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Halloween is coming up this weekend, and we’re excited about all the costumes, parties and kids trick-or-treating. Whether you prefer your costume to be funny or cute, silly or scary, everyone can agree this Halloween graveyard-themed party dip is a hit.

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Despite its appearance, this dip is actually really easy to put together. You just need a 9×13 casserole dish or lasagna pan, a ton of spinach dip, and some crackers, veggies and chopped kalamata olives. Additional decorations like the skulls and pumpkins can be found at most craft stores this time of year.

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you want to take the dip a step further, you can do what we did here, and find a festive tray to set your dip in. We filled in the space between the dip pan and the tray with curly kale. It held everything in place and looked like grass, so it was perfect for the job.

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

We found a little black tree decoration, an owl, a few skulls and some pumpkins at the craft store. (Don’t forget to tell your guests they aren’t edible.) We made additional trees and foliage with celery stalks, broccolini and chopped parsley. We love the way this section turned out.

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

To make the headstones in the graveyard, we used crackers with a unique shape. There are many types of cracker shapes out there, so you can use whatever look you prefer. Write on the crackers with an edible decorative marker, and place them firmly into the spinach dip. Sprinkle chopped kalamata olives in front to look like fresh dirt.

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you want, bury your friends by adding their initials to some of the crackers. (There I am below.) Decorate with candles and other Halloween decor and you’ll have quite the conversation starter at your Halloween party!

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

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Slow Cooker Salsa con Queso - the perfect football appetizer! - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Is it just me or is the best part of eating at a Mexican restaurant the queso dip? I love salsas, tacos, fajitas and enchiladas too, but I just can’t resist that warm, gooey cheese dip before my meal. Now you can recreate this tasty appetizer, and even better, you can do it in your slow cooker! Now the perfect football food, taco night dip and party appetizer is right at your fingertips, so you can have that Mexican restaurant experience right at home.

Slow Cooker Salsa con Queso - the perfect football appetizer! - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Salsa con Queso
SERVES: 10

Ingredients
1 pound pasteurized processed cheese, cubed
2 cups salsa
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 cans (4.5 oz. each) chopped green chilies
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Tortilla chips
Instructions
Place cubed cheese, salsa, shredded cheese, chilies, chili powder and garlic powder in slow cooker crock.
Cover and cook on LOW for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Stir and continue to cook until mixture is heated through and cheese is completely melted.
Serve with tortilla chips.
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Slow Cooker Korean Chicken Wings from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

With fall in full swing and football on TV, we’ve been doing a lot of weekend slow cooking to develop the easiest and tastiest appetizer recipes we can. We love the simplicity of adding a few ingredients to a slow cooker and letting them benefit from long, slow cooking. Meanwhile, we’ll find our lucky jerseys and make a last-minute trip to the store for extra chips and soda.

Slow Cooker Korean Chicken Wings from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Simply  mix the sauce in the crock, then add the chicken wings to it. The wings will cook for a few hours, and you won’t have to tend to it again until the time is up. When the wings are done, place them under the broiler to crisp up the skin and they’re ready to serve.

Slow Cooker Korean Chicken Wings from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

These wings are great, especially for those who find spicy Buffalo wings too hot or intense. They have a mild-to-medium, sweet taste with a blend of Korean flavors like honey, soy, sesame and ginger. You can eat your fair share without burning your mouth, and you don’t even need a separate dipping sauce – though they are good with the traditional ranch or blue cheese side.

If you have leftovers, though we can’t imagine that’s possible, just save them in the fridge and reheat under the broiler the next day (Sunday followed by Monday night football, anyone?). They’ll be just as flavorful as they were the day before. Happy snacking, and we hope your team wins (unless they’re playing ours).

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Slow Cooker Korean Chicken Wings from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

 


Slow Cooker Korean Chicken Wings
SERVES: 12

Ingredients
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 Tablespoons lime juice
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup sriracha sauce
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 Tablespoon grated ginger
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 pounds chicken wings, split at joints, tips removed
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1 to 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
Instructions
In slow cooker crock, stir cornstarch and lime juice until cornstarch is dissolved.
Add honey, soy sauce, sriracha sauce, sesame oil, ginger and garlic. Mix until well blended.
Add wings to crock. Stir until wings are coated with honey mixture.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 4 hours.
Line a shallow baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Remove wings from sauce in crock and place on foil-lined baking pan.
Pour sauce into small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until sauce is reduced and thickened.
Heat broiler on HIGH.
Broil wings for 18 to 20 minutes, turning and brushing with sauce, until wings are browned and crispy.
Sprinkle with green onions and sesame before serving. Serve with additional sauce, if desired.
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Fried Hushpuppies are perfect for crab and fish dinners - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Hush puppies are a Southern staple that have found their way into seafood restaurants across the nation. Made from cornmeal, flour, onion, egg and buttermilk, they are mixed until just combined, then rolled and fried in hot oil before resting to cool slightly.

Fried Hushpuppies are perfect for crab and fish dinners - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Hush puppies are typically served alongside fried fish, barbecue or crabcakes, but also make a great appetizer anytime. Try them served with cocktail or tartar sauce, or just let the fluffy pups speak for themselves.

Fried Hushpuppies are perfect for crab and fish dinners - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Try this easy and delicious recipe and you won’t be disappointed. Every hush puppy comes out fluffy, moist and tender, with the perfect blend of corn, salt and sugar. You’ll have everyone asking for more.

Fried Hushpuppies are perfect for crab and fish dinners - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Fried Hush Puppies
YIELDS: 20 servings

Ingredients
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 2/3 cups self-rising cornmeal mix
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
Heat oil to 375°F in deep fryer.
Beat buttermilk, egg and onion in large bowl until well blended.
Stir in cornmeal mix, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
With baskets lowered, drop mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls in batches into oil.
Fry 4 to 6 minutes, turning once. Remove baskets to drain hushpuppies.
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Baked Wonton Cups from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

I’m always looking for an affordable and convenient, not to mention quick, appetizer idea for parties and get-togethers. Whether it’s a family reunion, dinner party or just a few friends gathering to watch the game on Sunday, I like to have a great app ready in minutes. I don’t want to spend a fortune on gourmet ingredients, but I don’t want to heat up frozen fish sticks either. There should be an appetizer that falls in between these two extremes, right? A perfect middle ground that pleases everyone – and my wallet.

Baked Wonton Cups from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

I’ve been scouring Pinterest for this type of appetizer for years, but I never found anything as quick and easy as I wanted. I tried a few recipes, but always ended up stuck in the kitchen during kickoff. But not anymore. I finally have a solution for the perfect 10-minute app.

Baked Wonton Cups from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

These baked wonton cups are perfect for last-minute or casual entertaining because they’re speedy and simple. There are no complicated techniques involved – all you need is a muffin tin and wonton wrappers, which can be found in most grocery stores. You can make anywhere from 6-24 of these at a time, depending on how many muffin tins you have and whether you are baking them in a toaster oven or regular oven. Simply tuck a wonton wrapper into each muffin tin so it creates a little bowl or cup shape and bake for about 8 minutes, until the edges have browned and the wonton is crisp.

Baked Wonton Cups from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

When the wonton wrappers have cooled and you’ve removed them from the muffin tins, you can pack them with any filling you want. They are as appropriate for savory dishes as they are for sweet, and they accommodate both hot and cold fillings.

Baked Wonton Cups from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you want to make the wontons fancy (don’t worry, even this part is painless), you can brush the wrappers with egg wash and sprinkle them with Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning before baking. These are great for savory appetizers. You can even get creative and add your own favorite blend of seasonings, herbs and spices to customize the app cups.

Baked Wonton Cups from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you’re thinking of doing something sweet, brush the wrappers with egg wash and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar or cocoa powder and sugar. Then, fill them with pudding, mousse, ice cream, berries or your favorite dessert.

Baked Wonton Cups from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

My favorite way to serve wonton cups is to fill warm cups with scrambled eggs. Add cooked breakfast sausage, peppers, onions, mushrooms and herbs for a savory brunch twist. Also good is a cool savory wonton cup with your favorite chicken salad. Try a classic 7-layer dip built into each cup for individual servings. It’s like the chip is already included!


Wonton Cups
YIELDS: 6 servings

Ingredients
6 wonton wrappers
2 Tablespoons melted butter
Filling of choice
Instructions
Preheat toaster oven to 350°F.
Carefully press and fold one wonton wrapper in each cup of a 6-cup muffin pan.
Very lightly brush edges of wrappers with butter.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Notes
For savory cups, sprinkle brushed wrappers with a combination of Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. For sweet cups, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Fill warm cups with items such as scrambled eggs for breakfast or fill cool cups with chicken salad for lunch or pudding or mousse for dessert.
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