jalapeño crab poppers

Labor Day Weekend truly is the Sunday of the summer season. It’s always hard to say goodbye to endless beach days, barbecues and that one pair of Old Navy flip flops that has seen more adventure this summer than a pair of shoes could imagine, but there is so much excitement that awaits in the fall. For this year’s Labor Day barbecue, I wanted to … Continue reading jalapeño crab poppers

big & cheesy mozzarella sticks

Americans love cheese, and I am no exception. Fried cheese curds are a personal favorite, but in New Jersey, cheese curds are extremely hard to come by—although we do have some amazing cheese makers in this state (very few of whom actually produce cheese curds). When cheese curds aren’t available—which is pretty much always—fried mozzarella makes the perfect appetizer. Football season is finally back; preseason … Continue reading big & cheesy mozzarella sticks

Cajun shrimp crostini

Naturally, I spent yesterday morning browsing Pinterest yet again for clothes I don’t need, recipes I’ll never actually master (is it just me or does everything on Pinterest always look better than it tastes? Hopefully this recipe won’t be like that!), and home décor I will most likely never purchase. After falling down the black hole of Pinterest for a good 30 minutes, I stumbled … Continue reading Cajun shrimp crostini

honey garlic Parmesan wings

Right now, my alma mater (Seton Hall University) is about to make a go in the NCAA Tournament, and this weekend, they competed in the Big East Tournament (and suffered a tear-jerking loss to Villanova). Anyway, game days call for game day apps, and my sister gave me the idea to try my hand at some honey garlic Parmesan wings. Sweet honey pairs well with salty soy … Continue reading honey garlic Parmesan wings

pulled pork & cheddar wontons

It’s hard to deny my love for wontons (it’s gotten to the point where I should just make a “wontons” category on the blog’s homepage). It’s nearly as strong as my love for buffalo chicken. The thing about wontons is, you can throw pretty much anything into this little dough wrapper, fry it up (or bake it, as I typically do), and it will almost … Continue reading pulled pork & cheddar wontons

creamy buffalo chicken dip

There is one appetizer that always draws a crowd from my family and friends: buffalo chicken dip. Yes, I think I’ve made it clear that I am totally obsessed with anything buffalo chicken. This dip is no exception. With only five simple ingredients, it’s a go-to for any friendly gathering. From Christmas Eve to just another night out with friends, the buff chick dip always … Continue reading creamy buffalo chicken dip

a twist on a typical Thanksgiving

Every year, Thanksgiving is held at my house. There has only ever been one exception to this: November 1994. I was born the day before Thanksgiving that year, so my aunt took over the holiday since my mom had bigger problems (me, of course). This holiday has always been my absolute favorite—possibly because when I was younger, I always associated it with getting birthday presents. … Continue reading a twist on a typical Thanksgiving