Category Archives: Snacks

Homemade Nachos

 

 

 

These homemade nachos just might become your new best friend but be sure to share them with the ones you love! These homemade nachos just might become your new best friend but be sure to share them with the ones you love! It was one of those hot summer days when you consider moving to Canada. I know it gets hot in Canada as my northern friends tell me but this is a level of hot that can only be achieved in the deep south. I mean cook an egg on the sidewalk hot. I thought I was going to melt away anytime I had to go outside. Forget getting the mail, it can sit in the mailbox all day until the sun goes down. And trying to accomplish anything with your hair is just an exercise in futility.

Making dinner in the summer can be a dilemma. I try to serve as many salads over the course of the summer that I can get away with before the crew starts to mutiny.  But I  don’t want to heat up the house by using the oven or cooking over the stove for a long time. Read More →

Homemade Nacho Cheese

Homemade Nacho Cheese

The other day the kids were asking for nachos, not just chips and salsa, for their snack. I try to make a little bit more elaborate snacks during the weekends since I have a little more time to work with.

It was one of those lazy Saturdays where everyone got up late and we were eating breakfast at 11 am.  We don’t often get to sleep in like that so it totally throws off our usual schedule. Since breakfast was so late,  I decided to have a heavier snack than usual.

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Spicy Tuna Rangoon

It was my little sister’s birthday and we were having a full on Chinese food night with stir fry, egg rolls, shrimp fried rice, dumplings, and crab rangoon on the menu. As always, when there is a wide variety of cooked dishes to be made at the same time, the kitchen quickly got very hot, and I got very frustrated.

I could only wrangle one little helper into the kitchen that night, and I had him making the egg rolls. While he was working I made the fried rice, and stir fry. Then I noticed the wonton wrappers sitting on the counter….

Oh…right.

The rangoons.

The part everybody was looking forward to the most.

It’s a good thing it doesn’t take that long, I thought. I started getting out the ingredients and I went to the fridge to grab the crab last….

Oh.

Oh no.

No crab……

I frantically looked through the kitchen for anything I could use to substitute from the crab. For a while I was seriously thinking about using Spam. Luckily I noticed a few cans of Bumble Bee® Prime Fillet® Albacore Tuna with Jalapeños & Olive Oil. My helper was about halfway done with frying the egg rolls, so I grabbed the tuna and started working.

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Garlic Parmesan Baked Potato Wedges

A few days ago, I need fries. I needed fries badly. I went through the list of fast food restaurants in my head trying to think about who had the best french fry. None of them seemed like they would satisfy my craving. What I really wanted was the baked potato wedges my mother made us as kids on burger night. I went to the kitchen, and did an interesting spin on my mothers baked potato wedges. Although, they really were perfect the way she made them.

I can still see the multi-colored plastic plates we ate on, and the hologram Hannah Montana cups, leftover from my little sister birthday party.

At the time my mother had 7 children (now 8), and she needed cheap, healthy recipes that were kid friendly. Baked potato wedges fit the bill exactly.

Another thing that was important to a mother of so many very young children, was that it needed to turn out every time. Perfectly.

Imagine dinner getting screwed up at the last minute and you have 7 hungry hobbits to feed…..

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Cheesy Jalapeno Poppers

Words of the wise.

Wear gloves.

Aaaaaand don’t touch your eyes.

Please just trust me on this.

The first time I made this…hehe…was a nightmare. I didn’t know how to handle hot peppers so I just went for it like it was a bell pepper. Big mistake. My finger tips burned for days. I washed my hands. With soap. The burn remained. Also, if I licked my fingers, I could still taste the spiciness of the jalapeno on them. Guys, it hurt. Please wear gloves.

If my fingertips couldn’t handle it…how do you think my eyes would have felt?

I am not looking forward to figuring out.

Nope.

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