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5 Outstanding Sweet Recipes For February

Cure your sweet tooth and stay warm at the same time with sweet recipes that feature John Wm. Macy's SweetSticks. Make them to eat in while you are watching your favorite movie or to finish off a great dinner.more

5 Interesting CheeseSticks Recipes To Savor

If you're looking for something different and unique for dinner, create a five-course meal with a few changes to your favorite recipes. The five courses would be a salad, appetizer, main meal with a side and dessert. And, all…more

5 Salty CheeseCrisps Recipes Your Guest Will Immediately Love

The big game is coming up and adding John Wm. Macy's CheeseCrisps to salty snacks will kick up the delicious food several notches. When it's time to entertain for other times of the year, or you just feel like a salty snack…more

3 Delicious Soup Secrets From John Wm. Macy's Family Bakery

A cold and damp day calls for the big guns – or the hot ones. Soup! Kick it up a notch by changing out the crackers or bread for some John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks. They are great for dipping and are also good for soaking up…more

How To Make 3 Unique and Exciting CheeseStick Casserole Dish

Incorporate John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks in your favorite casserole dishes to amp up the flavor and texture. Try something new, such as Broccoli Casserole and other recipes, or even create your own. Whether you are making…more

5 Healthy Weekday Food Recipes Before Thanksgiving

Brown-bagging it may not have been cool when you were a kid, but things change. Today, enjoying a homemade lunch at the office is a rare luxury. Instead of fighting the lunchtime crowds, why not have a healthy, delicious…more

7 Dangerously Sweet Recipes That Are Way Sweeter Than Candy

Easter has chocolate eggs and marshmallow chicks. After Thanksgiving's dinner, everyone saves room for a slice of pumpkin pie. Not one can deny that the holiday candy king of sugar overloads is Halloween.more

The Best After School Snacks

It’s that time of year again. The weather is starting to cool off and the days are getting shorter. That’s right; it’s back-to-school time. Life at this time of year always seems to be hectic. After a long lazy summer, all of…more

Great Summer Snack Ideas for the Beach

Beach season is here! When your plan is to spend the day at the beach, chances are that you are going to get hungry. But, not every snack goes well at the beach. Anything made with dairy will spoil quickly when it’s outside…more

A Beginners Guide on How to Buy Cheese

Who doesn’t love cheese? No one, that’s who. But, do you know how to buy cheese? If all you are doing is buying those single slices wrapped in cellophane, or going to the deli counter at your local grocery store and asking…more

Try Some of These Great Snacks at Your Next Pool Party

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of pool season. So, it’s time to start organizing your first pool party now. Of course you need to be sure that you have plenty of extra towels, rafts, and pool toys to keep…more

Try These Great-Tasting Healthy Snacks

Everyone has a reason for wanting to eat healthfully. Maybe you’re trying to fit into your bathing suit, or perhaps there’s a wedding coming up. Eating healthfully might be a lifestyle choice for you. Regardless of your…more

Fun and Healthy Snack Ideas Your Kids Will Love

One of the hardest parts of being a parent is figuring out the best way to feed your kids. Kids love to snack, but often snack foods have no health benefits. Rather than continuing to let your kids eat snacks that have no…more

A Rainy Day Recipe for Fun

After a series of beautiful days filled with time at the playground, walks in the park, and outdoor excursions, seeing gray skies, clouds, and raindrops can be a disappointment for you and your kids. Just because it’s gloomy…more

Comfort Foods for Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, you want to eat food that is warm and comforting. As the temperature continues to drop this winter, try one of these fantastic comfort food dishes to get you through the cold winter days and nights.more

Great Tips and Tricks for Planning Your Menus in Advance

Eating is something we all need to do. However, trying to figure out what to serve for each meal every day can become a frustrating task quite quickly. One way to alleviate this issue is by thoughtfully planning out your…more

Six Delicious Spicy Cheese Dip Recipes

Cheese dips are always a popular choice for serving at a party. However, there are times when you might be looking for something with a little more zip and pizzazz. The next time you are looking for something with the kind of…more

6 Must-Try New Year’s Eve Party Foods

The holidays are here, and 2015 is quickly coming to a close. The last big event of the year is, of course, New Year’s Eve. There are many ways to celebrate the last night of the year, and none of them is complete without…more

5 Simple Delicious Dessert Recipes for Cheese Lovers

If you’re anything like me, cheese is an integral part of your life. I like to find a way to work cheese into every meal of the day, and dessert is no exception. If you’re a cheese lover, you need these five easy, cheesy…more

8 Fun Tailgating Food Ideas

Lovers of football are also lovers of tailgating. If you’re planning on heading out to a game, there’s no sense in not making a major event of it. But, a tailgating party requires food, and lots of it. It can be hard to…more

4 Quick and Easy Recipes for Dinner With Friends

The thought of hosting a dinner party with friends seems like a good one at first. However, if you’re not super confident in the kitchen, and the thought of cooking for a group of people makes you nervous, you may feel the…more

Six Must-Try Easy Cheese Ball Recipes

You can’t go wrong when you serve a cheese ball at a party. It seems like everyone loves diving into a huge ball of cheese and spreading it on crackers and bread. But, buying a pre-made cheese ball at the grocery store can be…more

10 Simple Slow Cooker Dishes for Chilly Nights

If you love low maintenance, warm, fall-flavored dishes, you will love this list of slow cooker recipes. Making use out of in-season vegetables and exploiting the chilly weather, these fall twists on classic recipes were…more

Fun Mocktails for Kids and Adults to Enjoy

You love cocktails, so what makes you think your kids wouldn’t love them too? Of course, kids can’t drink cocktails that contain alcohol, but they can enjoy some mocktails that are completely virgin but also delicious and fun…more

How to Spend More Time with your Family in the Kitchen

The kitchen performs an important function in the home. It is the place where everyone goes to receive nourishment. However, a kitchen can go beyond that simple function. The kitchen can be the place to go to form stronger…more

5 Creative Gourmet Cheese Spreads to Impress your Party Guests

There's just something about cheese that is comforting and brings people together. For years serving a cheese ball or cheese log at a party simply meant a lump of cheese covered in nuts that was set out with crackers and a…more

6 Easy & Cheesy Dips for Dunking CheeseSticks

Cheese. There may be no better single syllable in the world. One of the best qualities of cheese is its versatility. There’s no better way to see this versatility than to witness all the different ways it can be used. One of…more

Flaking Out on Breakfast? Try These Overnight Oats

Yes, yes, we know oatmeal is good for us. “It’s the right thing to do,” as Wilford Brimley used to growl on TV. They make a great cookie, but as a breakfast they leave something to be desired.  more

4 Colorful Foods to Brighten Your Diet

We already know that the bright hues of many foods—red, blue and purple berries, green leafy vegetables and deep-toned roots among them—promise good eating with rich flavors. Increasingly, we’re learning that these foods also…more

Three Delicious Snacks That Cool You Down In The Summer Heat

Staying cool in the summer is not easy, especially if you are unable to stay in an air-conditioned environment the entire day. Thankfully, there are some things that you can do to keep cool and one of those things is eating…more

Stay Warm with these Hot Chocolate Recipes.

Well friends, if you’re on the east coast this week staying warm is definitely on your mind! Maybe you’re the type who likes spending a winter day hitting the mountain slopes with friends. Or maybe you just need to brave the…more

Keep Guests Busy With Fun Tasks and Easy Snack Recipes So You Can Cook Holiday Dinner

Guests are great, especially during the holidays. They fill our homes with laughter and help us to create great memories. Let’s be honest though, sometimes they can get a little “under foot”.  It’s a challenge to prepare the…more

Warm Up To An Outdoor Winter Party With Hot Drink and Appetizer Recipes

As temperatures drop and people huddle inside with the heater blasting,  indoor winter parties can sometimes feel cramped. Why not embrace the chill of the season? This winter, think about hosting an outdoor party with warm…more

Vegetarian and Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes For the Family

If there’s one thing that I am grateful for, it’s considerate people. Thinking of others is a gift that some people naturally have. But in this increasingly self-involved world, consideration can be hard to come by. If you…more

Fall Centerpieces, Appetizer Recipes, and Cocktails to Warm Your Soul

While you may not be hosting your family Thanksgiving this year, you could be considering a fall dinner party for friends. With the right look, feel, appetizer recipes, and drinks it could be the hit affair of the season.…more

Turn Favorite Meals Into Appetizer Recipes

I love appetizers. But I have to admit that I get tired of the same chips and dip and cheese platters. But how do you avoid making the same, frequently used appetizer recipes for every gathering? And what about the parties…more

Thumbs Up To Easy Finger Foods For Meals on the Go

You have 30 minutes to get from one appointment to the next meeting and your stomach begins to growl. You find yourself being pulled to the nearest fast-food restaurant for a quick bite. Don’t do it! While the calorie-laden,…more

Scare up Some Party Appetizer Ideas That Will Have Guests Howling With Pleasure

Halloween is nearly here and there’s perhaps nothing scarier than trying to come up with party appetizer ideas. So if you are haunted by the thought of getting your Halloween party together, have no fear. It is possible to…more

Picking the Best Fall Ingredients For Your Appetizer Recipes

The air is turning crisp and the leaves begin their metamorphosis into an explosion of red, yellow, and orange. Fall is here and with the changes in weather and scenery comes a change in the ingredients you might choose for…more

Say Goodbye to Summer With Seasonal Settings and Party Food Ideas

Change can be difficult, endings can be sad, and saying goodbye can tug at your heart. But when it comes to wrapping up the summer season, all it takes is a fabulous send off bash to help ease the pain. With some well planned…more

Don’t Let Guest’s Brains Explode-Make Party Food Recipes With Visual Appeal

You’ve likely heard the adage that we eat with our eyes. If not, know this – it’s true, and there’s scientific fact to back it up. The visual impact of your party food recipes can greatly impact your guests enjoyment of what…more

Small Dessert Recipes That Focus on Flavor

In a world where bigger seems to be associated with better, and where “super size” is a selling tactic, I think it’s time to pull back and consider quality over quantity. The next time you’re looking for dessert recipes,…more

Celebrate the Fourth With All American Appetizer Recipes

When the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4th, 1776 it not only set in motion our path to establishing this great country, it also triggered an annual day of celebration for Americans for centuries to come. As…more

Keeping Up With New Party Food Ideas

Predictions, lists, and trends. It can be tough to keep up with the latest in what’s happening in the culinary world. If you are interested in changing up your repertoire when it comes to party food ideas, dinners, and party…more

Planning a Summer Picnic With Easy Snack Recipes

It’s the Hollywood version – a checkered cloth spread across a grassy field on a glorious, sunny day. The wicker basket overflows with homemade treats, easy snack recipes, wine, and all the beautiful accessories to accompany…more

Cheese Recipes, Meat and Potatoes – What Does Dad Want This Father’s Day?

Dads, we love them. And dads love food. That’s what makes it easy to treat pop well on Father’s Day. Whether they are particular in their tastes or wide-open consumers of all things culinary, there are so many meat and cheese…more

Chill Out With Cold Party Finger Food

The air is thick, the temperature is warm and all you want is something refreshing. But what’s spread before you is a hot, gooey selection of nibbles that do nothing to tempt you. What wouldn’t you give for some cold party…more

Kick Off Summer With Fresh Seafood Appetizer Recipes

The days begin to warm, and the nights follow suit as summer lays ahead. While the thermometer in your home town may not be screaming summer is almost here, today’s celebration of Victoria Day in Canada and next week’s…more

Easy Snack Recipes to Send Overseas – Or Anywhere!

It’s hard when loved ones are away for long periods of time. You want to comfort them, or remind them of home. For many of us, food is love, so sending food to a dear friend or family member is a great way show you care.…more

Pairing Light Appetizer Recipes With Wine

Often people find themselves in a dilemma when it comes to wine. Whether it’s determining which wine to serve with certain dishes, or even which wine to serve in a certain season, pairing is not always a simple task.…more

Use Fresh Herbs To Make Appetizer Recipes Come To Life

Spring has sprung and it’s time for a fresh start. What better way to add freshness and flavor than to use herbs? The aromas and intricate tastes that fresh herbs provide can add life to any appetizer recipe. But using herbs…more

Using Farm Fresh Ingredients in Appetizer Recipes

It wasn’t so long ago that people mostly ate only what they could grow. There were no grocery stores with refrigerated, frozen, or prepackaged meals. Today we live in a world of convenience, junk food, and additives. Now…more

3 Easy Ways to Fool Them With Healthy Recipes For the Family

We set aside an entire day each year that is devoted to fooling people. For some people, being sneaky has to become a daily endeavor when it comes to making recipes for the family. Getting kids and sometimes even adults to…more

Green and Irish Party Finger Foods For St Patrick’s Day Fun

Leapin’ leprechauns! You may have heard the saying that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day because so many people love to get in on the action of this fun-filled holiday. There are parades, beer festivals, and parties. If…more

Create Appetizer Recipes That Won’t Make You Feel Bloated

While the holiday party season is long over, chances are you will still be attending, or throwing an occasional get-together. Considering that spring is on it’s way and swimsuit season is just around the corner, wouldn’t you…more

What Is A Healthy Snack , And Does It Need To Be Organic?

There are so many messages out there about what we should and shouldn’t put in our bodies. Since this is National Nutrition Week, let’s answer the question “What is a healthy snack, and does it need to be organic to be truly…more

Keeping Track of Favorite Dessert, Dinner, and Appetizer Recipes

Oh, to be organized! With oodles of appetizer recipes, and recipes for the family floating around the internet and around your kitchen, wouldn’t it be nice to keep track of them? The simple days It used to be so simple. Did…more

Easy Appetizer Recipes – Dips and Spreads With A Twist

They seem to be requisite party fare. Yes, dips and spreads are easy appetizer recipes, but they don’t have to be routine. Adding a twist, or making a healthy dip can create a simple, yet interesting “go-to” dish to add to…more

Fondue: a Great Winter Gathering with Easy Party Food Recipes

With the arrival of winter and the end to holiday festivities, it’s hard to fight the desire to hibernate. But gray skies and colder temperatures are the perfect inspiration for a small, warm social gathering. What better way…more

Resolve To Keep it Simple With Recipes For the Family That Won’t Stress You Out

The holidays have been a hectic time. But with a new year beginning, make a resolution to keep it calm and simple. Do yourself a favor and make recipes for the family that are easy, tasty, and cost effective. There are two…more

Go Global With Party Finger Food

Do you feel as though you’ve settled into a rut when it comes to entertaining? It’s easy to prepare the old standbys for your next gathering. But consider being more adventurous and whip up globally inspired party finger…more

Create the Perfect Display For Your Easy Appetizers and Drinks

Entertaining during the busy holiday season should be easy.  Over-planning can not only stress you out, but it can also create an over-done party. Select and prepare easy appetizers and create a welcoming and functional…more

Party Snacks and Specialty Beer – A Pleasing Combination

It’s the time of year for all sorts of celebrations. There are holidays, the arrival of  the winter season, and a new year. There is football, and other excuses to get together and enjoy party snacks, friends, and fun. For…more

Simple and Fun Ways to Create a Gourmet Gift Basket

I remember as a child making holiday gifts. They were made with love. Why not carry on that tradition by making a gourmet gift basket filled with the things your friends and family will want? It’s easier than you’d think, and…more

Tapas, the Ultimate Party Finger Food

Sharing is good. Sampling is divine. Socializing while eating is fantastic. Being able to combine these things with some simple party finger foods is the ultimate experience. That’s what’s so wonderful about tapas. The real…more

Recipe For the Family: Celebrate a Real Thanksgiving

I’m going to put it right out there. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s not just the warmth and camaraderie of the gathering, or the delicious recipes for the family. It’s more than that. Yes, it’s the…more

Sides That Excite – How New Thanksgiving Party Food Recipes Can Bring Gratitude

As I plan my Thanksgiving dinner, I think about dinner’s past. The tradition, and the solid expectations guests bring with them often fuels my preparations. People love tradition. But I wonder, is the excitement surrounding…more

What is Sourdough, and Why is it So Good With Soup?

I like contrast. It looks good when there is contrast in a painting. I think it’s also nice to have contrasts in flavors. Perhaps that’s why I find the creaminess of a mild, hearty soup is paired well with the tang of…more

Wine and Chocolate, Party Food Ideas To Make Everyone Happy?

Nearly everyone has their vices. Some are less desirable, or less healthy than others. But if you can combine your favorite vices together as party food ideas, then life is good. For me, chocolate and wine fit the bill.…more

Spice Up Party Food Recipes For Fall

Interesting, exotic, and perfectly balanced flavor, it’s the holy grail of cooking. One of the best ways to achieve this in your party food recipes is to use the appropriate spices. Knowing which spices are best with which…more

Have Some Musical Fun While Making Appetizers For Parties

Preparing for parties is a lot of work. You select your menu, shop, spend lots of time cooking appetizers for parties. But do you have any fun while doing it? There’s nothing like some fabulous new music to help you get into…more

How a Casserole Recipe Makes People Smile

Aaaaah, comfort food. As mundane, basic, or un-gourmet it sounds, comfort food should be a staple in everyone’s dinner rotation. There’s no better comfort food than a good casserole recipe. It may take one back to their…more

The Art of Easy Outdoor Dining and Easy Snack Recipes

I like entertaining that is simple, yet elegant in it’s own, unique way. One of my favorite ways to achieve this experience is with easy snack recipes in a lovely outdoor setting. Oh, I know, you’re picturing a picnic table…more

Breathing New Life Into a Traditional Gourmet Snack

We’ve all been there. The party with the requisite cheese platter. Typically, there is a basket or plate of bland crackers to go with the mundane blocks of cheese. While a cheese platter may seem cliché, it truly is a gourmet…more

Discovering Historical Gourmet Recipes

A Story circa 1865 A story about historical recipes came across my desk the other day. Now, we tend to think the idea of a foodie is a modern notion. Truth of the matter is gourmet food wasn’t always so readily available to…more

Our Top TV Gourmet Cooking Food Shows

They’ve won numerous Emmys and have been recognized by their peers and critics. Food television shows are all around us. What happens in a network’s studio influences our kitchens. They cook, judge and critique. We listen.…more

Avoid Throwing the Worst Dinner Party Ever – Serve Easy Finger Food

Most people have had the unfortunate experience. You go to a friend's house for a dinner party, and it turns out to be one of the most torturous events you've been through. It's happened to me. All I will say is that if the…more

5 Places to Find Pictures of Artistic Party Food Ideas

When you're looking for artistic party appetizer ideas, it's easy to look in all the old familiar places. The same bookmarked websites. The familiar recipe book. Your 'favorite' party chips and dip. Yawn. Boring. What you…more

Quick and Easy Entertaining With Finger Foods For Parties

The clock is ticking. It seems almost as if the minute hands are spinning. You just got home and have guests coming in one hour. The panic sets in. What you need in this moment are some quick and easy entertaining ideas. One…more

Baked Snacks Provide a Sweet Twist on Desserts

So many of us are trying to be healthy, and it isn't easy with all the tasty temptations out there. There is good news, though. Baked snacks can help relieve the guilt without losing the crunch and the flavor, even when it…more

Treat Yourself to Gourmet Snacks For a Well-Deserved Break

Routines are good. They keep life simple and easy. They can also begin to feel so blah. So next time you reach for your routine doughnuts and coffee, consider a gourmet snack instead. Picture this – you're sitting at your…more

What Everybody Ought to Know About Food Presentation

It's a feast for the eyes. The art. The atmosphere. The appetizers. We've all attended such an affair- a black tie art gallery opening, an exclusive wine tasting event. The occasions are elegant and to be treasured. The art…more

The Perfect Crunch Can Liven Up Your Lunch

Looking for a break from the ho-hum lunch? Yes, we are all guilty of throwing together the routine sandwich, fruit, chips, and a drink. Maybe we go wild and throw in some pasta salad. So dull, and so, well, soft. Try putting…more

Who Else Wants to Discover Their Perfect Snack?

Understanding how to create a special gathering is an art. It's not only about what you serve, but how you serve it. John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks, CheeseCrisps, and SweetSticks are the perfect gourmet and baked snack answer…more