Fig, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

I’m getting panicky because fig season is almost over and that means that I’m not going to be able to make my absolute favorite salad again for another 8 months.  Even worse, I nearly didn’t have enough time to share the recipe for Fig, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing with you, and now you’ve only got a limited amount of time to make this salad before figs aren’t available.

Fig, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing.  This salad has it all, and is really easy to put together.  Would be great with pears, too! | hostthtoast.com
That kind of sounds like an infomercial, doesn’t it?  HURRY! FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, yadda yadda.

Anyway, forgive me for posting this in September, throw on your shoes, grab the car keys, and go get the figs while they’re still ripe, sweet, and soft.

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Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Corn Dip

And so it has begun.

Every 3 minutes, James has been getting notifications from ESPN about another football player who is injured and out for the season, roster projections, and anything that might even mildly pertain to football in some obscure way.

Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Corn Dip.  The sprinkle of basil seems weird but it's so amazing.  This is a new football sunday must-have.  Game day appetizer at it's finest!  | hostthetoast.com

He keeps patiently explaining to me every single thing that I somehow forgot about the game since last year.   Is a safety a guy or a play?  Both?  How does one “run downhill” on a flat field?  People “pitch” in football?  WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!  

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Maple Bourbon Brown Butter Peach Pie

I’m firmly convinced that there is no better dessert in this world than Maple Bourbon Brown Butter Peach Pie.

Maple Bourbon Brown Butter Peach Pie.  This is probably the most delicious dessert to ever grace the face of the earth.  Fresh peaches, maple-bourbon caramel, pecan brown butter streusel, buttery, flaky pie crust, and vanilla bean ice cream.  | hostthetoast.com

Yes, I said it.  I, the fruit skeptic, the haphazard baker, the Thanksgiving-dessert-skipping monster (seriously, who turns down a slice of warm apple pie?!) made this pie twice in one week.

It was just that delicious.

And I will make it again.  And again.  Andagainandagainandagain a million times over.  Infinity times.

It’s raining pies, hallelujah!

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Cheesesteak Stuffed Mushrooms

Football season is coming up, and in my area that means a few things:

  • Passionate, reckless fans and a lot of trash talking
  • Beer, beer, and more beer
  • Still more beer
  • There is no question of what we’re doing on Sundays
  • Cheesesteak

Cheesesteak Stuffed Mushrooms- A gluten free, easy to make, and super tasty appetizer for game day or parties! | hostthetoast.com
Now, Cheesesteaks are always popular here in the oh-so mystical land we call the greater Philadelphia area.  Whether they’re with wiz or provolone, loaded up with onions or not, you can find them at almost every establishment with their soft bread soaking up the juices from the strips of beef.

Just typing that is making me drool.

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Maple Waffle Chicken Nuggets

People let me tell you ’bout my beeeest friend!

Maple Waffle Chicken Nuggets.  These chicken nuggets are coated in maple-y waffle batter and served with a honey maple mustard dip.  Perfect for parties or game day! | hostthetoast.com

I’m going through Amanda-withdrawal this week because my partner-in-crime is on vacation in Lake George.

Well, “crime” might be a bit of an exaggeration.  Our hang-out time usually consists of going grocery shopping together and complaining about all of the people who stop their carts in the middle of the aisle (if you do that, for the love of all things good in this world, please stop), or sitting on the couch with our laptops and not speaking for hours while we both do work.

It’s a wild and crazy life we lead, try to keep up.

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