Garlic and Onion Cheddar Cheese Ball

Do you ever find yourself with a bunch of random ingredients in the refrigerator and want to use them up before they go bad … or is it just me?

I had a block of cream cheese that I needed to use and thought it would be great to make an appetizer for Easter dinner a couple weeks ago. I threw together this cheese ball and it was a hit.The flavors of the garlic, onions and cheese go so nicely together. I paired it with pita chips, but it would go great with vegetables or crackers. You can easily double the recipe to make a large ball or make multiples for a party.

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Roasted Poblano Spinach Dip

Spinach dip is the ultimate appetizer for any party or gathering. I decided to take it to another with the addition of roasted poblano peppers. They added a bit of heat and gave this dip a great twist. My kids didn’t even notice the peppers and ate it with no issues.

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Caramelized Onion Dip

I’m always looking for a new recipe to bring to parties and events; this may be my new favorite recipe!┬áCaramelizing the onions brings onion dip to a completely different level! There is much more of a richness of onion flavor. I definitely recommend making it a day before you plan to serve it. This give is enough time for all the flavors to really develop. It goes perfectly with chips or veggies! It would be great over a baked potato too!

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Spicy Seven Layer Dip

For #CookoutWeek, I’ll be taking you through an entire meal, course by course – perfect for your next bbq, picnic, cookout or just for dinner! I’m starting out with an appetizer – spicy seven layer dip. Ironically, I’ve never made a layered dip before, but this will be made over and over again. It’s super easy especially since I’m using store-bought hummus and guacamole. My husband and I loved it and the spice the hummus had. I served it with blue multi-grain tortilla chips, but you could serve it with a veggie tray and it would be delicious too!

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Creamy Dill Dip

I’ve been trying to get both of my kids to eat more veggies and they love being able to dip them into something – dip, hummus, anything really. So when my neighbor gave me some fresh dill, I knew I would make a delicious dip with them. I whipped this recipe together in 5 minutes and 8 hours later, we had a creamy and homemade dip to enjoy as an afternoon snack. You could easily substitute dried herbs if you didn’t have fresh on hand. It would also make a great spread for a sandwich or wrap!

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Cheesy Roasted Brussels Sprouts Dip

This recipe is one I had saved for years and I finally had a chance to make it and I’m kicking myself for not making it sooner. It was delicious, unique and would make a great dip to bring to a holiday party! I used to HATE brussels sprouts – my mom used to eat them all the time but would microwave a bag of frozen ones and I’d have to eat at least one. They were always mussy and gross. Over the past few years, I’ve found that I like them either roasted or sauteed….no steaming of sprouts in this house!

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Pepperoni and Cheese Dip – Secret Recipe Club

If you’re looking for an appetizer to take to your next party, this dip is for you! I’m excited to share today’s recipe from my Secret Recipe Club reveal, Our Table for Seven. Erin’s blog is all about her experience in cooking and baking. We have very similar styles and I found so many recipes that my family would enjoy – including Cheesy Chicken & Rice Soup, Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps and Pumpkin Scones.

Back to the dip, it tastes just like pepperoni pizza! It was the perfect snack while watching football yesterday (yes, I waited to make this recipe the day before I had to post it). Unfortunately, the Eagles lost….but we lifted our spirits by devouring this dip. Erin made this in a slow cooker, but I decided to whip it up on the stove top and worked out perfectly.

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Black Bean Salsa

This has become my new favorite snack in the summer! It is so refreshing and I love that I can use so many fresh veggies straight from the local farm or from my backyard. It has a little heat from the jalapeno, but you could always leave them out if you don’t want the spice. I have been eating it lately with tortilla chips – it would go great over grilled chicken!

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Kale Basil Pesto

Last week, I picked up a CSA share and it a had kale it in. I was planning to make kale chips for the kids, but didn’t get a chance to with the busy weekend we had and celebrating Cooper turning FOUR!!! I decided to not let it go to waste and made a batch of kale basil pesto. This was a new recipe for me and it’s a keeper! It was so good and I can’t wait to have it again for dinner tomorrow night.

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Sour Cream Fruit Dip

My husband was quite skeptical when I told him I was making this dip. He wasn’t sure since it was with sour cream and not like the fruit dip he remembers as a child – you know the one with cream cheese and marshmallow fluff. I told him to trust me and I knew when he was scrapping the bowl, he believed me. He should know by now that after 11 years of marriage!

The dip was the perfect creamy consistency and I loved the hint of vanilla. I always double up on vanilla and will use some dried vanilla beans next time I make this to amp up the vanilla flavor. I know I’ll be making this dip over and over again this summer once all the fresh, local fruit comes in. I can’t wait to try it with peaches!

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