Super Bowl Appetizers – Chicken Skewers with Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Written by Kristen of Dine and Dish.

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up and if you are like me, you will have a house full of game loving folks to feed and entertain. Actually, if you are like me, you’ll welcome the opportunity to chill out in the kitchen with the non-football game watchers and munch on the goodies over good conversation versus the Super Bowl excitement, but that’s besides the point.

Super Bowl Sunday is a day to fill your buffet up with finger foods, appetizers and desserts galore. I know everyone is gathered together for the game, but it is really the food that matters, right?

As part of my attempt to please everyone, one of my favorite things to serve at our Super Bowl party is Chicken Skewers with a variety of dips. Sweet dips, sour dips, spicy dips, mild dips… with enough dips set out for your chicken skewers, you will hopefully be able to have something served that will please every palate at your party. [Read more…]

How to Plan a Snow Picnic

Excerpts from this post were originally published in January, 2011.

We’ve had a mild winter so far, brilliant sunlight, crisp cool air, and a peaceful blanket of white snow – now that is the mix for a perfect outing. We’ve been getting outdoors every day out of sheer necessity; it’s far too easy to go bonkers when you’re snowed in! Sometimes we go sledding, sometimes walking, but all the kids really need is a snow bank to have fun.

In summer we practically eat everything outdoors, but winter confines us to the dining room table three times a day, and quite frankly, that gets old. Why not plan a winter picnic to change things up?

With proper planning and an adventurous spirit, a snow picnic can be every bit of fun -if not more- than a summer picnic. Here are my tips to keep everyone happy on such an outing – both parents and children!

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Weekend Links: Eat Well, Spend Less Recap

With ‘Food Resolutions’ as our theme for January, the ladies of our Eat Well, Spend Less monthly series didn’t hold back. Things got personal, as they should when one is closely examining one’s eating and cooking habits.

Shaina bravely threw open her pantry to expose the need for more organization. Jess shared her desire to teach her boys to be self-sufficient in the kitchen. Carrie admitted to a history of wasting food and lays out how she intends to change that.

Each post had tremendous takeaway and you’re certain to relate to more than one confession. Hopefully in reading them you’ll find a few gems that you know you need to apply to your kitchen in 2012.

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Spotlight Ingredient: Beets (Recipe: Beet & Orzo Salad with Feta)

Last November, when roadside produce stands were closing down shop for the winter, I snagged a ten-pound bag of young beets for ninety-nine cents. Thrilled at the great deal I had just made, I imagined the beets lasting us through the winter – and all for pennies.

They were gone by Christmas. Apparently I like beets, a lot. There’s something about their firm texture and earthy I-can-taste-the-garden flavor that satisfies my hankering for vegetables in January.

I’ve since discovered that my ardor for this hearty, affordable, vegetable is shared by few; too few, in my opinion. Perhaps cooks are deterred by the length of cooking time, as beets must be first roasted or boiled properly, but then again, so do potatoes.

I believe, as is often the case with lesser-known ingredients, that people just don’t know what to do with beets. Hopefully by the end of this post, I’ll have planted a few ideas for incorporating the mildly sweet, crimson-red beet into your cooking repertoire.

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How to Prevent a Domestic Disturbance

Written by Danny.

As the loving husband of your favorite Simple Bites Editor (Aimee), I’ve got the inside scoop on what really happens around here and today, I’m going to spill the beans and tell you one of our family secrets. We have a serious problem in our home, one that could very well lead to instability, sharp words, lost sleep and much, much worse.

Usually when there’s a problem in a relationship, both parties are partially responsible, but this time, I confidently accept no blame. It’s all squarely on Aimee’s shoulders.  You see, Aimee alone has a problem.  A serious one.

Her doctor has said that she needs to slow down and stay off her feet, but instead, she’s nesting. [Read more…]