21 Recipes with Basil

I have the world’s worst black thumb. Until recently, the only plant I have been able to keep alive is a Christmas cactus that I was given as a gift when my grandfather died years ago.  That changed recently when I purchased a hydroponic basil plant because they were out of regular basil. On a whim, I decided to plant it and it has been flourishing ever since. The more it grows, the more I realize that I need to find ways to use it and I collected 21 recipes with basil. 

These are the perfect way to use all the extra basil in your house.

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Spicy Beer Battered Fried Pickles

Back during our trip to Vegas, we ordered some fried pickles and I instantly fell in love.  Yes, I am aware that pickles are old news but I never claimed to be trendy.  Of course, once I got home, I wanted some fried pickles that didn’t require me to travel most of the way across the country to get them.  So, I tested out a few recipes at home and came up with the ultimate recipe for spicy beer battered pickles.  Yep…pickles…jalapenos…beer…all together in one awesome snack!

Fried Pickles with Jalapenos and Beer in the batter. Yummy! #recipes

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Food: Reuben Sliders

Remember me telling you all about how much Mathlete loves a Reuben sandwich and my solution was to make him Reuben Dip?  Well, someone wasn’t entirely happy with just having a dip made with the flavors of his favorite sandwich.  Of course, the easiest thing to do would be to just make him a Reuben…or even take him somewhere to buy one.  Instead, I decided to make Reuben sliders.
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Amazing Reuben Dip

A Reuben is one of those sandwiches that has a devoted following.  You either love it or hate it.  Mathlete is in the love category. If it is on the menu, Mathlete will order it without question.  Me…I am in the other camp.  I don’t care for it so we never make it at home.  I would much rather have a balsamic chicken or kalbi beef sandwich instead!
But, with St. Patrick’s Day approaching, I decided to make some reuben dip for Mathlete to get him all the flavors of the Reuben sandwich without actually making a sandwich :) Amazing Reuben Dip Recipe #appetizer #stpatricksday #beef

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Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeno poppers are one of those appetizers that you know EVERYONE will love.  It is the perfect combination of spicy and cheesy in a little handheld bite.  I see them at so many parties and actually served them for the first time this year at our annual Christmas party.  Then, I started thinking about a way to easily take all those flavors on the go for tailgating or potluck parties {March madness, anyone?}. Turning the traditional appetizer into Jalapeno Popper Dip that you make ahead and bake whenever you want OR throw in the crockpot was what I came up with!This Jalapeno Popper Dip looks so easy and delicious. Love her idea of making it in the crockpot. #Superbowl #recipes #dips

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New Pizza Favorites – Make Your Pizza Your Own

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Between the holidays and then gearing up for major Football games in January and February, March can seem pretty sparse when it comes to activities.  Unless, of course, you are a basketball fan!  I don’t watch much basketball at all but love a good reason to invite friends over to hang out and a sports game is always a good one.  With time being at a premium these days though, I don’t go all out with a full spread and tend to stick to things like pizza and chips with dip.  Of course, that doesn’t mean, I just typically flop any old pizza on a plate and go with it.  Nope, I find some #NewFavorites, like flavors DiGiorno just introduced, and make them even more delicious with a few extra touches.
Create an awesome pizza buffet with #NewFavorites and extra toppings. #cbias #shop #pizza [Read more...]

Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins

At the beginning of the year, I asked on my Facebook page what readers were looking for in the New Year from the blog.  A friend of mine asked for more vegetarian recipes.  Now, I’m a meat eater to the core {with the exception of a year stint as a vegetarian back in college} so this was definitely a challenge for me.  I decided to start small and created stuffed sweet potato skins for a great vegetarian alternative to the traditional potato skins filled with bacon.
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100 Super Bowl Party Recipe Ideas

Ok, we are T minus 11 days until the BIG game.  You know the one…the Super Bowl!  I am not a huge football fan so I don’t get into the big game but I do get into the commercials and, more importantly, all the delicious foods!  For me, pretty much any party is all about the food.  So, to make sure your party has all kinds of delicious food, I rounded up 100 Super Bowl Party recipe ideas.
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Roast Beef Crostini

From the time mid-November hits until after the Superbowl, parties happen weekend after weekend leaving you searching for what to make that everyone hasn’t had ten times already.  I have a few go tos that I make for every party but like to change it up from time to time to keep it fresh.  This roast beef crostini is super easy which makes it perfect for the busy time of year.  But, everyone will think you spent a ton of time and effort to put it together!Roast Beef Crostini #appetizers #easyrecipes [Read more...]

World’s Best Queso Dip Recipe

Are you hosting a holiday party this year?  Or maybe you are attending a pot luck style party and you are wondering what to take.  I have the world’s best queso dip recipe {trust me…that is not an exaggeration} that will absolutely be a huge hit anywhere you serve it.Queso Dip Top View with Label_wm [Read more...]