Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Mushroom & Mozzarella Crostinis

We’re finally getting into my favorite part of American Idol…the live shows!! If you guys have been following along I’ve been cooking up some scrumptious recipes for Yahoo! Music blogger, Lyndsey Parker, and her Reality Rocks blog.

Since Idol is giving us three episodes this week I’ve got 3 simple and delicious snacks to share. Tonight I’m starting out with a hearty snack that really is incredibly easy to make. If you’re having any trouble finding Shitake mushrooms or you don’t want to fork out the extra cost, just use all baby bella mushrooms. They work just as well.

Check out my feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

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Thinking About You – Frank Ocean [Cover] Sarah Sellers

Finally a new video! I can’t believe it’s already been 2 months since my last YouTube Cover. I discovered Frank Ocean last year and it didn’t click until a few months later that he was a member of Odd Future. Since then I’ve been absolutely hooked.

I heard Thinking About You for the first time when the amazing  Tori Kelly covered it on YouTube. Needless to say it instantly inspired me. So here you are…my newest cover of Frank Ocean’s Thinking About You. Let me know what you think!! 🙂

Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Taco Packets with Avocado Cream

Tonight is the last performance in Vegas on American Idol before the remaining contestants find out if they make it to the big stage or not. I’ve got some serious catching up to do on Idol. I’ve been too busy coming up with delicious snacks for Lyndsay Parker’s Yahoo! blog, Reality Rocks.

I’m not really sure what got in to me with this one but I must say…it’s freakin delicious. It’s too small for a burrito, too big for Flautas but just right to pop in the oven and call them taco packets. It has all the elements of a crispy taco, just stuffed in a tortilla and served with some creamy goodness on the side.

Try them…eat them all…they’re that tasty! 🙂

Check out my feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Mini Veggie Tarts

Season 11 is flying by on American Idol and we’re already down to 70 hopefuls. Tonight they’re headed to Vegas for some sin city fun and of course the drama that only Idol can provide. So for tonight’s recipe I thought I would follow some inspiration from a few of my favorite Vegas chefs.

All season long I’ll be dishing out themed recipes for Lyndsey Parker’s (Yahoo! Music) Reality Rocks blog! This recipe actually serves 8 tarts but in a moment of brilliance I pulled the hot pan out of the oven with a damp towel (yes I’m a genius) and instantly dropped the entire tray of tarts. Thankfully there was only one casualty and a few burned fingers! Try it out (the recipe…not my kitchen fail) they taste like mini veggie pot pies.

Read my feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Veggie Stuffed Crescent Rolls

We’ve made it past 7 cities and thousands of auditions later so tonight American Idol is taking us to Hollywood (or Pasadena California…close enough). Throughout the auditions I’ve been cooking up city favorites for Lyndsey Parker’s Yahoo! blog, Reality Rocks.

According to the Idol website we were suppose to head to East Rutherford, New Jersey for auditions, but according to conflicting schedules the judges couldn’t make it out for the call back rounds (or so I read online). The recipe I had planned sounded too delicious to pass up so I’m making it for tonight’s Hollywood premier.

This is definitely the easiest recipe I’ve done so far for Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers so try it…it’s good…it’s REALLY GOOD! I think I ate half the plate before all was said and done.

Click HERE for my feature on Reality Rocks!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Toasted Ravioli with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Last night American Idol took us to one of my favorite towns, Portland, and I was cooking up a local favorite from a Portland native, Shrimp Spring Rolls (or Salad Rolls as she calls them).

So for today’s edition of Reality Rocks by Yahoo! music blogger extraordinaire, Lyndsey Parker, I’m cooking up a St. Louis classic. While doing my research on St. Louis I found out that they have a huge Italian scene and that Toasted Ravioli is a must have, pre dinner snack. Not only was this incredibly simple to make, but we finished half the batch before I could photograph the final result. You have to try it.

How are you liking the talent so far on American Idol? Let me know in the comments below.

Check out today’s feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Vietnamese Shrimp Spring Rolls

Matt and I visited Portland last fall and I absolutely fell in love with the city. From the diverse culture to the sky high trees and roses lining the freeways, there is a ton of stuff to do and PLENTY of food to eat. So for tonight’s episode of American Idol I new exactly what to cook for the Portland auditions.

My dear friend was born and raised in Portland and always makes the most amazing vietnamese cuisine. When we were in town I was a bit surprised at how many different asian restaurants there were. I have to say, it’s the best asian cuisine I’ve ever had. So I sent an email to Kim and asked her what dish I should make for Lyndsey Parker’s readers on Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers and she suggested this mouth watering treat. I kept true to her recipe for the most part with only a few minor adjustments. For some reason there were no bean sprouts to be found the night I was making it so I substituted it with shredded carrots.

The recipe is very simple and delicious and you can get as creative as you want with the filling. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Click HERE to read today’s post on Reality Rocks!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Bison Sliders with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli

American Idol is officially in full swing and tonight they’re headed to Aspen, Colorado for the second week of auditions. I was a little confused at first since the audition city posted on the website is Denver, so I’m assuming the call back rounds were held in Aspen. Nevertheless I cooked up a Colorado inspired appetizer for tonight’s episode.

Lyndsey Parker of Yahoo! Music was gracious (and adventurous) enough to include my recipes on her weekly reality music blog, Reality Rocks, for Season 10 and now Season 11. It definitely makes my last stab at Idol worth it that much more (see my audition here). 🙂

Check out Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers on Yahoo’s Reality Rocks HERE!

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Sauteed Mussels with Shallots and White Wine

This week has been an absolute whirlwind. Between work, music, and Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers premiering this week I’ve barely had time to think. Last night I had another recipe to invent and document. After all is said and done (photographs, video, etc) it usually takes me a couple hours per recipe, even if it’s a simple one. So to not starve my husband I thought I would make a quick appetizer to tide him over.

We love mussels and they couldn’t be easier to make. Usually your fish monger will already de-beard them so all you have to do is wash them before you throw them in the pot. Definitely give this recipe a try…it’s delish!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Cheesy Kielbasa Pierogies

After my brief debut on American Idol last year (watch my audition here) I was lucky enough to catch the eye of music blogger and reality TV aficionado, Lyndsey Parker. A season later and countless snacks to boot she’s having me back to contribute to her Reality  Rocks blog.

Last night American Idol made it’s season 11 debut in Savannah and I was cooking up a hodgepodge of southern classics with my Grits Cakes with Creamy Crab. For tonight’s episode I’m marrying two of Pittsburgh’s most popular eats, Kielbasa and Piergoies. A labor of love, yes…but totally worth it. So pull up your sleeves and dive in to this scrumptious recipe. Dare I say it’s one of my most delicious creations yet.

Check out tonight’s post on Reality Rocks HERE!

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