Christmas Dips and Drinks

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Mission holiday party is complete! On Friday, I hosted about 30 close friends for appetizers, drinks and desserts to celebrate the season rather than getting everyone gifts. Greatest idea ever. As you can see, I had an awful time with my girl Bethany and the rest of the crew. :) There were plenty of sweets, including Peppermint Patty-Stuffed Cookies, Gooey Butter Cookies, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites and more. And for ...continue reading

Easy, Elegant Hors d’Oeuvres: 13-Calorie Caprese Crackers

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Happy Emmy Awards day! As we speak, TV stars are getting glammed up to make a splash on the red carpet and potentially take home a shiny new trophy. I say, why let the celebrities have all the fun? Host a viewing party tonight and serve these easy, elegant hors d'oeuvres, inspired by the classic Italian Caprese salad. They look fancy but it's as much of a facade as that double-stick tape on your favorite starlet's dress. In all ...continue reading

Better Than Bagel Bites: Mini Pita Pizzas

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My go-to elementary school eats may have been as colorful as the ingredients above, but those colors certainly weren't natural. The "cool" after-school snacks came out of a box. Pop Tarts, Better Cheddars (anyone else remember those?!), Fruit Roll-Ups, you name it. Or what about Bagel Bites...those perennially popular mini pizzas that are marketed as "wholesome," healthy choice, yet somehow contain high fructose corn syrup and 15% ...continue reading

The Easiest Way to Prepare Corn, Plus a Guilt-Free Summer Appetizer Recipe!

If there’s one thing that my home state is known for, it’s corn. In fact, many “get to know you” conversations in New York humorously went something like this: New friend: “Where are you from originally?” Me: “I was born and raised in Iowa!” New friend: “Wow, I bet New York is pretty different for you…Did you live on a farm?” The closest I usually got to one (besides the ...continue reading