It’s no secret that I have a love affair with cream cheese. I share it often on my Instagram. One cream cheese brand I like is Philadelphia Cream Cheese because of its creaminess and how many different options there are. Since we are mid fall, there are so many recipes you can use that capture all the fall vibes. They have a pumpkin spread that I have been meaning to try! Over the past month, I have used them to create a breakfast toast, a snack and even pasta. That’s pretty much all the best things right?
It’s the holiday season and I needed to bring something last minute to a friend’s party. I didn’t have a lot of time and needed to throw something together quickly. This bruschetta has 5 ingredients and was a huge party pleaser. It’s sweet and savory, best of both worlds. You could also top it with pistachios or balsamic for extra flavor and a splash of color. Enjoy! Find the recipe here.
Sunday, November 5th, I threw a party with my friends April from The Tipsy Housewife and Alex @Sassyconfetti. Not just any kind of party. It was a dip party with 30 plus food bloggers. When I mean dip, like the appetizer. Which who doesn’t love? Can you just imagine how good the dips actually were from these bloggers?! DELICIOUS. We compiled the recipes for the 30 amazing dips that were entered into Sunday’s First Annual #TipsySassyGoodlife Dip Contest. These recipes are definitely perfect for the holidays coming up.
But first, how did we even come up with this whole idea. To be honest, we just met a few months ago through the Instagram world and hit it off. At the J.W. Marriott one night, we spent the night discussing our love of food, wine, our families, and Chicago with a few glasses of wine (maybe more…) and the Dip Party was created!
In just one month, we invited 40 of our favorite bloggers and had 8 sponsors to provide with some seriously awesome swag. We work fast.
It was so amazing to see how much creativity and dedication went into each dip. We were totally blown away. I hope you get a chance to check out some of these bloggers and even try some of their recipes.
1. SOLO (yes, we played dip bong. Don’t judge us. And has great Holiday plates and bowls this season)
2. Goose Island (1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago) (tasty beer that goes down sooooo smooth)
3. Salonv Aveda (best salon in the city. Seriously. If you need a place to prepare for the holidays, go! My whole family has been going for years)
4. Revolution Brewing (Christmas Ale is second to none!),
5. Goddess and Grocer (Chardonnay paired well with so many of the cheese dips)
6. Crazy Beautiful Wines (Loca Linda might be my favorite rose now)
7. KOVAL Distillery (alone or with bloody mary’s is a perfect combo)
8. SuckerPunch Gourmet (best bloody mary mix and spicy garlic pickle combo).
And special thanks to Angie Garbot photography for snapping these beautiful photos.
Now for the dipsters and their Instagram Accounts:
@bahcallmemaybe – Cannoli Dip
@afoodiegoescleanish – Poor Man’s Caviar
@lookatlindz – Savory Pumpkin Hummus
@marymangia – Hot Sausage Beer Cheese Dip
@suckerpunchgourmet- SuckerPunch Gourmet Garlic Original Pickle and Green Tomato Salsa Dip
@treatjazself – Chocopumpdough
@alyssazeet_ – Cranberry Salsa
@appetite_4_adventure – Trio of Fall Dips: Hot Cheesy Roasted Brussels Sprouts Dip, Warm Butternut Squash and Cheddar Dip, and Ooey Gooey Cheesy Cranberry Dip
@pantrygrubs – Pomegrante & Pecan Brie Dip
@angelagarbot – Sweet Potato Spread
@miyahara_eats – 10-Minute Kabocha Dip
@foodandbevylover – Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Dip
@katie_carrico – Turkey Dressing Dip
@roxypopzchicago – Beet dip with Delicata squash chips
@thesavvygourmand – The Holiday Pineapple
@sadiehill – Sweet Potato Pico De Gallo
@thejollyhostess – Chipotle Pumpkin Salsa
@kykyeats – Cranberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip
@westloopsoul – Butternut Squash Hummus
@chicagofooddork – Cranberry Cheesecake Dip with Candied Pecans
@chieats – BLT Dip
@msnataliejane – Bacon Beer Dip
@lbell414 – Caramel Apple Dip
@flos_favorites – Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip
@feyginphoto – The Feygin Guac
@andreasculinarypassport – Trio of Tapenades
@thedomesticdivamd – Cheesy Squash Dip
@jacksonsdecree – Underseasoned Guacamole
@tefo921 – White Cheddar, Pumpkin and Sage Dip
@sharbear06 – Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Fundido
If you like the dip recipes and you’re on Instagram, make sure you check out and follow all their accounts. They are seriously the best.
Until next time (or next party!).
Chicago Gourmet is one of those events I had been wanting to attend for a long time. I finally had the opportunity and was thrilled to be among the best chefs, restaurants and brands in the world. Lucky for me, it was extra special because Chicago Gourmet was celebrating their 10th anniversary.
The week long event is thrown by the Illinois Restaurant Association along with the title sponsor Bon Appetit magazine every year in Millennium Park. It brings together renowned chefs, restaurants and wine and spirits. There are tastings, book signings, cooking demos, and wine and cocktail seminars throughout the event. It is truly a “foodie” experience.
This was my first year attending and it will not be my last. I sampled everything from Thai food, types of honey, wine, sliders, charcuterie, truffle mac & cheese and so on. I left discovering so many products I fell in love with. Even a few from brands I have never heard of. Read more at Restaurants & Recipes
I am no chef, will never claim to be one. But as soon as I had my son, cooking kind of became part of motherhood, whether I liked it or not. I have learned throughout the past year different recipes that are EASY, FAST and a bonus if it’s kid friendly. Below are some recipes I have been whipping up this summer. Enjoy! Read more at Restaurant Reviews & Recipes