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Blue Cheese Guacamole

I freaking love guacamole … I love making it, I love eating it, I love the vibrant green color, the creamy texture, the garlicky avocado flavor. Guacamole is a food that is just good for the soul. Guacamole is a celebration of life! After I made those Gorgonzola Guacamole stuffed mushrooms, I was soooo entranced by the addition […]


Cilantro Cashew Green Tomato Salsa

Cilantro Cashew Green Tomato Salsa ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spicy #cilantro #salsa #recipe

For those of you that are bored with the same old salsas … this one is bold, spicy, with LOTS of cilantro flavor and a lovely creamy, nutty undertone from ground cashews. We have a monthly breakfast burrito event at work … I always bring the salsa and the queso. As much as I love salsa and […]


Skinny-licious Buffalo Chicken Dip

Skinny-licious Buffalo Chicken Dip ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #skinny #highprotein #creamy #hot #buffalo #chicken #dip #recipe

Creamy, cheesy, with a little bit of a spicy buffalo kick, loaded with chicken and a bit of blue cheese, this buffalo chicken dip has it all. And here’s the best part: you don’t have to feel guilty about eating it! I think it was at my mom and dad’s 50th wedding anniversary that I first […]


Epically Creamy Jalapeno Queso

Epically Creamy Jalapeno Queso Dip ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #creamy #Mexican #queso #dip #recipe

A super creamy Mexican queso dip that retains its gorgeous creamilicious texture even after reheating. I know, I have posted several queso recipes on this blog already–queso is a long-standing love of mine and all those close to me, it seems. Whenever the family gets together, I can bring loads of marvelous dips that most […]


Fiery Roasted Pineapple Vinaigrette

Fiery Roasted Pineapple Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #hot #spicy #pineapple #vinaigrette #recipe

Adapted from The Suburban Soapbox This was one of those recipes that I was intrigued with from the moment I saw it … being a pepper-head and with a total love for pineapple, I could only imagine how good this would be. As usual, I couldn’t help but mess with the recipe … I wanted […]


Crab Rangoon Dip

Crab Rangoon Dip with Baked Wonton Chips ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #hot #cheesy #crab #dip #recipe

Adapted from Damn Delicious A hot, creamy, cheesy crab dip with an Asian flair. This is a wish dip. I love it when I get to grant wishes. This was a recipe that a good friend of mine at work really really wanted to try. She asked me to make it, and since we had […]


Hurts so Good 3-Pepper Heirloom Salsa

Hurts so Good 3-Pepper Heirloom Tomato Salsa ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spicy #hot #salsa #recipe

Mixing three hot peppers along with low-acid heirloom tomatoes makes for a hot, spicy salsa that lingers on your tongue, clears out your sinuses and yes, hurts just a little (in a good sort of way). You can adjust up or down the amount of peppers that you use to control the heat to your […]


Grilled Zucchini Corn Salsa

Grilled Zucchini Corn Salsa ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #smoky #grilled #salsa #recipe

Allow me to introduce you to my latest obsession … actually, I already introduced you, but I fear you may not have noticed because I made the introduction as a topping for another dish, and I have to apologize for that. This beautiful grilled salsa is finding its way into so many crevasses in my life that […]


Avocado Jalapeno Zummus

Avocado Jalapeno Zummus ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spicy #zucchini #hummus #recipe

I want to start a new trend. I think “Zummus” should be a new word in the dictionary, kind of like the word “Zoodles” has taken over the foodie blog scene. Want to help me? Create your own version of Zummus and post it/share it/pin it (tag or message me and I’ll share it too!) […]


Rosemary’s Garden Yoghurt Party Dip

Rosemary's Garden Yoghurt Party Dip ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #herb #spinach #artichoke #dip #recipe

My fridge is still overflowing with Noosa yoghurt, partly from the shipment that I recently received from the kind folks there, and partly because we loved it so much that we had to run out and buy more of the flavors we’d already fallen in love with, even before we’ve finished trying the rest of the […]


Apricot Mint Dessert Salsa

Apricot Mint Dessert Salsa ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dessert #salsa #recipe

We had a salsa contest at work yesterday. I had already made a salsa over the weekend … I was ready. Then one of my coworkers/friends came over and as we were working through an issue for our client, we got to talking about the salsa. She was in prime form because she started talking […]


Smoky Chipotle BBQ Ranch Dressing

Smoky Chipotle BBQ Ranch Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #homemade #salad #dressing #recipe

A mix of two favorites! Ranch dressing joins barbecue sauce to make a smoky, flavor-filled taste sensation. Made light with nonfat Greek yogurt so it’s healthy enough to serve or enjoy anytime. Recently I visited Pennsylvania for a work trip. There is this AMAZING barbecue place that we to go when we’re there because it’s right next […]


Greek Yogurt Spinach Artichoke Dip

Skinny Greek Yogurt Spinach Artichoke Dip ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #hummus #GreekYogurt #SpinDip

One of my yoga sisters had a party after yoga class last week. When someone hosts a party at their house, it’s customary for the rest of us to bring a little something. We have the BEST parties because my yoga friends are also foodies. I didn’t have much time this week, but I did need to make up […]


Cherry Vanilla Rum Sauce

Cherry Vanilla Rum Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #amazing #simple #cherry #sauce #recipe

What do you do when you suddenly, on a whim, find yourself with 10 lbs. of marvelous sweet red cherries that are at their very peak of ripeness?  It happened one night … I came home from work and signed into facebook and found myself face to face with a notice from the fruit club saying […]


Asparagus Dill Hummus

Asparagus Dill Hummus Recipe ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #healthy #asparagus #hummus #recipe

I had just a little bit of asparagus left … most years I have it in plenty because my parents have a HUGE asparagus bed and they have way more than they can eat, but this year was different. The asparagus was late, and not as abundant as usual, and then my parents left on […]


Easy 20 Minute Skillet Pizza Sauce

Easy 20-Minute Skillet Pizza Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #quick #homemade #tomato #sauce #recipe

This is a quick, easy pizza/pasta sauce that you can whip up in just 20 minutes. The “secret” to making it so quick is to make it in a larger, flat pan like a frying pan, rather than a saucepan. This helps the sauce cook and thicken faster. I made this easy tomato sauce for […]


Homemade Hoisin Sauce

Homemade Hoisin Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #Asian #Hoisin #sauce #recipe

Hoisin sauce is a thick, pungent sauce commonly used in Chinese cuisine as a glaze for meat, an addition to stir fries, or as dipping sauce. It is darkly coloured in appearance and both sweet and salty in taste. If you find yourself needing Hoisin sauce for a recipe, but have none on hand, this […]


Sriracha Ranch Yogurt Dressing

Sriracha Ranch Yogurt Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #light #healthy #spicy #creamy #salad #dressing #dip

I adore a good salad, especially a salad that has lots of flavor. One day when I was out to dinner with my kids, I spotted a “modern taco salad” on the menu, made with shredded pork and served with Sriracha Ranch dressing. I just HAD to taste that Sriracha Ranch … it was so good, […]


Classic Creamy Hummus – 2 Ways

Classic Creamy Hummus ~ 2 Ways Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #delicious #hummus #recipe #pickyourflavor

This post is for those of you who buy hummus at the store. I used to do that. I was convinced there was no way I could make hummus that tastes that good. But after a little trial and error, I discovered that I CAN make that hummus–for a fraction of what the pre-made stuff costs and […]


Super Simple Lactose Free Ranch Dressing

Lactose Free Ranch Dressing ~ #nondairy #ranch #dressing #dip #recipe

One day at work a friend of mine messaged me, asking if I had a lactose-free recipe for ranch dressing. She has a great love for ranch dressing, but lately has developed a lactose intolerance and she was so sad that she is unable to eat her beloved ranch anymore (well, she still CAN eat it, but … […]


Maple Dijon White Wine Vinaigrette

Maple Dijon White Wine Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #salad #dressing #recipe

For the past couple months, I took a break from salads. I don’t know why … perhaps it’s the weather. I normally love salads and eat them all the time, even right through winter. But this year I kept buying salad greens, but never used them. Then last week, I finally got around to making […]


Spinach Sundried Tomato Dip

Spinach Sundried Tomato Dip ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cheese #spread #dip #recipe

I volunteered to bring dips & sweets as my contribution to our Christmas feasting this year. As you may have noticed from my posts lately with all the fudges and bars and things, I went a little overboard in the sweets department, but I was determined to have enough sweets so that we wouldn’t have […]


Microwave Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce

Microwave Maple Orange Spice Cranberry Sauce - cooks in 5 min! ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #quick #easy #cranberry #sauce #recipe #Thanksgiving

Holiday spices and maple syrup in a zesty orange cranberry sauce that cooks in just 5 minutes in the microwave. It’s so easy to make, and soooo much better than those canned sauces. It’s almost time for my monthly cooking class at work and this month I’m focusing on stress-free Thanksgiving recipes. I have no cooktop […]


Hot Asiago Bacon Leek Dip

Hot Asiago Bacon Leek Dip ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #creamy #Greekyogurt #bacon #leek #dip #recipe

A hot n cheesy Asiago version of “French Onion” dip featuring the more soft, subtle flavor of leeks with a smoky undertone of bacon. I’m still playing with the leeks my sister gave me from her garden. She bragged to me that HER leeks didn’t have any sand or dirt inside of them, and indeed they didn’t. […]

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