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Hey y’all! I’m Whitney and I’m from Gulf Shores, Alabama. This awesome little city (and it’s neighbor, Orange Beach) is home to 32 miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches, and I love calling it ‘home.’ I started That Square Plate in 2014 after starting an Instagram (@thatsquareplate) where I’d photo everything I cooked at home and ate…  and I usually plated my dishes on a square plate, hence the name of the blog.  I used to be a super picky eater growing up, but I’ve since expanded my palate and I now I share my favorite recipes I’ve cooked on the blog.  I tend to cook a lot of seafood since I’m from the beach, and I always love incorporating fresh ingredients into whatever I make. If you get a chance, check out my site here to see what I’m working on now!

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

Since I was always so picky as a child (and really well-into high school and college), I wasn’t very open-minded toward many new foods, but I’ve always loved good seafood… especially some good Gulf shrimp or fresh crab.  Also, I could literally live off of dips…   any kind of dip.. like if I’m at a party, you will likely find me ‘taste-testing’ every single dip there. That being said, I try not to make them too often, because I feel like I would just indulge way too much. But this dip is the ultimate. Seafood + cheese + corn + peppers. That kinda stuff speaks to me. There’s nothing better than a warm cheesy dip with some sort of crunchy cracker or bread to go along with it.

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

This Roasted Corn and Crab Dip caught my eye as I was browsing through the recipes on the Better Homes & Gardens website. It reminded me of a Hot Fontina and Crab Dip I made this past December for my grandmother’s family get together on Christmas Day.

I always look forward to her house on Christmas because she cooks us an amazing seafood meal.  I say meal (and not lunch or dinner) because it’s the only meal I have on that day.  I save up for it.  We eat around 2:00 and are stuffed by 3:00.  We have gumbo, West Indies salad, fried oysters, fried shrimp, and fried catfish among other things… basically it’s heaven.  This past year, I brought a crab dip for a little Christmas meal warm-up  and it was a hit.

So, since the last time I had any sort of crab dip was Christmas, I figured it was long overdue to make another rendition.  Here, I’ve added my own twist to the original recipe by using jalapeños and baby bell peppers instead of sweet red peppers.  I’m a huge fan of spice, but since I de-seeded all of the peppers, it didn’t turn out too spicy at all. Keep a few jalapeño seeds in if you like the heat (I’ll do that next time).

Peppers for the Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

I substituted these peppers (a few jalapenos, and some baby bell peppers) in for the sweet red peppers that were called for in the recipe.

Chop up the peppers and add them (along with the corn) to a baking dish, then roast in the oven until it all starts to brown. Make sure to stir it every once in a while so nothing burns.

Chopped up peppers and corn to be roasted in the oven.

I decided to use a mixture of Monterrey jack and sharp cheddar cheese. The original recipe calls for Monterrey Jack with jalapeno chile peppers, but there’s something about a good sharp cheddar cheese that makes my mouth water!

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

I added a sprinkle of cheese on the top too.  And finished it off under the broiler so it would get brown on top and a little crispy around the edges. That crispy browned cheese on top is what makes cheesy dishes so spectacular, right??

I absolutely loved how this turned out! Make sure to use a pretty shallow pan so there’s plenty of browned ‘top-cheese.’ (I used a 9-inch round baking dish).  Also if you’re making for more than four or so, I would double the recipe — it’s that good.

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

Serve with crackers or toasted, sliced bread.


Hey guys! I am Stefanie from the lil’ food blog Sarcastic Cooking. Don’t worry. My recipes don’t sass you or talk back or anything. I usually share fun and approachable recipes with a humorous, often times embarrassing story about myself that relates (sometimes more than others) to the recipe.

If there is one thing you need to know about me before we get going, it is that I will always tell you the truth. In fact, I am an oversharer by nature.

With that being said, let me tell you, if I had to pick one guilty pleasure, one thing that I would always give in to, it would be the cheeseburger. Cheese + Meat = Awesome! Now, I know some of you might be vegans or vegetarians and it’s ok. I get it. I was in your shoes about fifteen years ago.

It all started about when I was a junior in high school. If my memory serves me correct, I believe it was two or three days in a row in which breaded chicken patties were the main entrée for dinner. After that, I had a moment where (in my head) I stood up, put my hands in the air, and shouted, “I can’t take it anymore!!!” It was then I proudly proclaimed, I would be a vegetarian.

Before I go any further, let me just cover my tracks. I need to say, I’m not blaming my mom. I get it. She was a busy mom of three and weeknight meals are hard. It is hard for me just to come up for meals during the week for me and my husband and our baby who isn’t even eating solids yet.

My Mom, bless her heart, was my champion, even though I am pretty sure my new diet was annoying as heck to her. She made me extra vegetables and salads at every family dinner. She even made me homemade veggie subs which rivaled Subway sandwiches so much that my carnivorous younger brothers even wanted them for their lunches.

Stefanie, the vegetarian, went on for almost five years.

College Stefanie filled her belly with vegetarian nachos, pasta, PB&J, and microwaveable rice bowls for four years. Yeah, not the healthiest choices, but I had a good routine going.

Fast forward to my senior year of college. Every major at my college had a bar crawl to celebrate the graduation of it’s seniors. While out on my nerd-a-bout, aka the environmental health majors’ bar crawl, I met up with my friends at one of our favorite haunts. This place was famous for their $2 burger baskets and fried cheese balls/curds. At that moment, I was very excited for cheese!

I arrived and was having fun with my friends, celebrating the end of college. I am not quite sure who suggested this first, but somebody said something like, “Have a bite of this cheeseburger, you only live once!” So, since I was done with college, I gave in to peer pressure and took a bite.

Then I took one more. Then two. Then the whole burger (followed by the fries) was all gone. Ooops! But not really.

I forgot how good a cheeseburger tasted. I felt like a memory loss patient who had all these glorious meat filled memories (that’s what she said) come flooding back to her after one bite. And we lived happily ever after!

So naturally, while trying to delve into the BHG archives to pick a recipe to remake as my own, I had to pick something cheeseburgery. I chose this amazing cheeseburger and fry casserole. I love all things spicy so I had to make a spicy cheese sauce instead of the condensed cheddar cheese soup.

I melted 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a small saucepan over medium/low heat. I whisked in 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour. Then, while whisking, I slowly added in ¾ cup milk. Mix in 8 ounces of shredded jalapeno white cheddar cheese and then remove from heat. After sautéing the ground turkey with a little bit of salt, pepper, and chili seasoning, add it to the casserole dish. Mix the cheese sauce with the condensed mushroom soup. Top the cooked ground turkey with the cheesy mushroom mixture.

Then, for my next change, I used spicy seasoned sweet potato fries. Press those into the cheese layer and bake for 45-50 minutes.

We ate this two nights in a row. My husband, who may or may not be the cheeseburger tasting peer pressurer from yesteryear, loves all things cheeseburger too! We topped our casserole with sour cream, pico de gallo, avocado, jalapenos, and cilantro.

I hope you all enjoy this delve into the gloriousness of cheeseburger goodness as much as I did!


Although the Midwest received enough snow last week to cancel schools and build a new army of snowmen, they’ve all but surrendered to the sun, and warmer weather is our forecast for the foreseeable future. Why, I think we’ve finally turned the corner into spring!

(By the way, that is the 50th and final time I will be making that proclamation this year, mmkay, Mother Nature?!)

Anyway, I got in one good grilling session before the weather turned on us last week, and tried out a perfect grilling recipe for spring – Chilean Style Hot Dogs with Avocado-Chili Relish. Translation, grilled hot dogs with spicy avocado salsa, y’all!

There’s nothing I like better than firing up the grill on a warm spring evening, getting something sizzling on the grill, and then serving it up with a chilled, homemade salsa. Something about that fresh burst of flavor goes so well with a charbroiled grill offering – especially hot dogs.

I don’t turn to hot dogs too often in the fall and winter months, but they always seem to call when the grill gets going. There are tons of healthier options out there these days made without preservatives and with grass-fed beef, too. I really like Applegate’s Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dogs. They get me all fired up! (Sorry, had to.)

Anyway, back to this dish – I loved the way the salty, smoky hot dog tasted with this cool and spicy Avocado-Chili Relish, made with fresh jalapeno, lime juice, cilantro, tomato, and one of my current obsessions – avocados.

Lately I’ve been finding any and every excuse to work tropical-tasting, creamy avocados into my day. From whipping up Lazy Girl’s Guacamole for a snack (mashed avocado with a squeeze of lime juice plus salt and pepper,) to topping sandwiches and toast with a few slices, and including a quarter or half in my morning smoothies, avocados add a rich and nutritious boost to many of my favorite foods, and are so versatile.

Tip: There are a number of ways you can get the flesh of an avocado out of its dark green jacket, but my favorite method is to cut around the pit and twist to separate, then simply peel the skin off.

See?

If hot dogs just aren’t your thing, this sassy salsa would pair really well with grilled chicken or a firm, grill-worthy-fish like salmon or mahi mahi. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Enjoy!

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