Easy Cheesy Chorizo Dip


Oh no, you didn’t!

You forgot you had to bring an appetizer to the Cinco de Mayo fiesta, didn’t you? Not to worry, how about this Easy Cheesy Chorizo dip (also known as Queso Fundido).

The best part? It’s only got 3 ingredients, but you can dress it up as much (or as little) as you want by adding chopped tomatoes, jalapeños, onions or cilantro.

This tastes better if you make it at the party, so text the host to make sure it’ll be okay to use their oven and microwave (really quick!).

Now get going… you’ve gotta go buy what you need. Mama can’t do everything for you!



Warm Brie with Mushrooms and Almonds


Here’s a deliciously easy appetizer for your New Year’s Eve soiree: Warm Brie with Sautéed Mushrooms and Almonds.

Warm Brie with Mushrooms and Almonds MHS


And really… who among us doesn’t like creamy, melted cheese? I thought so.

What’s great about this recipe is that you can sauté the mushrooms earlier in the day, and just heat it up right before serving. I made toast points from sandwich bread to go with it, but crackers are perfect, too.

So welcome the New Year with this decadently rich and indulgently flavorful appetizer… then start your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier! 

Here’s another great New Year’s Eve appetizer recipe: Chicken Marsala Meatballs

Try This: The Popcorn Factory’s Halloween Popcorn Decorating Kit


Popcorn Decorating Kit

Want your Halloween Party to really POP this year?

It’s so nerve-wracking throwing a Halloween Party. There’s always that moment of dread: What if it’s BORING? Here’s a great icebreaker for your guests while they mentally judge the other costumes (“That’s the fifth Heisenberg get-up I’ve seen!).

Now this will sound corny (ha!), but right after your guests walk in, have them begin creatively and ghoulishly decorating a popcorn ball. Then later on, have a contest and judge the creations across different categories… most ghoulish… cutest… weirdest… you get the idea.

Don’t worry… I’m not adding extra work to your party planning. My good friends at The Popcorn Factory offer an all-in-one Halloween Popcorn Decorating Kit that comes with Popcorn Balls and bags of goodies for creating enchantment. The kit even has writing “glue” tubes to personalize each creation.

Oh… and this is great for kids AND adults!

This is all you need to do:
1. Set up a table and cover it with a plastic tablecloth. Put out some hand sanitizer, paper plates and a roll of paper towels. Put a garbage can underneath the table.
2. Pour the decorating candy into small bowls. Open the candy writers.
3. Leave the popcorn balls in their wrappers and put them in a big bowl.
4. Share on Instagram and Twitter with #justbecause so we can all see them!

If you’re interested in ordering the Halloween Popcorn Decorating Kit, click here. Don’t wait… Halloween is a week away!

What other Halloween Party ideas do you have to get your guests involved?

I made these at the party… hey, I’m a cook not a crafter! But we had fun!

Halloween Popcorn Balls


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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mamashighstrung@gmail.com