Mini Beef Pasties

Happy Sherlock Sunday!

I am so so so so sooooooo excited for Sherlock to start up again tonight. I’m hosting a viewing party at my place, and I was even a very very good girl, and did not cheat and watch it online (since it aired in the UK weeks ago). Delayed gratification is totally my thing.

Mini Beef Pasties - Sherlock viewing party!

Unless I decide my thing is instant gratification. Then you better just get out of my way.

To celebrate three glorious Sundays of Sherlock, I’m bringing you a British/Sherlock inspired recipe each week, and first up are some mini pasties! Continue reading

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Roasted Veggie Pizza Rolls

With Lent over, and Easter behind us, I can eat cheese again. (YAY!)

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When did I realize exactly how difficult it was for me to give up cheese?

When my boyfriend and I went to this tiny, hole-in-the-wall pizza place that has the best garlic cheesy bread ever, no joke, and after eating a plate full, we contemplated ordering another before we started on our pizza. Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

This is not one of those healthy white bean cookie dough dips.

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Maybe I will make one of those one day. But not today.

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Today, I sit with my spoon, and I try very hard to remind myself that I made this dip for a Super Bowl party. Not for my dinner tonight. Continue reading

Quinoa Bites with Southwestern Spiced Dip

The Super Bowl is almost upon us.

I have to be honest, I’ve never had a vested interest in who wins. Ever. Going to live games is fantastic, I love that. Especially when you get caught up in a 20 minute wave.

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But when it comes to watching games on TV, it’s just not my thing. For me, football season is exciting for another reason.

The parties. Continue reading

Cranberry Baked Brie Bites

Baked brie is sort of an obsession of mine. Gooey, melted cheese topped with something sweet, wrapped up in puff pasty? Where do I sign?!

It’s an awesome dish to bring to a holiday party, and it looks gorgeous until people start digging in. Then it gets tricky.

As tasty as it is, baked brie usually ends up becoming a mess. Slicing through the puff pastry layer, and attempting to get the ideal ratio of brie to pastry to sweet topping can be tough to wrangle.

And then you put it all on a cracker. That part always baffled me a little. As I sat there putting pastry on a cracker, I found myself thinking…why? Why am I putting pastry filled with cheese and sweet goodness on a cracker? It’s like putting bread on more bread and putting stuff on top of your double bread.

So, being the plucky problem solver that I am (not that bread on bread is a problem…if you’re into that) I devised a solution. Continue reading

Bat Brownies

Happy almost-Halloween everyone! I love love LOVE this time of year. The time of year when my slightly (Ok, more than slightly.) odd love for all things strange can grab the reigns, and I can gobble up candy while scaring myself silly watching the commercials for horror films coming out soon. Yes, it’s true, I am not enough of a big girl to watch the actual movies, the commercials are frightening enough.

It’s also the time of year I get to post my Halloween series! This year there are treats both sweet and savory, time-consuming and quick, and those for the crafty and for the first-timer. Enjoy!

Sometimes you get that last minute Halloween invite. The one you didn’t see coming. So you pull your old Halloween costume out of the closet, and try to figure out what the heck you can bring that looks like you put effort in, but in reality took you less time than it did to throw together your disco-pirate costume. Sure, you say, like that’s possible.

This, my friends, is where the bat brownies come in. Continue reading

Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream

You’re going to notice a Nutella trend on this blog. I bought a jar to make some chocolate baklava and over estimated how much I would actually use.

To avoid sitting around and eating it with a spoon, I decided to come up with more creative ways to use up the rest of that jar. This cupcake was inspired by a crepe I love to get when in Paris – banana and Nutella. Seriously, best crepe flavor ever.

This is cake is denser than your average cupcake and holds up well to the richness of the frosting.

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Phyllo Cups with Goat Cheese and Apple-Fig Compote

I’ve been on a goat cheese roll lately. Since I discovered I love this stuff, I’ve been using it in every way I can possibly think of. So when two good friends of mine threw a Super Bowl party, I knew this was a perfect excuse to once again whip out some goat cheese.

Goat cheese is delicious on its own, but when you pair it with something sweet and fruity it takes on a whole new dimension and makes it that much more tempting.

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Oreo Cupcakes

I’ve always been a fan of Super Bowl parties. Not because I care too much about football, I’m really not a huge fan although live games are fun to go to.

No, I like the Super Bowl because it’s an excuse to get together with a bunch of friends in the middle of winter, get cozy on the couch and eat a few snacks. The Super Bowl is sort of like the New Years Eve  of February, and I am always for a good party.

This year, I went overboard (really this shouldn’t surprise anyone) on the snacks. I just had too many recipes I wanted to try, and creating a cupcake that tasted like an Oreo was one of them.

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