Garlicky Feta Dip

If I could make Greek-inspired dishes every single day for the blog, I probably would.  You might be getting sick of the mass amounts of feta I’ve been shoving into recipes (hello, Zucchini, Feta, and Spinach Fritters, Greek Chicken “Pitzas”, and Athenian Chicken Quesadillas), but I can’t help myself.  I’ve got a fever and the only prescription is more feta.

Garlicky Feta Dip.  This creamy, tangy dip goes great with pita and is easy to whip together as a party appetizer! | blog.hostthetoast.com

But if you are right there with me riding this feta train until it breaks down, then behold this delightful bit of taste-bud splendor: Garlicky Feta Dip.

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Cilantro-Garlic-Lime Seafood Packets

Happy Fourth of July!   Well, okay, I’m one day early, but I really wanted to make sure that I got the chance to say it, and that I got to share these “The Bomb” Seafood Packets with you before your Independence Day celebrations!

Cilantro-Lime-Garlic Seafood Packets!  These easy-to-make packets are filled with shrimp, clams, scallops, chorizo sausage, corn, and tomatoes!  The seafood and sausage steams in its own juices and mixes with cilantro, lime, garlic, and a bit of butter to create an amazing sauce that you can dip bread in or serve over rice.  The individual packets can be made on the grill or in the oven and are great for parties!  My dad kept calling them THE BOMB Seafood Packets, haha! | blog.hostthetoast.com

The Cilantro-Garlic-Lime Seafood Packets are loaded up with shrimp, clams, scallops, chorizo sausage, corn, and cherry tomatoes, which steam in their own juices in these individual-sized serving packets.  Fresh cilantro, lime juice and zest, garlic, and a bit of butter (and maybe even a few slices of jalapeno, if you like some extra heat) add extra flavor to the juices, which make a great dip for crusty bread or sauce for rice or pasta!

I affectionately call them “The Bomb” Seafood Packets, because they disappeared at my house in seconds, but I made sure to save a packet for my dad, who is a huge clam-lover.  I gave him the leftover packet the next day, and 2 hours later, got the following text:

“Those packets were the bomb.”

And then,

“Seriously, the bomb!”

Then,

“THEY WERE THE BOMB!!!!!!!!”

So I’m pretty sure he liked them just as much as I did.

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Boozy Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles

I’m really bad at coming up with short recipe names.

Boozy Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles.  Perfect for Memorial Day Weekend, Fourth of July, Labor Day Weekend, or just any summer party!  So delicious you should make several batches ;) | blog.hostthetoast.com

I thought about calling these “The Absolute Best Frozen Dessert The World Has Ever Seen”, but that seemed a little too wordy.  Boozy Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles was shorter– by a margin– so I went with that.

You can call them whatever you want though, because it all sounds like gibberish when you’ve got a mouthful of poptail.

I love that word.  “Poptail.”  What is it, you ask?  Well, you see, when a popsicle loves a cocktail very much…

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Cheesy Crab and Artichoke Dip

Even before this dip was ready, I was hovering by the oven, mouth watering, impatiently waiting to dig in and burn the absolute life out of my mouth.  I knew it was going to be good.  It was loaded up with cheese, lump crab meat, and artichokes.  There was no way it was going to be anything but amazing.

Cheesy Crab and Artichoke Dip. SWOON. | blog.hostthetoast.com

Just look at that golden brown cheese, begging to be broken up by crusty slices of bread.  I can’t believe I even managed to get a picture before shoving it all in my face.  I’m a grown woman and still have no self control when you put something cheesy in front of me.  NO SELF CONTROL AT ALL.

I was on a diet for about 15 seconds before this baby came out of the oven.  I ain’t even mad ’bout it.
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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

There is not enough coffee in the world to save me today.

I woke up at the crack of dawn yesterday to get my cooking done (look out for the Carrot Cake Cheesecake recipe coming up– it should be illegal, it’s so sinfully good) and then took a long, hurried drive/train ride to Newark for the hockey game.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip.  It's not ice cream.  It's not cookie dough.  It's not JUST a dip.  It's one of the tastiest sweet treats you will ever whip together! | blog.hostthetoast.com

Don’t get me wrong, the whole experience was great– James, four of our close friends, and I got free tickets to the VIP suites and Platinum lounges at the Prudential Center with complimentary food and drink and a great view of the game.  The event organizers recognize James and I now, as this is our third (and technically fourth) Dream Seat Series win, and I think people are under the impression that I’m actually good at Hold ‘Em at this point.  As my friend Rachel says, “Morgan– Food Blogger by day, Poker Shark by night.”

Unfortunately, that’s not true.  I’m actually pretty mediocre (if that) and get really lucky every once in a while.  Either that or I’m really great and I get really unlucky A LOT.  I like to think it’s the latter, but who am I kidding?  It’s James who’s actually talented at the game, and I’m just adding it on to my long list of hobbies to hoard.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip.  It's not ice cream.  It's not cookie dough.  It's not JUST a dip.  It's one of the tastiest sweet treats you will ever whip together! | blog.hostthetoast.com

Speaking of luck, can we talk about this Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip for a second?
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