Avocado, Bacon, and Cheese {ABC} Puffs

Even though my Super Bowl dreams were crushed in the Wild Card game a few weeks ago (#lifeofabengalsfan), I still look forward to the game this weekend.  Of course, we love watching football (and it’s the one time of year I don’t mind commercials!) but more than that, it’s a great excuse to get together with friends and eat delicious food.

It was actually for the Super Bowl 2 years ago that I first made these delicious bites. Since then I’ve made a few tweaks (croissant rolls instead of biscuits and adding bacon) and they are now the perfect, bite-size, melt-in-your-mouth, one-handed, football-watching treat. You can serve them with ranch and/or salsa for dipping, but you might find that they’re so good you don’t even want to dip them!

If you’re still looking for more appetizer ideas, here are a few of my favorites!

Buffalo Chicken Bites
Cold Veggie Appetizer Pizza
Caramelized Onion Dip
Soft Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese
Reuben Dip

Oh, and Go Niners!

 

 

Rigatoni with Chicken, Bacon, and Mushrooms

It’s recipe swap time again! I was excited to see that I was assigned Sarah’s blog for a few reasons. First, Sarah runs the recipe swap! Second, she’s been blogging for over 5 years, so she has lots to choose from. Third, we share a deep love for pasta. Her blog is loaded with delicious pasta recipes, so many that I had a really hard time narrowing it down to just one. In the end I went with what I knew would make a lot and be a crowd pleaser because we have visitors in town!

Jesse’s parents made the long journey to China last week and we have gone non-stop since they arrived. They have done a pretty great job trying (and liking!) lots of new foods, but after 4 days in Hong Kong, I knew they would appreciate something familiar. I made only a few slight changes to this recipe (added garlic and a few minor direction changes). I’m happy to say, they were huge fans of this pasta and so was I (no surprise there).



 

Also, check out what everyone else made for the swap!


Summer Sweet Corn Fettuccine

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, one really great thing about living in China is the accessibility to all sorts of fresh produce. I’m within walking distance to a wet market with probably 20 stands of nothing but fresh fruits and vegetables. A lot like the farmers markets that take place on the weekends in the summer in the US – except that it’s every day all year long.  Even better are the prices. And the freebies – the girl at my favorite stand won’t let me leave without giving me something (usually green onions and cilantro) for free. 🙂 The corn has been especially delicious lately and it’s been made a lot of appearances at our dinner table.

This Summer Sweet Corn Fettuccine seemed like a perfect use for the corn cobs I came home with a few weekends ago. And I really did love it. I did make a few adjustments to the recipe. I initially was going to cut everything in half, but then the sauce didn’t seem like it would be enough for the pasta (even though I was using less pasta) so I added additional milk. So in the end I used less corn than the original recipe, but it honestly seemed like just enough, any more might have been *too* much. As always though, I’ll list the recipe as I made it and link to the original, so it’s your call!

 

 

Crustless Bacon, Potato, Mushroom and Leek Quiche

It’s a breakfast recipe kind of week around here! Like I said in the muffin post, I’m always looking for new breakfast treats. Quiche has long been a favorite of mine. It’s deceptively light, not like other obviously heavy breakfast foods. It’s versatile, you can have it warm or cold, for breakfast or for lunch. And it’s so, so adaptable, endless ingredient combinations.

This particular weekend I was craving quiche. I had made a big produce purchase at the market, the girl that works at the stand I go always gives me a little something for free and this time she gave me leeks. And these leeks were just screaming to be made into a quiche. From there I added a little of this and a little of that, took away the crust…. The name of this recipe is a little out of control, but the flavor was perfect! If you really want you can add a pie crust, you can, but it was great without it and saves a few calories!