Watch These Folks Eat The Worst Artichoke Dip Ever (Video)


By Cooking Panda

Not everyone can nail seasonal recipes for crowd-pleasing, and even if they can, they’re bound to have an off day or two. This was the case for poor Leslie Horton of Global News when she brought a homemade artichoke dip into work.

While it should be the thought that counts, the web has a very different view. The video (below) of her co-anchors gagging over what has been termed by Global News as the “Horrendous Holiday Artichoke Dip” proves that, since it has gone viral. Pretty much everyone is talking about and sharing it. Poor Leslie Horton.

Those who tasted the dip claimed it tasted overwhelmingly of vinegar, although Horton claims to have not used any. As it happens, this particular appetizer is a crowd favorite among Horton’s family, so she obviously knows how to make it properly. I wonder if that means someone played a trick on her!

When she first shows the dip to the camera, we can tell something is off already. “It’s not supposed to look like that,” she says. Next, she tells us that she had wanted to go and purchase a fruitcake from Safeway, since that’s her actual favorite holiday food. Looking back, I’m sure she wishes she had gone with option A.

When Horton’s co-anchors aren’t even able to swallow the artichoke dip because of the intense vinegar taste, Horton says she’s not offended because she agrees with them. “It’s artichocke dip, but something went terribly wrong,” she says. One anchor even says, “it burns,” when asked how she’s enjoying the taste of the dip.

So, what went wrong? Was it the use of oranges in combination of celery salt? It’s hard to tell. Clearly something was off, because artichoke dip, especially made without vinegar, should not taste like vinegar. It also shouldn’t smell “like a barn.” I have to hand it to everyone for being brave enough to try it, because I’m sure I wouldn’t have.

Not many people love fruit cake, and I’d guess even fewer have said, “I should have chosen the fruit cake,” but I think this time is an exception.

Sources: Global News (2) / Photo Credit: Global News/YouTube

Tags: Artichoke Dip, global news, holiday food, Leslie Horton
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This Oreo Tin Is The Perfect Holiday Gift


By Cooking Panda

Do you have a holiday gift exchange coming up? How about a parent or grandparent to shop for, who loves cookies and other sweets? If you’re looking for ideas, look no further. This Oreo tin is perfect.

Not only is Oreo milk’s favorite cookie, it’s almost everyone else’s favorite too. Oreo seems to know this as well, and that’s why they’re offering a limited-edition holiday tin for gift-giving! Delish reports that Oreo has repackaged its limited-edition White Fudge variety for the season, so we can all go nuts over it.

The tin is available on Oreo’s new gifting website. It comes in a 2-pack for $19.99. To order, you can simply go on the site and enter the email or phone number of the person to whom it should be delivered. It may even be to yourself, because, you know, treat yourself. It’s been a hard year.

Click “Start Gifting” and enter the name of the person and a message for him or her to receive upon opening the gift. Shipping is free and once you proceed to checkout, your lucky friend will get a message alerting him/her to the gift. You can even view a sample of what it will look like for that person to receive the digital part of the present by clicking “Preview a sample gift.”

Check out the sample gift to see how your message pops up next to a digital box wrapped with a bow that’s just begging to be opened. There’s a button underneath that says “Open my gift.” This would surely be a fun way of receiving any present. Once the receiver chooses to open the gift, the lid flies off the box to reveal the White Fudge Oreo Holiday Tin 2-Pack, all decked out in festive snow, ornaments and red bows. Next, all your friend has to do is fill out an address for the tin to be delivered to and that’s that! Click “Ship my gift,” and it’s off!

I don’t see much about an expiration date on this gift, so maybe recipients can even wait until that Oreo craving hits.

Sources: Delish, Oreo Gifts / Photo Credit: MrSaVaGe/Instagram

Tags: holiday food, limited edition, oreo, Oreos, seasonal, White Fudge Oreo's
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Check Out These Holiday Foods At Starbucks


By Cooking Panda

Starbucks is featuring a whole menu of festive holiday food this year, so even if you’re working from the coffee shop, you can still indulge in heavenly holiday treats.

Here’s a list of what you can expect to see:

All the Trimmings Breakfast Sandwich

This sandwich is made with maple-glazed ham, an apple sausage patty, apple-sage stuffing and maple glaze on a buttered bun. If you’re in Seattle, Florida or California you should look for it in your neighborhood Starbucks locations. The rest of us are out of luck!

Carved Ham, Egg and Swiss Breakfast Sandwich

Again we start with maple-glazed ham (because it’s so good!), but this time we’ll have Swiss cheese and egg on a croissant for breakfast. This would actually be great any time of year.

Holiday Turkey and Stuffing Panini

Just what it sounds like! Turkey and stuffing (cranberry herb stuffing, that is) and turkey gravy on focaccia. Perfect for when you couldn’t get any of the leftovers from the holiday party.

Cranberry Bliss Bar

If you’re feeling more of a sweet craving, try the Cranberry Bliss Bar. It’s a blondie bar with cream cheese icing, dried cranberries and a drizzle of orange zest. It should definitely pair well with a nice coffee this season.

Frosted Snowman Cookie

Relevant as long as the weather is chilly, this is a shortbread cookie decorated with white chocolate icing to look like a snowman. What more do we need to know?

Gingerbread Loaf

Nothing says winter like gingerbread snacks. This spice cake is made with candied ginger and topped with vanilla icing. I think I’d pair it with a nice hot chai to warm up!

Peppermint Brownie and Snowman Cake Pops

If you’re a cake pop fan you’ll love these new holiday flavors. The peppermint brownie version is made of chocolate peppermint cake mixed with buttercream and candy cane pieces, all coated in white chocolate. The snowman version is made of vanilla cake and coated with chocolate icing and a happy snowman face!

Don’t forget to pair these treats with your favorite seasonal Starbucks drinks!

Sources: Brand Eating / Photo Credit: Brand Eating

Tags: holiday food, holidays, Starbucks
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7 Thanksgiving Appetizers That Might Outshine Turkey


By Cooking Panda

Thanksgiving is nearly here! We understand that hosting people can be a little terrifying, especially if you are the one responsible for cooking dinner, and we know that your oven, stove, slow cooker and maybe even grill will be operating on full-capacity. But even so, don’t neglect your appetizers, because they are exactly what will be keeping your guests happy and patient while you scramble to stir the gravy and frantically throw an underdone turkey back into the oven. Plus, most of these are either super easy or can be made in advance.

Of course, you can totally use any of these dishes as sides for the big meal, if you’re looking to do something slightly unconventional with traditional fall flavors.

1. Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts with Creamy Lemon Dip

No one will complain about eating their veggies when they are wrapped in bacon and smothered in bright, zippy cream sauce. That’s just a fact.

2. Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pull-Apart Bread

Stuff melty smoked cheese, savory bacon and sweet caramelized onions into a hearty, rustic loaf of bread. Serve it as an appetizer, and no one will bug you about the turkey every five seconds.

3. Holiday Bacon Appetizers

If you find yourself short on time and appetizer-less, whip up these crunchy bacon snacks in no time. All you do is wrap a cracker and parmesan cheese in bacon, then just toss in the oven until crispy for the ultimate savory treat.

4. Sweet Potato Gratin with Chile-Spiced Pecans

Nothing against the usual sweet potato side dish, but there’s no shame in mixing it up every now and again. Upgrade your typical cloyingly sweet yam mash by adding a little texture and spice.

5. Green Olive, Walnut and Pomegranate Dip

If you want something sweet, tart, savory and salty all at once, try this chunky Iranian dip. You’ll love the perfect balance of bright, bold flavors, and they’ll cut right through the thick, heavy holiday entrees.

6. Apple Blue Cheese Flatbread

You can use pretty much whatever you want for the crust — flatbread, naan, pizza crust or whatever else you have on hand. You can probably even roll out a can of croissant dough if you want something a little sweeter.

7. Kabocha Bean Dip 

The best part of this squash dip, beyond its satisfying creaminess, is the esthetic factor, since you can serve the bright dip in the actual squash if you want. If you want bolder flavors, feel free to mix in curry powder, smoked paprika, chipotle, or any other similarly awesome seasonings.

Featured Photo Credit: Food Network Kitchen

Tags: Appetizer, holiday appetizer, holiday food, Tasty Tuesday, thanksgiving
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