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Entertain guests with bar ideas where they choose their options!

Celebrate Spring with Creative “Bar” Meal Ideas

Withqb-quesadilla-bar sunny skies on the forecast and warm weather, now is the time for all things spring! Graduations are happening and accompanying parties are being planned. Plus, spring is the perfect time for bridal and baby showers and getting together with friends and family! Gather everyone together and get creative by hosting an easy “bar” – where guests choose from toppings to make their perfect meal. Get some inspiration from these fabulous bar ideas:sargento

Quesadilla BarDo you love melty, toasted quesadillas? Kick it up a notch with creative and fresh fillings and toppings to make your best quesadilla ever!

  • Provide a variety of melty cheeses to choose from, such as fresh mozzarella slices, sliced cheddar and Colby Jack, shredded Monterey Jack or Mexican blended – the possibilities are endless!
  • Supply fillings to pack inside in your tortillas, like olives, bacon bits, corn, onion, pepper, tomatoes, etc.
  • Lastly, fill mini dishes with dipping ideas like salsa, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo!

Pierogies Bar – Don’t limit yourself to sour cream, onions or sauerkraut with your pierogies, try these tasty alternatives!pierogies-bar

  • Cater your pierogy bar around a food theme like Italian, Greek or Mexican. Mrs. T’s Pierogies come in all sorts of flavors such as Five Cheese Pizza, Feta & Spinach and Spicy Jalapeno & Cheddar!
  • Offer meat and protein options like kielbasa, pepperoni, shredded chicken or crumbled ground beef.
  • Include toppings like shredded chopped fresh or cooked veggies, cheese, sour cream, salsa, pasta sauce or Tzatsiki sauce

Soft Pretzel Dip Snack Bar – Who said pretzels can only be served with mustard?! Check out these other innovative ideas!soft-pretzel-dip

  • Take traditional pretzel dips like mustard and sour cream and add spices and a splash of your favorite ingredients to enhance the flavor.
  • Have a variety of pretzels to choose from, like your traditional soft pretzel, cheese-stuffed pretzel bites or Bavarian pretzel twists.
  • Add in plain or cinnamon pretzels and pair with sweet dips, such as caramel or a vanilla yogurt sauce!

Grilled Cheese Bar – From various cheeses to breads and spreads, your grilled cheese can be so much more when you explore the options!grilled-cheese-bar

  • Start with your bread and stick with traditional plain white or wheat slices or try a nutty whole grain, sourdough, ciabatta, rye or marbled.
  • Top your bread with savory spreads like pesto, mayonnaise, seasoned butter spread or flavored cream cheese!
  • Select your favorite sliced cheese like Gouda, Havarti, Colby jack, cheddar, pepper-jack, Muenster, provolone, Swiss or melty American.

Mini Potato Pancake Bar – Enjoy this perfect brunch snack of shredded hash browns plus your favorite toppings!potato-bar

  • Cook up potato pancakes – you could do plain with simply salt and pepper or spicy by adding garlic powder, paprika and a dash of chili powder!
  • Dish out dipping sauces like traditional ketchup, spiced orange sour cream, guacamole or jalapeno scallion sour cream.
  • Finally, top it off by chopping up extras like green onions, tomatoes, bacon, or even fruit for a sweet salsa.

Now that you’re inspired by all of the bar meal options out there, break out those serving dishes for your spring celebrations! Plus, use these creative ideas to plan your dessert bar. From cake to cookies and fruit and dips, you never know what indulgent ideas you’ll come up with.

Have you planned a brunch, dinner or dessert bar? Share with us your tips and advice in the comments below!

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What Makes Eggs so Eggstraordinary?

It is said that the 100 folds of a chef’s hat (known as a toque) symbolize the 100 ways to cook an egg.  Eggs are certainly a versatile food—great for every meal from breakfast to dessert and snacks in between—and they’re also a nutritious and affordable food, too.  Eggs are so outstanding that the month of May is National Egg Month, a whole month to celebrate eggs!

Delicious Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day!

Give Mom a Mother’s Day to Remember

In case you forgot, it’s Mother’s Day weekend! In honor of all the home-cooked meals, loads of laundry and rides to practice, we celebrate all the moms who give unconditionally of their time and love. To make this Mother’s Day memorable, give Mom a break from the kitchen and surprise her with a special meal whether it’s a leisurely breakfast, light lunch, fancy dinner or just a favorite treat to top off the day. 

Fiesta Party Soup

Five Steps for Spring Cleaning Your Refrigerator and Freezer

Spring cleaning is an annual ritual for most Americans and a great time for serious scrubbing, polishing, decluttering and reorganization. This year, be sure to add the refrigerator and freezer to your list – not only will you have a cleaner-looking kitchen, you will have an appliance that is working effectively and efficiently, and most importantly, you will have foods that are safe to eat.

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Mediterranean Cooking for One

There is a certain pride and sense of accomplishment that comes from making a nice meal for yourself. It’s an opportunity to experiment with new ingredients and flavor combinations, or to stick to your old favorites, without having to worry about impressing anyone. You get to make exactly what you feel like eating. Cooking for one is like meditating, or writing in a journal, or exercising: it’s a form of self-care that is not completely necessary, but makes life more enjoyable. 

Freezer Aisle

5 Surprising Things You Can Find in the Frozen Food Aisle

You do your best to balance all parts of your busy lifestyle including remembering to be active and keep a balanced diet. This is where frozen foods can be a reliable source for planning ahead and staying on track. Why? Frozen foods are real foods that just happen to be frozen retaining all the flavor, quality and nutrition as when they were made.

Over-the-Top Chicken Caesar Melt

Happy March Frozen Food Month!

Did you know March is National Frozen Food Month? There’s no better time than now to check out what’s new and tasty in the freezer aisles – as many local grocery stores will be featuring special prices and promotions all month long. Supermarkets and frozen food brands nationwide are pairing up to offer awesome deals on many of the over 3,700 products you can find in the frozen food section.

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Super Snacks, Treats and Apps for the Big Game!

You’re probably well aware that this Sunday marks the biggest game of the year. Not only is it the championship football game, it’s also a huge day for grubbing. Did you know that the Super Bowl is the second largest day for food consumption behind Thanksgiving[1]? Whether you plan on attending a Big Game party or hosting one at your home, we have you covered with a drool-worthy, touchdown scoring menu!

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Praise to National Peanut Butter Day

Happy National Peanut Butter Day! While today we know and love it as peanut butter, it is actually a paste. The first reference of this peanut paste was in 1890 when a St. Louis physician developed the idea of packaging peanut paste for people with bad teeth. Back then, the paste was sold at six cents per pound[1]. If only it was that affordable today!