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Holiday Eats: Festive Parmesan Bites

It’s just about time for all the holiday parties to commence I think we’ve found a dish that your guests will love.

Christy Robbins at …from glitter to gumdrops shared this recipe almost four years ago and now we’re sharing it with you. Check out what you’ll need below.

Ingredients

8 oz of cream cheese, softened
1 c grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2 (8 oz) cans of crescent rolls
1 c chopped red pepper (you can substitute the fresh peppers for drained roasted red peppers, pepperoni, etc.)
1/4 c fresh parsley

Directions

1. Beat cream cheese and 3/4 of the Parmesan cheese.

2. Chop parsley and red pepper.

3. Roll out dough, break apart pairs of crescent triangles and press seams to make a rectangle. Place three T of cheese mix and sprinkle with peppers and parsley.

4. Fold and press edges together and then slice into 4 equal pieces. Sprinkle with the last 1/4 of Parmesan. (The original post suggested using the bottled version of Parmesan for the topping.)

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes.

This recipe boasts a total of 32 servings! If you decide to try it, please let us know. Tweet us @jessicasimien or tag us on Instagram @jessicasimiendotcom.

Source: Christy Robbins

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100 In A Year, Task 63: Learn A New Recipe

Task 63: Learn a new recipe
Completed: 01/2014, 10/2014, 11/2014

I went the extra mile on this task. Not only did I complete it, I actually learned FOUR new recipes. Many people don’t know this, but I love to cook. I rarely cook “special” meals as and when it’s just me eating but I try to showcase my skills when I’m cooking for other people.

Here are the recipes I tried – all for the first time. I think I did pretty good.

Better Than bad word Cake (photo up top) – I made this for one of my friends and it was sooooo good and sweet. I actually made two of them so I could take one home and leave one at his place. Greedy, I know lol.

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Meatball Sandwiches – I used a recipe from the Food Network to make these homemade meatball sandwiches. They were so filling and good and it was actually my first time making meatballs. Everyone loved them, even the kids!

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Chicken Quesadillas – I’m not gonna lie – these were so good, I impressed myself! One of my favorite cooks is The Pioneer Woman from Food Network and this was actually her recipe, give or take a few ingredients. It was sort of time consuming because I made them for my family, but they were more than worth the wait.

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Easy Potato Skins – I found this recipe on Pinterest and thought it was one of the easier ones to try. I actually made these as a snack for my nieces and they were delicious! I think the next time I make them I’ll use larger potatoes because I had to make them so thin and I think I used about five potatoes and was only able to get about 20 skins from them.

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100 in A Year: Task 96 – Tabella

Task 96: Eat at 15 restaurants I’ve never eaten at before (5/15)

March 30, 2012 – Tabella (Hattiesburg, MS)

I went to Tabella for a business lunch on Friday. I’ve always wanted to visit because of the huge tomato that is outside of the building. I thought it was cute and unique and surely if the design of the restaurant is unique, then the menu would be too. The inside is not as big as I pictured it to be, but it was beautiful. The wall of wine was just fab! Our server was also very nice and attentive.

I’m not big on authentic Italian food, so I was a little clueless as and when I ordered. I just went with a safe choice – meatballs. I ordered the Meatball Sliders with San Marzano Tomato Soup ($8.50). The sliders were soooooo good and I thought it was cute that they had little Italian flags in them. The bread was heavenly and soft and the meatballs were hearty and very filling. I’d never thought about using spinach on a sandwich instead of lettuce so that was something I took away from the sandwich that I plan to use at home. The soup was really good too. I’ve only had tomato soup out of the can, so having that homemade taste with the cheese was great. It totally took away the not-so-tasty thoughts I had about tomato soup.

The prices were reasonable and I had half of my lunch left to enjoy at home (major points for that). If you’re in Hattiesburg, you should check them out!

Meatball Sliders & Tomato Soup