Bacon Wrapped Feta & Almond Date Appetizers


16 large dates
2 oz. Mild Feta Cheese
32 PLANTERS FLAVOR GROVE Skinless Almonds Sea Salt & Olive Oil
8 slices bacon, cut in half

  1. Cut slit in long side of each date, being careful to not cut completely through date. Remove and discard pits. Cut cheese into 16 (1×1/4-inch) sticks. Stuff each date with cheese and 2 nuts.
  2. Wrap 1 bacon piece around each date, completely enclosing cheese. Place on rack of broiler pan.
  3. Bake 14 to 15 min. or until bacon is crisp, turning after 8 min. Cool 5 min; transfer to plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Creamy Mushroom Tartlet Appetizers

1 Tbsp.
1 pkg.
(8 oz.) fresh mushrooms, finely chopped
1/2 cup
(1/2 of 8-oz. tub) PHILADELPHIA Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread
1/4 cup
 Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 can
(8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
2 tsp.
finely chopped fresh parsley


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt butter in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add mushrooms; cook 5 min. or until tender, stirring frequently. Add cream cheese spread and Parmesan; cook and stir 1 min. or until cream cheese is melted. Remove from heat; set aside.
  3. Unroll dough into 2 long rectangles; firmly press perforations and seams together to seal. Cut each rectangle into 12 squares. Place 1 square in each of 24 mini muffin cups with corners of squares extending over rims of cups. Firmly press dough onto bottom and up side of each cup. Spoon about 1-1/2 tsp. mushroom mixture into each cup.
  4. Bake 10 to 12 min. or until golden brown. Sprinkle with parsley. Cool in pan 5 min. before serving.

Tamari~and~Maple~Roasted Almonds Crunchy, Sweet Smoky GOODNESS!

  • Yield Makes 2 cups
    Serves 6

  • 10 ounces whole shelled almonds
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium tamari
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until lightly toasted and fragrant, 7 to 8 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine tamari and maple syrup. Add almonds, and toss until thoroughly coated. Lightly cover the baking sheet with cooking spray, and spread almonds evenly on sheet.
  3. Roast in oven until deep brown, stirring once, 15 to 17 minutes. Immediately transfer to a clean baking sheet, and spread out almonds, separating so nuts don’t touch. Let cool before serving.

50 States of Chex

50 States of Chex

I adore Chex Party Mix!!!

No, not that stuff that they’ve recreated, ready made in boxes, at the store.  Yuck.   That is pretty lackluster to me and has a lot of extra chemicals that you’d otherwise never get in the real deal.

I love Chex Mix  homemade, still warm out of the oven with all that spicy goodness, clinging to those crunch bits and nuts!

When we’d go to parties as kids, someone always seemed to make a batch and I’d promptly eat my 60 pound weight in it!  I think as an adult, I’ve made it all of twice, because of that very reason.  I’m pretty certain, either me or The Mr. would eat the entire batch in one sitting.

Okay, not pretty certain.  Definitely.

Yesterday, our daughter Gwyneth found Betty Crocker’s site and sat there reeling off recipes to me as I made dinner. (more of those to follow in later posts).  But, this was one in particular she came across.  While I may not be inclined to do fruity sweet Chex Mix, as I’m partial to the spicy, savory variety… many of these would be fun to make for a family gathering or party.

And it should be noted that if you want to do it organically, Nature’s Path makes a yummy, organic cereal. Check your local co-op or natural food store.  : )

Now, onto the recipes!

Here are 50 varieties of Chex Mix,  One for each U.S. state!