Cake Batter Puppy Chow

Classic Puppy Chow gets an upgrade with the flavor of cake batter and tons of sprinkles! This Cake Batter Puppy Chow is sweet, crunchy and totally addicting!

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Puppy Chow, aka Muddy Buddies…have you heard of it? I remember the first time I tried it, back in high school. I thought the name was SO weird – but the taste was far from weird! The classic version is made with peanut butter and chocolate mixed into chex cereal and topped with powdered sugar, and everyone in my school was obsessed with it. Little bags of puppy chow were the first thing to disappear from the bake sale tables! We had a lot of bake sales in high school. I can only imagine how excited everyone would have been if someone brought in this Cake Batter Puppy Chow!

The recipe comes from my friend Lynn at Fresh April Flours! Today I am helping her celebrate the release of her cookbook! She wrote a cookbook of over 20 puppy chow recipes, and this is one of the featured recipes.
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Mini Hot Dog Cupcakes

Yellow cupcakes with chocolate icing are decorated with a hot dog on top! These mini hot dog cupcakes will be perfect for your Memorial Day BBQ!
Mini Hot Dog Cupcakes - yellow cupcakes are topped with chocolate frosting and then decorated with a hot dog!  | ChezCateyLou.com

I am SO excited to post these Mini Hot Dog Cupcakes today. I have had these in the queue for almost a month but wanted to wait until close to Memorial Day to share them with you. How perfect would these be for a Memorial Day BBQ?

I made these for a friend’s birthday celebration. One of her favorite foods is hot dogs! And rather than have hot dogs, which don’t quite scream HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I decided to make her hot dog cupcakes! Now let me be clear…these are NOT hot dog flavored. That would just be strange and gross, right?   Instead, they are delicious yellow cake cupcakes with chocolate icing, and the hot dog decoration is made from icing and Nilla wafers!  No meat flavor at all.

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Kale Pesto Ricotta Crostini

Kale pesto, made with fresh mint and toasted walnuts, and ricotta are the perfect topping for crostini – it makes a quick, easy, and delicious appetizer!

Kale Pesto Ricotta Crostini | ChezCateyLou.com

Now that spring is here and there is actually daylight after work, we love spending time on the rooftop of our building. There is something so relaxing about looking out over the hustle and bustle of the city, but being so far above it. And of course a nice glass of wine helps with the relaxation and enjoyment! Nothing beats enjoying a crisp glass of white wine on a warm evening looking out over NYC, especially when that wine is a Spanish one from Ribera y Rueda.

Having a delicious appetizer to enjoy with the wine is a necessity. I love easy appetizer recipes that taste amazing and look pretty – to me that is the best way to entertain! These Crostini topped with Kale Pesto and Ricotta fit the bill – they are delicious and are so simple to prepare.
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Lemon Lime Ginger Margaritas

Lemon Lime Ginger Margaritas are a fun twist on a classic margarita. The ginger gives it a nice sweet and spicy flavor – such a refreshing and delicious cocktail!
Lemon Lime Ginger Margaritas | ChezCateyLou.com

Happy Friday! It has been awhile since I posted a cocktail recipe and so I figured that Friday was the perfect day to share a delicious margarita recipe with you – Lemon Lime Ginger Margaritas! I am obsessed with ginger in drinks right now. Anytime a menu has a ginger cocktail, I must order it. I love the spicy sweet taste that it gives drinks, and it really adds a great depth of flavor to this ginger margarita.

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Asparagus Alfredo Crostini

This post is sponsored by Bertolli® Sauce

Baguette slices are topped with alfredo sauce, asparagus, and parmesan cheese.  These Asparagus Alfredo Crostini are delicious, beautiful, and so easy to make!

Asparagus Alfredo Crostini | ChezCateyLou.com

Does anyone else have spring fever? I can’t get enough of this gorgeous weather, the beautiful flowering trees, the longer days, and (most importantly) the awesome spring food! I love all of the colorful fruits and veggies that are filling up the farmers market. And nothing says spring to me more than asparagus! These Asparagus Alfredo Crostini are the perfect appetizer to celebrate the season. They are beautiful and delicious, and are so simple to make thanks to a little help from Bertolli® Creamy Alfredo Sauce.

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