20 Super Bowl Recipes for Game Day

Whether you’re hosting/attending a Super Bowl bash, no game day is complete without a table of goodness to nosh on. Check out my 20 Super Bowl recipes that will have your loved ones not only cheering for your fav team but also for you—-whatever the results of the game may be!

Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings

Fried Buffalo Calamari

Fried "Buffalo" Calamari

Mediterranean Spinach Artichoke Dip

Oven Baked Potato Chips

Oven Baked Potato Chips

Bruschetta with Smoked Mozzarella Cheese

Bruschetta with Smoked Mozzarella Cheese

Margherita Pizza with Crispy Bacon

Margherita Pizza with Crispy Bacon

Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza

Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza

Sausage and Mushroom Pizza

Sausage and Mushroom Pizza

Macadamia Nut Pesto Pizza

Macadamia Nut Pesto Pizza

Shrimp and Prosciutto Pizza with Fresh Arugula

Shrimp and Prosciutto Pizza with Fresh Arugula

Fat Tire Braised Carnitas Tacos

Fat Tire® Braised Carnitas Tacos

Turkey and Bean Chili

Turkey and Bean Chili

Onion Burgers

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Rice-Cereal Treats

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Rice-Cereal Treats

At Hoc at Home Brownies

Brownies from "Ad Hoc at Home"

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fat Tire Chavelas

Fat Tire® Chavelas

Mint Margaritas

Mint Margaritas

Fresh Strawberry Mojitos

Fresh Strawberry Mojito


Last Chance for the GIVEAWAY!

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Pssst! Here’s a little reminder……

Don’t forget—today is the last day to enter to win a fabulous KitchenAid® 7-Speed Hand Mixer! Entries must be submitted  by 5pm PST (December 6th). To enter, please go here.

Our lucky winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 7th.

GOOD LUCK Friends! 🙂


Carrot-Carob Pupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting….Happy Birthday Bella!

Bella's Birthday Puppy Cupcakes

My little puggle turns 4 today!

Hard to believe how quickly time flies……..and to think, I used to be “Not a Dog Person”. Shame on Me!

My Bella has brought tons of love, laughter, and cuddles into my life—and yes, a tad of mischief too. She definitely keeps me on my toes. 🙂

To celebrate her birthday, I whipped up some puppy cupcakes….Carrot-Carob Pupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting! All puppy safe—I even double checked with Bella’s vet to make sure.

Bella's Birthday Puppy Cupcakes

The extra shredded carrot on top made the perfect “sprinkles” for these pupcakes. Pretty snazzy, eh?

Bella's Birthday Puppy Cupcakes

Bella LOVED them!!

Bella's Birthday Puppy Cupcakes

And because Bella’s mama loves her so much AND because I just discovered Animoto via one of my besties, I’ve made her a birthday video montage. Yup, I’m one of those puppy parents.  Though, you’ll have to excuse the abrupt end of the video–I’ll work on it 🙂



Carrot-Carob Pupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Makes 8-10 Cupcakes


Cupcake Batter:
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Large Egg
1/4 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Shredded Carrots
1/4 Cup Carob Chips

1/2 Cup Lowfat Cream Cheese, at room temperature
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoon Honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place paper liners in a cupcake pan.

In a small bowl, mix together dry ingredients for the cupcake batter. In another bowl, whisk the egg, honey, peanut butter and vegetable oil until thoroughly combined.  Stir in the dry ingredients and then the carrots and carob chips. Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners until they are about 2/3 filled. Bake the cupcakes for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on racks.

While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the frosting. Whip the cream cheese, peanut butter, and honey together until light and fluffy. Pipe (or spread) the frosting on the cooled cupcakes. Top with extra shredded carrots and carob chips.

*Although these ingredients are safe for pups to digest, please be sure to only give them moderate portions


Jack Johnson = Music Therapy

I woke up this morning in a Funk.

Not a cooking/baking funk. Not a Tone-LocFunky Cold Medina” Funk. Just the BLEH kind of Funk.

Nothing in particular spurred it. In fact, the sun was shining and I actually got to bed early. But I just couldn’t shake it. In fact, even Bella was in a Funk. I mean…just look at her. If those eyes don’t emit “Funk”, I don’t know what does.


Bella feeling Funky!


So I did the only thing that made sense. I filled a mug with freshly brewed Kona Coffee, grabbed the pups, and headed straight to the beach.

I’ve always found the ocean air and sounds of the waves calming. But today, I needed some extra oompf in the form of the best music therapy—-Jack Johnson.



Those that know me are well aware of my adoration (and slight obsession) for the Hawaiian born crooner. I dig his music and envy his mellow beach vibe. C’mon, the guy is just “beachy”—what’s not to love?



When I get in these emo funks, I often find myself turning to music to get some quality soul searching in. And when I mean “turn to music”, I mean “listen to music”. I don’t have a single musical bone in my body. I cannot sing for the life of me but I did play the flute in junior high. Hey, don’t judge. All the cool kids were doing it. True Story.



I spent several hours walking on the beach today…..just breathing in the fresh air while the pups got their exercise in. The warm sun, light breeze on my face, Jack singing, and self-reflection time. All much needed things. I highly recommend such a regiment for everyone.

Thankfully, I’m not feeling as funky anymore.

Mahalos, Jack.



*Quick Note….I would be remiss if I didn’t confess that not everyone was in a funk today.

Princess Leia was in her usual hyper–happy go lucky-disposition.


Princess Leia - Fiesta Island


My little pug niece will be staying with us for a couple of weeks. And this little bundle of energy was just as happy and hyper as ever!


Princess Leia - Fiesta Island


R.I.P. Cutting Board

I’ve never claimed to be a Smart Cookie. Especially when I have some serious Kitchen DOH! Moments.

My latest episode occurred only a short time ago with a total lapse in thinking. In a flurry to clean up the kitchen, I threw my wooden cutting board into the dishwasher. Guess what happened?


RIP Cutting Board


Oh yes……you all being much smarter than I probably have guessed the outcome. When I opened up the dishwasher and saw my poor, newly purchased board, I immediately turned into this…..



And that, is a Sad Panda. A VERY Sad Panda.

My friends, learn from my follies. Avoid a Kitchen DOH! Moment and HAND WASH YOUR WOODEN CUTTING BOARDS! Now excuse me as I bang my head on the kitchen cabinet 😦