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Parmesan Garlic Knots

These Parmesan Garlic Knots are simple to make and packed with flavor.  They’d be the perfect addition to your Super Bowl appetizer table!

Brushed with melted butter, minced garlic and shaved Parmesan cheese, these Parmesan Garlic Knots are a delicious appetizer for gameday!Remember how I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that my wife and I had discovered a local brewery that holds a trivia night every Thursday evening?  In that post, I mentioned how we plan on having quick and easy dinners on Thursdays so that we can get over to the brewery by 6:30pm for trivia.  Well, it just so happens that I made these Parmesan Garlic Knots on a Thursday.  Hmmm…garlic knots and beer go well together.  And we’re allowed to bring food into the brewery, but the knots would most certainly be cold by the time we got there.  That’s a problem.Continue Reading »

White Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Packed with flavor and then rolled in chopped hazelnuts,
these White Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles are a fun sweet treat to serve at your next party!

Packed with flavor and then rolled in chopped hazelnuts, these White Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles are a fun sweet treat to serve at your next party!So my wife and I were driving back from a late-night curling game last week, and I flipped on the radio to one of my favorite stations.  I sang along (ok, maybe more like mumbled along) to the Allman Brothers and then REO Speedwagon.  Then the station announcement came on.  “You’re listening to Oldies 98.3, the Capital Region’s greatest hits of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.”  Hold up.  Oldies?  What the heck?  I was listening to an oldies station?  Since when are Lynyrd Skynyrd and Michael Jackson considered oldies?  Sure, they’re no One Direction or Miley Cyrus…but oldies? I guess this will be one of those moments in my life…the moment that I realized I listen to oldies radio.Continue Reading »

Classic Chili Cheese Dogs

Featuring a splash of bourbon (yes, bourbon!), these Chili Cheese Dogs are
a classic comfort food…perfect for snacking on during sporting events!

Featuring a splash of bourbon (yes, bourbon!), these Chili Cheese Dogs are a classic comfort food...perfect for snacking on during sporting events!  I love the winter!  I’m not so much referring to the snow and ice outside here.  (I’m choosing to pretend that all of that white stuff on the ground isn’t really there…)  Nope, I’m referring to all of the awesome sports on tv during the winter.  The Super Bowl is right around the corner.  After that, there’s plenty of college basketball to keep me going through February.  And March?  C’mon…March Madness is one of my favorite times of the sport year!  Even if you’re not the biggest sports fan, you have to at least appreciate all of the delicious food that shows up around sporting events.  (I’m looking at you, Mr. Soft Pretzel.  And you, too, Homemade Cracker Jack.)  But today’s post is about another classic stadium food…the Chili Cheese Dog!Continue Reading »

Grilled Cheese Bar

Be the MVP of your party with this fun and delicious Grilled Cheese Bar!  Get creative with the ingredients, let your guests build their own sandwiches and then award prizes for the more unique sandwiches.

Be the MVP of your party with this fun and delicious Grilled Cheese Bar!  Get creative with the ingredients, let your guests build their own sandwiches and then award prizes for the more unique sandwiches.The matchup for the big game is set.  I’m not talking the weekly round of Risk with your friends from high school or the friendly game of Clue with your kids.  I’m talking the Super Bowl.  I’m talking the culmination of an entire season of games.  256 awesome, edge-of-your-seat games.  (Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration…especially if the New York Jets were involved.)  The Super Bowl also marks the end of the football season, but I’ll mourn that next week.  Aside from the actual game (and the commercials), we all know that the Super Bowl is about delicious food.  Make sure you’re prepared for the big game with this awesome Grilled Cheese Bar!Continue Reading »