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Mexican Meatloaf

Mexican Meatloaf puts a spicy twist on a classic favorite with jalapenos, chili powder & cayenne pepper. This recipe is so delicious & easy to make!

Mexican meatloaf topped with tomato paste, sliced on a white plate with fresh cilantro

While I didn’t grow up loving meatloaf, it’s now one of my favorites! This Mexican Meatloaf was the first meatloaf recipe I ever made back in 2012.

Since then, I’ve created this seriously scrumptious Buffalo Cheesy Meatloaf, the best ever Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf¬†and a Heart Shaped Meatloaf. Because what says “I love you” more than a delicious loaf of meat? ūüėČ

Once I realized that you could kick up a traditional meatloaf with tons of flavor and spice, I was totally down with the classic dish!

I love this Mexican Meatloaf for so many reasons. First, I love Mexican food, so adding Mexican flavors to any dish makes it a win in my book! It’s also loaded with veggies!

For the parents out there, you’re going to love how many veggies are hidden in this meatloaf. Most meatloaf recipes contain two pounds of ground meat. This recipe contains one pound of ground beef and one pound of veggies. Ground turkey can also be used in place of the ground beef for a lower calorie option.

This meatloaf is delicious leftover and you can even turn it into a scrumptious Meatloaf Hash for breakfast! It’s also easy to make gluten free and vegetarian. Check out the recipe notes below to learn how!

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Cheesy Garlic Bread Nachos

Cheesy garlic bread nachos are the best new way to eat garlic bread! This recipe is quick, easy and the perfect appetizer for a party or Italian feast!

Cubed garlic bread, covered in cheese and fresh parsley on a baking sheet with a small bowl of marinara sauce

It’s Super Bowl week on the blog and I could not be more excited!

Every year I dedicate an entire week to recipes perfect for the big game like Football Shaped Nutella Rice Krispie Treats, Cheesy Baked Taco Dip and Jalapeno Popper Pigs in a Blanket!

This week I’ve got a seriously delicious line up for you!

I’ve now served these Italian style nachos at three different parties, all to rave reviews!

What’s not to love? It’s buttery bread, covered in three delicious cheeses, topped with a drizzle of white truffle oil. Wow!

It’s totally okay if your mouth is watering right now, mine is too!

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Buffalo Turkey Grilled Cheese

Buffalo Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are the perfect way to use up those Thanksgiving Leftovers in a totally delicious and easy recipe!

Buffalo turkey grilled cheese sandwiches, sliced in half diagonally, stacked up on white plate with fresh parsley in the background

Turkey sandwiches just got a whole new kick of delicious with the addition of buffalo sauce and pepper jack cheese!

After indulging in a huge Thanksgiving feast, it’s time to pop down on the couch and watch football all weekend. And what better to enjoy the game than with a Buffalo Turkey Grilled Cheese sandwich!

Everyone knows that I love to add buffalo sauce to everything from cheesy pastas, to cauliflower tacos, to tater tot casseroles, so of course I had to add my favorite sauce to my Thanksgiving leftovers!

It’s a tradition on the blog that I share delicious new Thanksgiving leftover recipes every year. These five recipes are the most popular from past years:

  1. Cranberry Turkey Puff Pastry
  2. Turkey Tostadas with Pomegranate Guacamole
  3. Cream Cheese Stuffing Jalapeno Poppers
  4. Sweet Potato Pierogies
  5. Mushroom Turkey Quiche with Stuffing Crust

This year, in addition to this Buffalo Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich, I also introduced this Instant Pot Turkey Soup with Stuffing Dumplings and Instant Pot Turkey Stock.

Just a few more ways to turn boring leftovers into delicious new dishes!

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

¬†Vegetarian butternut squash mac and cheese is the creamiest, most velvety, delicious mac and cheese ever, it’s so easy to make and kids will love it!

Butternut squash mac and cheese in orange crock with copper spoon, with white crock of mac and cheese in background and fresh parsley

It’s officially Thanksgiving Week on the blog! My favorite week of the year, where I share delicious new appetizers, sides, drinks, desserts and turkey recipes to make for the big meal!

This is my 8th year of sharing Thanksgiving recipes on the blog and with so many fan favorites, I began compiling a list every year of the Top 15 Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipes.

Rosemary Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast and Cranberry Apple Sangria are a few of my personal favorites!

This year, the line up includes:

The menu this year includes so many easy, delicious recipes, I can’t wait to share them all this week!

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Jalapeno Popper Bread Bowl

 Jalapenos, cream cheese and cheddar cheese are spooned into a round of sourdough bread in this delicious Jalapeno Cheese Bread Bowl recipe, an awesome appetizer for holidays, parties and Super Bowl!

Cheesy sourdough bread bowl with fresh jalapenos and cilantro

My love of all things jalapeno popper is real y’all!

Jalapeno Popper Pigs in a Blanket, Slow Cooker Ham & Cheese Jalapeno Popper Dip, Jalapeno Popper Egg Rolls, Cream Cheese Stuffing Jalapeno Poppers, all perfect party apps to go right along side this Jalapeno Popper Bread Bowl!

Since I love themed parties based around food, like building a taco bar or sausage ball bar (yeah that’s a thing!), I might just have to make a Jalapeno Popper Bar at my next party!

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Mexican Sausage Balls

The best Mexican Bisquick Sausage Balls are made with only 4 ingredients in under 30 minutes for an easy recipe that makes a delicious party app or game day snack!

Mexican Bisquick Sausage Balls piled up on plate with small bowl of avocado dipping sauce

What goes better with football than sausage balls? That’s why I’ve created enough sausage ball recipes to make a sausage ball bar at my house on game day!

Yes, a sausage ball bar is an actual thing at my house and yes, it’s amazing!

For the lineup:

The best thing about all of these recipes in the sausage ball lineup is that they can be made ahead of time, that way, when it’s game time, you’re on the couch with a plate of sausage balls, instead of in the kitchen!

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Jalapeno Popper Pigs in a Blanket

Combine two appetizer favorites into one with jalapeno popper pigs in a blanket! Roasted jalapenos are filled with cheese and little smokies, then wrapped in crescent rolls for an easy recipe that is sure to impress your friends!

Jalapeno Popper Pigs in a Blanket on a Green Plate with Ranch Dressing

One of my favorite things to do when creating new recipes is to combine two favorite dishes into one amazing new dish!

I was inspired to make this recipe after seeing something similar on a menu in Washington DC at Fat Pete’s BBQ. Their version featured jalapenos, stuffed with cream cheese, topped with a little smokie, then wrapped in bacon.

I decided to go more traditional with my pigs in a blanket and wrap the entire thing in crescent rolls, but I have no doubt that bacon would also be an amazing choice!

The real debate was what to call this little appetizer, the best idea I heard from friends was “Pigs in a Popper”, so cute and perfect for this appetizer mash-up!

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Low Calorie Charcuterie Board

Your party guests will never guess that this charcuterie board is low calorie! Bursting with colors and flavors, learn how to make a charcuterie board that is easy to create, with a gorgeous display, that’s also healthy and gluten free!

Low Calorie Charcuterie Board with Carrots, Celery, Bell Peppers, Hummus, Berries and Chicken Snack Sticks

Charcuterie boards, oh how I love thee! You’re gorgeous, easy to make and filled with a few of my favorite things, meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies and dips!

While I usually create charcuterie boards for parties or as an appetizer for dinner with friends,¬† I’m definitely not above making a charcuterie board for two and eating it for dinner with Kurt!

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Bruschetta Baked Brie

This Bruschetta Baked Brie recipe combines two of the most delicious appetizers, tomato basil bruschetta and baked brie bread bowls, into the most scrumptious starter, that’s also so easy to make!

Baked Brie in a Sourdough Bread Bowl topped with Tomato Basil Bruschetta

If you love this¬†Caramelized Pear Baked Brie Bread Bowl in the fall, this Salted Caramel Pecan Baked Brie in the winter and this¬†Strawberry Balsamic Baked Brie Bread Bowl in the spring, then you’re going to love this Bruschetta Baked Brie Bread Bowl in the summer and throughout the year!

Inspired by the most popular recipe on the blog, Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls (4.8 MILLION views on Facebook & counting!), I combined the deliciously simple Tomato Basil Bruschetta recipe that tops the zoodle bowls, with luscious, creamy, baked brie, all snuggled in a delightfully crisp sourdough bread bowl. And let me tell you, it was amazing!

The freshness of the bruschetta, paired with the creaminess of the brie is a match made in heaven! This is the perfect appetizer for an Italian dinner or a party starter!

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Strawberry Balsamic Baked Brie Bread Bowl

Brie cheese, strawberries and balsamic vinegar are baked into a sourdough bread bowl in this sweet and savory baked brie bread bowl recipe!

Baked Brie in Sourdough Bread Bowl with Strawberries and Balsamic Glaze

During the holiday season, I serve my Caramelized Pear Baked Brie Bread Bowl at every party I throw and take it to every event I attend. It’s always a hit! Today, I decided to summer-ize the recipe, by swapping out the pears for summer’s favorite fruit, strawberries!

This recipe only takes 10 minutes to prep and is sure to be a new summer party favorite!

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Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni

Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni, it’s like Hamburger Helper, but so much better! This meaty, cheesy pasta dish is so delicious and made in under 45 minutes for a quick and easy dinner recipe!

Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni in bowl with spoon

From Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne to Buffalo Taco Spaghetti to Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Tortellini, there’s a reason I’ve been called “The Queen of Buffalo Sauce”!

Cheesy pasta recipes with buffalo sauce are totally my jam! It’s quick, easy comfort food with a kick!

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Buffalo Cheesy Garlic Knots

Mouth watering garlic knots are filled with cheese and smothered in buffalo sauce in this delicious recipe for cheesy garlic knots, perfect as an appetizer or party snack!

Mouth watering garlic knots are filled with cheese and smothered in buffalo sauce in this delicious recipe for cheesy garlic knots, perfect as an appetizer or party snack!

Garlic knots, the delicious creation that twists up pizza dough and smothers it in garlic butter, creating one of the most delicious snacks ever!

When I lived downtown San Diego, I used to frequent a little pizza shop that sold garlic knots in a bag by the half dozen. My friends would order pizza slices, I would order a dozen garlic knots and literally just eat them out of the bag, like the civilized food blogger I am! ūüėČ

Needless to say, I’ve had a long standing love affair with garlic knots and today I made them even better by filling them with cheese and smothering them in buffalo sauce, creating Buffalo Cheesy Garlic Knots, also know as THE MOST DELICIOUS SNACK EVER!

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Jalapeno Popper Egg Rolls

Crispy, cheesy, delicious jalapeno popper egg rolls are the perfect appetizer for parties or game day! They’re also so easy to make in under 30 minutes!

Crispy, cheesy, delicious jalapeno popper egg rolls are the perfect appetizer for parties or game day! They're also so easy to make in under 30 minutes!

Epic news alert people, there’s only 18 days until college football kicks off and pre-season NFL games have already started! That’s right, football season is upon us and I could not be more excited!

What goes best with epic football games, epic football food, of course!

Today I combined two of my favorite party appetizers, the almighty jalapeno popper and the delicious egg roll, into one delicious dish worthy of an epic football party!

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Prosciutto Provolone Fig Grilled Cheese

This Provolone Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe is filled with prosciutto, blue cheese, arugula & fig jam for a flavorful, delicious & filling sandwich!

This Fig Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe is filled with prosciutto, provolone, blue cheese, arugula & fig jam for a flavorful, delicious & filling sandwich!

If you missed¬†“National Grilled Cheese Day” last Wednesday, don’t worry, all of April is “National Grilled Cheese Month”! (Yes, thats a real thing!)

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Fig & Jalapeno Grilled Cheese

Roasted jalape√Īos, dried figs and spicy cheddar cheese are combined in this delicious, sweet and spicy, vegetarian jalapeno grilled cheese sandwich recipe!

Roasted jalape√Īos, dried figs and spicy cheddar cheese are combined in this delicious, sweet and spicy, vegetarian jalapeno grilled cheese sandwich recipe!

This coming Wednesday, April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day! What a time we live in where cheesy deliciousness sandwiched between buttery bread gets its own day of celebration! ūüėČ

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Buffalo Cheesy Meatloaf

Buffalo sauce, ground beef, pork sausage and two cheeses are combined in this delicious, easy Buffalo Cheesy Meatloaf recipe!

 Buffalo sauce, ground beef, pork sausage and two cheeses are combined in this delicious, easy Buffalo Cheesy Meatloaf recipe!

Meaty, cheesy, buffalo sauce deliciousness, it really doesn’t get much better than that!

This recipe was inspired by a popular WhitneyBond.com party app, Buffalo Cheesy Sausage Balls. A recipe which I actually whipped up earlier today for a fun event.

The event was the Cox Communications Smart Home event in Gainesville, Florida, where I was sharing how to use my¬†Amazon Alexa App “Whitney Bond’s Recipe Search“.

The app will verbally walk you through any recipe on WhitneyBond.com totally hands free! I also shared how to use WiFi devices in the kitchen, like this WiFi Crock Pot and WiFi Coffee Maker.

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Bacon Jam Triple Creme Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon jam and triple creme brie fill fresh jalapenos in this delicious and easy jalapeno poppers recipe! It’s perfect for a dinner or party appetizer!

Bacon jam and triple creme cheese fill fresh jalapenos in this delicious and easy jalapeno poppers recipe, perfect for a dinner or party appetizer!

Welcome to my absolute favorite time of the year, the holiday season! It’s filled with twinkling lights, hot cocoa and really delicious appetizers wrapped in bacon! ūüėČ

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Spicy Sausage Mini Pizzas

Sriracha pizza sauce,¬†jalape√Īos,¬†summer sausage and jalape√Īo cheddar cheese top this delicious mini pizza recipe. They’re perfect for game days and parties!

Spicy Sausage Mini Pizza Recipe

Growing up, my favorite¬†month¬†of the year was December. It just so happens to be my birthday month, there’s Christmas and Hickory Farms sets up their stand in the mall.¬† This means Beef Summer Sausage, Cheese Balls and Crackers are¬†a totally acceptable meal for lunch, basically every day in my house!

Today I’m so excited to share my first recipe in partnership with Hickory Farms, a brand I’ve grown up with and loved my entire life!

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One Pot Italian Sausage Shells and Cheese

In one pot and under 45 minutes, prepare this Italian style Shells and Cheese recipe, filled with flavorful sausage, tomato sauce, and three cheeses!

Italian Sausage Shells and Cheese Recipe

There’s not much I love more than a big ol’ bowl of pasta, but when said bowl of pasta is made in one pot, in under an hour and it’s super cheesy and flavorful, I love it even more!

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Garlic Naan Lasagna

Layers of cheese, Italian sausage marinara and garlic naan make for a delicious twist on traditional lasagna, which I like to call la-naan-a!

Naan Lasagna Recipe

The month of September can be quite crazy for a lot of¬†households. Back-to-school means running kids around¬†and quite often, it’s hard to get everyone around the dinner table.

This is why I partnered up with my friends at Stonefire Naan to create a recipe that will have everyone running to the dinner table any night of the week!

This recipe is Naan lasagna, or as we lovingly refer to it at my house la-naan-a!

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Slow Cooker Green Chili Queso Dip

Pepper jack & cream cheese are combined with fresh jalape√Īos, avocado & cilantro in this Slow Cooker Green Chili Queso Dip recipe, perfect as a side or snack!

Slow Cooker Green Chili Queso Dip Recipe

If you thought about putting your Crock Pot away for the summer, think again!  Summer is the perfect time to use a slow cooker because it eliminates the need to turn on the oven and heat up your entire house.

Today, I’m sharing a delicious new recipe twist on queso dip, with no velvetta or rotel required!

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Buffalo Cheddar Biscuits

In this scrumptious, easy biscuit recipe, everyone’s favorite garlic cheddar biscuits are given a spicy twist with the addition of buffalo sauce!

Buffalo Cheddar Biscuit Recipe

Since I released my cookbook Buffalo Style over 2 years ago, one of the most requested recipes by my friends, from the book, is this Buffalo Cheddar Biscuit Recipe!

If you love Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits, then you’re really going to love this biscuit recipe with a Buffalo Style Twist!

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Bratwurst Beer Mac & Cheese

This Mac and Cheese Recipe is kicked up a notch with the addition of grilled bratwurst and amber beer, putting a fun and flavorful twist on mac and cheese!

Bratwurst Beer Mac and Cheese Recipe

Alright guys, it’s confession time, I might be a tad bit obsessed with¬†mac and cheese!

Whether it’s Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, ¬†Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese, or this new Bratwurst Beer Mac and Cheese recipe, I just can’t get enough of the creamy, cheesy, pasta goodness!

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Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Taco seasoned ground beef and hot sauce add delicious flavor and spice to this Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese recipe!

Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Today I’m combining 3 of my favorite things in life, the almighty slow cooker, tacos and macaroni and cheese!

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Bruschetta Cheese Dip

Fresh bruschetta combined with melted, creamy cheeses makes for one delicious bruschetta cheese dip recipe, made in only 10 minutes, perfect as a party appetizer!

Bruschetta Cheese Dip Recipe

This recipe is the result of an almost accident.

When I was home over the holidays, my Dad was making cheese dip (Velvetta + Rotel, an Oklahoma staple when eating Tex-Mex!), he reached in the refrigerator to grab a tupperware container of rotel and he accidentally grabbed the tupperware of leftover bruschetta.

He realized before he actually added it to the bowl of Velvetta, but then I got an idea. What if I made an Italian version of “cheese dip” with bruschetta instead of Rotel and a combination of cream cheese and mozzarella instead of Velvetta?

Well, I tried this bruschetta cheese dip recipe idea and I loved it, so today I’m sharing it with you!

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3 Easy Game Day Skewer Recipes

3 Easy Game Day Skewer Recipes

Today’s post is sponsored by my fabulous friends at Cost Plus World Market!

Planning to host a party for the big game in a couple of weeks? These three simple skewer recipes will make entertaining a breeze!

These skewers are quick, easy, and require no actual cooking! They can easily be prepared early and placed in the refrigerator until game time, that way, you’re ready to roll before kick off.

After all,¬†you wouldn’t want to miss any of the hilarious commercials, exciting half time performances, or exhilarating touchdowns!

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Sweetpotato Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Mashed sweet potatoes and ricotta cheese make up a flavorful, creamy filling in this recipe for vegetarian stuffed shells! 

Sweet Potato and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

When brainstorming new recipe ideas for the blog, pasta is always a go-to favorite. My thought process is basically, “how can I make lasagna, manicotti or stuffed shells just a little bit different so that I can eat them over and over again?” ūüėČ

While I’ve posted recipes for¬†Mediterranean Stuffed Shells, Mexican Stuffed Shells & Buffalo Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells on the blog, I’ve never posted a vegetarian stuffed shells recipe. That is until today!

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Baked Sweet Potato Three Cheese Dip

Creamy sweet potatoes are combined with three cheeses & spices in this scrumptious new cheese dip recipe that’s both vegetarian & gluten free!

Creamy Sweet Potato & Three Cheese Dip Recipe

It’s day three of “Thanksgiving Week” on WhitneyBond.com and today I’m¬†doing a little midweek dipping!

This sweet potato three cheese dip is the perfect appetizer to get your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving celebration started!

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Hot Crab Dip

This hot crab dip recipe is creamy, cheesy and flavorful! It’s also a super easy appetizer to whip together for parties, and sure to be a crowd favorite!

Hot Crab Dip Recipe

Todays post is sponsored by Louis Kemp Crab Delights¬ģ!

Hot dips are always a crowd favorite, as well as one of my favorite things to make for parties. It’s easy to toss a dip together and put it in the refrigerator until time for the party, then pop it in the oven and serve up a delicious, hot dip for your guests.

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Three Cheese Manicotti with Italian Sausage Marinara

Three cheese manicotti is stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, then covered in a delicious Italian sausage and red wine marinara sauce for a seriously scrumptious Italian meal!

Three Cheese Manicotti with Italian Sausage Marinara Recipe

Thanks to Hunt’s for sponsoring today’s post!

I am TOTALLY obsessed with this dish! It’s full¬†of my favorite things, cheesy filled pasta, Italian sausage and rich, hearty marinara sauce!Tracking Pixel

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Gluten Free Baked Cheese Bites

Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, these Gluten Free Baked Cheese Bites are perfect for parties & much healthier than fried cheese sticks!

Gluten Free Baked Cheese Bite Recipe

How delicious are fried cheese sticks?!  Oozing with cheese on the inside and crispy on the outside, totally tasty, but totally not healthy, so I took this appetizer and made it healthier and gluten-free!

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Buffalo Cheesy Puff Pastry Rolls

This Puff Pastry Recipe is perfect for football season! Buffalo sauce & three cheeses are wrapped in puff pastry dough, then baked into delicious rolls!

Buffalo Cheesy Puff Pastry Recipe

Football season is HERE people!!!!

I couldn’t be more excited because well, I love football, AND I love all that comes with watching football!

Getting together with friends every weekend, having a beer or two, and most importantly, making really delicious game day grub!

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Apricot Ham and Cheese Sandwich

This ham and cheese sandwich recipe is given a sweet twist with apricot preserves and sweet Hawaiian sliced bread, perfect for an easy lunch!

Apricot Ham and Cheese Sandwich Recipe

With school back in session for most of my friends with kids, it’s that time of the year when parents are thinking about what to pack in their kids lunch box.

Since I’m all about putting a delicious twist on traditional recipes, I took a lunchbox favorite, the ham and cheese sandwich, and gave it a sweet twist with apricot preserves and Hawaiian Sweet Bread!

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Sloppy Joe Pizza Rolls

Homemade sloppy joe pizza filling is rolled up in crescent roll dough with mozzarella and parmesan cheese for a delicious and fun spin on pizza rolls!

Sloppy Joe Pizza Rolls Recipe

Let me start off with a big WELCOME¬†to the new WhitneyBond.com! I’m so excited that you’re here!

If you’ve been visiting LittleLeopardBook.com for the last 4 years you might have noticed that over the weekend the website began redirecting all LLB links to WhitneyBond.com and¬†the header on the website changed from “LittleLeopardBook.com – Cooking Secrets of Whitney Bond” to “WhitneyBond.com – Traditional Recipes With A Bond Girl Twist!

I wrote a post last week talking all about the rebranding and I’m so excited that¬†it’s all happening now!

Just in case you missed the post, don’t worry, nothing is changing except for the name! You can still expect delicious new recipes coming at you every week on WhitneyBond.com, starting with these scrumptious Sloppy Joe Pizza Rolls, combining two of my childhood favorites!

This recipe took a couple of tries to perfect (you’ll see three lessons I learned throughout the recipe post!), but was well worth the time and effort to make it an absolutely amazing first recipe post on the new WhitneyBond.com!

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Sriracha Candied Bacon Brie Cheeseburger

Sriracha candied bacon, brie cheese, caramelized onions & Sriracha BBQ sauce top this delicious ultimate cheeseburger recipe!

Sriracha Candied Bacon Brie Cheeseburger Recipe

What does the ultimate cheeseburger look like?

This is what the ultimate cheeseburger looks like!

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Nectarine Fig Burrata Bruschetta

Nectarines and figs top this light and delicious Burrata Bruschetta recipe, perfect served as an appetizer at summer parties!

Nectarine Fig Burrata Bruschetta Recipe

Over the years, I’ve heard people mention the 5 Love Languages. I went to look them up and I found Burrata nowhere on the list, so I’m pretty sure they made a mistake! ūüėČ

Just in case anyone was wondering, my 5 love languages go something like this:

  1. Coffee
  2. Burrata
  3. Tacos
  4. Beer
  5. Pizza

I believe my next book will be entitled “The 5 Love Languages of a Foodie” haha!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip Pizza

Everyone’s favorite Buffalo Chicken Dip is the topping for this delicious pizza recipe, with three cheeses and grilled buffalo chicken, you can’t go wrong!

Buffalo Chicken Dip Pizza Recipe

A few weeks back I was doing some serious recipe planning for the upcoming months. I sat down and brainstormed new recipes for 6 hours straight.

Let me tell you how hungry one gets after recipe brainstorming for¬†6 hours straight, very hungry, only to realize that all of the recipes I’d been creating in my mind over the last 6 hours were not reality yet and¬†I had nothing to eat for dinner. Such a buzz kill, lol!

Luckily over the next couple of weeks, all of the recipes did become a reality and some very delicious dinners were eaten, this Buffalo Chicken Dip Pizza being one of those!

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Italian Sausage Penne & Four Cheese Tomato Sauce

Italian sausage & penne pasta is tossed in a deliciously simple & creamy four cheese tomato sauce for one scrumptious meal, made in just 30 minutes!

Italian Sausage Penne & Four Cheese Tomato Sauce Recipe

I love pasta and I love cheese, so making cheesy delicious pastas is kind of my thing!

From¬†Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne¬†to¬†Cheesy Taco Baked Ziti to¬†Mushroom Bacon Cheesy Pasta, I’ve shared many cheesy pasta dishes on the blog over the years and I’m so excited to introduce you to another deliciously cheesy recipe today!

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Baked Puff Pastry Monte Cristo

This modern take on the Monte Cristo sandwich combines prosciutto, cheddar cheese & raspberry jam in a flakey puff pastry crust, baked & glazed with honey.

Baked Puff Pastry Monte Cristo Recipe

You know how there are foods that always spark a specific memory?

For me, the Monte Cristo will always remind me of eating at Bennigan’s as a kid in Oklahoma with my brother and grandparents.

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One Pot Loaded Baked Potato Gnocchi

This one pot gnocchi dish is made in only 20 minutes. It’s loaded with all of your favorite baked potato toppings like sour cream, cheese, bacon & chives!

One Pot Loaded Baked Potato Gnocchi Recipe

I’m pretty sure that I’ve decided 2015 is going to be “The Year Of One Pot Dishes” on the blog!

I’ve been totally obsessed with creating¬† one pot recipes over the last couple of months, they’re quick, easy and have the obvious appeal of only one dish to wash after the meal!

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Sriracha Candied Bacon Grilled Cheese

Sriracha candied bacon, sandwiched between melty cheese and buttery, toasted bread, yes please! This grilled cheese recipe is sure to be a new favorite!

Sriracha Candied Bacon Grilled Cheese Recipe

What better way to kick off National Grilled Grilled Cheese Month than with a Sriracha Candied Bacon Grilled Cheese!

Yes, the entire month of April is dedicated to sandwiches of melty, gooey cheese, layered between buttery toasty bread! April basically rocks.

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Creamy Sriracha Beef Enchiladas

This beef enchiladas recipe combines spicy ground beef with creamy Sriracha sauce & lots of cheese for a delicious recipe that’s quick and easy to make!

Creamy Sriracha Beef Enchilada Recipe

It’s been an entire week since my last new recipe post on the blog! Why the long wait for a delicious new recipe you ask?! Because I took my first trip to New Orleans last week with two of my best friends!

If you follow me on Instagram you got to see all of the alligator holding (yup, that happened!) beignet eating, St Patricks Day glitter throwing, tutu wearing fun! I even created a Food Bloggers Guide to New Orleans with some of my favorite spots to eat, drink and shop in the city!

I loved the city and the food, and was so inspired to come home and create my own spins on beignets, shrimp and grits and jambalaya!

While this enchilada recipe was not inspired by my trip to New Orleans, it is a recipe I’ve been planning for a while now and I couldn’t wait to get home from my trip to whip it up!

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Mushroom Bacon Cheesy Pasta

Sauteed mushrooms and crispy bacon add flavor and texture to this scrumptious cheesy pasta recipe, made in just 29 minutes!

Mushroom Bacon Cheesy Pasta Recipe

When it comes to pasta, I’m a fan! Whether it’s Mediterranean Stuffed Shells, Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne, Taco Baked Ziti¬†or Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese, if it includes pasta, I’m in!

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Stacked Beet Salad

This stacked beet salad is simple but elegant, a delicious gluten free and vegetarian appetizer or side dish for any meal.

Stacked Ricotta Beet Salad Recipe

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of trying one of San Diego’s newest restaurants, Stella Public House (updated 2019: Stella has since closed).

From the food and drinks, to the hospitality and decor, I immediately fell in love with this place!

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Cheesy Veggie Pizza Rolls

These cheesy veggie pizza rolls are easily tossed together and eaten as a delicious vegetarian snack, appetizer or entree!

Cheesy Veggie Pizza Rolls Recipe

Take your favorite veggie pizza toppings, roll them up in buttery crescent rolls with three different cheeses and you have these delicious veggie pizza rolls!

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Creamy Cheesy Polenta

This simple recipe for Creamy Cheesy Polenta is gluten free and vegetarian, perfect as a side or topped with roasted vegetables or slow cooked meats.

Creamy Cheesy Polenta Recipe

I’m a big fan of polenta. It’s easy, creamy, cheesy and perfect as a side or as part of a main dish. It’s also vegetarian and gluten-free, making it a dish that everyone can enjoy!

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BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese

BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese is an easy 29 minute meal combining the delicious flavors of BBQ chicken with creamy mac and cheese!

BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe

When it comes to creating new recipes for the blog, I love to get creative with old favorites.

The most popular recipe on the blog is the Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne recipe I created almost 3 years ago to the date.

It’s simple, cheesy, pasta deliciousness and that’s what has made it a hit on the blog, and a favorite on Pinterest!

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Buffalo Chicken Mini Calzones

These delicious mini calzones are filled with three cheeses and buffalo chicken for a great easy snack or party appetizer!

Buffalo Chicken Mini Calzones

It’s officially SUPERBOWL WEEK!!!

For a buffalo sauce obsessed, football loving, beer drinking girl, this is my favorite holiday of the year!

Ok, ok, I get it, it’s not technically a holiday, but for me it is!

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Apple Honey Brie Crostini

Crisp apples, creamy brie and sweet honey top this delicious, simple and elegant brie crostini recipe, perfect for parties or as an appetizer at dinner!

Apple Brie Crostini

Today’s post is sponsored by¬†Georges Duboeuf Wines.

Since I can never get enough wine and cheese in my life, I present to you a super simple crostini appetizer recipe featuring cheese, paired with Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Wine!

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Greek Nachos

Traditional nachos are given a Greek twist in this recipe that tops pita chips with chickpeas, sun dried tomatoes & lots of great Greek flavors!

Greek Nachos

The holiday season is officially here and if you’re looking for a fun new¬†twist on a classic appetizer to share at your holiday party, you’ve just found it!

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Roasted Red Pepper Chorizo Baked Mac And Cheese

Roasted red peppers and spicy chorizo add a ton of flavor to this baked mac and cheese recipe, easy to make for dinner tonight in under 45 minutes!

Roasted Red Pepper Chorizo Mac and Cheese

This dish is dedicated to my Facebook friends.

A couple of weeks back as I was planning out new recipe ideas for October. I asked my Facebook friends which new recipe they would like to see on the blog and there was an overwhelming response for Red Pepper Chorizo Baked Mac and Cheese.

And I can’t say I blame them! It’s super flavorful cheesy pasta deliciousness, what’s not to love?

Roasted red peppers, good, chorizo, good, mac and cheese, good!

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Jalape√Īo Popper Spaghetti Squash

All the flavors of a deliciously cheesy jalape√Īo popper tossed with spaghetti squash for a gluten free & vegetarian dinner or side dish!

Jalape√Īo Popper Spaghetti Squash

Are you in the market for creamy, cheesy, spicy, goodness, that’s also gluten free and vegetarian? Well, let me introduce you to Jalape√Īo Popper Spaghetti Squash!

All the goodness of a jalape√Īo popper tossed with squash!

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Jalape√Īo Cheddar Focaccia Bread

Classic focaccia bread is given a cheesy, spicy twist in this easy recipe for Jalapeno Cheddar Focaccia Bread, perfect for dipping in soups & chilies!

Jalape√Īo Cheddar Focaccia Bread

Last week I made the most tasty Greek Turkey Soup, and while I loved every bite of it, I was wishing I had some of my Rosemary Focaccia Bread to dip in the soup and soak up all the deliciousness.

I didn’t want to run into that problem again this week when I made my Chipotle Stout Chili, so I decided to make this Jalape√Īo Cheddar Focaccia Bread to dip up all that chili goodness!

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Farmers Market Beet and Burrata Tart

This vegetarian beet and burrata cheese tart combines layers of roasted gold and purple beets with creamy burrata on a phyllo dough crust.

Farmers Market Beet and Burrata Tart

It’s simple, it’s beautiful, it’s delicious, it’s a combination of some of my favorite things, light, flakey phyllo dough, balsamic roasted beets and fresh burrata cheese!

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Cheesy Basil Pesto Pasta

Cheesy Basil Pesto Pasta

To say that I’m a big fan of fresh basil would be the understatement of the century. I own two basil plants (that are closer to the size of trees than most herb plants!) and I’m constantly pulling leaves off my mini basil trees for tons of different recipes.

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Sausage Jalape√Īo Macaroni and Cheese

Sausage Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese

One time my friends went on a “Macaroni and Cheese Crawl”. If you’re familiar with bar crawls, it’s the same thought, but instead of slamming beers and tequila shots, you head to the best restaurants for Mac and Cheese.

While I wasn’t able to make the crawl with them, I thought this was the best idea ever. Why, you ask? ¬†Because Macaroni and Cheese is freaking awesome!!!!

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Loaded Baked Potato Bread

Loaded Baked Potato Bread

While seeking menu inspiration for my Superbowl Party I ran across a recipe for spicy, cheesy pull-apart bread, this is what gave me the idea to concoct this recipe a couple of months later.

Loaded Bacon Cheddar Potato Bread

I took one of the loaves of rustic potato bread I baked last week and packed it with all of my favorite baked potato toppings!

Loaded Baked Potato Bread Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 1 loaf)

  • 1 loaf potato bread
  • 4 bacon slices (cooked and crumbled)
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup green onions (chopped)

Start by melting the butter in a small mixing bowl.

Loaded Cheesy Baked Potato Bread Recipe

Add the cheese, green onions and bacon.

Loaded Cheesy Baked Potato Bread Recipe

Slice the potato bread loaf both horizontally and vertically 3/4 of the way through.

Be sure not to slice all the way through, but enough to reach in there and stuff the loaf with your mixture of baked potato toppings!

Loaded Baked Potato Bread Recipe

Now use your fingers to stuff the topping mixture into the bread.

Loaded Cheesy Baked Potato Bread

Wrap foil tightly around the bottom and sides of the loaf, leaving the top exposed.

Add another piece of foil over the top and place in a 350¬į oven for 15 minutes.

Baked Potato Bread Recipe

Remove the top piece of foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

After the cheese is melted completely remove the bread from the oven and discard the foil. Place the loaf on a serving plate.

Loaded Baked Potato Pull Apart Bread

I served this with Baked Buffalo BBQ Chicken for a nice twist on a traditional southern meal!

Loaded Baked Potato Bread

Simply pull the pieces away from the bread and enjoy!

Pull Apart Baked Potato Bread

♣ Vegetarian Option: Remove the bacon to make this recipe vegetarian.

Loaded Baked Potato Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf

Loaded Baked Potato Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf potato bread
  • 4 bacon slices (cooked and crumbled)
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup green onions (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Add the cheese, chives and bacon.
  3. Slice the potato bread both horizontally and vertically 3/4 of the way through.
  4. Use your fingers to stuff the topping mixture into the bread.
  5. Wrap foil tightly around the bottom and sides of the loaf, leaving the top exposed.
  6. Add another piece of foil over the top and place in a 350¬į oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the top piece of foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
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