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Snacks

Hands down, our favorite afternoon snack on warm weekend days are freezer pops. We like all sorts of flavors, but we this Carrot-Orange version is so bright and refreshing that I know it will be a staple all summer long. Plus, with a dose of Greek yogurt (and all the protein it has), it’s nice that it’s a bit more balanced than straight fruit pops.

This easy blender recipe is based on this Carrot-Orange Smoothie and is simply frozen into pops using small disposable cups and popsicle sticks. (You can of course also use your favorite reusable molds!) The smoothie is super delicious, but there’s something about freezing it onto a stick that seems to make toddlers happy—and it works much better in my house since my daughter has never been a huge smoothie girl.

I didn’t make many changes to this recipe since it’s so simple and good the way that it is, though I did choose a low-added-sugar yogurt, a navel orange instead of clementines, and I added a ripe banana to ensure that the final result would be super creamy. (We also had a ton of very ripe bananas, so it was also just a practical decision.) And rather than romaine, I used a delicate green leaf lettuce that we’ve been getting at our farmer’s market—both have a mild flavor so I figured that it would work just as well. One thing to keep in mind: You really need a high powered blender for this recipe to ensure that both the carrots and the lettuce gets fully incorporated into the mixture. And it might take a bit longer than the 30 seconds that’s stated in the original recipe.

I put a little unsweetened shredded coconut onto the bottom of some of the cups, then again sprinkled some onto the top of the smoothie mixture, just for fun. I let the smoothie mixture set up in the cups in the freezer for 30 minutes, then added the popsicle sticks. After letting them freeze for 4-6 hours, they were ready to serve—if using the little white cups, simply snip one top edge and pull the cup down and off. They were plenty sweet, really refreshing, and my daughter never noticed that there were two different types of veggies tucked inside!

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Chocolate Peanut Marshmallow Bars

How can you make something that already tastes good even better? Add chocolate, of course! I’ve been eyeing these salted peanut bars for quite some time. With baseball season around the corner, I’m all about peanuts! I require a bag of peanuts at every game. I’m sure these chocolate peanut marshmallow bars will be the perfect snack when I watch baseball games at home!

From sweet to savory applications, peanuts pack such flavor. The original recipe for these bars uses salted peanuts. I swapped in a combination of salted peanuts and honey roasted peanuts to mix it up. The honey roasted peanuts add an unexpected touch of sweetness that makes you crave more after each bite.

Chocolate Peanut Marshmallow Bars

The bottom cookie layer is quite similar to a shortbread crust. On top of that is a layer of melted marshmallow. And the bars are rounded out with a delectable and oh-so-delicious mixture of peanut butter, crisp rice cereal, and peanuts. Once the top layer has cooled and set, a generous drizzling of chocolate is the perfect finishing touch. These bars have everything you could ever want in a treat: sweet, salty, crunchy, and satisfying!

Chocolate Peanut Marshmallow Bars

Making these little treats is a breeze. It’s waiting for it to cool down and set up that feels like eternity. But really, it only needs about an hour in the fridge to firm up.

This is a great make-ahead dessert. Once completed, it also holds really well for a few days. Although, trust me, you’ll have no problem finishing these chocolate peanut marshmallows bars!

Chocolate Peanut Marshmallow Bars

Here are my changes to the original SALTED PEANUT BARS recipe:

  • Instead of 2 cups salted peanuts, use 1 cup salted peanuts and 1 cup honey roasted peanuts.
  • Once bars have been sliced into serving portions, drizzle melted dark chocolate over the top for the finishing touch.

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Pimento cheese spread is a classic Southern favorite and has often been referred to as Southern pate.  It’s so beloved at our house, its been elevated to the level of  Southern caviar.  I can’t remember a time when my Mom and Gramma’s didn’t have a batch of pimento cheese ready in the fridge for sandwiches, to slather on celery for a quick snack or to enjoy as a dip with pretzels or crackers.  As you make your plans for the holidays, don’t forget to have some tasty appetizers available for family and friends to snack on while visiting, sharing laughs and enjoying chit chat prior to the Thanksgiving meal.  BHG’s fabulous Peppered Herb Cheese Ball lends the perfect opportunity to add a bit of Southern love to a traditional  favorite adding a delectable addition to your appetizer menu.

If you prefer, this pimento cheese ball could be rolled in additional shredded sharp cheddar cheese, a heaping helping of toasted chopped pecans or mix-up the herbs using a combination of your favorites. Prepare this peppered herb pimento cheese ball a day in advance, then tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and chill until serving. It’s a fantastic way to entertain guests while they’re waiting for the main event.

 

Ingredients: 

5 Tbsp chopped chives, divided

4 Tbsp chopped parsley

1 8 oz cream cheese softened

4 oz goat cheese, softened

2 Tbsp real mayonnaise

1 tsp garlic salt

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

2 oz diced pimento, drained

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

 

Peppered Herb Pimento Cheese Ball:

Prepare per the directions except omit the basil.  To the cream cheese and goat cheese add 1 Tbsp chopped chives, 2 Tbsp real mayonnaise and 1 tsp of garlic salt.  Fold in the shredded sharp cheddar cheese and diced pimento by hand.  Roll in the remaining chopped chives, fresh parsley and black pepper.

 

Whip together.

Fold the pimentos and cheddar cheese in by hand.

 

Get the full instructions for the Peppered Herb Cheese Ball on BHG

 

About Melissa: 

Melissa Sperka is the Publisher, recipe developer and photographer of the blog Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen. Her blog focuses on creating homemade family-style meals, snacks and desserts as well as many classic Southern favorites. Melissa lives in North Carolina and is a busy Mom to 2 boys.  She is passionate about sharing her love of cooking, baking and entertaining. After winning the National Flour Power! contest, she also gained national attention with her blue ribbon “Nested Potato Skins” featured in Southern Living Magazine. You can also find her at Parade.com as a featured Contributor.

 

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers

 


 

Here’s the thing, I’m not a big football fan. Yes, it’s true; I’m one of those folks who have no idea which teams are playing in the Super Bowl until I actually get to the party. Though, what I lack in terms of interest in the game, I think I make up for through my enthusiasm for party food. Whether it’s a delicious dip, a decadent dessert, or a delightful delicacy (something wrapped in bacon!?) – I’m all over it!  With the holidays more than a month behind us, I’m up for any excuse to get together with friends and family, break our diets, and pig out. (I love watching the commercials, too.) As you know, BHG has been creating fabulous recipes for years. Many have become family favorites and others have yet to be explored. So, in celebration of the upcoming biggest game of the year, I have pulled together a number of recipes for game day. Whether you are watching the game, or just the commercials, enjoy the food as you connect with your family and friends!

 

Cheers!

Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm


 

Can you believe it’s almost the middle of January? 2013 seems to be moving even more quickly than 2012 did. One thing I do look forward to after the holidays is the Golden Globes. It’s another excuse to get together with friends for a fun show, a few snacks, and a couple drinks. Don’t we all need an excuse to place our New Year’s diets on hold for an evening? This year’s Golden Globes Awards Show is even more exciting for me because it’s being hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Not only are these gals amazing women, they also know how to tickle your funny bone. I think we are all in for a night of fun and laughter.

As I’ve said here, I’m a huge fan of any party that can be hosted by only serving appetizers – easy foods and small bites packed with flavor. You just can’t go wrong. While not totally ignoring everyone’s desire to lose those holiday pounds, I’ve collected some appetizers from the BHG recipe archives that are sure to please your guests. All of these finger foods are delicious and perfectly elegant for a memorable and star-studded evening!

1. Spicy Mustard Stir-Fry Bites // 2. Party Potatoes with Creamy Aioli // 3. Cheesy Mexican Fondue // 4. Hoisin-Garlic Mushrooms // 5. Caribbean Cocktail Sausages // 6. Herbed Deviled Egg Bruschetta // 7. Fresh Arugula Bruschetta // 8. Spicy Grilled Shrimp // 9. Strawberry-Goat Cheese Bruschetta // 10. Spicy Melon Skewers // 11. Jalapeno, Crab, and Corn Dip // 12. Corn Cakes with Garden Relish

 

To top it all off, an awards show party needs a little bling. I don’t know about you, but gold is my color this year. It’s vintage, it’s fresh, and it adds a little sparkle. I’ve found some gold accessories that will bring a bit of sparkle to your Golden Globes Party and keep your future parties feeling festive!

1. Dahlia Candleholder // 2. Gold Wishbone Napkin Ring // 3. Gold Stripe Cocktail Shaker // 4. Gold Trim Glassware // 5. Gold Flatware // 6. Gold Mercury Glassware // 7. Gold Glitter Twine // 8. Square Lacquer Trays // 9. Gold Die-Cut Masks // 10. Gold Brioche Mold // 11. Metallic Gold Taper Candles // 12. Honeycomb Glassware

What’s your favorite way to add a touch of sparkle to your parties?

Cheers!

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm 

 


Whether you’re a strap-on-your-party-shoes New Year’s reveler or tucked-in-bed-by-ten New Year’s dreamer, there’s no doubt that there’s something special in the air on the last night of the year. It’s a time to reflect on a year’s change and a time to plan for the clean slate ahead.

Jessie here, senior nutrition editor at Diabetic Living magazine, a health brand developed by Better Homes and Gardens. This year I’ll be spending New Year’s Eve in a cabin in the woods drinking hot cocoa, cross-country skiing, and leisurely putting puzzles together with my husband and some of our closest friends. It’s exciting to have plans for the big night, but it also has me busy making lists of all the things I’ll need to pack so we have plenty of food and fun for the weekend. That’s where these easy-peasy snack recipes come in handy. They require minimal ingredients and prep, but they’re also special enough for a holiday get-together.

1. Easy Bake
Mix together a container of ricotta, half a package of thawed, drained frozen spinach, olive oil, a sprinkle of sage, a clove of minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes. Served with toasted baguette slices.

2. No Cook
Wrap pear slices and white cheddar pieces with prosciutto (or use any combo of your favorite cheese and charcuterie).

3. On a Stick
Skewer cooked mini meatballs and cooked tortellini and serve with your favorite homemade or store-bought marinara.

Click here for 20 more simply delicious New Year’s appetizer recipes and click here for a collection of our 10 best New Year’s Eve cocktail recipes. From all of us at Delish Dish and Better Homes and Gardens, cheers to a happy and healthy 2013!


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