Garlic Basil Mustard Dip

*This post is not technically sponsored.  French’s sponsored my post the other day about a picnic.  But I also wanted to share the recipe for the dip I made.  So this post isn’t sponsored but I DID use mustard they sent me.  And this photo IS from that sponsored shoot.  Have I covered all my bases?  All opinions are mine.  Full disclosure, I bought almost all pre-cut vegetables.  And then I reused them after the shoot on friends.  There.  Now you know everything. Garlic and Basil Mustard  Veggie Dip.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comVeggies and dip.  Match made in heaven.  But I’m kind of sick of ranch.  And a vinaigrette would have been too messy (I will NOT ruin this blanket.  It’s my new fave. Is it weird to have a special occasion blanket?)  So I decided to modify a recipe for French’s Basil and Garlic Mustard (which I can’t find on their site to link to) and turn it in to a dip.

I  first showed you this dip in my summer picnic post from the other day.  But today, you get the recipe. This Garlic Basil Mustard Dip is super tangy AND creamy with a touch of heat from the garlic and herbaciousness from mi amor basil.  I added some chives for good measure.  A quick squeeze of lemon juice and you’ve got yourself a dip!  Eat with fresh vegetables and behold the wonder that is nature.

Garlic Basil Mustard Dip


  • Adapted from French's Basil and Garlic Mustard recipe
  • 1/2 cup French's Classic Yellow Mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 6oz. containers of Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh chives
  • Juice of 1/2 of lemon


  1. Combine all the ingredients.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. You can leave out the mayo if you are looking for more of a "clean eating" recipe.


Artichoke Dip Sliders with King’s Hawaiian

*This post is sponsored by King’s Hawaiian.  All opinions and calories consumed are mine.
Simple Artichoke Dip Sliders. Artichoke Dip Sliders.  So good.  I mean, how can they not be?  They are filled with a very popular cheesey dip.  And they are served on Kings Hawaiian rolls.  The only thing that could make these better is if they somehow had chocolate in them.  On second thought, that would probably be kind of gross.

What you need to make the perfect Artichoke Dip Sliders for game day.Chances are you have your own recipe for artichoke dip.  I find this is one of those personal preference things.  But they generally vary only slightly.  Feel free to sub your fave recipe.  Mine is far superior, but that’s ok, go ahead and still make yours…The dip can be made ahead of time.  I love dishes like that for entertaining.  Don’t you?  The King’s Hawaiian rolls are already slider size and have the perfect sweetness to accompany this salty, tangy dip.  I don’t want to get gross, but I’ve been known to eat these Hawaiian rolls, heated in the microwave, with butter, for meals.  Nothing else, just the rolls.  And I love every minute of it.

Isn't artichoke dip the best? Make the dip.  It wouldn’t hurt to make a double batch.  With the leftover dip you can serve it with tortilla chips for those who don’t feel like eating a sandwich at the moment.  Or you could just eat it for breakfast.  The star of this show is the unmarinated artichoke hearts and the garlic.  Oh and the cheese.  These ingredients play really well together.

Super easy and super delicious artichoke dip sliders. Once the dip is all bubbly and golden, you can start making the sliders.  Simply toast the rolls (this will help them to not get soggy as quickly and provide a nice little crunch) then dollop some dip on top.  It is as easy as making, well, a sandwich.

Two of my fave things: artichoke dip and Kings Hawaiian bread.Are you salivating?  You should be.  These are delicious.  Maybe I should start a new blog.  It can be all about making dips in to sandwiches.  I already eat onion dip on my hamburgers so I KNOW that would be good.

Artichoke Dip Sliders.  Perfect for game day


These sliders are perfect for game day entertaining but also great for BBQs, weeknight dinner, movie night, baby showers, bat mitzvahs, and Tuesdays.

Artichoke Dip Sliders.  For game day.  Or any day. I have out-of-town guests coming in this weekend.  I should probably make some of this dip and have these rolls on hand to create a fast snack.  Are you going to make these?  You should!

Artichoke Dip Sliders with King’s Hawaiian


  • 2 cans unmarinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 package King's Hawaiian rolls


  1. Combine the artichoke hearts, mayo, garlic, Parmesan and Swiss cheese in a 2 1/2 quart, oven-safe, baking dish.
  2. Heat, uncovered for approximately 10 minutes in a 400 degree oven.
  3. The dip should be bubbly and melted through.
  4. Cut King's Hawaiian rolls in half with a serrated knife.
  5. Place on a baking sheet, cut side up, and broil until golden brown and toasty (approximately 1 minute).
  6. Spoon warm dip on one cut side of King's Hawaiian roll and top with the other half. Serve warm.
  7. Serve any extra dip with tortilla chips. Or spoon it straight in to your mouth.

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Best Cheese Ball Ever Appetizer

Perfect for holiday entertainingWith all the family gatherings that are bound to happen this holiday season I thought I would share with you one of my favorite appetizer recipes.  This Cheese Ball recipe is super easy to make, transport and shovel in your mouth hole.  I didn’t invent this recipe.  I’ve looked at the internet and seen this and variations of this all over the place.  But this is the one that I like the best so it is what I wanted to share with you.

Best Cheese Ball RecipeThere are not many ingredients so make sure that you use good quality items.  I think the blue cheese makes it for me but I understand that there are some people who think it tastes like feet so if that is you, just leave it out.

add-all-the-cheeses-and-green-onion-600Make sure your cream cheese is softened and then just mush it all together.

Best Cheese Ball Appetizer Recipe EverRoll it in a ball (or don’t) roll it in some nuts (or don’t) and eat it with Wheat Thins (I’m sure other crackers would work too but tradition states that you eat it with Wheat Thins.  You don’t want to eff with that do you?)

Cheese Ball and Champagne for holiday entertainingYou know when this cheese ball would work best?  New Year’s Eve.  It can sit out for a while without making all your guests totally sick.  Edible gold stars are like the jazz hands of the food world and really make this cheese ball next level.  Serve with some bubbles and party on.

Best Cheese Ball Ever Appetizer


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I like to go with sharp cheddar)
  • 1 TBSP chopped green onion
  • 1 TBSP Blue Cheese (crumbled)
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Finely chopped pecans (optional)
  • Wheat Thins


  1. Combine softened cream cheese until well blended.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Mix well and chill.
  4. Shape in to a ball and roll in pecan pieces.
  5. Serve with Wheat Thins

Easy Chocolate Sea Salt Sandwich Dessert Recipe

easy-chocolate-sandwich-appetizer-recipeRemember these amazing little chocolate sea salt sandwiches from my Whiskey post earlier in the week?  Crazy good.  So now I’m going to tell you how to make them.

sea-salt-and-chocolateThe ingredients are simple.  You need a yummy, fresh baguette, good quality dark chocolate, and Maldon Sea Salt.

chopped-dark-chocolateThis is one of those recipes where there is no real recipe.  Make it to your liking.  Turn your oven on to 325 degrees and slice your baguette pretty thinly.  Lay them out on a cookie sheet and give them a quick spray with olive oil.  Toast them up.  Don’t aim to get them too dark you really just want to heat them up enough to get crispy and warm enough to melt the chocolate.

chocolate-on-baguette-slicesWorking quickly on a few at a time, pile on as much or as little chocolate as you would like.  Don’t be stingy, no one is judging you.  And dark chocolate is good for you, right?  Sprinkle on a little sea salt and top with another piece of toast.  Set them back on the warm cookie sheet while you make the rest to help melt the chocolate a bit more.  If you want them melted even more, pop them back in the oven for a minute or two.

chocolate-and-sea-salt-sandwichesYummmmmmmmmmmm.  The crunch and salt sort of remind me of what I love about chocolate covered pretzels.  I’m going to make these again.  Like for breakfast.  And then snacks.  And after dinner.  Totally make these for your friends.  They will like you even more.

Football Party To Go with Rubbermaid

football party food to goHave you guys heard that there is a big game coming up?  It is just weeks away.  I’m not a big football fan, but there is something so exciting about that game.  Ok, well maybe I’m not excited about the game, but I’m excited about the food.  I love a good party.  And every party has food.  Make it a football party, and you’ve got a party that doesn’t need much fuss.  Just yummy food, a little fanfare and good friends.

parties to go Our house is on the smaller side.  We really just don’t have the space to invite a lot of people over for big shindigs so most of the time, my parties end up taking place somewhere other than my house.  I’ve become really good at packing things up and hauling it with me all to ensure that it looks a certain way.  Sure, you can consider me a bit of a control freak.  I prefer to think of myself as a traveling hostess, on a mission to give people a good time in their own homes.  I’ve tried many different ways of bringing food and supplies to and fro but we really need to look no further than Rubbermaid.  Dare I say they’ve revolutionized the way I pack up my parties to go?

rubbermaid at targetNow is the perfect time for you to try them out for yourself.  Did you know that Target offers coupons on their site?  Check out the Rubbermaid coupons, found exclusively at Target, and go pick up a set.  I had a really hard time choosing which sets to get.  The Take Alongs, which are light-weight and leak proof, offer an awesome range of sizes perfect for entertaining.  They have big bowls that can be used for taking along chips or serving salads, dip-sized containers and even containers specifically for beverages.  The Easy Find Lids sets offer the sizes you need at home for storing food and leftovers.  They are sturdy and well designed and the snap on lid idea is plain genius.  I decided to go with the 34 piece Easy Find Lid set.  And oh hey, it was on sale for $16.99.  Plus I had a dollar off coupon so I felt great about the deal I got!

fave rubbermaid sizeI also picked up these 4 cup rectangle Take Alongs containers.  I was kind of stupidly excited over these.  This is the perfect serving dish size for small get togethers and I haven’t seen it in a storage container before!  For some reason I get bent out of shape when you put food in a dish and it doesn’t reach the top of it…so odd, I know.  I feel like it just wastes a ton of space, especially in terms of fridge real estate.  These are perfection!  And they have the slightest little flecks of sparkle to them.  Men probably wouldn’t even pick up on it.  But all the ladies are going to love it!  You may not have thought to use storage containers in your entertaining before but I’m telling you, Rubbermaid is the only way to go.  Here are my tips for putting together a football party that won’t stress you out.

pretzels and beer for football partiesThere is  no need to make a ton of food.  Choose ready made items that you know everyone likes to nibble on.  Instead of flopping the bag on the table, take just a second and put them in one of your new storage containers.  Pretzel rods fit perfectly!   And the best part is, if you are like me and have to bring your stuff to another location, these containers will protect the pretzels and keep them from getting smashed in transit!  When the party is over, snap on the lid and bring them back home.  They can be stored right in your cupboard for late night snacking.

onion dipMix and serve an old favorite, onion dip, right in the same 2 cup Rubbermaid storage container.  You don’t need to get crazy with decorations, but food labels are a great way to add flair and let the guests know what they are eating.  This cheese ball recipe is also a great option!

diy chip packetsAs a way to add in some team colors to the food area, you can easily make these chip bags.  I used a roll of kraft paper purchased from Lowe’s for under $10 (it’s a pretty big roll, I’ve used it for wrapping presents, creating table runners, craft projects with the kids…you will use it for ever!) and some washi tape.  If you aren’t feeling particularly crafty, just grab a set of  Take Alongs serving bowls!

horseradish cream cheese beef rollsMake something easy, but tasty, that your guests have never had before.  These delicious Horseradish Cream Cheese Dried Beef Rolls are sure to be a hit.  “What’s that?!” you say, probably a little bit in horror.  It is the most delicious appetizer you’ve never heard of.  And I don’t even like cream cheese.  Or horseradish.  True story.  Pick something simple with elements that you know are crowd pleasers (hello, beef and cream cheese) and try something new.  See, I knew these low sided four cup containers were perfect for serving!

rubbermaid perfect for fridge storageWhether you are hosting the party at your house or somewhere else, these containers make it super easy to plan ahead with your prep work, put together a crowd pleasing spread and then easily store leftovers.

packing up a party to go with rubbermaidAnd they aren’t just for food.  They are the perfect way to transport decor items and other supplies to wherever your party is going to take place.  There is an Easy Find Lid container that is approximately 9×13 (not pictured, I’ll be printing off another coupon and heading back to Target for that!) that can fit larger signs, banners and food picks.  And the small 1/2 cup containers are just the right size for confetti (and more of course)! And of course, beyond parties Rubbermaid containers can get your entire life organized!  Make sure you are following them on social media for all their tips! (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest)  And to make sure you are all set for your football entertaining, Rubbermaid is hosting a Game Day Party Sweepstakes.  You can win an Easy Find Lids Party Pack, a 48 Qt Cooler and a $100 VISA gift card!  To enter, click HERE!  Contest is open through, today, January 21, 2013, so hurry!  One entry per person, per email address, per day.  See full rules on contest page.  Good luck!

horseradish beef roll recipe ingredientsAnd now for the recipe.  For real.  Try it once.  They are salty and creamy with a kick.  Yum!

Horseradish Cream Cheese Dried Beef Rolls


1 5 oz jar Dried Beef (found by the rest of the canned meats, I think by the Chili)

8 oz. cream cheese

2 TBSP (or more) Prepared Horseradish (not Horseradish cream)

optional:  Garlic Powder, Worcestershire Sauce

spread cream cheese on beefGrab a Rubbermaid container that will hold at least 2 cups.  Place your softened cream cheese in the container.  Add 2 TBSP of prepared horseradish and mix well.  Taste.  If you want more heat, add more horseradish.  If you are feeling like you need more depth of flavor try adding garlic powder or a little Worcestershire sauce.  Spread cream cheese mix on a slice of dried beef with a knife or off-set spatula.  Make sure the cream cheese goes to the edges so that when you roll it up, it will stick to itself.

cut beef rolls in halfRoll it up, cut in half and place in whatever Rubbermaid container you want to serve them in.  They are ready to serve or can go in the fridge for later.

beef roll appetizerYou can also vary how much cream cheese you put on each one.  I prefer a light spread while others might like a whole lot more. I love recipes like this!  If any of you try this, let me know what you think!  What are your football party plans?

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own.