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Who else’s favorite food group is Appetizers!? Whether you are hosting Ladies Night or Sunday Game Day these easy appetizers are sure to be a hit at your next gathering. Ranging from finger foods to dips, these appetizers are great for feeding a crowd. From Bruschetta, Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps to Mexican Flatbread Pizzas and Quick and Easy No-Yeast Breads, there’s something for every occasion.

Easy Bruschetta Recipe

Toasted Bread with Bruschetta Toppings | cookingwithcassandra.com

One of the reasons why I enjoy summer (besides barbecues and sunshine) is because of all the produce that is in-season. Melon and berries often get the spotlight as summer fruits, but think about all the fresh tomatoes! This fruit (we aren’t going to debate on whether tomatoes are fruits or vegetables!) is perfect for one of my favorite appetizers: bruschetta.  Bruschetta — a traditional Italian antipasto — is essentially a tomato mixture on grilled bread slices and is great as an appetizer, snack, side dish or even on its own. They look fancy, but are so easy to make!  With...

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce | cookingwithcassandra.com

I was beyond words when I found out PF Chang’s was launching here in Canada. My husband and I are huge fans of Asian food, so we rushed to book a table there for dinner. Needless to say, we were impressed! Of all the amazing dishes we had, I knew I had to try and replicate PF Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps. Tender, juicy and just so full of flavor.   These chicken lettuce wraps are so versatile - they work really well as starters or as part of a main course, depending on how many people are at the table.  What I absolutely love about these delicious wraps is that they’re...

Garlic Butter Baked Shrimp

Garlic Butter Shrimp | cookingwithcassandra.com

Does anyone else find themself frequenting the frozen dinners aisle at Costco a lot more than they should? That was 100% me before I began my cooking journey… There are just so many different things to try! Who can say no to an easy, no-frills, microwaveable meal every now and then?  My days of frozen dinners are behind me, but I recently thought about this garlic butter shrimp scampi I once had which actually tasted amazing. I decided to recreate it with my own spin on it. I present you: the best garlic butter shrimp you’ll ever have.  Instead of going the pasta route, this...

Easy Homemade Pico De Gallo

Homemade Pico De Gallo Recipe | cookingwithcassandra.com

What’s a tangy, fresh dip that goes super well with chips? You guessed it – salsa!  No more buying bottled salsa, my friends. Today, I’m showing you exactly how to make authentic pico de gallo. It isn’t exactly salsa, though it is just one step shy. The only difference is that salsa is a puréed form of the same ingredients, whereas pico de gallo (or salsa fresca) keeps its vegetables in solid form.  In Mexican restaurants and fast food joints, pico de gallo is found in fish tacos and meat burritos, acting as a sweet and spicy relish. Plus, it’s the perfect dip for tortilla...

Strawberry Baked Brie

Strawberry Baked Brie This strawberry baked brie is a delicious twist on an old favorite. Instead of sugar laden store bought jellies to top your brie, whip up this fresh strawberry topping for the perfect sweet and savory combination. 1 Large brie round (approx 600 gram / 21 oz )1 ½ cups Strawberries (hulled and quartered)3 tbsp Balsamic vinegar3 tbsp Liquid honey2 tbsp Sliced almonds for topping6 Basil leaves (chiffonade / torn) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit with rack in the center of the oven.In a medium bowl, mix the balsamic vinegar and honey until well combined. Add in...

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture and cuisine, and what better way to honor the occasion than with a feast of delicious dishes? As a lover of Mexican food, I've curated a list of my favorite recipes that are perfect for celebrating this festive day. From traditional classics to creative twists, these recipes are sure to delight your taste buds and bring the flavors of Mexico to your table. Whether you're planning a fiesta with friends or a cozy dinner at home, these Cinco de Mayo recipes are guaranteed to make your celebration unforgettable! If you give any of these...

5 Minute Easy Blender Salsa (Restaurant Style)

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This no-frills, 5-minute salsa recipe requires NO cooking! Salsa is a staple in many households, and for good reason—it's quick, easy, and incredibly delicious. With just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of prep time, you can enjoy the vibrant flavors of homemade salsa whenever you crave it.  Unlike Pico De Gallo which is thick and includes chunks of fresh ingredients, salsa is more liquidy to coat every chip!  Recipe Ingredients Each ingredient contributes to the bold and zesty taste of this quick and easy salsa. Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes –  Fire-roasted tomatoes add depth...

Three Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip

Three Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip This amazing Chili Cheese Dip has only 3 ingredients and is the easiest dish to prepare for your next get together. Serve warm with tortilla chips and dig in! 2 8 oz Bricks of cream cheese (softened)1½ cups Freshly shredded cheese from a brick of marble cheddar cheese (not bagged)15 oz Can of beanless chili (I have used Hormel No Bean Chili - but any brand will work!)Tortilla chips for dipping In a glass pie dish, spread the cream cheese in an even layer (try using a spatula or the backside of a large spoon to spread!).Next spread the beanless chili over...

Easy Sheet Pan Nachos Recipe

Sheet pan nachos | cookingwithcassandra.com

You NEED to make these easy sheet pan nachos for your next game day. They are sure to be a hit. With the crispiest tortilla chips and the most amazing beef-olive-tomato toppings, these loaded nachos are seriously addictive.  Whether you’re entertaining friends or family, I recommend you wait for everyone to get to the party before arriving. Two reasons: 1) everyone will get to enjoy it when it’s piping hot and the cheese is still gooey; 2) the nachos will be gone so quickly that latecomers may not even get a taste. Talk about party favorites!  To make these nachos, all you have...

Sheet Pan Shrimp Tacos With Cilantro Cream Sauce

BEST Sheet Pan Shrimp Tacos With Cilantro Cream Sauce | cookingwithcassandra.com

Taco Tuesday meets Surf-n-Turf with this recipe, and oh, are you going to love this one. Imagine a warm, softshell tortilla filled with juicy shrimp that’s been baked in a hot cumin-chili-garlicky marinade. Accompanying the shrimps are sweet pineapple chunks, crunchy shallots, and creamy cilantro coleslaw.  Flavor, texture, and nutrition – this recipe truly has it all. Also, depending on the type of tortilla wrap you use, these shrimp tacos can be gluten-free. It’s also a keto-friendly recipe and can be made low-carb by skipping the tortilla wrap and serving the shrimps over a bowl...

Easy Homemade Guacamole

BEST homemade guacamole recipe | cookingwithcassandra.com

This is the BEST homemade guacamole recipe! It’s healthy and filled with fresh ingredients like avocados, tomatoes, garlic, red onion, lime, cilantro, and salt. Unlike store-bought guacamole, this guacamole has no additives or preservatives. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and keto-friendly.  If you have very little time and need to quickly fix a delicious dip, sandwich spread, or salad dressing, look no further.  This guacamole recipe is so easy to make. It comes together in just 20 minutes and all you’ll need is a knife, a fork, and a bowl. It’s creamy, zesty, and tastes...

Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce (Perfect Holiday Appetizer)

Cranberry Brie Dip With Flaky Roll Bites | cookingwithcassandra.com

What comes to mind when you imagine a cheese dip? I’ll tell you what I thought about it way before I stumbled upon this recipe. That creamy, orange-colored starchy cheese dip for nachos and crackers that you get at stadiums and boozy parties. The bottled kind with lots of artificial flavors that would get your tongue desperate for water later on.  That was before I knew that there was a fancier, Christmassy version of this which was luscious, pretty, and actually sophisticated. This cheese dip is made with nutty and tangy brie cheese (plus a bit of cheddar) that’s baked to gooey...

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