Top 5 Summer Spicy Dips

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Jalapeno Popper Dip! Creamy cheesy and delicious! recipe here

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Chicken Jalapeno Dip.Spice, goo and meat in a dish! recipe here

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Buffalo Chicken Dip. Easy and delicious!  recipe here

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Chicken Fajita Queso Dip.No wimpy bites here! recipe here

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Nibble on this Slow Cooker Spicy Bacon Corn Dip all summer long! recipe here

Want more? Check out more dips here.

What is your favorite summer dip? Share in the comments below.

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Will sing for food – literally. Where to get free stuff on Tax Day 2015

In order to ease the blow of Tax Day, a slew of restaurant chains and retailers are serving up free, discounted foods and coupons on Wednesday April 15. But read carefully: There are some silly stipulations that you might have to follow in order to grab your free stuff. Enjoy!

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HARD ROCK CAFE: Calling all karaoke enthusiasts. Sing for your supper and get a FREE Local Legendary Burger, specifically, an entire rock song (lyrics will be provided) onstage.

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BOSTON MARKET: 2 for the price of 1 meals. On any items including a whole sandwich, salad bowl or other entree option.

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ARBYS: FREE Jalpaeno hushpuppies (this is right up our alley).

PIZZA HUT: Pizza Hut has a gimmick where customers file a “P-2″ form and customers get a gift card in the amount of your “net pizza return.”

TAX DAY CHEAPIES 2015

Via about.com

These aren’t tax day freebies but they’re some great deals that are being offered on tax day, April 15.

  • Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt – Fill your cup full of frozen yogurt for $4.15.
  • Boston Market – Buy one individual meal and get one for free on April 15 at Boston Market.
  • Sonic Drive-In – Every cheeseburger you buy on April 15 is half off.
  • Schlotzsky’s – Get a free The Original small sandwich with the purchase of chips and a 32 oz. fountain drink. No coupon required.
  • California Tortilla – Whisper the secret password “Taxes Shmaxes” at California Tortilla on Tax Day and you’ll get free chips and queso with any entree purchase.
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Get 15% off your entire meal through April 29 when you show this coupon.
  • Sonny’s BBQ – Get half off a rib dinner on Tax Day.
  • Beef O’ Brady’s – Visit a Beef O’ Brady’s on April 15th to get 15% off your entire bill.
  • Bonefish Grill – Show this coupon to get $10 off your bill. It’s valid through April 20th.
  • McDonalds – Buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with Cheese on April 15th and get another for just one penny. This is valid at participating McDonalds locations only.
  • IHOP – Get a short stack of pancakes on April 15th at participating IHOP locations for just $1.
  • Bruegger’s Bagels – Big Bagel Bundle (baker’s dozen of bagels and two tubs of cream cheese) for only $10.40 with this coupon. Valid April 11 – 15.
  • ESquared Hospitality – Get half off all alcoholic beverages at participating ESquared Hospitality locations on Wednesday, April 15th.
  • Burger King – Use this coupon at participating locations to get one free Whopper when you buy one. It’s valid through April 19.
  • Outback Steakhouse – Get 15% off your dinner check through May 3 with this coupon.
  • Babies R Us – Save $8 on all Huggies and Pampers value boxes of diapers through April 30 by using this coupon.
  • Cabela’s – Save up to 60% on online purchases at the Cabela’s Cyberwalk Sale through April 15.
  • Justice – Use this coupon to save 40% on your entire purchase. It’s valid through April 16.
  • Roybal Caribbean International – Valid through April 15, Royal Caribbean will pay for your fees, taxes, and port expenses when you book a cruise.

RETAILER TAX DAY DEALS 

Via huffingtonpost.com

In addition to Tax Day food freebies and deals, GOBankingRates also found a number of offers from retailers. We found the most offers on apparel, as well as sports and outdoor gear, books, and office suppliers.

  • Alloy: A RetailMeNot-exclusive code, AVDRMN, gets shoppers 15 percent to 30 percent off purchases, with shoppers saving more as they spend more. Offer valid through April 30.
  • Ann Taylor: Get 25 percent off full-price items with the coupon code ANNT3BE, good through April 30.
  • Babies”R”Us: Shoppers can use this coupon to get $8 off Pampers or Huggies value boxes of diapers, valid through April 30.
  • Barnes & Noble: With taxes out of the way you might have time to catch up on your reading. If so, use coupon code X8W8L3A when shopping online to get 20 percent off a single item through May 1; exclusions apply.
  • Bon-Ton: Use this coupon to get $25 off when spending $75 or more through April 30.
  • Cabela’s: Shoppers can save online only during the Cyberwalk Sale, which has sporting gear and outdoor equipment marked down up to 60 percent through April 15.
  • Carter’s: Get 25 percent off purchases of $40 and up with code OKSP1514.
  • Dress Barn: Get 20 percent off a purchase by using promo code MMAR20 through April 21.
  • Express: Use coupon code 9068 online or this coupon in store to get 15 percent off through April 30. Some exclusions apply.
  • Finish Line: Through April 30, get $10 off purchases of $100 or more with coupon code APRIL10.
  • Foot Locker: Get 10 percent off when spending $50 or more online when you use code LKS10AFD through April 30.
  • Gap: Shoppers will get $25 of GapCash for every $50 spent through April 26 that can be redeemed May 13 through May 17.
  • HydroMassage: You can get a free HydroMassage experience with this coupon, valid April 13 through April 17.
  • Justice: Get 40 percent off an entire purchase through April 16 by presenting this coupon at checkout.
  • L.L.Bean: Get a $10 gift card for every $50 spent through April 19.
  • Lane Bryant: Save up to $75 with code APRILGCLB through April 22. Savings are tiered by purchase minimums; spending $75 yields a $25 discount, $150 gets you $50 off or $75 off $225.

 

 

6 Greatest Football Snack Recipes

HAWAIIAN TWICE BAKED HAM AND SWISS SANDWICHES.  Recipe at http://bit.ly/WF5pi3

HAWAIIAN TWICE BAKED HAM AND SWISS SANDWICHES.
Recipe at http://bit.ly/WF5pi3

PIMENTO CHEESE STUFFED, BACON WRAPPED JALAPENO POPPERS. Recipe at http://bit.ly/1uuPyPH

PIMENTO CHEESE STUFFED, BACON WRAPPED JALAPENO POPPERS.
Recipe at http://bit.ly/1uuPyPH

FRIED MAC & CHEESE. Recipe at http://bit.ly/1hVZIRK

FRIED MAC & CHEESE. Recipe at http://bit.ly/1hVZIRK

SWEET HEAT MOLASSES MEATBALLS. Recipe at http://bit.ly/1qJGMvF

SWEET HEAT MOLASSES MEATBALLS. Recipe at http://bit.ly/1qJGMvF

Buffalo Chicken Cupcake. Recipe at http://bit.ly/QAQbrN

Buffalo Chicken Cupcake. Recipe at http://bit.ly/QAQbrN

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BUFFALO CHICKEN CHEESE FRIES. Recipe at http://bit.ly/1inwn1c

6 jobs that actually exist in this world.

1. ICE CREAM TASTER

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Yes, this is an actual paid position. John Harrison, he has the most delicious job in the business. As Official Ice Cream Taster for Dreyers Ice Cream (not to be confused with Breyers), John gets paid to sample three cartons of each flavor daily to check product quality. He claims the gig isn’t all fun and games since he must maintain a strict, spice-free diet; however, being surrounded by Rocky Road sounds like a sweet deal nonetheless.

2. LAUGHTER THERAPIST

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Goodbye Tears.. laughter may just be the best medicine. Laughing is an excellent way to reduce stress in our lives, and can help you to cope with and survive a stressful lifestyle. We were born with the gift of laughter. Laughter is a natural medicine. It lifts our spirits and makes us feel happy. Laughter is a contagious emotion. It can bring people together. It can help us feel more alive and empowered. Laughter therapy, also called humor therapy, is the use of humor to promote overall health and wellness. It aims to use the natural physiological process of laughter to help relieve physical or emotional stresses or discomfort. HAHAHA

3. Feng Shui Consultant

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Feng Shui can be used in any space – home, office, garden, store, etc. Accordingly, a Feng Shui decorator will account for color, lighting, and organization in a room. Feng Shui consultants can be self-taught, but may also have formal certification or training. Go on, organize.. and get paid.

4. Pick-up Artist Instructor

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“PUA,” or “pick up artist” training is sometimes sought after by men who have difficulty meeting women. A “PUA bootcamp” can cost as much as $3,000, and are held in locations all over the world. The most prominent PUA instructor is James Matador, whose “Mystery Method” of attracting women was made famous by his reality television show on VH1. Wow.

5. Academy Awards Ballot Counter

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For the past 72 years, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Entertainment and Media practice has been counting the ballots cast for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Academy Awards. The two partners who run the 10-day ballot-counting team get to sit backstage and pass out the envelopes with the winners’ names inside. Inside Public Accounting says the average compensation for an accounting partner was $452,744.. Since your odds of becoming one of the two partners handling the task are as remote as your odds of winning an Academy Award, consider an alternative: working as an accountant in the entertainment industry.

and lastly…

6. SELLING YOUR LIFE

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Mike Merrill used his business brain to invest in something most people wouldn’t ever risk: himself. He decided to split himself into $100,000 shares at a $1 a piece allowing shareholders to run his life as they please. In other words they choose his significant others, the food he eats, his hair style, you name it.

Happy Labor Day!

5 Epic Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Combos You Must Try

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1. We freakin’ love garlic. When a recipe says “A clove” we read “A bulb.” Our breath could keep up to three states clear of vampires after a meal. Which is precisely why we dig this recipe for Roasted Garlic & Gruyere Cheese Toasties.  (RECIPE)

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2. Grilled cheese is probably my favorite comfort food. Served with Campbell’s Cream of Tomato Soup and I am back to being a kid again. It’s the simple things; cheese, bread, and butter, all melted together, to make one gooey, beautiful feast; that make me sit back and say, “aaahhh… life is good.” Then when you add apples and bacon to the mix, it only gets better. Of course, doesn’t everything get better with bacon? (RECIPE)

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3. Why don’t sweet potato and melted cheese go on dates more often? They’re perfect together. (RECIPE)

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4. Sometimes you need to tuck your napkin into your shirt and look like a rich, stuffy old man when you eat. This would be one of those times. Between the bacon grease and the guacamole, you could wind up with part of this sandwich on your t-shirt. You’d then have to eat that t-shirt. (RECIPE)

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5. Chocolate and Cheese – seriously? Why does this sound insanely good? The combination of sweet, bitter and savory all in one mouthful makes me salivate uncontrollably. Going to make this now. Goodbye! (RECIPE)

SPICE + CHOCOLATE + ICE CREAM = Summer!

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This recipe produces cookies and pecans that have a noticeable, but not overwhelming, heat. If you’re comfortable with medium-heat salsas, these will probably be perfect for you. If you like less spice, feel free to decrease the cayenne by half, and if you like more, increase it by a bit to really feel the burn! I like making these sandwiches with cinnamon ice cream, but coffee or chocolate ice cream would also be delicious.
Author: Elizabeth LaBau
Ingredients
  • 4 oz unsalted butter, cubed
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 7½ oz (1 cup) packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4¼ oz (1 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 1 oz (1/3 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup miniature chocolate chips (can substitute finely chopped chocolate)
For the Spicy Candied Pecans:
  • 2 cups pecan pieces or halves
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1.5 tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 quart ice cream, flavor of choice
Instructions
To Make the Spicy Chocolate Cookies:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F, and cover two baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine the butter and semi-sweet chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after every 30 seconds, just until the butter and chocolate melt. Stir until smooth, then set aside for a few minutes to allow the chocolate/butter to cool to lukewarm.
  2. Add the brown sugar and whisk it in. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition. After the last egg is added, keep whisking until the mixture becomes smooth and shiny, like chocolate pudding. This might take 1-2 minutes of steady whisking. Add the vanilla and whisk it in.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and stir them together with a spatula. Finally, add the mini chocolate chips and stir them in.
  4. Scoop large spoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheet. You should get about 24 cookies from this batch. Bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes at 350 F, until the outside is puffed and shiny, but the center is still soft. Cool the cookies completely before assembling the ice cream sandwiches.
To Make the Spicy Candied Pecans:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the pecans on the baking sheet and toast them in the oven until dark and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Stir every 3 or 4 minutes.
  2. While the pecans are toasting, prepare the coating mixture. Microwave the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl until melted. Stir in the brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne.
  3. Once the pecans are fragrant, remove them from the oven and pour the hot nuts into the coating mixture. (Be careful as it might splutter and hiss.) Stir until the nuts are evenly coated, and pour them back onto the foil-lined baking sheet and spread them in an even layer.
  4. Bake for another 10 minutes, stirring after every 3-4 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the nuts from the oven and allow them to cool and crisp up on the baking sheet.
To Assemble the Sandwiches:
  1. Coarsely chop 1 cup of spicy pecans. Let the ice cream sit at room temperature for 5 minutes, just until it starts to soften slightly. Place 1 scoop of ice cream on top of a cookie, and top it with a second cookie. Press down slightly so the ice cream is squished to the edges of the cookie. Take a handful of chopped nuts and press them into the sides of the ice cream. Serve immediately.

Irish Cream Hot Fudge Cupcakes

This just might be what is at the end of the rainbow – Happy St. Pattys Day!

Source: SprinkleBakes original recipes
Yield: 6 muffin-sized cupcakes
Prep: 1 hour 15 minutes, plus chilling time for ganache

The cake portion of this cupcake reminds me a little of a brownie, but they’re not as dense.  They bake up with a crackled top, but inside they’re fluffy with a deep chocolate flavor.  You won’t use a whole egg since this is a small batch recipe, so you’ll need to measure out a portion. To do so, lightly beat a whole egg in a small cup then pour the egg into the measuring spoon. If you’d like to shortcut this recipe, buy prepared chocolate sauce and stir in a little Irish cream for flavor.

Cakes
1/2 cup Irish Cream liqueur, or two mini bottles (50 ml each)
3 tablespoons well-beaten egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with 6 large muffin papers.
  2. Place Irish Cream liqueur, egg, and vanilla in cup; beat together vigorously with a fork, set aside.
  3. Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add butter and liquid mixture; beat with an electric mixer on low speed until dry ingredients are moistened.  Add coffee and beat again until well incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl using a rubber spatula and beat well again.
  4. Divide batter between muffin cups.  Bake for 25-27 minutes or until cupcakes spring back when pressed in the center. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Chocolate ganache filling

1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp. heavy cream
1 cup milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons Irish Cream liqueur (about half a mini bottle)
  1. Combine heavy cream and chocolate chips in a medium saucepan or a microwaveable bowl.  Heat on medium low until chips are melted and can be stirred smooth.  If using the microwave, heat at 30 second intervals until completely melted and mixture can be stirred smooth.  Add butter in pieces and stir until melted.  Add Irish cream.  Stir well.  Refrigerate until ganache is thickened but still fairly soft (see video).
  2. Cut a large divot out of each cupcake and fill with ganache.  Discard cake piece or save them for breakfast tomorrow (smile).

Irish cream frosting

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup plus two tablespoons Irish cream (about 1 1/2 mini bottles)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Combine butter and confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl and mix on low speed with a hand mixer until just combined.  Gradually add in Irish cream.  Scrape down sides of bowl  and mix in vanilla.  Beat on high speed until light and fluffy.  Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a large closed star tip.  Pipe frosting over the surface of the cupcakes.

Irish cream hot fudge sauce

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup coffee
1/2 cup Irish cream (2 mini bottles)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat.  Whisk to incorporate.  Bring to a boil and let bubble one minute.  Remove from heat and let cool slightly before pouring into the empty Irish cream bottles.
  2. Pour a scant 1/4 cup of hot fudge sauce in each empty Irish cream bottle.  Turn them upright and press the bottle neck into the frosting and down to the chocolate ganache filling.  Sprinkle with cocoa powder and serve.

There’s a few things to remember when making these.

  • When you remove the bottle cap, there’s an aluminum ring that stays attached to the bottle neck. That piece should be removed, and can be easily snipped off with a pair of work scissors (I wouldn’t use your best cloth-cutting scissors for this).
  • The sauce can be made in advance and then warmed on the stove-top or in a 4 cup measure with a spout in the microwave just before serving. The hot sauce shouldn’t be screaming hot, so don’t heat it for too long.
  • The sauce should not be re-heated in the bottles in the microwave.  This will cause the sauce to bubble over. Also, there’s foil on the label (hellooo sparks!) and that’s a possible fire hazard in the microwave.
  • As stated before, you can serve these with wooden picks in case the sauce has cooled.  We had no problems without – just a squeeze and a shake is required when the sauce is still warm.
  • Serve these on a plate with an extra napkin. They can be a little messy, but there’s nothing wrong with licking frosting and ganache from your fingers. Modest guests will want a napkin.

How to Cool Your Tongue After Eating Spicy Food

1. Before eating the spicy food, eat something sweet and cold, such as ice cream or fruit.
2. Put sugar in your mouth, and suck on it for about 20 seconds.
3. Drink milk or another dairy product.
4.Drink beer. The carbohydrates in the beer also coat your tongue and decrease the heat levels.
5. Eat something light and fluffy, such as wheat products, bread, muffins, bagels, etc.
6. Chew a good sized slice of lemon or lime with the skin to take away the spiciness. The oil from the citrus skin will strip the oil of the chili from your tongue.
7. Eat tomatoes.

DO NOT

  • Do not drink plain water because water simply spreads the capsaicin around on your tongue.
  • Do not suck out all the saliva!! That helps cool you down too.
Photos courtesy of WikiHow

Spicy Chipotle Hot Chocolate

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Spicy Chipotle Hot Chocolate

This Spicy Chipotle Hot Chocolate Recipe is great for winter weather and the holiday season. Filled with sugar and spice and everything nice! Feel free to replace the whole milk with your choice of almond or soy. You can top this off with a dollop of real whipped cream and sprinkle some chipotle and cinnamon on top.

YIELD: 2-3 small mugs

PREP TIME: 05 min

COOK TIME: 10 min

TOTAL TIME: 15 min

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups whole milk
2/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 tsp ground chipotle
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

In a medium sauce pot, heat milk on low and simmer. Once milk is heated, add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and stir until melted.

Mix in the chipotle and cinnamon and stir until well combined. Mix vigorously to help the ground spices dissolve.  Remove from heat, pour into a large measuring cup with a spout for easier pouring or individual cups ready for serving.

For a less rich drink, use less semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Photo & recipe courtesy of http://www.sweet-remedy.com/