Creamy Blue Cheese Olive Dip

Blue Cheese Olive Dip

I love olives. Green, black, stuffed, any, you name them. I love the sour tartness. They are also (obviously) the best part of a dirty martini. The dirtier the better with extra olive juice.

Olives are a fabulous ingredient to have around for the holiday’s. For this Thanksgiving, I was in charge of bringing an appetizer. Just like most of us, I don’t have a lot of extra time on my hands, but I also didn’t want to just buy something to bring. After-all, the hostess will have been in the kitchen of her house for the last two days, I wanted to show my appreciate by bringing a delicious and homemade recipe.


This recipe is so tasty. It reminds me of the pimento cheese I adored in New Orleans earlier this year. Living in AZ, pimento cheese is not such an easy thing to access. I love this recipe better because of the real olives in the dip.

I decided to make an olive cheese dip. This appetizer takes just a short bit of time, and I promise you it will be a hit. Serve it with crackers, chips or vegetables.

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Sundried Tomato, Olive, Cucumber and Walnut Salad

Greek SAladI’m a sucker for a good salad. It’s so easy to throw together a salad that’s filling, delicious, and not boring. This salad fits all of those criteria.

I love the combination of kalamata and olives and sundried tomatoes, and include both of them in all of my Greek-inspired recipes.

I also added in cucumbers and walnuts in addition to the olives and tomatoes, and the combination was magical. [Read more…]


Rosemary Sea Salt – Quick Hostess or Neighbor Gift

A quick and delicious recipe for Rosemary Sea Salt that makes a great holiday hostess gift!

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Hey y’all! It’s Stephanie from Sustaining the Powers here again today. Raise your hand if you love to give hostess gifts. Raise your hand again if you love to receive hostess gifts! Maybe it’s because I’m from Texas, but my mom always taught me you should never show up at a party empty handed.

You can bring some flowers, text the host (if you know them) and ask if you can bring a dish, drink or dessert, bring a bag of ice (parties almost always need more ice), bring a bottle of wine (or here in Colorado it’s a 6 pack of craft beer), or make a little something for your hostess, but it’s always special to be on the receiving end of a hostess gift. (It’s special to give them too. I get really excited about giving hostess gifts!)

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Parsley Lover’s Cucumber Salad

Parsley and Cucumber Salad

When I was living down in New Orleans, I faithfully ate from food trucks since they were camped right outside my office building all day long. And like the rest of the food in New Orleans, the food from these trucks was absolutely delicious. One truck in particular, The Fat Falafel, shared an incredible parsley salad that I couldn’t get enough of. In this recipe, I replicated that salad to the best of my abilities. And boy is it good.

Using just four ingredients, this salad is sweet with just enough kick from the vinegar. I have to warn you though, this salad is for serious parsley lovers, as the main leafy ingredient is Italian parsley.


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