Crinkle Fry Nachos Blanco with Sriracha Peach Queso

Crinkle Cut Nachos Blanco with Sriracha Peach Queso

Crinkle Fry Nachos Blanco with Sriracha Peach Queso – a tangy, sweet and spicy update on a traditional nacho, using crispy french fries and a unique peach queso!


We have had some very cold weather in Portland this month, and crazy foggy days! It was a perfect time for me to be working with Alexia Foods, because I got to make all kinds of tasty warm dishes while creating recipes with their product. Roasted Crinkle Cut Fries for lunch while it is zero degrees with wind chill outside? Yes please and thank you!


I am excited to be sharing a new queso recipe with you today. My Sriracha Peach Queso is new because I am only just now sharing it, but we have been enjoying this since summer. When I had fresh peaches. Very slightly sweet when you get a small bite of peach, with a spicy heat that you control. Start small with the sriracha, or boldy add several tablespoons if you love it like we do.

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Bite, Sip, Nosh, and Dip – Festive Recipes For Your Holiday Table

Hot Chocolate Peppermint Shots

Hot Chocolate Peppermint Shots


’tis the season!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know I am already starting with the holiday decor.

I am already making lists – parties, events, and the food that will go along with each one! I have some new ideas in mind, to go along with my festive favorites.


Savory Chili Cheese Spread

Spicy Savory Cheesecake Spread


As the holidays get closer, I will be sharing my new recipes with you. Until then, I have collected a few recipes that I plan to bring along to holiday parties, and share on my own party tables.

See my Holiday Recipe slideshow here:


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Savory Chili Cheesecake Spread

Savory Chili Cheesecake Spread – a spicy, zesty appetizer that makes a perfect centerpiece to a snack tray – perfect for Game Day, holidays, or a random Tuesday!


Savory Chili Cheesecake Spread @spabettieI was invited to develop recipes for the McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mixes Launch as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time, and all opinions are my own.

I know it is early, but I for one am already thinking about the holidays. Planning menus – yes, I really am – and thinking of new recipes that can do double duty as a game day appetizer and as Thanksgiving day snacks.

For me, game day is as much about the food as it is the game, really. Holidays? Those are all about getting together with family and friends, and many of those gatherings include food.

I cannot wait to sit around with the family on Thanksgiving. We usually are at my moms, I always arrive early, we sometimes play cards, and there are always many delicious edibles to be had. We always watch National …

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Chili Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños

Chili Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños

Chili Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños – a protein and veggie packed spin on everyone’s favorite classic jalapeño popper. These work well as both an appetizer or a dinner – a warm salad topper!


I was invited to develop recipes for the McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mixes Launch as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received product, was compensated for my time, and all opinions are my own.

You know I am all about game day food, appetizers, shared plates and Happy Hour at Home. I have said more than once that I love appetizers for dinner (and often order a couple small plates rather than the huge entrees most restaurants want to give you).

So, did we actually eat jalapeño poppers for dinner?

Why, yes. Yes we did.

McCormick Gluten Free Chili Spice

These are perfectly acceptable for dinner, though – a protein and veggie packed update on the cheese filled original. Fantastically spicy and filling, we ate these with a simple salad on the side.

Plus, you can eat a whole bunch of them.

These peppers are not only …

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Avocado Stuffed Chick-Quin Bites with Candied Jalapeno Ranch

Avocado Stuffed Chick-Quin Bites with Candied Jalapeno Ranch

Honey, these boys ain’t much to talk to, but, if you want a night away from your cat… they’re more than fine.

While I was wrapping cubes of avocado with chick-quin mixture, I could not help thinking of my favorite line from Vegas Vacation. Because, while these avocado stuffed chick-quins are damn tasty, they sure ain’t much to look at.

But did I say they were good? Jason isn’t the biggest avocado fan, and he loves these. They are good.

Tales from the honeymoon road:

We landed in Columbia, Missouri last night, about 15 minutes before the tornado …

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Hosting a Game Day Party

Garlic-Kale Stuffed Portobello Burgers

Compensation was provided by Electrolux via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of spabettie and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Electrolux.


Several of you have asked how my kitchen remodel went, and have I shared photos yet? The kitchen reno is still happening. I took over the project, and there have been some back-steps as I hire professionals to not only complete the job, but check the work already completed. In some cases, work was redone.

My new dishwasher was one of those unfortunate redo jobs. The original contractor had installed the new dishwasher incorrectly – completely and in every way – and I am once again dishwasher shopping!

I loved the dishwasher I am replacing, and since it was an Electrolux, I started my search with them. Their newest model is the Electrolux Stainless Steel Dishwasher with IQ-Touch™ Controls (EI24ID50QS). In thinking about how much we entertain, one thing I loved about this one right away was the 30 minute fast wash cycle. I often plan my parties so I can enjoy as much as I can without working, but if I had a super fast wash cycle I’d be using it for sure!

This model is also extremely quiet, and the stainless steel matches some of our other new appliances. I love the third level at the top, for small items and the thirty seven spatulas I use every day.





Since the kitchen will be finished soon, we are once again able to host parties at our place! Holiday parties and holidays meals with our family, Happy Hour at Home with friends, and game day festivities… the only football we are watching is college. 

In addition to the American flag that waves on our front porch, we have a Mizzou flag and a Ducks flag… we love our college football, and I love making a big table full of food for game day. Of course.

My tips to a fun party that you can enjoy:

– make a signature cocktail that can be made ahead, and guests can serve themselves.

– keep decor to a minimum, and have it be functional – bottles in ice and edible serving bowls are always fun details. using fancy plates and glassware, even for a casual get together, because why not? 

– plan for foods that mostly can be made ahead – many of the following recipes in this game day collection can be made ahead, at least partially, with minimal assembly before the party begins.

– unless every guest has a place to sit, plan for small bite appetizers that can be handheld or dipped. no awkward balancing of plates and glasses while they attempt utensil use:


Garlic Kale Portobello Burgers

garlic-kale stuffed portobello burgers


ramen burger

ramen burger – sushi style


Hatch chile queso

Hatch chile queso


Black Bean Totchos with Lemon Garlic Sauce

black bean totchos with garlic lemon sauce


nacho cheese mushroom melts

cheesy nacho mushroom melts


spicy buffalo chick-quin wings

buffalo chick-quin wings


spicy Thai nachos

spicy Thai totchos


Pulled Porcini Sliders

pulled porcini sliders


Reuben rolls with homemade thousand island


croque monsieur stuffed waffles

Croque Monsieur stuffed waffles


raw tacos with chipotle cream


s’mores shots in chocolate glasses


hot chocolate peppermint shots






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Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon and Mint

Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon and Mint

Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon and Mint – a refreshing and flavorful salad that is great as a start to a meal, an afternoon snack or a sweet dessert – cheers!


Did this weekend fly by for everyone else, or just me?

While it was a perfect mix of fun things and relaxing down time – yes I enjoyed a short nap – it just went too quickly.

A sign of a good weekend, I suppose?

Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon and Mint

It definitely was. My weekend started on Friday, when I spent the whole day in the kitchen. It was glorious – I created and photographed two project recipes, with French Open tennis in the background. My perfect day, really.

I spent part of Saturday on wedding planning – it is …

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Grapefruit Thyme Mimosa-Ritas

Grapefruit Thyme Mimosa-Ritas

ah, summertime.

It truly is my favorite time of year. Longer, warmer days equal more time outdoors, fresh creations with garden ingredients, cool cocktails with friends.

Sitting out in the evening, relaxing while the daylight leaves and the yard’s nightlights come on. Frogs in the pond croak now and then, causing the dogs to jump off our laps and snif snif snif in search of the frog…

Grapefruit Thyme Margaritas

My latest libation creation is a fusion of two favorites – mimosas and margaritas. Fresh herbs from the garden (the thyme came back from last year!) mix well with bubbly and my favorite reposado tequila.

Follow me over to Kim’s place for my recipe: Grapefruit Thyme Mimosa-Ritas.

Grapefruit Thyme Mimosas