Blackened Chicken Guacamole Bites

Guacamole + gameday = win!  These Blackened Chicken Guacamole Bites are the perfect Super Bowl appetizer!

Guacamole + gameday = win! These Blackened Chicken Guacamole Bites are the perfect Super Bowl appetizer!In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, Super Bowl 50 will be before you know it.  How do you guys watch the big game each year?  We like to get together with a few neighbors and watch the game in someone’s living room.  I saw a stat on tv the other day that said the average Super Bowl party will have 17 people.  (And I also noticed that about 6% of us will call in sick on the Monday after the game!)

In recent years, the Super Bowl has become a national holiday of sorts here in the States.  I’m totally on board with this one, too.  First of all, football.  Second, winter can be really dreary…so what’s better than hanging out with friends?  Third, there’s tasty Super Bowl apps and fun drinks.  Fourth, there’s the commercials.  Fifth, the halftime show is usually pretty entertaining.  Sixth…do I really need to continue?Continue Reading »

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Grab a hot bowl of this Chicken Enchilada Soup for lunch (or dinner) today…it’s the perfect way to warm up on these cold winter days!

Grab a hot bowl of this Chicken Enchilada Soup for lunch (or dinner) today...it's the perfect way to warm up on these cold winter days!Why is it that the best Mexican restaurants always seem to be the little hole-in-the-wall places that you just have to hear about through the grapevine?  Take my college town of Durham, NC for instance.  There was an awesome Mexican restaurant there.  (In fact, the sign on the wall proudly read “The best Mexican food on the planet.”)  But this place was on the second floor of a building on a side street.  The staircase up is old, wooden, narrow and creaky…and it’s covered in graffiti.  You wouldn’t just wander up there for fun…unless you knew what was waiting for you at the top.Continue Reading »

Greek Salad Wraps with Shrimp

Wrap up dinner tonight with these tasty Greek Salad Wraps with Shrimp!

Wrap up dinner tonight with these tasty Greek Salad Wraps with Shrimp!Have you guys ever wondered where they come up with these generation names?  I get Baby Boomers.  Soldiers returning from World War II led to a “boom” in babies.  That one makes sense.  But Generation X?  And then Generation Y?  Our son will be in the next generation afer that, and I’ve heard that one called Generation Z, iGen and Founders.  I personally like Founders, but that’s just me.  All this talk about what the next generation will be called got me thinking.  I fall right in between Gen X and Gen Y, and I’ve never been a fan of those terms.  They feel so uncreative.  If I had my choice, we’d have a much cooler name.  Like the Oregon Trail Generation.Continue Reading »

Pepperoni Pizza Pull Apart Bread

This Pepperoni Pizza Pull Apart Bread is darn good eats…
especially when sports are on tv!

This Pepperoni Pizza Pull Apart Bread is darn good eats... especially when sports are on tv!Way back at the beginning of this year’s curling season, I was sitting around after our game chatting with some of my fellow curlers.  We somehow got onto the topic of pizza.  More specifically, we got to talking about different ways to make pizza.  There was the obvious oven-style with a good pizza stone.  Then there was the less-obvious, but still common on-the-grill style.  And then one of my teammates dropped a bombshell.  He was in the process of building an outdoor brick oven.  Continue Reading »