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If you can’t tell I have a Superbowl, football, snack food theme going this week! Here is a great chips and dip type recipe. This may be the easiest dip out there and maybe your family already makes it, but my grandmother started making this a while ago and since then it has become a family tradition, no matter what the occasion someone has to make this dip and bring it to the party. So I’m sharing it with you and your friends and family!


Salsa – Size Jar depends on size of baking dish

Whipped Cream Cheese – It doesn’t have to be whipped but that’s a whole lot easier to spread!

Mexican Shreaded Cheese

Chips! – “Scoops” make this easier to enjoy


Start by preheating the oven to 350 Dregrees (F). Then find a baking dish that can be both festive and oven appropraite! Or if it’s just the family and they don’t care then put it in a small cake pan and call it a day!


Start by spreading out the whipped cream cheese, for this picture I used one of the Philedelphia tall containers, if the dish is bigger you may need to buy two containers. Make sure it’s even or someone will miss out on the best part!


Then pour the whole jar of Salsa into the baking dish, again size of jar depends on size of baking pan. For these pictures I used a small jar.


Then add the shreaded cheese! Mix it around and cover evenly, it will melt in the oven and spread a little.

Then bake! There is no set time limit pre-say but until the cheese is fully melted.


Time to grab your chips and enjoy the game!


If you know me then you know my favorite part of the year to cook for is football games… especially the Superbowl! I love-making snacky foods that are only acceptable to eat one day out the year! The following recipe is one I got while working in a kitchen during a part of my hospitality life time. If you know how to make wings you can make this recipe… I’m just letting you in on a little recipe secret that you would not have expected!



Package of Chicken Wings – Whatever will fill up your party goers

Flour – Amount will vary depending on amount of wings

vegetable Oil

*Secret Ingredient – I will show you later


Start by preheating the oven to 400 Degrees (F).  Put the chicken wings in a big mixing bowl and combine the vegetable oil, about 2-Tblsp. for every 12-wings. They should be glossy and coated!


Then add the flour, about 4-Tblsp. for every 12-wings, again coated but they shouldn’t be flour white.


Then spread the chicken out on an ungreased baking sheet and cook for about 40-50 Minutes. They should be golden and crispy.

Here it comes, the secret ingredient! If you ever go to the grocery store and are an avid shopper like myself (I love the grocery store!) then maybe you have seen this ingredient in the Asian aisle, on the top shelf (at least in Stop & Shop it is). Okay are you ready?!

Mae Ploy!!


This is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy and I will never eat a plain chicken wing again after discovering this sauce! You can add this to your chicken wings one of two ways, either pour it on the wings and leave on a plate and only some get covered slightly, OR, put the chicken wings in a mixing bowl again and pour about 1/2 Cup for every 12-Wings in and toss them around to become evenly coated.


I promise these will be the hit of your Superbowl party!


The saying goes “Friends come and go but Family is forever” and if that’s the case I gained another family when I met Nicole, her family welcomed me into their home on numerous occasions and have been great in introducing me to home cooking and delicious new recipes. Nicole has a family I dreamed of, her mom is one of those Italian Mama’s that cooks for hundreds when she does and Nicole always brought back leftovers to school for us to enjoy! I loved having Nicole around because she got her mom’s cooking skills and always made delicious meals for us! I always made dessert, it was the perfect combination!

I couldn’t be happier to have Mama Pinkham let me share this with my readers. This is the cure-all soup that even beats my own Chicken Noodle soup. This is crock-pot slow cookin’ Italian Wedding Soup, I use to only ever be a chicken noodle soup girl but this recipe changed me! So here it is:


The amounts are going to vary based on personal preference and the size of the crock pot.


Chicken Broth
Ground meat
Onions (Get the tissues out!)
Cheese tortellinis (These are key! Although you can make it with any type of pasta, it became my favorite recipe when Nicole or Mama Pinkham would make it with the cheese tortellinis)


Get out the crock pot and start by pouring the chicken broth into the pot. Then chop up the veggies add as much or as little as you would like! Once those are complete and in the pot you can grab your ground turkey and start rolling it into little meatballs. Once those are done toss them into the pot and turn your crock pot onto “LOW” for 6 Hours!

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Once the soup it complete on the stove top you can make your tortellinis by the package directions. Then add them to your crock pot and you are ready to enjoy! This is so simple to make in the morning and enjoy after work. I hope your family enjoys it as much as my family does.


A special “Thank You” to the Pinkham Family for welcoming me into their home 6 years ago and making me feel like family! 


I love pizza, I love anything Italian really… but pizza is my favorite! Growing up my first job was at a local pizza shop and I ate it constantly, I think it’s one of those foods people say they could live off of if they could only choose one food for the rest of their life.

I recently tried a store brand version of whole wheat pizza dough and thought it really wasn’t awful, but why am I spending money on a store version when I could easily make this myself at home? So I did just that I knew how to make regular pizza dough and I had seen some recipes for whole wheat banana bread and knew that if you use whole wheat flour it’s just balancing it with the white flour, so here it is whole wheat pizza dough!




(This recipe will make one large thick crust or two medium regular crust… or a few small pizzas for kids to creat their own flavors)

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour

Pinch of White Sugar

Packet of Active Dry Yeast

1 1/2 Cups Warm Water

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Pinch of Salt


In a large bowl dissolve the sugar in warm water and pour the yeast over. Let sit for 10 minutes until the mixture starts to foam.


Once it has begun to foam mix in the olive oil and salt. Then mix in the whole wheat flour and only 1Cup of the all-purpose flour (the 1/2 cup will be used later during a different part.) Once the dough starts to come together tip the dough over a parchment sheet with the other 1/2 cup of flour and knead the flour into the dough, until it has all been absorbed.

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After the dough has formed grab another bowl, that has been oiled. Place the dough in the bowl and flip it around so it has an oiled surface. Cover the bowl loosely with a towel and let sit for about an hour (in a warm place), or until it doubles in size. This is also the time in which if you want to save half the dough and put it in a zip lock bag and place in the fridge for next Friday do so before it rises.

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When the dough has finally doubled tip the dough onto a slightly floured surface and split the dough for multiple pizzas or start to stretch out one dough. I like to oil my pizzas pan so it won’t stick later.

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Pre-heat the over to 425 Degrees F. Start to stretch out the pizza dough by placing it over your fists until it can stretch no further. In the pictures I have with this I did not do that I just placed my dough on the pan and used my fists to stretch to the pans width, however, my pizza was very thick, which I love, but some felt it was a whole lot of bread and not enough sauce or cheese.

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Once the pizza is at a size you will love add the sauce and cheese and make it your own! Once you have created a master piece place it in the oven for about 16-20 minutes (depending on thickness). Let cool and enjoy!