Spicy Crab & Shrimp Stuffed Avocado

Spicy Shrimp & Crab Stuffed Avocado bite
I love avocados and seafood. When you pair them up it is heaven in your mouth. And then you add some heat and you have my absolutely favorite appetizer.

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Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Bite Size Corn Dogs

I love quick and easy homemade appetizers for parties. These mini corn dogs are perfect for a kid’s party, poker night, or any casual function. You can use boxed corn muffin mix or make your own, like the Sweet Corn Bread Muffins I posted earlier this week.

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Chile Colorado (in the Instant Pot)

Chile Colorado Nacho

While I scrolled through Pinterest one evening I kept seeing pins of beef covered with a beautiful red sauce, called Chile Colorado. I had no idea the state of Colorado liked chile so much! I soon learned that the Spanish name translates to “red chile” and has nothing to do with the state. The beautiful red meat intrigued me and I looked further into how to make this (hopefully) delicious dish.
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Jalapeño Bacon & Pepperoni Cheese Ball

Jalapeno Pepperoni Cheese Ball bite

Cheese balls remind me of the 70’s. I envision parties filled with people wearing bell bottoms with big hair. I’m thinking Boogie Nights with Marky Mark, I mean Mark Wahlberg.  I don’t have any memories of the 70’s since I was only a toddler but I do have clear stereotypes of the decade. And fondue, Swedish meatballs, deviled eggs, and cheese balls all fall under stereotypical 70’s appetizers. I have to say they knew what they were doing with a ball of cream cheese and shredded cheddar.

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Koreatown: A Cookbook and Spicy-Sweet Shredded Squid (Ojingeochae Muchim)

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Annyeonghaseyo! (That’s “Hello” in Korean) I grew up with Korean food being served alongside with tacos and chicken fried steak (born and raised in Texas) . There wasn’t a day where fresh rice wasn’t in the rice cooker and our garage refrigerator wasn’t filled with kimchi (we had to have an extra refrigerator for my dad’s beer and my mom’s kimchi). Although I grew up eating Korean food I didn’t learn how to make anything Korean except for steamed rice until I was in my 30’s. My Korean mom’s philosophy was (and still is) “don’t worry I’ll make it for you.” Like a good half-Korean child I listened while I was not so subtlety pushed out of our kitchen. Continue reading

Texas Ranch Firecrackers


How can something so simple be addictive? I can’t stop myself from having one (or two) every time I am in the kitchen. I’ve made these for our weekend with friends but I’m not certain this bowl will last another day. My picky husband already requested another batch. He has no shame and leaves the kitchen with four or five firecrackers at a time. Continue reading