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Corn Salsa


Ah, another week, another Monday… time sure does fly when you’re immersed in graduate school!  I thought I’d pop in here today though to share with you a recipe for corn salsa.  Yeah, corn salsa, as in Chipotle-like corn salsa!

I guest posted over on Erin’s blog yesterday, The Spiffy Cookie, and figured I’d post the recipe here as well.  Erin is in the process of wrapping up her doctoral studies, so she needs all the help and encouragement she can get right now! 🙂

Anyway… for more on the corn salsa, head over to Erin’s blog.  I’ve posted the recipe below!


[print_this]Corn salsa

Makes about 4 cups of salsa

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: n/a

  • 1 pound frozen corn kernels
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • Juice of 1 to 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • Salt to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl; stir to combine.  Refrigerate in a covered container until serving.[/print_this]

Roasted Garlic & Cranberry Greek Yogurt Dip {Visa $100 Gift Card Giveaway!}

Every year around this time, my mind starts spinning with endless ideas for holiday dishes. Even though my family is quite traditional when it comes to holiday eats, I try my best every year to incorporate a few new — blog-ish, if you will — dishes to our holiday meals. In my opinion, holiday snacks and appetizers are equally, if not more, as fun as “real meals.”

That’s why I was super excited when I was contacted through BlogHer on behalf of Kettle Brand Chips to create a holiday dip to serve alongside one of over thirty (!) flavors of Kettle Brand Chips this holiday season.

All-natural potato chips + dip + holiday season… I was sold.

Since I was creating a dip to serve during the holiday season, I really wanted to incorporate holiday flavors in the dip. But because I’m borderline addicted to sweets, I also really wanted the dip to be sweet.

I took to my Facebook page to ask for sweet dip ideas; many suggested chocolate and peanut butter, which sounded delicious, but I had a feeling most of you would think I was crazy to serve chocolate dip with salty Kettle Brand Chips. So, I went to the grocery store and roamed around, looking for inspiration…

I had nearly given up when I spotted a display of cranberries out of the corner of my eye. Cranberries = holidays!

After whipping up a simple whole-berry cranberry sauce, I combined it with roasted garlic, my favorite Greek yogurt, and just a pinch of salt, pepper, and cinnamon to create an incredibly simple, sweet and savory holiday dip.

I recommend pairing the dip with Kettle Brand’s Sea Salt Chips — which, by the way, consist of just potatoes, oil, and sea salt! — because the salt from the chips complements the tangy flavor of the yogurt and cranberry sauce in the dip. I also think the Sweet Onion or Honey Dijon flavored chips would be delicious with this dip though!

Oh, and the folks at Kettle Brand asked if I’d share the dip with you via video, so, I did! Please excuse my rambling.

One last thing… since my video probably made you want to run to the store to stock up on Kettle Brand chips and dip ingredients, one lucky reader is going to win a $100 Visa gift card! Just answer this question: What is your favorite holiday dip? Aren’t the holidays just a wonderful season?

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[print_this]Roasted Garlic & Cranberry Dip A simple dip for your holiday parties. The tangy flavor of Greek yogurt and cranberry sauce pairs very well with Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips. For best results, prepare the dip at least a few hours before serving to allow the dip to thicken.Makes about 3/4 cup dip Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: n/a

  • 1 bag Kettle Brand Potato Chips
  • 4 cloves roasted garlic (tutorial here)
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (nonfat or 2%)
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • Dash of cinnamon

In a small bowl, mash the roasted garlic cloves until smooth. Place all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir until mixed well.[/print_this]

Just Add Water! Funfetti Dip

Happy Leap Day!  I’m convinced we all need to have an extra special February 29th since it only happens every four years, so I’m doing my part by sharing a fun “recipe” today.

Of all the recipes I’ve shared here, do you know which gets *by far* the most attention?  My 3-2-1 Funfetti Dip.  I get such a kick out of that!  I mean, I spend hours baking cookies, frosting cakes, and everything in between… I slave over pots of browned butter or a pan of caramelized onions… and all you want to see is a 3-ingredient no-bake dip that takes less than one minute to prepare.  No hard feelings,  it really is a gosh darn good dip, and foolproof.

A couple weeks ago I was thinking about my original Funfetti dip recipe when the thought occurred to me, why did I use yogurt and Cool Whip in the dip?  I mean, I do love my Greek yogurt, and you know I could eat Cool Whip by the tub full, but if all I want is that yummy cake batter flavor we all know and love… why didn’t I just add water?

Sooo, I did…

Introducing… Just Add Water Funfetti Dip!  Also known as, Funfetti Dip for Dummies, or Poor Man’s Funfetti Dip! 🙂 Hehe.

Save your pennies kids — all that stands between you and this new-and-improved Funfetti dip is a box of cake mix and some running water.  Oh, and I guess some dippers like the ever popular animal crackers.  Although, if you’re like me and ran 12 miles right before you whip this up, a simple spoon will do. 😉

But if you’re feeling ambitious and/or adventurous, I’ve got two other uses for your new & improved Funfetti dip…

First, we’ve got these mini Funfetti cupcakes.  Once baked, fill them with Funfetti dip, then spread your favorite frosting on top (I used a simple vanilla pudding/Cool Whip frosting here).

But if mini cupcakes are too much work, you can always make a…

Funfettinutter!! 🙂

Yes, it is as good as it sounds.  Perfect for celebrating once-every-four-years days like Leap Day!

[print_this]Just Add Water! Funfetti Dip

Mix Funfetti cake mix with water for a simple and delicious cake batter dip.  Serve with graham crackers, animal crackers, or pretzels.

Single serving:

  • 2 tablespoons Funfetti cake mix (dry)
  • 1 tablespoon water

For a crowd (32 single servings):

  • 2 cups Funfetti cake mix (dry)
  • 1 cup water

Stir the cake mix and water in a bowl until smooth.  Cover and refrigerate the dip until serving.

Nutrition Info (based on single serving): 110 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated, 0g trans), 190mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (0g fiber, 14g sugar), <1g protein[/print_this]

Easy 3-2-1 Sugar Cookie Dough Dip

It’s Friday night, and the moon is bright… gonna have some fun, show you how it’s done… TGIF!

Ah, remember the good old days of Friday nights with the Tanner’s and Steve Urkel?  We used to have the best TGIF every Friday in our house growing up, since Friday night was pizza night, too.  My parents actually still do Friday night pizza night, but unfortunately, I can’t turn on ABC to see what trouble the kids on Step By Step are getting themselves into.  Oh, well…

I was going to save this little bonus cookie-inspired recipe for next week, but it was sitting here ready to be posted and the excitement of Friday night got to me.  So, enjoy!

I have to admit, I went through a little (albeit, brief) patch a few days ago where I wanted nothing to do with any cookie.  Too much of a good thing, I thought.  Don’t worry, though, that was nothing a good night’s sleep couldn’t fix.  By the next day I was back to my regular cookie-loving self. 🙂

I do think all these cookies are getting to my head a little bit, though.  I mean, who the heck makes dip with a sugar cookie mix?

Oh, right… the girl who makes dip with boxes of cake mix.  Also, same girl who couldn’t use her sugar cookie mix to bake cookies, since she decided to make all of her Christmas cookies from one base dough

Christmas or no Christmas, add this dip to your list of things to make… just do it… it’s too easy not to!

[print_this]Easy 3-2-1 Sugar Cookie Dough Dip

Sugar cookies just got a whole lot better – in dip form!  Use a packaged sugar cookie mix as a shortcut to whip up a batch of sugar cookie dough dip.  Great with pretzels, graham crackers, or… cookies!  Recipe can be scaled up or down – just keep the same 3-2-1 ratio of ingredients.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: N/A

  • 3 cups sugar cookie mix
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 cup Cool Whip
In a large mixing bowl, stir the sugar cookie mix, yogurt, and Cool Whip with a wire whisk until smooth.  Store in an airtight container until serving.[/print_this]