Tailgating Must Haves And A Herbalicious Ranch Dip Recipe #WingsandWipes #PMedia #Ad

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  Herbalicious Ranch Dip | Cooking In Stilettos

Tailgating season is in full swing and whether it’s at the game or a casual football soiree at home, you can guarantee there will be wings on the menu. Buffalo, fire blazin’ hot wings, honey barbeque or even plain – wings are something that people just love.

I didn’t really appreciate a really good wing until I moved to Chicopee, MA way back when. There was a wing place on the corner near the house that only specialized in wings and while I’m more of a mild gal (spice and I are slowly getting better acquainted), my ex was all about the super spicy burn your mouth wings. Because of that, we would have a couple types of wings whenever wings were on the menu. Since then, I’ve always been about offering variety at parties so for those that like somethin’ different, I love having a spicy sweet option for them.

One thing that is a constant whenever you have wings – they are MESSY! You can either have plenty of napkins available but, y’all know – they don’t always get that sticky sauce off and rather than have it on the furniture, the walls, the door knobs – you name it – I put a subliminal message near the wings with a small basket of Wet-Nap wipes so my friends and family can enjoy their wings and give this gal some peace of mind too. Scrubbing honey barbeque sauce off a door handle thanks to sticky wing sauce fingers is not my idea of fun.  … 

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Cheesy Fiesta Chicken and Rice With Homemade Pico de Gallo and A Steaming Mug of Tea Make A Comforting Pair #TeaRifficPairs #Shop

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Cheesy Fiesta Chicken and Rice with Homemade Pico de Gallo | Cooking In Stilettos

Recently, my family to sunny San Clemente in Southern California for my cousin’s wedding. It was a much-needed rest from the day-to-day and time with my family brought memories of my Nana and Bampa. Whenever I think of my Nana, I always remember her fondness for tea. Granted, there might have been a hot toddy or two but 9 times out of 10, it was a steaming cup of tea with the teabag wrapped around the handle that I remember. I would steal a sip every now and then until I was old enough to have a cup of my very own. Nowadays, when I am stressed or just need a break from coffee, I will get a cup of hot tea and it’s like this wave of calm just hits. Ice tea is also a favorite, as I tend to keep some in the fridge but it’s the hot tea I reach for when I just need that extra bit of calming warmth.

I was asked what food I would pair with my favorite cup of Lipton tea. It was a no-brainer – my favorite comfort food – chicken & rice – and a mug of steaming hot tea. I know – you are probably thinking “Aly – did you fall off your stilettos?” but trust me when I say, at least for me, it works. I love love LOVE Arroz Con Pollo and make it often in my household – mainly after work after a long day. Sometimes I do it from scratch, other times I break out a rice mix to save some time. I marinate the chicken with some limes, cook the rice with some onions and some veggies and *poof* there it is – a comfort dish that has me curling up on the couch with the Jr. SousPug. On the table within arm’s reach is a large steaming hot cup of tea…. 

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The Best Hot Dog Onion Sauce – A Must For Any Tailgate #GreaterGrilling

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Hot Dog Onion Sauce | Cooking In Stilettos

Tailgate Season has arrived my friends!  Here in Philly, tailgating is a must for any Eagles game.  Now – we won’t rag on my Eagles, but I think sometimes the best thing about the games is the action that goes on outside of the Linc.  Tailgating doesn’t have to be fancy – some of the best tailgates are the casual ones, in my opinion. A must for my tailgate – my go-to hot dogs – Hebrew National, Hunts Natural Ketchup and, of course, Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard.

One recipe that will take your tailgate to new heights is this Hot Dog Onion Sauce.  You know those spicy sweet onions you get with your hot dogs in the city?  This is my version of a Bobby Flay classic that took my fave Hebrew National Hot Dogs from ordinary to extraordinary.  Even better – this sauce was so easy to make that if there is any leftover sauce, you’ll find yourself slathering it on not only hot dogs, but hamburgers, sandwiches, you name it.  It’s that good…. 

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Toasting The End of Summer with Sauteed Summer Squash #YahooFood

Sauteed Summer Squash | Cooking In Stilettos

It’s hard to believe that summer has essentially come and gone but, thankfully, our local farm stands still have a plethora of summer veggies.  I was drawn to local produce during a recent shopping trip.  I wound up walking out of the store with a ton of summer squash and zucchini so I know there will be a ton of recipe playing going on this week.  I tend to grill veggies in the summer but there are times I just want to switch it up.

Whenever I’m looking for a bit of culinary inspiration, I have a number of sites I trust.  One of the sites I find myself perusing often is Yahoo! Food.  Yahoo! Food features great cooking tips,  delicious recipes, fabulous cocktails, videos and techniques that I wish was available when I started my culinary journey all those years ago.  The photos are always gorgeous and the recipes and articles are curated by a top notch team who have written for Bon Appetit, Gourmet and Huffington Post – essentially, if you are looking for a fabulous idea for dinner, Yahoo! Food has you covered. Also – they work with such publications and sites like Food52, Epicurious and Martha Stewart Living. 

Yahoo! Food … 

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Cheesy Pancetta Apple Crostini And Bud Light Lime Apple-Ahhh-Ritas – It’s A Fall Fiesta #glamfiestaforever

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Cheesy Pancetta Apple Crostini | Cooking In Stilettos

 Y’all remember this tune right…

Well, my friends, the time has come
To raise the roof and have some fun
Throw away the work to be done
Let the music play on
(play on, play on)

Everbody sing, everybody dance
Lose yourself in wild romance
We’re going to party
Karamu, fiesta, forever
Come on and sing along!

~ All Night Long, Lionel Ritchie

That song has been in my head for a while now thanks to Bud Light’s Lime-Ahhh-Rita’s commercial.  When I heard that they had a new flavor for fall – Bud Light Lime Apple-Ahhh-Rita’s – I knew I had to give it a try.  One thing I love about the Bud Light Lime Apple-Ahhh-Rita’s is that they make last minute entertaining a breeze.  Just whip up some easy nibbles, pour over ice and you have yourself a fabulous fiesta!  These Bud Light Lime Apple-Ahhh-Rita’s will be the star at any hayride, chat around the fire pit or even relaxing indoors while watching the fall tv show premieres.  These Bud Light Lime Apple-Ahhh-Rita’s are cool and refreshing and paired with these Cheesy Pancetta Apple Crostini, you have yourself the making of a Fall Fiesta…. 

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Cherry Almond Granola For #TheLeftoversClub

Cherry Almond Granola | Cooking In Stilettos

It’s not even the second week of September and I feel like things are crazed beyond belief already.  I meant to get this up on Thursday and share the deliciousness for September’s Leftover Club but life decided to interfere.

The Leftovers Club - Logo

Now – for those that don’t know about the deliciousness that is The Leftovers Club, it’s a group of fabulous bloggers led by Elizabeth of Food Ramblings where we share with each other some tasty treats from our blogging adventures.  When food bloggers test recipes, there’s always a plethora of leftovers so why not share with our fellow blog buddies, right?  This month I was paired up with Joanne of Eats Well With Others.  I had the privilege of meeting Joanne at the San Pellegrino event a few weeks prior so when I saw I was paired up with her, I knew I had to whip up a recipe that was healthy and delicious.  This Cherry Almond Granola was a must – sweet and a bit savory from the salty nuts.  Joanne was in the midst of moving chaos so I figured that this granola would be one of those snacks that would be perfect to munch on.  I’ve been dying to add my own spin to this tried and true Barefoot Contessa recipe.  Let’s just say – I had to make a double batch – one for Joanne – one for the household and, last time I checked the granola container, I might have to make another batch…. 

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Tried and True: Homemade Apple Cider

Homemade Apple Cider | Cooking In Stilettos


Come fall, I tend to keep apple cider on hand.  It’s perfect in a cocktail, like my fall cocktail staple, Bourbon Cider Twist, or in recipes, like this to-die-for Bourbon Cider Glazed Ham.   Also – it’s perfect toasty on a chilly fall/winter evening.  When I was making my Roasted Harvest Fruit Sangria, I decided to attack a culinary project that has been on my to-do list for a while - Homemade Apple Cider.  The hardest thing about this recipe – the peeling of all the apples and the waiting while the cheesecloth did its magic.  Plus the smell of the apples that wafted through my kitchen while the Vitamix was blending was intoxicating!

Now – if you don’t have a Vitamix or similar high powered blender – I have a stovetop recipe bookmarked that you might want to take a peek at.  I used this recipe to play with along with a recipe from the Vitamix site and let me tell you – this Homemade Apple Cider was gone in a flash.  I can see this recipe becoming a regular during the fall – especially since there is a fab apple orchard near Philly…. 

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