Sunday, February 6, 2011

Guardian of the Kitchen ... and a couple snack ideas

I would like you to meet Digger - this is my cat who is also the guardian of the kitchen.  And in case you're wondering what he's doing in this picture - he's "guarding" the top of the refrigerator.  He's majestic.  And a pain in the butt.

So I hear there's this really big game going on today?  And although I live in a state that borders Wisconsin and spent a formative year and a half living about an hour south of Green Bay, I'm pretty much immune to sporting events in general.  But I like any excuse to party.  So in case you're looking for some last minute inspiration - all of these can be made without breaking too much of a sweat.

These are my Aunt Sue's Spicy Pretzels.  Not to be confused with Whiskey Pretzels, but also decadent with a mustard dip.
These are my friend Deb's Pesto Pinwheels.  Easy, tasty ... perfect snack food.
Buffalo Chicken Dip.  Enough said.
Bastardized Crab Rangoons.  These things are addictive.
Chipolte Roasted Peanuts
And now if you're looking for some sweet stuff, may I suggest ...

You want easy?  This is my mom's Cherry Cheese Pie.  It is super, easy goodness in a disposable pie tin.

Margarita Cupcakes.  I don't know about the rest of you - but I'm pretty darn tired of winter.  This reminds me of warmer times and how awesome it is to combine booze with dessert.
Guinness Cupcakes - this is what happens when you add stout and chocolate.  And it is good too.
May the team you're rooting for win.