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Set your tables with these whimsical delights filled with surprises
In recent years, inspiration boards like Pinterest, Tumblr, and lover.ly have provided endless ideas for ways to create beautiful party decorations at home. But while there are some things that are certainly achievable at your arts and crafts table, there are others that would be better left to the pros, like party crackers.
What’s a party cracker, you ask? With roots in Great Britain, they act as both party favors and table decorations. The poppers are made from gorgeous wrapping paper and cardboard and are filled with trinkets of all kinds, usually a paper crown or party hat, a joke, and a sweet treat or novelty gift.
Making a beautiful party cracker is an art, since each one must be decorative and detailed. When we came across these crackers from California-based Pimlott & Co., we fell in love. Festive, inviting, and whimsical, they are customized for any occasion, from baby showers to Thanksgiving.
Pimlott & Co.'s crackers are handmade from 100 percent recycled paper, and the Thanksgiving ones pictured contain an individually wrapped maple leaf candy, a silly joke, a handmade party hat, and a novelty booklet, making them the perfect accessory for your Thanksgiving table.
The brand, comprised of two friends, artist Carin Garland and graphic designer Sandra Murray, was created to make products that bring joy to others — who can argue with that?
Chicken Pot Pie Rice Casserole
Simple casserole recipes like this make it so easy to get dinner on the table in no time. This is absolutely a toss and bake kind of meal. If you love Chicken Pot Pies, you&rsquoll love this Chicken Pot Pie Rice Casserole!
Quick glance at what you&rsquoll need for Chicken Pot Pie Rice Casserole: (amounts in recipe card below)
- chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
- cooked white rice
- sliced carrots
- cream chicken soup
- cream mushroom soup
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- butter crackers
I use caned vegetables for this recipe since I normally have them in the pantry but you can also use frozen vegetables that have been thawed.
How to make Chicken Pot Pie Rice Casserole:
- Leftover homecooked rice
- Leftover take out white rice
- 5 Minute Instant White Rice
- 90 second microwave bagged rice
Mix everything together in a large bowl, EXCEPT for butter crackers.
Once mixed well, pour mixture into a 2 quart casserole dish or a 9×13 dish.
Crush butter crackers and sprinkle over top of casserole.
QUICK GLANCE Chicken Pot Pie Rice Casserole FAQ:
- Does the chicken need to be cooked before adding it to the casserole dish? Yes! This casserole is only going into the oven to get hot and kind of marry the flavors together. Everything that goes into it needs to go in &ldquoready to eat&rdquo. This meal is great for using up leftover chicken or store bought cooked chicken.
- I&rsquom not crazy about cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup. What else can I use? I&rsquove only tested these recipes with those soups, but if its&rsquo the flavors that you don&rsquot like you can substitute those two cans for any condensed soup that you like. You could also try homemade cream soups but I haven&rsquot tested this with those.
- Can I use pasta in stead of rice in this casserole? I haven&rsquot tried it but I don&rsquot see why not. I&rsquom not sure on the amount needed though as I haven&rsquot tried it with pasta.
Where to Find Denver’s Best Pizza
From deep dish to Neapolitan to Detroit-style, here are our 28 favorite pie shops in (and around) the Mile High City.
Denver may not be known for America’s favorite food, but as it turns out, there are myriad excellent versions around town (we should know we ate them all). No matter how you slice it, there’s never been a better time to be a pizza lover in Colorado.
Here, in all of their saucy, cheesy, crusty glory, are our 28 favorite pizza shops, listed in alphabetical order.
This nine-year-old strip-mall pizzeria is very much a family affair. In fact, owner Tony Uva named the miniscule Park Hill pizza truck after his daughter and head recipe taster, Allegra. Uva spent years refining his dough recipe, and the resulting thin-crusted pie is totally irresistible. You won’t be able to eat just one slice of “Tony’s Favorite,” loaded with caramelized onions, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach.
Delivery: Through UberEats, Grubhub, and Eat24
Phillips/Odyssey School Parking Lot, 6550 East 21st Ave., 303-333-4442
It’s nearly impossible to choose just one pizza to order at Max Mackissock’s Highland restaurant. The clam pie is a delight the Signore Bianco white pizza delivers a range of flavors from herbal to salty to creamy to spicy thanks to melted leeks, two cheeses, green olives, red onion, fennel pollen, and pickled chiles and the Mountain Man—oh, the Mountain Man!—is perfection topped with Gorgonzola and Montasio cheeses, guanciale, pistachios, and a drizzle of Calabrian chile honey. Pizza is certainly one of the reasons Bar Dough stands tall on our list of 25 Best Restaurants.
2227 W. 32nd Ave., 720-668-8506
Bar Dough’s simple and delicious clam pizza. Photo by Sarah Boyum.
Sustainability pioneer and Basta co-owner Kelly Whitaker is no ordinary chef, and his seven-year-old Boulder restaurant is not your typical pizzeria. Whitaker mills heritage grains, including white Sonora and locally grown turkey red varietals, into fresh flour that he combines with house whole-wheat starters. Seasonal goodies go on top, such as wild boar salami, fresh pear, Amish blue cheese, and Jimmy Nardello peppers, and then the pizza is blasted with wood-fired heat. It transforms into a dark-spotted pie that’s as good as anything from the Boot.
3601 Arapahoe Ave., Unit D 155, Boulder, 303-997-8775
Black Shirt Brewing Company
Black Shirt’s RiNo taproom may be five years old, but it didn’t become a full-service pizzeria until last April. We’re so glad it did. Chef Matthew Kender, formerly of Pizzicato in Portland, Oregon, makes wonderfully crisp pies that pair perfectly with Black Shirt’s crafted red ales. Kender dries and mills spent grains from the brewery for his malty dough, and he infuses scratch-made toppings such as Berkshire pork sausage with beer, too.
3719 Walnut St., Denver, 303-993-2799
Blue Pan Pizza
Blue Pan Pizza opened a spacious second location in Congress Park in August (the original is in Highland) to feed the growing horde of fans clamoring for its pan-baked, crispy-cheese-edged, fluffy-crusted, rectangular Detroit-style pies. Order the Brooklyn Bridge, topped with pepperoni, sausage, mozzarella, brick cheese, pecorino, and creamy whipped ricotta, and you’ll get the hype.
Delivery: Yes also through Postmates
3930 W. 32nd Ave., 720-456-7666 3509 E. 12th Ave., 720-456-7666
The culinary crime of bland crust is never an issue at Brava! Pizzeria (a two-year-old offshoot of the original, now-shuttered downtown location of Brava! Pizzeria Della Strada). The rustic, Neapolitan-style pies, which come dotted with high-quality ingredients such as fresh oyster mushrooms and salumi Calabrese, benefit from expertly seasoned dough. It bakes up crisp-chewy with appealing bubbles of wood-oven char.
Avanti Food & Beverage, 3200 N. Pecos St., 303-835-1611
Brooklyn’s Finest Pizza
East Coast transplants abound in the Mile High City, so it’s no surprise that a smattering of New York-style pizzerias have sprouted up to serve them. Brooklyn’s Finest, which opened in the Regis neighborhood in August 2015, is one of the best. The thin-but-not-too-thin-crusted pies will satisfy any East Coast ‘za craving. Try the spicy Hell’s Kitchen with sausage, garlic, cherry peppers, and fresh mozzarella.
Delivery: Yes also through Grubhub and Eat24
5007 Lowell Blvd., 303-477-0066
A 640-square-foot shipping container isn’t the first place you’d expect to find excellent wood-fire pizzas, sparkling fresh oysters, and Prosecco on tap…but that’s RiNo for you. There are eight top-notch pies on Cart-Driver’s concise menu, each one a winner, but we gravitate toward the clam version with tender littlenecks, pancetta, and a liberal scattering of roasted garlic cloves. The stellar late night (10 p.m. to midnight) deal of $5 for the Daisy pizza (Cart-Driver’s version of a margherita) is a gift to every night owl in Denver.
2500 Larimer St., Suite 100, 303-292-3553
At Cattivella, chef Elise Wiggins does so many things well—fresh pastas, house-aged steaks, Italian classics like focaccia di recco—so it’s no surprise that she also nails pizza. Wiggins learned her pie technique in Napoli, Italy, and recreates the classic recipe in an imported, wood-burning Acunto oven. She credits a long, 48-hour fermentation period for the dough’s deep flavor, which finds its match in high-quality toppings like imported buffalo mozzarella and speck.
10195 E. 29th Dr., #110, 303-645-3779
At Cattivella, Elise Wiggins produces delicious Neapolitan-style pizzas in the wood-burning Acunto oven. Photo by Marla R. Keown
Enzo’s End Pizzeria
With a refabbed, pizza-toting Bob’s Big Boy mascot on the roof and access to attached cash-only dive bar PS Lounge (where we encourage you to enjoy your dinner with a pour of something spirited), 21-year-old Enzo’s End Pizzeria reigns in the hearts of many pizza-loving Denverites. The institution’s thin, crisp-crusted beauties are reminiscent of New York-style pies, but the fantastic toppings—try the Spinaci’s combo of sautéed spinach, kalamata olives, Romano, and mozzarella—make them all-Denver and all-delicious.
Delivery: Yes also through DoorDash
3424 E Colfax Ave., 303-355-4700
Ernie’s Bar and Pizza
This nearly eight-year-old Sunnyside pizza joint pays homage to Ernie Capillupo, the Italian restaurateur who opened his own pizza biz in the very same building in 1948. The new Ernie’s honors Capillupo’s legacy by making its mozzarella and dough fresh every day. The top-secret recipe for the latter is hand-tossed and decorated with items like local Polidori Sausage. Our favorite combo, however, is the #3: bacon, goat cheese, and sliced red onions.
Slices: Yes also through Postmates and DoorDash
2915 W. 44th Ave., 303-955-5580
The hallmarks of a classic NYC pizza can be found at any of Fat Sully’s Mile High locations (and as of summer 2018, in Colorado Springs as well): massive slices that practically beg to be folded in half, a super-crisp crust, build-your-own toppings. Settle in to a wooden booth and enjoy your pie with a craft beer or grab a slice from the walk-up window—you’ll be in pizza heaven either way.
Delivery: Through DoorDash
Fat Sully’s New York-style slices are massive, crunchy, and perfectly foldable. Photo courtesy of Fat Sully’s.
Five Points Pizza
Pizza isn’t exactly health food. Except, perhaps, at one-year-old, takeout-only Five Points Pizza, located inside a repurposed synagogue on Curtis Street. Co-owner Eden Myles created a flatbread-esque crust made better for you—and extra flavorful—with the inclusion of 30 percent stone-ground whole wheat flour. We love the sweet-spicy Mr. Yellow, with its combo of red sauce, mozzarella, pineapple pieces, and jalapeño purée. Bonus: If you pay with cash, 14-inch pizzas are only $10.
Delivery: Through UberEats
2400 Curtis St., 720-771-9626
Hops & Pie
Sure, seven-year-old Hops & Pie’s expertly curated beer list (which features between 23 and 28 options, depending on the day) makes it a paradise for suds lovers. But did you know that there’s also booze in the pizza crust? Owners Drew and Leah Watson use Ska Brewing Co.’s Modus Hoperandi IPA in the dough, giving it a wonderfully malty aspect and crisp-chewy texture. Try the always-unconventional pie of the month—October’s featured rib-eye steak, mashed Yukon gold potatoes, Gruyère, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms—and, of course, pair it with a Centennial State craft brew.
Delivery: Yes (but only after 4 p.m.) also through Postmates
3920 Tennyson St., 303-477-7000
The cheerful cooks at this Platt Park pizzeria have been mixing at least 100 pounds of dough each day for their wood-fired, Naples-style pies since opening in 2009. All that practice translates to pleasure on the plate for diners who happily dig into its bubbly, charred pies in the 120-year-old Victorian dining room, on the cafe-light-strewn garden patio, or even at home via free delivery (if you’re lucky enough to live nearby).
Delivery: Yes, after 4 p.m.
1439 S. Pearl St., 303-733-5267
Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse
Organic Colorado flour forms the base of five-year-old Lucky Pie’s tasty Italian-style pizzas. Fresh out of the oven, these puffy circles are garnished simply (in the true Neapolitan tradition) with San Marzano tomato sauce and the likes of Salumeria Biellese pepperoni. Bonus: In the summertime, the Louisville location often incorporates organic produce grown in its own backyard garden.
Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizzeria
If you can’t afford a plane ticket to Naples, Italy—the birthplace of modern pizza—don’t fret. Turns out, nine-year-old Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizzeria (formerly known as Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana) produces a near-identical replica of the original right here in Colorado. To wit: Marco’s is the only AVPN-certified restaurant in the state, meaning the scrupulous Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana has given these pies their blessing. While the simple-yet-perfect margherita is always a good choice, Marco’s also dabbles with inventive pies such as the Del Re, an earthy blend of truffle cream, mushrooms, and thin-sliced Italian prosciutto.
Delivery: Through Grubhub
2129 Larimer St., 303-296-7000 10111 Inverness Main St., Englewood, 303-790-9000
Keep it simple with Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizzeria’s Margherita. Photo by Claire Lardizabal
Nicolo’s Chicago Style Pizza
The hunt for authentic Chicago deep-dish in Denver is over. Go sraight to Nicolo’s, a eight-year-old pizzeria located near the heart of Capitol Hill. You’ll need a fork and knife to dig into these massive pies: Encased inside the tall, flaky crust are rivers of oozy cheese, piles of meat and veggies, and a blanket of chunky, tangy marinara sauce. Be sure to allow 25 minutes for bake time once you place your order.
Delivery: Yes also through Grubhub and Eat24
1209 E. 13th Ave., 303-831-7000
Authentic Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is the specialty at Nicolo’s. Photo by Sarah Boyum
Whether you qualify Papou’s pizza as New England-, Connecticut-, or Greek-style, we have our own description: straight-up delicious. These distinctive pan-baked pies get evenly golden, delicately crisp crusts, judicious amounts of tangy tomato sauce (or a garlic and olive oil white version, if that’s your jam), and generous toppings. The best part? Papou’s pies are affordable enough to feed a crowd.
Delivery: Yes also through DoorDash
5075 Leetsdale Dr., 303-388-3211
Pizzeria Locale (Boulder and Denver)
While the OG Boulder sit-down affair and the two Denver fast-causal versions of Pizzeria Locale share a name, they couldn’t be more different. Pies at the Boulder location (baked in Colorado’s very first Stefano Ferrara oven) come topped with high-end farmers’ market goodies such as squash blossoms, edible flowers, and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms. Meanwhile, diners at Denver’s quick-service locations will find a small roster of more affordably priced crowd-pleasers (including a delicious take on the Hawaiian). Different as they are, both versions of Locale sling exceptionally tasty pies—you just need to decide if you want to go full-service or fast casual.
Delivery: Through Postmates (Denver) and DoorDash (Boulder)
1730 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-442-3003 550 Broadway, 720-508-8828, 3484 W. 32nd Ave., 303-302-2451
The wood-fired pizzas at Lakewood’s three-month-old Pizzeria Lui may be inspired by the variety born in Naples, Italy, but owner Zach Parini (a veteran of Grateful Bread Company) is no purist. Toppings like green chiles—and, when in season, Colorado apples or pears—top the puffy, well-blistered crust as tasty evidence. We adore the Lawn Boy: pesto, artichokes, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, garlic, and arugula.
5380 W. Mississippi Ave., Lakewood, 303-922-3202
Zach Parini tops Pizzeria Lui’s wood-fired pies with seasonal fruit (here, Palisade peaches) and other tasty goods. Photo by Callie Sumlin
Proto’s Pizzeria Napoletana
Proto’s signature cracker crust is crisp but never dry, and the thoughtfully orchestrated toppings are added with a light hand so the crust stays true all the way to the table. Established in Longmont in 1999, Proto’s now has six Colorado locations we’re biased towards the Platt Street eatery, where you can watch condos going up while “the Goombah” pie, replete with mozzarella, capers, and delicate slices of prosciutto, goes down with ease. Add the “Simple” arugula-lemon-Romano salad to your order for a perfect pizza dinner.
Multiple locations, 720-855-9400
The “Goombah” at Proto’s Pizzeria Napoletana features mozzarella, capers, and delicate slices of prosciutto. Photo by Denise Mickelsen
When you’re looking for a solid slice of thin-crust, New York-style pie, Sexy Pizza never disappoints. Even better: Co-owner Kayvan Khalatbari champions charitable causes at his three Denver-area locations. He’s recently partnered at the Capitol Hill outpost with advocacy group Homeless Out Loud to install much-needed lockers in which the homeless can store their possessions. He also regularly offers a selection of “philanthropic pies” (marked as such on the menu) from which proceeds benefit organizations such as Freedom Service Dogs, Colorado Youth Symphony, and the Harm Reduction Action Center.
This two-location, New York-style spot channels the Long Island roots of the Scileppi family who brought the concept to Denver. The Colfax outpost sports two levels with a full bar upstairs, and the LoDo locale offers sunny patio seating. Pizza purists may not appreciate the creative toppings found on variations such as the “Green Chile” (homemade green chile, cheddar, mozzarella) or the “Baked Potato” (sliced spuds, mozzarella, cheddar, scallions, bacon, ranch), but the stuffed pizzas, served with tangy marinara for dipping, are inarguably delightful. Bursting with meats or veggies and melted cheese, each hearty fork-and-knife slice boasts a crisp, burnished top layer of dough sprinkled with sesame seeds that somehow moves the whole into the territory of a crunchy, wedge-shaped calzone.
700 E. Colfax Ave., 303-993-8127 1433 17th St., Suite 100, 303-297-3464
Slice Works’ stuffed pizzas are hearty, fork-and-knife delights. Photo by Denise Mickelsen
Two Fisted Mario’s
If you’re on a late-night LoDo bar crawl, you’re apt to end up waiting in the long line at Two Fisted Mario’s at some point during your evening. This long-running, music-blaring (everything from punk to hip hop) slice joint from the owners behind Beatrice & Woodsley stays open until 3 a.m. on the weekends. Late night or not, these crispy, deck-oven-baked slices—liberally dressed with an especially herby, aromatic tomato sauce—hit the spot.
Delivery: Through Grubhub
1626 Market St., 303-623-3523
With Il Posto chef-owner Andrea Frizzi in charge at this Denver Central Market food stall, you’d expect the Italian-style pies to be superb. And they are. Sit at the counter and watch the pizzaiolos toss and stretch the dough, pile it high with toppings—try the “Ouva” with ricotta cheese, roasted garlic, and two sunny-side-up eggs—and pop it into the white oak-fueled brick oven. Stop by for late night happy hour (daily from 9-10 p.m.) and you can score a margherita pie for just $8. Bonus: Frizzi is bringing the Vero concept to Boulder in 2018.
Delivery: Through Grubhub
2669 Larimer St., 303-296-8376
The Well Pizza Bar
If you’re like Goldilocks when it comes to pizza crust—you want it not too thick, not too thin, but just right—head to this oft-overlooked Highland joint. The crust is best described as medium, and it holds up well under heaping amounts of mozzarella cheese and scores of topping options.
3210 Wyandot St., 303-999-3590
We were scratching our heads a bit when the brothers behind the hip Dos Santos taqueria announced that their second Denver restaurant, White Pie, would be a New Haven-style pizza place. Turns out, the boys grew up eating pies from Sally’s Apizza in Connecticut and Uptown’s six-month-old White Pie is their homage to those not-perfectly-circular, well-charred pizzas of their youth. Even if you weren’t raised on this style, one bite of the garlic shrimp-topped Lucca Brassi version will secure your devotion.
1702 Humboldt St., 303-862-5323
This article appeared in the November 2017 issue of 5280.
Callie Sumlin is a writer living in Westminster, and has been covering food and sustainability in the Centennial State for more than five years.
Denise Mickelsen is 5280’s former food editor. She oversaw all of 5280’s food-related coverage from October 2016 to March 2021. Follow her on Instagram @DeniseMickelsen.
Turkey Cranberry Toppers | A Holiday Appetizer
Easy Appetizers are my favorite! This recipe transforms leftovers into the star of the show when you top buttery Ritz Crackers with melted swiss cheese, turkey and cranberry sauce.
These Turkey Cranberry Toppers couldn’t be more simple to make and will be a hit at your next gathering! The colors alone are enough to put you in the holiday spirit.
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It’s that time of year when many of us are entertaining and always in need of a quick and delicious appetizer recipe. This year my go-to apps are these Turkey Cranberry Toppers.
They can be ready and in your belly in less than 15 minutes. A tiny bit of fancy, a whole lot of easy and really great taste.
This appetizer is actually perfect for holiday-time because you can use leftover turkey and cranberry sauce piled high with a little swiss cheese on a Ritz cracker.
And if a person might not have leftovers because they already ate it all (what? we’re hungry!), that is no problem deli turkey will work fine too.
If these beauties don’t get you into the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will. Check out how quickly they come together ………everything you could want in a winter or holiday hors-d’oeuvres.
Enjoy serving these easy Turkey Cranberry Toppers for lunch, serve as a halftime snack or even as an appetizer at a holiday party.
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Yogurt & Graham Cracker Snacks
NOTE: We’ve chosen to add Yoplait Mixed Berry Yogurt to our mason jars, but you could definitely choose another flavor that best fits your family. And if you don’t have blueberries, any delicious chopped up fruit will work great too.
1. Add 1/4 cup crushed graham crackers to the bottom of your mason jar. Repeat for all 6 mason jars.
-To crush up your graham crackers, we added our crackers to a zip top plastic bag and crushed them with our hands and a rolling pin. For a finer crushed graham cracker, you can pulse blend them in your food processor or blender.
2. Pour half of your Mixed Berry Yoplait Yogurt on top of your graham cracker in the mason jar. It ends up being just a little more than 1/4 cup of yogurt in each. Repeat for all 6 mason jars.
3. Scoop 2 small spoonfuls of blueberries on top of the yogurt, and repeat for all 6 mason jars.
4. Add the lid to the mason jar and place in the fridge.
To make snacking just a little more fun, add a snack label with washi tape. We wrote a few sayings on some of the snacks, helping these better-for-you snacks a little more snazzy! Tear off a piece of washi tape and write your words in black marker – “Snack Happy”, “U R Berry Sweet”, “Snack-a-licious”! Stick them to the side or top of your mason jar and place them in the fridge, ready for snacking!
Now it’s time to wait for the kiddies to get home and snack happy! My little one is home first and was too hungry to even take off her backpack, ha! She was ready to eat quick. Good thing these are so easy to store in the fridge ahead of time, ready for hungry tummies!
The perks of a two-ingredient recipe means that you only need to purchase a couple items, and you&aposre ready to roll. Rectangle-shaped buttery crackers can be found anywhere that groceries are sold, and bacon is almost always on sale this time of year. Grab it at Publix on BOGO, and double your recipe for very little cost.
Forgo the little plates on the appetizer table needed for messy, saucy appetizers. Guests will love being able to munch casually on these Bacon Bow Tie Crackers without spilling any barbecue sauce on their holiday attire. And, as they&aposre seriously addictive, it&aposs a dish that&aposll fly off the table.
There&aposs a reason our readers love bookmarking the Bacon Bow Tie Crackers recipe this appetizer is fun, festive, and a continual crowd-pleaser.
- 1 sleeve saltine crackers (about 35)
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 24 jumbo peeled, deveined raw shrimp (about 1 lb.)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish
- ½ cup cream cheese, at room temperature
- ¼ cup red pepper jelly, at room temperature
Prepare the Seasoned Crackers: Stack crackers upright (as they are packaged in the sleeve) in an airtight container in a single layer. Whisk remaining 6 ingredients in a bowl pour mixture evenly over all crackers. Put lid on container let stand 10 minutes. Flip container let stand 10 minutes. Repeat until oil and seasoning have soaked into crackers, about an additional 10 minutes.
Prepare the Shrimp: Stir together shrimp, salt, and pepper in a bowl until evenly coated. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Arrange shrimp in 1 layer inside skillet. Cook until shrimp just turn pink and firm, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a large bowl cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Add parsley, lemon juice, chives, and dill stir together until shrimp are evenly coated.
Arrange 24 seasoned crackers on a platter. (Reserve remaining crackers for another use.) Spread 1 teaspoon cream cheese on each cracker. Top each cracker with 1 shrimp, and spoon ½ teaspoon pepper jelly onto each shrimp. Garnish with additional herbs. Serve immediately.
It’s a cake and a cookie all in one! What makes this tasty crowd-pleaser so special is you mix colorful candies right into the batter! Then you decorate your Easter Sugar Cookie Cake however you please. Get creative with your kids and add frosting, decorate with jellybeans, or top with colorful sprinkles.
Delicious Peeps marshmallow bunnies are the star of this Easter delight. Easter Peeps S’mores Dip is inspired by the summer campfire dessert, but this recipe is baked in the oven to create a panful of melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Dig in and scoop it up with graham crackers or pretzels.
Life's Tiny Miracles
Stay Home. Stay Safe and Celebrate!
National Day will be very different this year amidst the pandemic. From movies to staycations and even leisure travel, virtually everything that we Singaporeans love have been badly affected by Covid-19. Even National Day celebration is not spared!
Thankfully though, we can still celebrate National Day safely with our love ones with much verve and revelry in the way Singaporeans know how to – with good food delivered to our homes, thanks to the good folks at Party Diva.Co.
Party Diva.Co. is an e-commerce marketplace that brings together merchants and consumers together for a seamless experience from gifting to event and party planning.
This National Day, aside from retailing their own thematic decoratives, Party Diva.Co. also pulls together a roster of thematic offerings curated with some of our homegrown F&B brands!
‘Same’ but Delightfully Different:
A good buffet spread is ‘de rigueur’ in any Singaporean home for any celebration. Better still if it’s infused with our very own ‘local twist’! As your partner in celebrations, Party Diva.Co. will be retailing a limited-edition party bundle that includes party bunting, a cupcake stand and cake/food toppers, featuring Singapore’s icons such as the Merlion, Gardens by the Bay and even local slangs such as “Relax Lah” and “Shiok Ah!” On top of that, they even offer a variety of interesting cocktails, artisan blooming tea and local traditional desserts.
In short, everything is taken care of with Party Diva.Co. Just have a ready appetite, gather with some loved ones at home to tune into the NDP broadcasts for a meaningful National Day ‘Party’.
The Kallang Roar:
Party Diva.Cocarefully selected and curated its vendors to provide a thematic range of party options to help usher in the ‘Kallang Roar’ into our homes. Here’s what is included in the spread and what we think of it:
This limited-edition Nasi Lemak Cake (S$132) is quite a beauty to behold. It was so delicious even the kids asked for second servings! The traditional Nasi Lemak recipe is presented like a large 8-inch birthday cake, the flavours and ingredients of the Nasi Lemak Cake a symbolic gesture towards the multicultural heritage we have in Singapore. As a nod to our ethnic diversity, Nasi Lemak Indulgence pieced together this perfect combination of natural ingredients, each with a symbolic meaning – Chinese: Shrimp Paste Chicken, Malay: Sambal Goreng Tempeh and Sambal. Indian: Papadam Crackers and even Peranakan with its Blue Pea Rice (yes! So sedap!). This Nasi Lemak Cake befits the occasion of Singapore’s 55 th birthday! A must-try!
Gourmet 5-course National Day Mini Buffet from Amici Catering:
We have tasted selections from many party caterers but found AMICI’s to be outstanding in its East-Western fusion inspired dishes. We enjoyed the generous Western cuisine spread that comes with selections like Roasted Mushrooms with Caramelised Onions and Oven Roasted Rosemary Chicken drizzled with its signature Brown Sauce. It even has a vegan option that includes Fusilli Siciliana with Aubergine and Zucchini.
Their National Day mini gourmet 5-course buffet ($108+, serves 7 to 8pax) offers 15 elegantly crafted dishes to choose from. The mini buffet also comes with a complimentary six-inch National Day Raspberry Lychee Rose Cake (which was super yummy).
Ending on a High:
For Desserts and Beverages, we enjoyed:
Nana Sling Cocktail from Three Wisemen:
Raise a toast to this special occasion with a tipple or tea. Three Wisemen’s summer exclusive Nana Sling cocktail blend ($90, set of 5 x 120ml bottles) is made with Brugal Rum infused with banana leaves. This tropical beverage also combines zesty Cointreau and freshly-squeezed lemon juice with homemade orange blossom water and pomegranate syrup to balance the cocktail with a deep and sweet fragrance. Refreshing and rejuvenating!
Petale Assorted Blooming Tea from Petale Tea:
This range of artisan blooming tea balls is included in their exclusive National Day gift set ($65), which includes their limited-edition “My Fair Lady” tea ball accompanied with four of their other best-selling tea flavours. They are not only exquisite in taste but are also a sight to behold as well! Blending organic Maofeng Green Tea infused with a range of dried flora, these teas are good for health. The pair of tea glasses in the gift set helped showcase the tea balls and we love seeing them ‘blossom’ right before our eyes!
For our meal, we tried the Tuscan Sun and Vanilla Fields, both teas had a subtle yet distinctive taste of their own – it was both refreshing and soothing, perfect to pair a good Asian meal.
SG55 Platter from Kueh Ho Jiak:
We are not new to Kueh Ho Jiak’s Kuehs. They are made fresh daily with a tender texture and flavourful taste – just like how our grandparents used to make them. We were absolutely delighted that Party Diva.Co included them in their National Day offerings.
In the spirit of giving traditions a modern spin, Kueh Ho Jiak is offering a celebratory platter of handmade Merlion Ang Ku Kuehs ($37.50) and Heart Kueh Lapis to symbolise longevity and wealth. In our home, these Kuehs were gone in seconds.
Costco Carr’s Entertainment Cracker Collection Review
Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. I purchased this product with my own money and the opinions in this review are strictly my own. I am not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. I am just a fan of the company. I write these reviews to help my fellow shoppers.
Two days ago I reviewed the Costco Kirkland Signature Cheese Flight ! Do you know what goes amazingly with cheese? Crackers! I served my Costco Kirkland Signature Cheese flight with these Carr’s Entertainment Cracker Collection!
There are five different kinds of crackers in the box: a sweet grains cracker, a wheat cracker, a poppy and sesame thin, a snack cracker and an original table wafer. On the box, it tells you what each cracker pairs best with which is kind of fun. All the crackers are tasty and delicious. The sweet grains cracker was particularly interesting because it’s a very thick cracker and it’s also very sweet, it tastes more like a sweet digestive cookie than a cracker so it didn’t pair as well with the cheese. My favorite cracker was the snack cracker which is flaky, buttery and a little salty. All the crackers in the box are very simple and delicious and would pair well with a whole bunch of different toppings or dips. The crackers don’t have very much flavor, except for the sweet grains cracker which is delightfully sweet. My husband and I didn’t eat the sweet grains cracker with the meat or cheese I put out but we each ate one after as a “dessert”. .
I paid $7.99 Canadian for the box of two 300 gram packages of crackers.
These are perfectly convenient to have around the holiday season! They would pair well with cheese, meat, dips, spreads etc. They’re extremely flavorful which in my opinion makes them more versatile. The big box of Carr’s Entertainment Crackers has two separate smaller boxes inside that contain the crackers that are wrapped in plastic. Therefore you’re not opening a massive box at once. Once you tear open the plastic there’s no way to reseal the crackers which is slightly disappointing. The crackers have a best before date that’s over six months from the date I purchased the crackers.
Three crackers is 80 calories, three and a half grams of fat, 85 mg of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrates, one gram of fibre, one gram of sugar and two grams of protein. The ingredients list definitely isn’t the healthiest with the second ingredient being palm oil and the third ingredient being sugar.
These aren’t the healthiest crackers at Costco but they’re perfect for over the holiday season with different kinds of cheese, meat, dips or spread.
Convenience: 9.5/10 (I wish the crackers resealed)
What are your favorite crackers to buy at Costco? Have you had these? Did you like them?