3 Party Perfect Appetizers #ziploc #holidaycollection #recipe // www.jojotastic.com

My momma always taught me: be sure to bring something when you’re a guest in someone’s home. I swear, even now I feel like she knows if I forget. That being said, here are some of my go-to recipes to bring to any occasion. From the perfect cheese plate to drool-worthy spanakopita cups and ooey-gooey cheesy pull-apart bread, these recipes will carry you through the holiday season (and get you invited back for more)! Head over to Ziploc to see more of my guest Creative Director posts, including the 3 Party Perfect Appetizers!

3 Party Perfect Appetizers #ziploc #holidaycollection #recipe // www.jojotastic.com
3 Party Perfect Appetizers #ziploc #holidaycollection #recipe // www.jojotastic.com
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc and inspired by The Holiday Collection. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

holiday nut mixes #ziploc #holidaycollection #recipes

The holidays are prime snacking time, especially while wrapping presents, decking out the tree, and waiting for the turkey to come out of the oven. Here are 3 delectable nut mixes that are perfect for snacking and gift-giving — Cinnamon Candied Walnuts, Pumpkin Pie Pecans, and Cocoa Sea Salt Cashews. Head over to Ziploc to see more of my guest Creative Director posts, including the Holiday Nut Mixes!

holiday nut mixes #ziploc #holidaycollection #recipes
Plus, these treats make for great gifts! Budget-friendly and totally delectable, package these Holiday Nut Mixes to get in the gift-giving mood for friends, family, and neighbors — even the mailman! Go nuts for gift giving here.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc and inspired by The Holiday Collection. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

Greek Orzo Tomato Soup

Chilly weather just begs for a nice, cozy soup. Cue my grandmother’s secret Greek recipe — orzo tomato soup. I love to make it using her stockpot and the wooden spoon I purchased during a trip to Greece with my family. Spiced with bits of oregano and tons of garlic, this soup is sure to warm your spirit against the snowdrifts. Fun fact: my grandmother made this for me any time I was feeling under the weather. Head over to Ziploc to see more of my guest Creative Director posts, including the Greek Orzo Tomato Soup!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc and inspired by The Holiday Collection. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon {inspired by the Ziploc Holiday Collection}

Let’s be real here — bacon is delicious. I could pretty much eat it all day, every day. But that wouldn’t be healthy, so I like to add in a vegetable. For fall, I love to eat Brussels sprouts garnished with loads of garlic and bacon. It’s the perfect complement to any savory protein. From turkey to ham to tofurkey, this side dish is the perfect companion to grandma’s main meal.

PS – Head over to Ziploc to see more of my guest Creative Director posts!

Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon {inspired by the Ziploc Holiday Collection}

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pound of brussels sprouts
  • 1/4 pound of bacon

Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon {inspired by the Ziploc Holiday Collection}
Cut bacon into 1” wide strips. I used apple-smoked bacon for another burst of flavor.

Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon {inspired by the Ziploc Holiday Collection}
Chop off the stalks of each Brussels sprout. Cut each sprout in half.

Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon {inspired by the Ziploc Holiday Collection}
In an oven preheated to 400 degrees, roast the bacon for 10-15 minutes.

Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon {inspired by the Ziploc Holiday Collection}
Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon {inspired by the Ziploc Holiday Collection}
Remove bacon from the oven and add the sprouts. Chop garlic and mix in with Brussels sprouts and bacon mixture.

Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon {inspired by the Ziploc Holiday Collection}
Roast everything for another 20 minutes or until bacon is fully cooked. Pour into bowl and serve.

Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon {inspired by the Ziploc Holiday Collection}

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc and inspired by The Holiday Collection. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

fall recipes round up

I swear, I left for a week and came back to a totally changed grocery store. The produce section is practically bursting with pumpkins and squash and apples. It’s all so luscious and delicious looking. I miiight have bought everything in sight when I did my post-vacay stock up. On top of the grocery store being packed with fall, Pinterest seems to be bursting with loads of fresh ideas for what to do with all of this seasonal produce. Here are a few fall recipes that are at the top of my ‘must try’ list.

  1. Bourbon-Spiked Caramel Apples with Smoked Sea Salt from A Cozy Kitchen
  2. Pumpkin Beer Cheese Soup from Spoon Fork Bacon
  3. Spiced Pumpkin Baklava with Walnuts and Honey from A Cozy Kitchen
  4. Spicy Sausage, Potato & Kale Soup from The Candid Appetite
  5. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Capers from Jennifer Chong
  6. Caramel Apple Cookies from Bakers Royale

fall recipes round up

  1. Apple Pecan Pie Cronuts with Apple Cider Caramel Drizzle from Half Baked Harvest
  2. Grilled Cheese with Fig Preserve, Apple, and Pumpkin Seeds from Flourishing Foodie
  3. Wild Mushroom Risotto from Design*Sponge
  4. Butternut Squash and Chorizo Shells from Wit & Vinegar
Peachy Keen Pops #popsicleweek

Happy Popsicle Week! When Billy of Wit & Vinegar approached me to participate, I didn’t know entirely what kind I wanted to make, but I knew I wanted my popsicles to be light, fresh, and super summery. After a failed attempt at cucumber pops (I’m not even kidding about how disgusting my cucumber simple syrup was), I decided to move onto something a tad bit… safer. Peaches! One of my favorite fruits, peaches are always the perfect treat for summer. I have so many fond memories of peach juice dripping down my chin while sitting on a beach. When I lived in Seattle I was disappointed by the lack of good peaches. They were just hard and flavorless (don’t worry, I got my stone fruit fix with Rainier cherries). Now that I’m back on the east coast, I’ve fallen in love with the Jersey peach. As in, every time I cross the state line, I immediately find a fruit stand and load up… to the point where I have WAY too many to eat. This recipe is perfect for those of us who hoard stone fruit!

Peachy Keen Pops #popsicleweek

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe peaches
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • the juice of one lemon

Remove the pits and chop up your peaches. I really like peach skin so I left mine attached. Toss all of your ingredients in a blender. My blender has a liquify setting, so I used that to get everything good and mixed together. Once it looks good, pour into popsicle molds (I use the Zoku Classic Pop Mold) leaving a bit of room at the top because the mixture will expand. Put the whole thing in your freezer and wait patiently (I know).

Peachy Keen Pops #popsicleweek
Cheers to a happy weekend!

Peachy Keen Pops #popsicleweek

PS – Lots of bloggers are participating in Popsicle Week! Be sure to check out the entire list here!

Recipe adapted from Ice Pops: Recipes for Fresh and Flavorful Frozen Treats by Shelly Kaldunski. Plate by Molly Hatch for Anthropologie (past season). Napkin from Anthropologie (past season). Measuring cup from All Clad. Juicer from Suite One Studio. photos by Jojotastic.

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It all started with this recipe, vodka-soaked gummy bear popsicles. Mind-boggling, right?? Now I can’t stop thinking about popsicle recipes. I find myself researching the perfect popsicle molds to buy and pinning a countless recipes to try. Maybe I want to try Cucumber Honeydew Margarita Popsicles from Endless Simmer. Or what about Watermelon-Mint Tequila Popsicles from Hungry Girl Por Vida? I guess it’s obvious that I love a cold, boozy treat… Fear not. There are non-boozy options, too, such as Mango Cardamom and Sweet Coconut Popsicles via A Cozy Kitchen or root beer float popsicles via Boulder Locavore. I kinda feel a weekend project comin’ on…
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My ‘extensive’ research (a tweet) has indicated that this Zoku Quick Pop Maker is the best to buy. Can you believe that it freezes pops in as little as seven minutes right on your countertop?! My mind is blown. Now, which color to get…

left to right: Endless Simmer / Boulder Locavore / Hungry Girl Por Vida / A Cozy Kitchen

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