veggie Salad
  3. Tomato Artichoke Heart Salad
  4. Summer Corn Salad
  5. Orange Red Onion Salad
  6. Cucumbers and Onions
  7. Cucumber Tomato Salad
  8. Green bean and Tomato Salad
  9. Creamy Italian Herb Cucumbers & Tomatoes

Slaws for Days

  1. Hawaiian Coleslaw
  2. Quick Coleslaw
  3. Tomato Jalapeno Slaw

Fruit Salads as sweet as dessert

  1. Easy Apple Salad
  2. Easy Fruit Salad
  3. Sliced Apples (with a no-browning trick!)
  4. Wild Watermelon

So how about you? Do you have a favorite side dish that you always have to make for picnics? I would love to hear what it is in the comments below. And in the meantime … Happy Picnicking!

More Picnicking Resources

 

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7 Layer Dip End Zone Recipe


Football season is in high gear and it won’t be long before the Big Game is here.  I’m not much of a football fan, but I do love the food that gets served while the TV is on!

7 Layer Dip is a classic for parties.  This one gets a little football theming with a tortilla goal post and easy field striping using Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream. Daisy Squeeze is really convenient and easy for kids (or grownups)  to top tacos, chili, potatoes and more without making a mess.  Use it to decorate other foods for the big game too – like making football laces or football field lines.

Daisy 7 Layer Dip for Super Bowl

Daisy Squeeze made it really easy to decorate the top of the dip.  This is a great project to do with your kids.  From spreading the refried beans on the bottom layer, to mashing avocados to decorating the top with sour cream stripes – the kids can do it all!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own 7 Layer Dip End Zone:

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15 Minute Italian Nachos

15 Minute Italian Nachos

 

We love all kinds of nachos.  These Italian Nachos are one of our favorites!

Italian sausage, tomatoes, red pepper, black olives, banana peppers and creamy Alfredo sauce come together in each crunchy bite.  They’re impossible to resist.

And it only takes 15 minutes to put them together.  That includes the time spent browning out the sausage.  You can’t beat that.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Homemade Beer Cheese – a Kentucky Favorite

Homemade Beer Cheese

 

Have you ever heard of Beer Cheese?  I’m guessing if you’re not from Kentucky, you probably haven’t.

Beer cheese is a served in local restaurants as an appetizer.  You can also find it in grocery stores, but it tends to be pretty expensive.  The spread is smooth, very cheesy with a small amount of spice.  It’s good on crackers, carrot sticks and celery sticks.  It’s made with a small amount of flat beer.

If you’re looking for a fun dish to have for Derby Day (May 3 this year), consider this easy appetizer.  (But don’t forget about Kentucky Nut Pie, which is a Derby classic!)

You will need a food processor for this recipe.  I don’t have one, so I borrowed from a neighbor.  I think they were happy with getting some of the Beer Cheese in exchange.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Luau Meatballs

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Luau Meatballs

I don’t think it gets easier than this recipe.  When Campbell’s asked me to try another one of their Dinner Sauces to create a Christmas or New Year’s recipe, I knew what I wanted to try.

We love little cocktail meatballs and I knew Campbell’s Hawaiian Luau Dinner Sauce would make them great.  I was right!  I bumped up the pineapple in the sauce by adding a can of pineapple chunks.  The sauce also has red bell pepper in it.  It’s full of flavor and a nice twist on traditional cocktail meatballs.

These are perfect to serve at a party, but they also make a great dinner.  We had them served over rice with broccoli on the side.

Here’s what you’ll need for this easy recipe:   [Read more…]

Apricot and Pecan Topped Brie Appetizer (and a Bakeware Giveaway!)

Apricot and Pecan topped Brie

 

 

I’ve been working with Libby’s recently and I was so excited to be asked to create a Thanksgiving recipe using their product.  I chose to use Libby’s apricot halves.  Apricots are a favorite of mine.  I used to eat them with breakfast every day. Yum!

This appetizer couldn’t be simpler to make.  It has plenty of fall flavor too.  Apricots and pecans get spiced up with cinnamon, nutmeg and a splash of vanilla.  The warm fruit tops melty brie for an appetizer that your guests will love!  It will definitely keep them happy and willing to wait a bit longer for dinner.

(I’ve also got a fantastic giveaway at the end of this post, so keep reading!)

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Lemon Cheesecake Fruit Dip

 

 

This is a guest post from my friend, Laura at Real Mom Kitchen.  She has a new cook book out.  I had a chance to look through it recently and it is full of easy, delicious recipes.  Please welcome Laura as she shares one of her recipes with us.

Summer is a great time to enjoy fresh fruit. I also love to serve fresh fruit with a nice dip. This recipe for Lemon Cheesecake Fruit Dip from my new cookbook “Real Mom Kitchen Recipes” is an excellent choice to pair with the abundance for fresh summer fruit. It really does taste like lemon cheesecake but in a dip-able form. Who wouldn’t love to eat fresh fruit with a dip that tastes like cheesecake? Lemon adds such freshness to any dish and the lemon in this dip also adds a nice fresh flavor. [Read more…]

Baked Potato Dip

baked potato dip done

Before I talk about this recipe, I must apologize for the poor photo.  These short winter days are taking a toll of my photos.  There’s just not enough light at dinner time to take a good picture.  Some of my favorite food bloggers, who have excellent photos on their sites, use special lights or cook so they can take photos during day light.

For better or worse, my process is more natural than that.  I take pics of food as I make and serve it.  If it’s dark outside when the food is done, it’s dark and I just have to deal with it.  The benefit is that the recipes I share are real recipes, coming out of a real kitchen.  The down side is that sometimes the photos aren’t very good.

Now that I’ve apologized for the embarrassingly bad photo, I’ll tell you about the dip, which is oh-so-yummy.  I found the recipe on Tasty Kitchen a few months ago and finally had the opportunity to try it out for a potluck meal.  It was a hit. [Read more…]

Olive Oil with Garlic and Italian Seasonings for Bread Dipping

I like to go to restaurants that serve warm bread and olive oil for dipping.  It’s easy to do the same thing at home to dress up dinner or tide everyone over until it’s ready.

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