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The Perfect Italian Sub

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Ever since I can remember, I’ve grown up eating Al & Joes Italian Subs in Franklin Park when I visited my Grandma.

It was just the best unwrapping that oily paper and digging in to the delicious layers of Italian meat and cheese!  So recently,  I’ve been determined to replicate those amazing flavors and after a few attempts,  I think I might have just nailed it!

Check it out and let me know! :)

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Chicken Caprese Pull-Apart Bread

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Looking for the perfect appetizer?  This pull apart bread takes just a few minutes to throw together and is definitely a crowd pleaser!

Each bite is a great combination of creamy yet fresh flavors, which are all brought by the addicting basil dipping sauce!  Read more

Surprisingly Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

At every single one of my family holiday parties you can always count on there being Spinach Artichoke Dip somewhere in the line up of appetizers. Believe me, I am not complaining! I love the stuff, but how could you not? The dish is packed with all different kinds of cheeses.

I know that eating healthy isn’t the first thing on your mind when at a holiday party, but I decided to create a new healthier version of my moms oh so famous Spinach Artichoke Dip. It never hurts to cut out a few calories without even knowing it! Read more

Taco Cups

Taco Cup Appetizers

These Taco Cups are my “go to” party favorites! I am constantly asked to make them, but secret is they are probably the most low maintenance and quickest appetizers you could make.

The wonton wrappers might seem scary to some, but they are actually an amazing canvas for so many different ingredients! Fried or baked, these wonton wrappers are incredibly easy to work with. Read more

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