Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Sausage Pinwheels

Last week on American Idol we saw the ousting of Jermaine Jones for his criminal pastimes, and said goodbye to youngster Shannon Magrane. I wasn’t surprised by the Idol antics or the fact that America voted off Miss Magrane. She is definitely a talented girl but I felt like she was always a little over her head and not quite ready for the Idol stage. What did surprise me was the fact that soul songstress, and my favorite contestant by far, Elise Testone was in the bottom three. What the hell America…there is more to music then cute guys with guitars and teeny bobber pop singers. Boring!

Anywho…enough ranting and on to the food. Tonight I’m cooking up another snack for Yahoo! Music blogger Lyndsey Parker and her Reality Rocks blog. I was in Austin last weekend for the SXSW music festival where I had the pleasure of co-hosting with Lyndsey on her internet series, The Day After. Once I get caught up from the craziness of the last few days I’ll definitely be posting some pics of my favorite SXSW acts!

For tonight’s Billy Joel themed episode I took a cue from his hit, “New York State of Mind” and combined the fast paced lifestyle and food vendor fair of NYC. This quick and easy recipe is a homage to the catchy cliche “in a New York minute”. So try it out, it will be hard to eat just one!

Check out my feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Cinnamon Toast Bites with Raspberry Dipping Sauce

First things first…what the hell was up on American Idol last night?? Jermaine Jones getting kicked off the show had to be the most set up thing ever. Excuse my boldness but I’ve been through the Idol process. I didn’t make it nearly as far as Jermaine but let me guarantee you they check out their contestants…extensively. Now I could be completely wrong here but I find it hard to believe they completely missed not one, but FOUR warrants against him.

Anywho…moving on. I thought last night’s performances were good, some boring, but not bad. My favorite by far was Joshua Ledet. His rendition of “When a Man Loves a Woman” took me straight to church, right there in my living room. Amazing. Amazing.

On to the food…

Every week I’ve been cooking up snacks for Yahoo! Music Blogger, Lyndsey Parker, and her Reality Rocks blog. For this week’s Songs from the Year You Were Born theme I decided to take a stroll down memory lane and cook up some flavors from my childhood. Last night I made my favorite family recipe, Squash Cakes, so tonight I thought I’d satisfy my sweet tooth with a breakfast/turned dessert favorite.

This recipe makes a ton of raspberry sauce. Feel free to half it or just keep it and dump it over everything…it’s that tasty!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Spinach Mash Martinis

Since we’re on the theme of food to my soul, or pretty much the best comfort food ever, I thought I’d throw one more classic (with a twist) out there for tonight’s results show on American Idol.

All throughout this season of Idol I’ve been guest blogging (or cooking to be exact) for Yahoo! Music’s Lyndsey Parker and her all things reality blog, Reality Rocks. This week’s theme, songs from Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder, inspired me to cook up some of my very own classic comfort food…food for the soul!

By the way…holy hell Jessica Sanchez…did you really just dominate I will Always Love You last night?? An amazing job and stellar tribute to the late grate Whitney Houston. She blew my mind.

On to the food…

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Rotisserie Mac & Cheese

Happy almost Friday!! I had a last minute trip to Austin yesterday and didn’t get back to Dallas until late last night. Soooo….I didn’t get to post yesterday’s recipe for Yahoo! blogger Lyndsey Parker and her Reality Rocks blog.

Last night on Idol the top 13 had a soulful night with songs from Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston. Since we’re talking about two of the most soulful singers of this (and past) generation I thought I would try something a little different. Instead of offering up traditional soul food I wanted to put my own spin on what makes my soul say Thank You! And what says comfort better then mac and cheese.

These little tasty ramekins turn out damn good if I may say so myself. I got a little anxious leaving them in the oven for 30 minutes but it was well worth it. The panko turned out nice and crispy without drying out the creamy pasta. Yummm…now I wish I had some for lunch!

Try this recipe out…it’s worth the calories!! Check out last night’s feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

Since I didn’t post this yesterday today will be a double post day. I’ll have tonight’s recipe later on this afternoon so make sure you check back!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

I finally caught up on some American Idol last night. I still need to listen to all the boys but I was REALLY impressed with two girls last night, Jessica Sanchez and Skylar Laine. They both really blew me away. First of all is Jessica seriously 16 years old…phew amazing. And I’m not the biggest country fan but Skylar kicked ass. For being so young she had amazing stage presence and the fact that she kept her breathe while jumping around…so hard to do.

Anywho…on to the snacks. I’ve been coming up with Idol snacks for Yahoo! music blogger Lyndsey Parker and her Reality Rocks blog every week this season. Tuesday night was Mushroom & Mozzarella Crostini night, last night I was baking up some Chicken Puffs with Pesto and tonight I’m making Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.

Who was your favorite girl last night? Let me know in the comments below.

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Chicken Puffs with Pesto

Last night on Idol we got a glimpse of the boy’s talent including a surprise twist when Jermaine Jones took the 13th spot. I was also cooking up some delicious Mushroom & Mozzarella Crostinis for Lyndsey Parker’s Reality Rocks blog.

Two things I need to preface about tonight’s recipe. 

– I didn’t have the SLR so I had to rely on my trusty Canon PowerShot and the pics turned out a bit shoddy compared to usual (I’m getting spoiled with my mom’s camera…I need to get one ASAP).

– Complete fail at the grocery store when I forgot to get eggs. If you’re dealing with puff pastry you NEED to use egg wash. It helps give your  dish that beautiful golden color, and helps seal up any edges when you’re overlapping the pastry.

Moving on…

Give this recipe a try, it’s easy and fun to eat. Check out my feature on Reality  Rocks HERE!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Caramelized Onion Dip

Last night on American Idol contestants sang for their life and 14 lucky singers found their place in the top 24. Tonight we learn the fate of the final 10 and I’m cooking up some more snacky goodness for Reality Rocks’ Lyndsey Parker.

I was in a French onion dip type of mood tonight so I thought I would crank it up a notch by caramelizing the onions until nice and sweet. Caramelizing is a labor of love but so worth it. The onions turn into these little pieces of scrumptious candy…I could just eat it with a spoon (sorry honey).

Check out my feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

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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.

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Spicy Pimento Cheese Bites

After last week’s nausea inducing episodes it was good to get back to some good ole fashion singing on American Idol tonight. Hollywood Week is quickly coming to an end as we get closer to another year in Vegas and one step closer to the live shows (my fav)!

Every week I’ll be cooking up plenty of snacks for your Idol viewing pleasure and for Yahoo! Music blogger Lyndsey Parker’s Reality Rocks blog (sorry that was a mouthful). So while everyone is getting their appetites back from last week I thought I’d whip up a delicious and incredibly simple appetizer. Give it a try…it’s stick to your ribs good!

Check out my feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

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