Jocelyn Delk Adams

Steak Nachos and The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book Giveaway

I am so excited to share this amazing nachos recipe from The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book 16th edition, which is quickly becoming my new favorite book.  And I am even more excited to share a giveaway of this favorite book with one of our readers!  With well over 1,200 delicious recipes to choose from (along with almost as many gorgeous images to stare at all day like I sometimes do), each and every recipe is a must try.  I can’t wait to try my hand at the decadent Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese, Pumpkin Bars, and amazing brining techniques for Thanksgiving in the Holiday Favorites chapter, but I seriously had to dive right into the appetizer section and tackle these Nachos.

steak nachos

Fall is officially here and so is football season.  Tailgating, parties and tempting recipes to go with them are cropping up everywhere, and I had to provide you with something that would be absolutely perfect for your next sports get-together.  Since my husband has officially taken up Fantasy Football, (again),  I know that soon I will be searching for ideas to plan some fun football parties.  Nachos are just the perfect appetizer to start any sports party with.

steak nachos

When I saw this Nachos recipe in the new Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book, I got so excited and knew this would be perfect to make now!  All of the ingredients come together perfectly in the most delicious way possible.  The layering of flavors and textures from crispy corn tortilla chips, seasoned meat, chunky salsa, hearty beans and melted gooey cheese should not be taken lightly.  It is plain addictive and simply unreal.

steak nachos

I only made one change to this recipe.  I decided to use chopped steak instead of ground beef to add a level of sophistication, something you hardly see when nachos are involved.  In this book you will find great ways to make each recipe unique to your liking with the new concept “Make It Mine”, which gives home cooks, like you, the awesome opportunity to alter recipes based on what your preferences are and what you may have at home.  After I made my switch to steak, I added traditional toppings to this dish, like cilantro and green onions, and gobbled up at least half by myself (don’t tell anyone).

steak nachos

As I mentioned before, you can win one of five copies being given away this week.  To enter, simply tell us in the comments below, “What Is Your Favorite Thing To Cook?”  We will conduct a random drawing from the received entries to select the winners.  You can see the official contest rules HERE.

It is safe to say that these nachos will be making appearance after appearance in my house during football season.  And I simply can’t wait to try even more recipes from the Cook Book that will be a huge hit!

Note: This contest has ended.

BHG Guest Blogger

Heather Christo// Stylemaker Behind the Scenes!

Hi! It’s Heather from, my blog, where delicious, seasonal and allergen free food comes to life. As a trained chef with food allergies and allergic children, I am dedicated to changing the way the world sees—and eats—the allergen-free. With imaginative ideas and a passion for food, I tackle every culinary challenge with curiosity, love, and excitement. When we create beautiful dishes that are free of allergens, we’re able to truly enjoy food, together, with our families and friends. Instead of feeling limited, our spirits and our stomachs are free to enjoy life to its fullest. After all, the world is rich with light, love, and happiness— and our food should be too.

(My whipped Lemon and Chive Goat Cheese Spread)

(Fresh Figs on the table)

I am so excited to be here and to share in my incredible experience as a BHG stylemaker. I grew up reading my mother and grandmothers copies of Better Homes and Gardens and so it feels like I have really come full circle as I read through issues with my own little girls. I am so honored to be a part of such a wonderful women’s tradition and BEYOND out-of-my-mind excited to have been named a stylemaker for 2014!

(Photographer Con Poulos and Editor Nancy Hopkins)

(the six of us instagraming!)

Earlier this Summer, myself and 5 of my darling girlfriends gathered at a beautiful house outside of LA to shoot this joy filled spread. It was one of those magical kinds of weekends where I ate until I was sooooo full and laughed until my sides hurt. Aren’t those the best kind of weekends? The playfulness through the spread is heart felt and truly reflects the fun that the 6 of us have when the cameras aren’t on (if you could have only heard the commentary!!) The recipes are amazing and truly mouth watering, and they are all so fresh and vibrant. I had the exciting job of providing the appetizers, and those shrimp cakes are fantastic. FYI, I consumed too many, I mean, several of my friend Tracy’s Apple Cider Bourbon Punches- delicious!

(Behind the scenes fun fact! I brought those fig branches all the way from my back yard tree in Seattle!)

I am just so excited for you all to get a peek into the passions and the love that we all have for our food and our friends- please enjoy!

(Behind the scenes fun fact! These were my great grandmothers salt cellars- but they made the perfect little bowl for marcona almonds too!)

(The incredible stylists putting the final touches on my appetizer spread!)

To check out all of the delicious recipes featured in this spread, simply click below (The Shrimp Fritters, Arugula Pesto and Whipped Goat Cheese are mine!)

Apple Cider Bourbon Punch

 Blackberry Gin Lemonade

Shrimp and Corn Fritters with Red Pepper Sauce

Lemon Whipped Goat Cheese

Blueberry Beet and Basil Summer Salad

Baby Back Ribs with Plum BBQ Sauce

Chimmichuri Tossed Mushrooms with Hazelnuts

Chocolaty Zucchini Loaf Cake


See Joy The Baker’s behind the scenes post!

See Shutterbean’s behind the scenes post!

See What’s Gaby Cooking’s behind the scenes post!



Grace Wenzel

Friday Finds 9.5

Happy Friday, Delish Dish! So I wore a sweater to work this morning, which, in my mind, means fall is here! One of my favorite annual traditions is going to the apple orchard each year and drinking incredible apple cider. So I thought I’d search around and find some new ways to enjoy apple cider, the great fall drink!

If you’re looking for a “grown-up” way to enjoy apple cider, you’ll love this Pumpkin Apple Cider cocktail. The Blond Cook combines pumpkin pie vodka, apple cider, and club soda for an easy-to-make fall drink.

Cupcakes are really the best way to satisfy your cravings. (They’re small so they have less calories, right?) Lady Behind the Curtain brings the best fall flavors in these Apple Cider Maple Spice Cupcakes. Yum-o!

If you’re a regular reader of my Friday Finds, you know how much I love breakfast foods. Add A Pinch combines everything that is good and holy in fall flavors and breakfast trends in these Apple Cider Waffles.

I’m all about trying new margarita recipes and when the weather decides to heat back up again, (because it always does) Fabtastic EatsApple Cider Margaritas will be the perfect way to cool off!

What kind of apple cider post would this be if I didn’t include a fantastic Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts recipe? Thanks, Eat.Drink.Love. for the great ideas!

Happy (almost) fall, y’all! Enjoy these yummy recipes and let me know what other fall flavors you’re craving!



Julie Deily

Fajita-Style Quesadillas

Fajita-Style Quesadillas | Delish Dish

Do you love fajitas AND quesadillas as much as I do? When I saw these fajita-style quesadillas on the BHG site, they went on my to do list. Why? Because when it comes to quesadillas, I’m like a 4-year old. I make just plain cheese ones or maybe cheese and leftover taco meat. Good but sometimes a little boring.

In come these wonderful cheesy wonderful quesadillas!

Fajita-Style Quesadillas | Delish Dish

Get everything all chopped up and ready to go.

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Michael Wurm, Jr.

Pumpkin-Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Let the season of fall baking begin! My unofficial goal is to see how many recipes I can bake / create that use pumpkin. That’s an appropriate goal, right? I should also add that I’d like to not gain a pound throughout the process. (Ha! That may be a bit more challenging.)

Yesterday I kicked off pumpkin season on my blog with a recipe for Pumpkin Bars. I thought I’d spread the fall baking spirit to Delish Dish as well with another pumpkin recipe. Today I’m putting my twist on this recipe for Pumpkin-Sour Cream Coffee Cake.

I’m all about coffee cake. If I could start each day with a big cup of coffee and a piece of coffee cake, I’d be a happy man. Throw pumpkin in the mix, and I’m set for an epic day.

As much as I love this recipe as is, I decided to make a few tweaks to enhance the pumpkin flavor. For me, when it comes to pumpkin treats and sweets, it’s all about the spices. In addition to the nutmeg, I put in 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.

I also substituted mini chocolate chips for the cranberries. I just love the combination of chocolate and pumpkin.

Finally, I decided to make several smaller loaves instead of one big cake. This way I can freeze a few for my next coffee cake craving. If you decide to make small loaves, keep an eye on time. Mine took about 35 – 45 minutes to bake.

And that’s it, friends. My spicy, chocolatey take on this Pumpkin-Sour Cream Coffee Cake! You can find the original recipe here and my changes above.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. What’s your favorite way to bake with pumpkin?

Happy Baking!

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

Grace Wenzel

Friday Finds 8.29

Happy Friday Delish Dish! While some people are saying that the cupcake trend is running out of steam, I’m still in full support of anything bite-sized that will satisfy a craving! I found some of my favorite cupcake recipes from our community of bloggers. Let me know which one is your fave!

If you have a birthday party and there was no Funfetti, was it really a birthday party? Sally’s Baking Addiction shows how to make deliciously fluffy Funfetti Cupcakes from scratch!

Any way I can combine a favorite drink and something sweet is a good way to spend dessert-time in my book. I can’t wait to try these Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes from Java Cupcake!

I’m sorry, Spicy Southern Kitchen, did you say that the base of these Double Reese’s Cupcakes was an actual Reese’s Cup? I’ll take twenty, please.

If you like the classic flavor combination of chocolate and mint, you’ll loves these incredible Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. Thanks for the recipe, My Baking Addiction!

With fall just around the corner, I thought I’d share one of my favorite fall flavor recipes from Taste of Lizzy T. Behold the wonder that is her Caramel Apple Cupcakes recipe.

Do you have favorite things to eat in miniature? Let me know!