Restaurant Style Salsa

Today, I recreate a favorite restaurant’s salsa. This recipe makes a huge batch so be prepared to invite over lots of friends to your next fiesta! . . . → Read More: Restaurant Style Salsa

Picnic Fare for #Blogger CLUE

What’s in our basket? Smoky Pimento Cheese Spread, Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus, and Spanish Deviled Eggs. Want to join us on our picnic? . . . → Read More: Picnic Fare for #Blogger CLUE

Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Dip with Green Chiles for #TripleSBites

Welcome to my third post for #TripleSBites, a super sexy, saucy, and spicy group of twenty bloggers sharing recipes for “Valentines and Beyond.”

Black-Eyed Pea Dip is a staple for us at any New Year’s Day celebration.   I have seen similar recipes labeled as “Okie Caviar” and “Texas Caviar.”   Whatever it’s called . . . → Read More: Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Dip with Green Chiles for #TripleSBites

Cocktail Meatballs with Spicy Blueberry Sauce for #TripleSBites

Today is the day to officially kick off February (the month of romance) and #TripleSBites.   #TripleSBites is a group of food bloggers who will focus on the spiciness, sauciness, and sexiness of this special romantic month.

Romance here at the Eliot’s Eats is simple.   It’s all about finger foods.

Yep, a romantic dinner . . . → Read More: Cocktail Meatballs with Spicy Blueberry Sauce for #TripleSBites

Pretzel Sticks with Two Sauces for #10DaysofTailgate

Try these make-ahead pretzel sticks with two easy sauces, an easy beer cheese sauce and a delicious mustard dip. . . . → Read More: Pretzel Sticks with Two Sauces for #10DaysofTailgate

Marinated Cheese in a Jar

I saw this technique in the March 2013 issue of Sunset and loved the idea.  This recipe is attributed to David Tanis (a Chez Panisse alum) from his cookbook One Good Dish:   The Pleasures of a Simple Meal.

I perused through this book on Amazon and a few recipes caught my eye (and . . . → Read More: Marinated Cheese in a Jar

Peperoncini Pepper Dip

What screams Valentine’s Day? Chocolates, truffles, candied hearts, pickle dip. Pickle dip? Yes, only here at EE would be be celebrating Heart’s and Flower’s Day with a piquant and tart recipe. . . . → Read More: Peperoncini Pepper Dip

Fiesta Cheese Ball with Baked Tortilla Chips

Try this unexpected cheese ball for your Super Bowl party tonight. . . . → Read More: Fiesta Cheese Ball with Baked Tortilla Chips

The “Party Book” and a vintage dip recipe (circa 1960)

During the holidays, I often wax poetic and get nostalgic about my childhood.   This is going to be one of those posts.   (Please bear with me.)

My mom and aunt were both home economics teachers.   (Today they would be called FACS teachers for Family and Consumer Sciences.)    They would often discuss the latest food trends, . . . → Read More: The “Party Book” and a vintage dip recipe (circa 1960)

Chilled Jalapeno Poppers

This post is not so much of a recipe as it is a suggestion.

With all the huge jalapenos coming on, it was time to make some appetizers for Sunday afternoon.  After canning all the pepper jelly, I was pretty much spent, but I needed to use more peppers.

I went with an old stand by . . . → Read More: Chilled Jalapeno Poppers

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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