Spicy Guacamole Recipe

This simple Spicy Guacamole recipe is made with avocados, tomatoes, jalapeño, lime, garlic, cilantro, and an extra kick from Sriracha. Make this guacamole as mild or as spicy as you like!  I’m all for trying different foods – at least once. Sometimes one bite is all it takes to make me a convert. Other times, …

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This simple Spicy Guacamole recipe is made with avocados, tomatoes, jalapeño, lime, garlic, cilantro, and an extra kick from Sriracha. Make this guacamole as mild or as spicy as you like! 

White bowl filled with spicy guacamole set on a wooden board, surrounded by tortilla chips

I’m all for trying different foods – at least once. Sometimes one bite is all it takes to make me a convert. Other times, that first bite will be the only bite of that food that will ever cross my lips. 

For instance, I’ve eaten a raw oyster and a frog leg once – I’ll never consume either of these foods again. Recounting those moments gives me the shivers. But guacamole – that’s a totally different story.

Up until about 10 years ago, avocados and I weren’t on good terms. And if I’m being honest, I hated them before even giving them a chance. 

I think I had a negative textural perception of them. I’m big on textures and if something falls into the categories of slimy, gritty, jiggly or velvety (unless it’s ice cream), I immediately deem it as suspect.

Hand dipping a tortilla chip into a bowl of spicy guacamole

Then, during a fateful trip to Whole Foods, I was wandering around and lost my friend for a minute. When I found him, he was standing in the middle of the produce section oohing and aahing over a tub of $9.00 guacamole. 

I went over to inspect the situation and was welcomed with a guacamole-covered chip shoved near my face. Of course, I got all dramatic, recoiled and claimed I hated the stuff. 

However, I decided to take a tiny nibble – just to prove to him that I did indeed loathe the velvety green dip. But I was wrong. I actually loved the stuff and immediately tossed the pricey container into our cart. 

From that day forward, I was a guacamole lover.

This Spicy Guacamole recipe is one of the best I’ve found, and certainly my favorite. Try it at your next barbecue, or heck – on a random Tuesday night. Then come back here and tell me what you think.

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Fresh Basil Pesto

This Fresh Basil Pesto is as bright and delicious as it gets. Try it on pasta, in a sandwich, or simply with a loaf of crusty bread.  ‘Tis the season for planting our little garden around here. I usually kill everything – except mint, that stuff grows out of concrete! – but I still try for …

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This Fresh Basil Pesto is as bright and delicious as it gets. Try it on pasta, in a sandwich, or simply with a loaf of crusty bread. 

Small bowl of basil pesto surrounded by slices of baguette

‘Tis the season for planting our little garden around here. I usually kill everything – except mint, that stuff grows out of concrete! – but I still try for a small garden every year.

This year we have some tomatoes, cilantro, and basil. I always plant basil, even though the bugs usually get to it and the leaves end up full of holes. Not very pretty, but perfect for using for pesto.

Elle had never tried pesto before, but since she loves pasta I grabbed a fresh basil plant at Meijer (while we wait for ours in the garden to grow) and whipped up a batch of this homemade Fresh Basil Pesto for an easy pasta dinner.

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Goat Cheese Pasta with Chicken & Rosemary

Macaroni and Cheese made with roasted chicken, goat cheese, and fresh rosemary.

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This creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Chicken and Rosemary is simple enough to make for a weeknight dinner but elegant enough for a special date night in.

White pasta bowl with goat cheese pasta with shredded chicken and rosemary, garnished with chopped parsley

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Easy Chicken Chili

Easy Chicken Chili is so simple! Rotisserie chicken, tomatoes, corn, and beans are simmered with your favorite chili spices for a total win at dinner time. I don’t know about you, but for some reason, I get in a little dinner funk every year around this time. It’s either nothing strikes my fancy, or I …

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Easy Chicken Chili is so simple! Rotisserie chicken, tomatoes, corn, and beans are simmered with your favorite chili spices for a total win at dinner time.

Close up of chicken chili topped with sour cream and cheese in a white bowl

I don’t know about you, but for some reason, I get in a little dinner funk every year around this time. It’s either nothing strikes my fancy, or I just don’t feel like cooking.

Even though Eric and Elle are pretty easy to please and would be totally happy with mac & cheese and chicken fries, I still try to get a home-cooked dinner on the table most nights. Even if I’m not feeling it at all.

That’s why I love have a list of go-to recipes that I can make pretty quickly. Whether it’s a batch of Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders with tater tots, Honey Soy Chicken & Rice, or this Easy Chicken Chili, simple recipes like these save me on busy weeknights.

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Peppermint Oreo Balls

Peppermint Oreos are combined with cream cheese and crushed candy canes and in dipped in candy melts to create Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls. They’re simple and so delicious.

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Peppermint Oreos are combined with cream cheese and crushed candy canes and dipped in candy melts to create Peppermint Oreo Balls. They’re simple, festive, and so delicious.

Cookie tin filled with Peppermint oreo balls on a gray counter

I know it’s only December 4th, but I am already getting the urge to start holiday baking. Only problem is, I don’t really have the freezer space at the moment to store much of anything. That thing is packed with butter, chicken and more mini ice cream sandwiches than I care to admit.

I am pretty obsessed with Peppermint Oreo Balls every holiday season. They’re super simple to make and can easily be adapted to fit your personal taste.

Don’t like peppermint? No problem. Simply use regular Oreos and omit the crushed peppermint, or use any other of your favorite flavors of Oreos. I have used regular Oreos, Mint, Peanut Butter and Peppermint Bark all with great results.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Pots de Creme

Silky smooth and surprisingly light, with a texture and flavor that’s like a cross between chocolate mousse and pumpkin pie, these chocolate pumpkin pots de creme would make the perfect alternative Thanksgiving dessert. Chocolate and pumpkin make for a lovely combination in these pots of pure delight, with a hint of pumpkin spice and a […]

Silky smooth and surprisingly light, with a texture and flavor that’s like a cross between chocolate mousse and pumpkin pie, these chocolate pumpkin pots de creme would make the perfect alternative Thanksgiving dessert.

Chocolate and pumpkin make for a lovely combination in these pots of pure delight, with a hint of pumpkin spice and a silky smooth texture that’ll have you licking the pot clean and clamoring for more.

Glass ramekins filled with Chocolate Pumpkin Pot de Creme on a dark gray background

This Thanksgiving is going to look a little bit different from years past… most of us are (should be!) only cooking for a few people, in which case a full scale pumpkin pie really isn’t necessary (although I do love leftover pumpkin pie for breakfast especially… but still, a whole pie for 2 or 3 people is… a lot).

Which is why this recipe is so perfect, perfectly scaled for a small gathering. It’s almost like mini, crustless pumpkin pies. Except lighter and silkier. And with chocolate. (Honestly, it’s pretty much the perfect dessert).

Row of 4 ramekins filled with chocolate pumpkin pot de creme custard

In terms of texture, the photos really don’t show just how lovely it really is. It’s silky smooth and surprisingly light, almost like a cross between pumpkin pie and chocolate mousse. The flavors of pumpkin and chocolate are perfectly balanced, neither one overpowering the other, with subtle notes of vanilla and spices that support without overwhelming.

If you’re not a fan of pumpkin pie because of its dense, somewhat pasty texture, know that these pots de creme are notably different, surprisingly light, velvety smooth and not pasty in the least.

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Homemade French Onion Dip

Homemade French Onion Dip made with sour cream, mayonnaise and caramelized onions.

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Homemade French Onion Dip is better than anything you can buy at the store, and much easier to make than you might think! You’ll want to dip everything from chips to carrot sticks in this savory dip.

Potato chip in a bowl of french onion dip

One thing in my life that I am super particular about when it comes to food is chip dip – more specifically French Onion Dip. I’m not super picky when it comes to the dippable items. Basically just give me a chip, but I am a total chip dip snob.

When I was a kid, I fell pretty hard for the French Onion Dip at a local carry out in my hometown and now as an adult, I’ll drive miles to pick up that chip dip over just grabbing a name brand from the grocery store.

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Pumpkin Dip

Creamy Pumpkin Dip made with cream cheese, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice.

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Pumpkin Dip is creamy and dreamy. This sweet dip is made with just a handful of ingredients and tastes just like pumpkin pie filling! 

Pumpkin dip in a white bowl surrounded by fruit, pretzels, and cookies

I’ve been in a pretty serious dip mood lately. I think I’ll blame it on Trader Joe’s and their ever-expanding collection of dips.

From their garlic dip to their spinach artichoke dip and bacon cheddar ranch dip, I’m pretty obsessed at this point. Let’s just say that lunch around here is often raw veggies and all the Trader Joe’s dips.

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Wassail

Lusciously spicy Holiday Wassail is perfect for your Christmas party.

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Wassail may be a traditional holiday drink, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it all autumn long! This warmly spiced hot mulled cider comes together in minutes and can be heated on the stove or in the slow cooker.

Three mugs of hot wassail garnished with sliced apples and cinnamon sticks with a dutch oven full of wassail in the background

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No-Bake Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake

A simple no bake cheesecake made with cream cheese, whipped topping, lemon zest and raspberries.

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Fresh raspberries and bright lemon are folded into this No-Bake Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake for an easy dessert everyone will love.

Three glass dishes of no-bake raspberry lemon cheesecake on a marble counter. There is a spoon in each dish

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