Nacho Cheese Dip and Sauce

This Nacho Cheese Dip and Sauce with jalapeno pepper is two recipes in one and is made with a secret ingredient that helps it stay silky smooth, even after it cools.

Nacho Cheese Dip and Sauce with a secret ingredient that leaves it silky smooth

I’m pretty sure I overstated this on my blog, but I love to snack – popcorn, potato chips, pita chips, pretzels, nachos. If I could eat snacks for dinner, I totally would. I’ll eat snacks straight from the bag or I’ll eat them with dip. Lately I’ve been craving stadium nachos and cheese with jalapenos. Why? I have no clue, probably because I haven’t eaten them in a really long time. Every time I go to a stadium or arena, I usually end up breaking down and spending $6 on a tiny plastic container, just to have it disappear in 5 minutes. And since I don’t have plans to go to a sporting event any time soon, time to make some nachos and cheese at home.

The problem with making cheese sauce at home is you have to eat it right away. If you’ve ever made homemade cheese sauce with regular dairy milk and let it cool, you probably noticed the texture can get a bit gloppy and congealed. Sure you could rescue it by reheating it and whisking in some more milk, but usually by then it’s a pain to fix. What if I told you there’s a way to have a silky smooth cheese sauce, even after it cools? In fact, when it does cool and thicken, it turns into a dip. A sauce AND a dip combined in one recipe? Turns out evaporated milk is the key to having the sauce/dip remaining silky smooth. I first discovered this trick when I posted about my Italian Nachos with a mozzarella cheese sauce. Now it’s time to make a cheddar cheese sauce. Unlike stadium nachos, this Nacho Cheese Dip and Sauce is made with real cheddar cheese and oven roasted jalapenos (and also unlike stadium nachos, it won’t cost you $6 for a tiny plate).

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Pulled Pork For Two

No slow cooker? No problem! These BBQ pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw can easily be made in the oven and makes just enough to generously feed two people.

Pulled Pork For Two with homemade coleslaw

Now that spring is in the air, I’ve been on a bit of a spring cleaning spree. For the past few months, I made a pile of cookbooks that I’ve either outgrown or no longer interested in, so I finally donated those to the library. Funny how developing your own recipes can change your perspective on which cookbooks to keep. Next on my agenda is to donate the various food magazines that I’ve accumulated over the years. Libraries tend to not like magazines, so I’m not sure what to do with them. I did finally cancel all of magazine subscriptions to help save some money (and clutter). The ones I do have I store in an ottoman in the living room, so as I was reading and organizing them into piles, I came across a Cook’s Country magazine that I probably bought for 25 cents at a yard sale. As I was looking through what I had bookmarked, I noticed their cooking for two pulled pork recipe. I had completely forgotten about this! I love pulled pork and often look for a good BBQ joint when eating out as it’s too cumbersome for little ol’ me to make at home. Cook’s Country recognized this dilemma as well and proposed a solution, which involves using a smaller cut of pork and 90 minutes of oven time. I decided to take it one step further and Pittsburgh it up with homemade coleslaw on the sandwich (seriously, is that just a Pittsburgh thing?). No need for a slow cooker, a smoker, or other equipment you may or may not have. Just you, your oven, and common pantry ingredients.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatball Subs

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Subs with a quick homemade tomato sauce

If you're looking for something new and exciting to eat for dinner, you have to try these Chicken Parmesan Meatball Subs with a quick homemade tomato sauce. Packed with plenty of flavor and topped with lots of melted cheese. I've been in a menu … [Continue reading]

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

If you're in the mood to bake easy peanut butter cookies, you're in luck! These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies have a super soft texture plus some nuttiness from the oats. What a rainy two weeks it's been in Pittsburgh. I'm all for … [Continue reading]

Classic Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake recipe served with strawberry jam

Sometimes you just can't go wrong with a classic dessert recipe. This homemade cheesecake recipe is my go to recipe for all occasions and doesn't require a water bath. Serve it plain or with fruit on top. I typically don't post too many … [Continue reading]

Apple Butter Crumb Cake

Apple Butter Crumb Cake to go with your morning coffee

Sweeten up your morning with this Apple Butter Crumb Cake recipe. With that melt-in-your-mouth crunchy crumb topping, it makes the perfect snack for your cup of coffee. I'm definitely a cake for breakfast kind of girl. I know I should start the … [Continue reading]