Category: Snacky Snack Snackas

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Almond Loaf

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Almond Loaf

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Almond Loaf is simple to make and even better to eat.

I’ve been seeing loaf cakes all over my IG feed lately and it got me thinking about how ridiculously easy they are to make. Not only that, there is something especially comforting about having a freshly made loaf cake in the house to enjoy with a late  (more…)

Strawberry Chipotle Cream Empanadas

Strawberry Chipotle Cream Empanadas

These delicious Strawberry Chipotle Cream Empanadas are made with Flatout Flatbread.

Do you ever want a quick snack? When that happens to me… here’s the answer to all my cravings. These easy to make Strawberry Chipotle Cream Empanadas can be (more…)

Batman V Superman with Cheese Dip For Doritos

Batman V Superman with Cheese Dip For Doritos

This delicious cheese dip is spicy and has a layer of avocado. It is the perfect dip for Doritos, and I bought all the ingredients at Walmart.

Batman V Superman… That’s all my 6 year old boy keeps talking about. The problem is the movie is rated ‘R’ and I can’t take him to see it with that rating. What’s a mom to do? The next best thing to seeing the film is buying all the cool superhero merchandise.   (more…)

Crack Candy Clusters

Crack Candy Clusters

crack candy clusters are the best thing you will ever serve at a party

There’s not much to write other than “CRACK CANDY!” So deliciously addicting….. hence the word crack. I have watched people go crazy in selfishness when it comes to the crunch of crack candy clusters…lying, stealing and acting like complete gluttons. It’s that good. Here’s the recipe… don’t wait another minute to make these (more…)

Cauliflower Nachos For The Big Football Game

Cauliflower Nachos For The Big Football Game

Cauliflower nachos for the big game. I got all my ingredients at walmart.

One of my best girlfriend’s is a hardcore football fanatic… some people even call her “Football Monique.” Needless to say she’s hosting a party for the big game this year at her place since her team has earned it’s way into the championship. I won’t be (more…)

Calavera Queso Fresco Salsa Dip

Calavera Queso Fresco Salsa Dip

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Cacique and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, recipe and all opinions are mine. 

A recipe I made for Dia De Los Muertos:  made with Cacique's Queso Fresco and salsa

I’m thinking of my feisty friend Alfonso (my fiancés father) as Dia De Los Muertos approaches.  It’s been almost 5 years since he stepped out of his human life and floated into the other side. I was there as he passed and watched his face go calm in peace.  Awwww, that man. He loved to fight with me.  I think I was probably the only female in his world brave enough to not agree with his every word.  He knew I had a good heart but wasn’t gonna back down.  He use to call me his lawyer because when he needed something done or figured out, I was the one he would turn to to get it done.  He said I had a persuasive way. When we first met he questioned my ability to cook and doubted I could find my way around the kitchen.  I loved proving him wrong.  I think he thought of himself as somewhat of a master of the cocina, but the truth was he was seriously the salsa king.  I had to give it to him, his salsa rocked.  I would bring him empty jars all the time so he never had an excuse not to share his salsa with me.  He took such pride in making his salsa and would just gloat to everyone how great it was, and most of the time people had no other choice but to agree.   He would set up a bowl of his salsa, a slab of Cacique’s queso fresco, chopped up avocado cubes, and a pile of corn chips, and that combo was his snack.

I used to sit in his kitchen sometimes and watch him make it.  I’ve never tried to recreate his perfect salsa since he’s been gone, but I do think of him every time I make my own salsa.  I have to eat it the same way he did, with queso fresco (Mexican cheese), avocado, and chips.  This is my ode to that lovely grump Alfonso Lopez that I still love and I once knew.

Ingredients for calavera queso salsa dip

Ingredients for Calavera Salsa Dip:

  • 1 – package Cacique Queso Fresco
  • 3 – tomatoes
  • 1 – tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 – jalapenos
  • 4- serrano chiles
  • 4 – fresh chile de arbol
  • 1 – onion (peeled and cut in half)
  • 4 – garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 1 – teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 pinch of dried oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 – cups of water
  • avocado
  • corn chips
  • Pistachios, and chile flakes for decorating calavera

Directions:

  • Remove queso fresco from package, and with a small pairing knife cut the sides of the cheese to shape into a skeleton head.  Then with a small circle cookie cutter punch out the eyes. Place on a platter and place back in the fridge. Cut the edges of queso fresco to make a calavera shape Cut out the eyes for the calavera in the queso fresco
  • In a medium pot filled halfway with water over a high flame, bring to a boil.  Add in tomatoes and boil for 30 minutes.  Set to the side. Boil tomatoes for salsa
  • In a frying pan over a medium flame add vegetable oil and allow it to get hot.
  • Add in chiles, onion, and garlic cloves. Fry on all sides until charred and browned. IMG_5523 Fried chiles, onion and garlic
  • Remove stems from chiles, and place in the blender with tomatoes, onion, garlic cloves,  vinegar, oregano, salt, pepper, and water (I use the water the tomatoes boiled in). Blend until desired consistency is reached. Ingredients for salsa in blenderblended salsa
  • Decorate the calavera with chile flakes around the eyes, and use pistachios for the mouth. Decorate the queso fresco to look like a calavera
  • Place calavera shaped queso fresco on a plate, then pour the salsa  around the plate. Decorate the edges with avocado cubes.
  • Serve with chips. For Dia De Los Muertos Cacique Calavera Queso Salsa Dip
  • ENJOY!

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Im memory of my sweet friend Alfonso… I miss you.

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Cacique and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, recipe and all opinions are mine. 
Grape Goat Cheese Pistachio Nibbles

Grape Goat Cheese Pistachio Nibbles

Grape goat cheese pistachio appetizers #WMTMoms

I have a friend who is getting married in a couple of weeks and asked me to make a fancy appetizer for her bridal shower.  She said she wanted something super tasty, simple, in season, and then she threw in the words “elegant and stylized.”  I pondered this idea for a while and wondered what I could come up with.  I never want to disappoint a bride, especially in her glorious moments of celebration.  My thinking cap was running on overdrive when the idea of grapes crossed my mind.  Grapes are in season and super tasty right now, that was all I needed to get the ball rolling.  I started looking around my local markets for grapes.  I’m the type of person that will pick a grape from the package before I purchase a bag, clean it on my clothes, and plop it in my mouth to measure how sweet they are.  I walked into Walmart and lo and behold was a huge display of grapes.  I ran over and scanned the wide variety they had…. seedless, organic, table, seeds, champagne, green, red, and black.  Hmmmm, choices.  I settled on black seedless grapes, not only would they add a pretty color to my appetizer, but they were the most flavorful.

I personally love grapes paired with nice cheese and must admit to eating that combo quite often while I work or watch television. But I wouldn’t be any kind of friend if I just plated the two and served them that way.  Once I was back in my kitchen I started to experiment with cheese and grapes…. here’s what I came up with.  I pinched a bit of goat cheese and patted it flat in my hand, then carefully rolled the grape in the center of the cheese till it was fully encased, then I encrusted it in chopped pistachios for a wonderful little nibble. That’s it, 3 ingredients and the brides wishes were met!

3 ingredients needed for appetizer

Ingredients for grape goat cheese pistachio nibbles:

  • black seedless grapes
  • goat cheese
  • shelled pistachios (chopped)

Directions:

  1. Rinse and dry grapes.
  2. Remove each grape from stem/vine.
  3. Take a teaspoon of goat cheese and pat it in the palm of your hand to create a flat surface.
  4. Place a grape in the center.
  5. Then carefully roll the cheese around the entire grape until fully covered.
  6. Place covered cheese grapes on a plate and store in fridge while you work on all the other grapes. How to cover grape in goat cheese
  7. Chop pistachios.Chopped pistachios
  8. Then roll each grape in chopped pistachios to coat. Roll each cheese covered grape in pistachio
  9. Enjoy! Grape goat cheese pistachios nibbles #WMTMoms

And if the recipe is not enough for you grape lovers…. here is a quick video on how to make grape jelly in 30 seconds:

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