Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

These simple scalloped potatoes are a must have on every holiday table – they are perfectly tender with two kinds of cheese and a hint of smoked paprika, and they can even be prepared the day before. A delicious update to the potatoes you enjoyed growing up!

No Easter (or holiday) table is complete without the addition of a good scalloped potato dish – it is the perfect compliment to a juicy ham, carrots and of course green beans. And with our super easy version; that ensures your potatoes are ALWAYS perfectly cooked, you will have everyone begging you for the recipe.

crisp scalloped potatoes in casserole dish
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14 of The Greatest Game Day Dips

Game day food doesn’t need to be boring thanks to our round-up of incredible dips; everything from super cheesy queso dip to smoked salsa and everyone’s favorite – guacamole! There is a dip for everyone on our list!

It’s almost time for the biggest game of the year for football fans and with that comes plenty of delicious game day dips and foods for you to indulge in! You can always find me around the food table at these gatherings rather than in front of the TV (unless it is basketball!) and I am not ashamed to admit it…you’ll see for yourself after checking out the dip recipes below what I am talking about friends!

Post Updated: 01/10/2020

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Game Day Dips everyone will LOVE

I asked some of my fellow bloggers for their Greatest Game Day Dips and Finger Foods and am blown away by their contributions, they gave me so many yummy foods to share with you guys that I am dividing into a couple of posts (so be sure to come back and check out the next one).

creamy dill pickle dip – fun money mom

Cheesy Dill Pickle Dip in white bowl with corn chips

Pickles and Cream Cheese are two of the main ingredients in this yummy dip! I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to dunk a chip in this tasty dip (but maybe that’s just because I am a dill pickle lover)!

hot artichoke dip – diary of a debutante

Hot Artichoke Dip in white bowl

When game day comes around you don’t want to be slaving in the kitchen trying to whip up tasty treats for everyone to enjoy, thankfully this simple Artichoke Dip comes together with just a few ingredients and very little time!

buffalo onion ranch dip w chicken – savvy saving couple

Oval dish with Buffalo Dip surrounded by veggies and bread crisps

A deliciously creamy dip, an update on the classic buffalo chicken dip that everyone will love! Be warned though, you may just miss a touchdown while shoving your face full of this!

Avocado cilantro cream dip – living sweet moments

Glass of creamy avocado dip with rolled corn chips

A perfectly creamy avocado dip that can be enjoyed with chips, veggies, taquitos and more!

cheesy hot corn dip – the kitchen is my playground

Brown dish full of hot corn dip being scooped out with corn chip

The title says it all, corn and cheese combine together to make a delicious dip (With a slight spice from chopped jalapenos) that will impress all your game day guests.

smoked salsa – the olive blogger

Fresh salsa with tomatoes, onion and cilantro in a bowl

The only salsa recipe you will ever need!!! Your guests won’t be able to stop themselves from dipping their chips in the smokey flavors of this delicious salsa.

mediterranean dip – delicious on a dime

White square platter of Mediterranean Dip

A healthier dip option that is loaded with all the flavors of the Mediterranean (olives, feta, hummus and more!)…it comes together in under 10 minutes and can be served with veggies or chips!

super cheesy chili dip – big bear’s wife

Ooey Chili Dip in the center of a pull apart bread bowl

Everything you LOVE about chili turned into a dip and then topped with mozzarella stuffed biscuits (uhh what?!) This is going to the top of my game day eats for sure!


Hot Pizza Dip in glass bowl on white plate with fresh vegetables

A delicious hot dip that comes together with a few of your fave pizza toppings (sausage, cheese, tomato sauce!) I would eat this as a dinner dish too!


Cheesy Queso Dip in white bowl scooped out with corn chips

A classic dip that EVERYONE needs to know how to make! Who doesn’t love an ooey queso dip while watching the big game?! You can even whip this up to accompany a nacho bar to really up your entertaining game.

spinach dip – this ole mom 

Spinach Dip in bread bowl with football cut out

Here is another CLASSIC dip that everyone loves, even if they don’t like spinach! It is creamy, tangy and delicious and best served with chunks of bread or veggies! Bonus points for the Football shaped bread bowl too!

easy guacamole (Everyone’s favorite dip) – the olive blogger

Black square bowl full of fresh guacamole with tortilla corn chip

Who doesn’t love a good guac?! This one comes together in just a few minutes with bright and fresh ingredients and it can be adapted for your tastes (love spice? Add more jalapeno!). Want in on a little secret?? We also spread this delicious guacamole on our burgers!!!

7 layer black bean dip – the rising spoon 

Layered Black Bean dip in rectangle dish

I loooveee a good layered dip and this one has all my faves – olives, refried beans, sour cream, cheese, avocados and MORE!) I am drooling just thinking about this one!

bacon jalapeno popper dip – sugar spun run 

Cast iron skillet with Jalapeno Popper Dip

She had me at bacon and kept me with cheese, jalapenos and panko bread topping…yum yum!

There you have it friends, 14 amazing Game Day Dips that are sure to impress even the all-star quarterback at your party!! Be sure to share with us which one you can’t wait to try below.

Easy Nutella Brownie Recipe – Fudgey and Chewy!

If you are looking for delicious brownies from scratch then this Nutella Brownie recipe is for you! Simple to make with just a few ingredients, these brownies will become a favorite quickly.

I am gonna just start by saying that these Nutella Brownies are the BEST brownies you will ever make!!! And I do not say that lightly friends. As you know I am a major chocoholic and brownies may as well be listed as a food group for me. I mean take my Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake as an example of my extreme chocolate obsession!

This recipe was adapted from my friend at Aileen Cooks during a monthly recipe swap we were doing and as soon as I saw her Nutella Brownies I was done…heart stopped, drool running down my face, done. I mean can you blame me…look at how they turned out!! I love the little pockets of chocolate chips mixed with the hazelnut goodness of the Nutella.

Post updated: February 10th, 2020

white plate with 3 stacked brownies

Just looking at that plate of goodness makes me want more…sadly we brought them all to a dinner party with friends and they were DEVOURED which meant no leftovers for us! But hey that’s okay, just means I get to make another batch…just for me…for me and my hubby of course!

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We’ve compiled some of the most asked questions about making brownies from scratch, if you have a question that isn’t listed here please feel free to email us or comment below!

how to make brownies from scratch

Believe it or not, making brownies from scratch is actually really easy! You want to first combine your wet ingredients; in this case the Nutella with eggs and vanilla, and then in a separate bowl sift your dry ingredients together. Once these two steps are finished you combine them together and only mix until you can no longer see the dry ingredients. You DO NOT want to over mix a brownie batter!

How to Bake Brownies from Scratch

Once your batter is prepared you’ll want to get them in the oven to bake so you can enjoy them sooner! To bake brownies from scratch you need to start with preparing your pan; always grease the pan you are using so the brownies don’t stick, then you will place the brownies in your preheated oven for the set amount of time as outlined in your recipe. Keep an eye on them during baking time and remove them when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (minus any gooey goodness from add ins like chocolate chips/nutella).

Baking pan with freshly baked Nutella Brownies


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Easy Nutella Brownies

These Nutella Brownies are the BEST brownies you will ever make! Perfectly chocolaty and full of Nutella flavor, with the perfect gooey-ness in every bite!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
Keyword: Chewy Brownie Recipe, Easy Homemade Brownies, Gooey Nutella Brownies
Servings: 12 Brownies
Calories: 280kcal
Author: Melissa ~ The Olive Blogger


  • 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • cups Nutella
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a square 8×8 baking dish and set aside.
  • Combine Nutella, eggs, and vanilla in stand mixer until well combined.
  • In a small bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the Nutella mixture until JUST combined.
  • Add in the chocolate chips and gently mix in.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the greased baking dish and bake 22-25 minutes.
  • Let cool before serving.

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Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe

Our Butternut Squash Risotto is the perfect Fall comfort food – The flavor from the nutty squash combines with the creaminess of the risotto to make a show-stopping dish you will want to eat every night!


Last Updated: 22 Sept 2019

Risotto in large skillet topped with Parmesan cheese with plate of squash next to cutting board

Now, I know  most people are intimidated when they see the name RISOTTO! Ahhh! But guys, calm down, it may look and taste like it was made at a 5 star restaurant but I assure you this recipe is VERY simple! We even provide you with a step-by-step tutorial with photos below to help you out. You just need to ensure that the level of heat stays consistent and that you stir constantly and you will come out with a delicious risotto every time.

I love adding new recipes to my Fall line-up, I mean you can never have enough comfort foods in your recipe box right? Most people will think of soups and stews for a classic comfort food, like my Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup (go on, check it out and make that this week too…it makes a ton so you can have leftovers) but I think you will start to add in this risotto once you have had a taste.

Roasted Butternut Squash chunks on baking sheet


 risotto recipes are versatile

One of the amazing things about this recipe is that you can really customize it to your mood and what you have in the fridge. Want Asparagus Risotto instead? Sure, no problem, cut and steam the asparagus and throw it in. Wanna make it a Mushroom Risotto? Yep, go ahead, do a quick satuee to the mushrooms of your choice and add em in! Do you see the pattern?

Now this recipe is ESPECIALLY delicious as it features one of my favorite Fall ingredients- Butternut Squash. Oh ya, I can see you drooling already!  And thankfully it makes enough to serve 6-8 people so you can go back for seconds! (Trust me, you’ll be sneaking spoonfuls as you pack up the leftovers).

Mr. Olive has been making me different risotto dishes since our wedding night when we served an incredible Asparagus Risotto to our 250 guests…well the hall prepared and served it, we all just devoured it! I asked him a number of years ago to incorporate squash into the risotto one night instead of our usual asparagus variation and I was not disappointed. This is now our go-to flavor choice when making this classic comfort food all winter long.

faq for risotto recipes

I know you guys probably have a few questions before you get started with making your dish, so I want to make sure I take some time to answer the most common ones. There is nothing worse than not being prepared before making a recipe for the first time…am I right?

can you make risotto without wine?

Yes! Wine is not a mandatory ingredient in any risotto dish, though it does add a nice punch of flavor thanks to the acidity. If you don’t want to use wine in yours you can simply add some lemon juice or a white wine vinegar in place of it, or you can leave it out all together and just increase your broth by that little amount.

what is the best rice for risotto?

This is a non-negotiable for me- it HAS TO BE Arborio rice. Some people will tell you to use any Italian variety but personally we have found that the Arborio rice is the perfect choice. It holds up well to the constant stirring and brings the right amount of starchiness to the pan (which is what gives you all that creamy texture in your risotto). It is also a fairly common short grain rice that you should be able to find at any local grocery store.

what can i add to risotto?

Friends, the possibilities here really are endless! As I mentioned above we have done asparagus, mushrooms and of course our butternut risotto. You can do a simple cheese risotto using just Parmesan and Romano cheese. You can also use almost any veggie you can think of- broccoli, cauliflower, turnip, parsnip etc. Your mind is the limit when it comes to what you choose to put into it, just keep in mind that you always want to take care of your added in veggie ahead of time; either steam, roast, blanch etc. This will make adding it to your risotto an easier process and keep it from separating.

what goes well with butternut squash?

Butternut Squash is a subtle, nutty flavored squash variety that really goes well with a number of different dishes, that’s why it is so perfect in a risotto recipe. You can serve it with a nice crusty bread or along side some roasted chicken to make it a full dinner party menu.

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When making your risotto there are two things you want to make sure you have on hand; a really good sturdy wooden spoon and a heavy bottom skillet. Both are so important in making sure your temperature is right and you can get the right consistency.

step by step making of butternut squash risotto

Once your squash is roasted and your broth is coming to a low simmer cook onions over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add in garlic .

Onions cooking in skillet

Add in Arborio Rice and toast for 2 minutes.

Arborio rice toasting in skillet

Add wine to toasted rice and give a stir until absorbed. Turn heat down to medium-low.

Wine added to rice for risotto

Add broth 2 ladles at a time to cover the rice- stir constantly until it is almost all absorbed. Repeat until rice is no longer crunchy and is perfectly creamy.

Stirring risotto with wooden spoon in skillet to create creamy consistency

Add in mashed butternut squash along with Parmesan cheese, lemon zest and salt and pepper to taste.

Squash risotto in skillet with wooden spoon ready to serve


risotto recipe 

Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe

Creamy and full of nutty flavor - this Butternut Squash Risotto is easy to make and tastes delicious!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, Rice, Risotto
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Butternut Squash Soup, Risotto Recipe
Servings: 6 people
Author: Melissa


  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic chopped
  • 1 Butternut Squash 1.5lb roasted and mashed
  • 1/4 c Butter
  • 6 c Vegetable Stock we use the stock cubes a mix our own, more cost effective!!
  • 2 c Arborio Rice make sure it says Arborio and NOT Italian!
  • 1 c Dry White Wine
  • Zest of half a Lemon
  • 1/4 c Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Prepare your squash (roast and mash) and set aside for later. *You can do this a couple of days in advance and keep in your fridge until ready to use.
  • Over medium-low heat bring your stock to a very gentle simmer in a medium pot (this is key, NOT boiling)
  • In large pan melt butter over medium heat, add in onions and a pinch of salt. Allow to sweat until they are almost translucent. Add in garlic and stir, add in your rice to toast (about 2 minutes) make sure you are stirring from here on out...do not stop!
  • Add wine and stir until completely absorbed. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Now you will begin to add your broth a couple of ladles at a time. You want to add enough to cover the rice, and make sure you are stirring constantly to absorb. You will notice a beautiful creamy consistency begin to form.
  • Repeat the above step until your broth is gone or your rice is no longer crunchy (about 30 minutes...This will create the creamy consistency everyone loves with risotto!
  • Lastly, add in your mashed squash, parmesan and the lemon zest. Stir until everything is mixed. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
Things to Keep in mind with Risotto

Okay, so remember I said it was very easy to make and you just had to keep a couple things in mind? Well let’s go over that again just to make sure you get the perfect risotto the first time!

  • Heat consistency is KEY! You will want to use a heavy bottom pan to keep the heat even throughout the cooking process. This goes for your pot that is simmering with your broth too!
  • Stir, stir, stir! Make sure you use a good wooden spoon for this! Why? Well it will not conduct heat, meaning it is neutral in your pan (doesn’t mess with the heat consistency mentioned above). You can also use a silicone spatula if you prefer, but I love the feel of the wooden spoon for stirring the risotto, it really moves it around!
  • Milkiness is key! Once you add your liquid (which you add slowly) you want to see the milky starch as you stir. This shows that you are doing it right, and your risotto is coming together perfectly.
  • You don’t need a $40 bottle of wine! People often skip over recipes that call for the use of wine as they think they need to go out and buy an expensive bottle just to dump into their dish…now, yes there are SOME dishes where you want to do this (where the wine is really the star flavor maker) but not in this case! Do you know what we do? Open the fridge and grab whatever dry white wine is sitting there from our last date night…yep!

Well guys, that’s it! I told you it was a simple dish to make! You won’t believe the flavors in this one when you make it. And guess what? It is even BETTER the next day! Enjoy!

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