Monday, July 29, 2013

Throw a Summer Party, Entertain Like a Champion

Guys, I love Summer. I love the extra daylight. I love the abundance of fresh food at farmer's markets. I love heading to cookouts with friends. It's just a fun time of year. In spite of the fact that it rained for a month and now it's sweltering hot the next month, I was determined to make the best of it by throwing a superbly smashing Summer soire! We have been grilling a lot lately so I thought I would switch things up and go with a a more finger foods oriented dinner. This dinner party was going to be fantabulous. To beat the heat? We went the "fresh" and "cool" route.

Lay's was kind enough to help me throw this basha by supplying me with some yum yums and this awesome and surprisingly fresh Black Bean Corn Bites recipe. I would usually make a layered Mexican dip full of cheese and heavy stuff when I whip out the Tostito's but this corn bites recipe is full of fresh ingredients and is extremely refreshing on a hot Summer day (and yes, the Northeast has been hella hot). How can you go wrong with such yummy, fresh ingredients?


I'd also wanted to make a healthier version of a ranch dip, to accompany my Classic Lay's potato chips. This is always a hit for those wanted to nosh on something tasty. I reached to my old tried and true recipe from Gimme Some Oven, a Homemade Ranch Seasoning mix with greek yogurt. So simple! You just combine all dry ingredients (for your seasoning) then combine with yogurt and top with some chopped chives. So simple, easy and a healthier option than mayo or sour cream.

  • 1/3 cup dry buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. dried onion flakes
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried chives
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • fresh chives for topping

Frito-Lay has the perfect summer snack for however you celebrate, whether you’re relaxing and unwinding at home with Lay’s® Classic potato chips or celebrating summer with Tostitos® Scoops!® tortilla chips at a backyard party. So in order to help you throw your next partaaaaaay, Lay's is offering one of my readers a $50 AMEX Gift Card to get the goodies so  you can snack like the best of them. Just use the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway open from July 29th until August 5th, 2013. Good Luck! xoxo

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*I participated in this sponsored campaign for One2One Network. I received monetary compensation and product to facilitate my post, but all opinions stated are my own.

117 comments:

  1. This all looks so yummy

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  2. I would try the Chipotle FRITOS® Meringues recipe

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  3. I would definitely try this one! Sounds super yummy... http://www.fritolay.com/recipes/recipe/crusted-cauliflower-gratin

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  4. I'd like to try the Garden Onion Burger.
    Name on rafflecopter: Mary Happymommy

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  5. that homemade ranch dressing looks delicious
    malinda
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  6. Garden onion burger!

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  7. Black Bean dip for sure!

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  8. Low Country Pork Tenderloin Hoagie with Buttermilk Mustard Mayo

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  9. The Savory Veggie Nachos!

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  10. I want to try the Mac & Cheese Carbonara with Potato Chip Crust.


    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  11. avocado and lime black bean salsa - yum!

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  12. Chipotle Tortilla Soup - yum!

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  13. I would like to try the Mixed Bean and Cheddar Dip.

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  14. I really want to try the first recipe. Sounds amazing!

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  15. I would like to try the FRITOS® Chili Pie

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  16. Nataly CarbonellJuly 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Definitely the Chili Cheese Bake

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  17. Everything looks so good.

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  18. the TOSTITOS® Crust Party Quiches sound great for a party!

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  19. I'd try the Sloppy Joe SCOOPS!® recipe!

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  20. we would like to try the Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad Recipe.

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  21. I'd like to try the Chili Cheese Bake

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  22. i would try the zesty salsa

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  23. Fritos Tuna Club Sandwich - oh yum!

    Thank you.
    Rafflecopter name Barbara Montag

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  24. Garden Lime dip

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  25. billiondollarprincesssJuly 29, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    The chili cheese bake looks so yum!

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  26. Oh the Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad Recipe sounds wonderful and gluten free too! :)

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  27. Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

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  28. Black bean dip is my fav!

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  29. The Full Press Fundido queso!

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  30. I would make the Mozzarella Boulettes!

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  31. Vegetable-Queso Dip

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  32. I would like the salsa spinach dip

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  33. salsa spinach dip catho67{AT}aol{DOT}com

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  34. would like to try the grilled honey peaches

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  35. The Chicken Mexicano with Nectarine-Avocado Salsa caught my eye.

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  36. Snappy salsa and bacon dip

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  37. Grilled Veggies Tostitos® Scoops -- healthy and yummy-looking!

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  38. The Vegetable-Queso Dip sounds delicious.

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  39. RUFFLES® Ultimate Smokehouse BBQ Quesadilla with BBQ Beef Dip -- looks great!

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  40. Christine WaddellJuly 30, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Mmmm.....the queso fundido looks DELICIOUS!!!

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  41. I love the mango chutney!!!! SO good! http://www.fritolay.com/recipes/recipe/mango-salsa-chutney

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  42. I want to make the Roasted Red Bell Pepper - Kalamata Basil Dip.

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  43. Salsa Spinach Dip

    My e-mail: blackasphodel(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. I would like to try the Fritos Sunflower Dip!

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  45. Cheesy Macaroni FRITOS® Pie

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  46. Mini Pizza Featuring DORITOS®Nacho Cheese Flavored Tortilla Chips

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  47. I'd try the Salsa Spinach Dip

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  48. Melissa Green HartleyJuly 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    LAY'S® Sour Cream & Onion Chicken Chips .. yummy

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  49. the vanilla breakfast smoothies would be great for my diet
    tcogbill at live dot com

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  50. I'd try the
    Chocolate & Potato Chip Cookies

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  51. ranch seasoning

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  52. I would love to try the mini pizzas with Doritos

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  53. I'd love to make the Vegetable Queso dip--yum!

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  54. i would like to try the vegetable-queso dip

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  55. black bean corn bites

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  56. I would totally do the black bean corn bites, but I'd probably add more stuff to them! They look yummy and fun for the kiddos. :)

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  57. Grilled Veggies Tostitos® Scoops!® look great!

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  58. Howl at the moon nachos

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  59. Vegetable-Queso Dip

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  60. Heather Hayes PanjonJuly 31, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I'd Try The Red Pepper Pesto Bruschetta Recipe!

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  61. cold melon salsa

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  62. I want to try the crust party quiches!

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  63. I like the homemade ranch dip.

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  64. I would definitely try the Roasted Red Pepper Cheesy Dip! Looks so tasty and easy to make!

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  65. Brenda Witherspoon-BedardJuly 31, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    black bean corn bites

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  66. Chipotle salsa sounds good and easy

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  67. Southwest Enchilada Black Bean Turkey Burgers

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  68. All of them, but my fave is the black bean corn bites :)

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  69. The Original Fiesta Bowl

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  70. I think the Hot Olive & Artichoke Dip sounds yummy!

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  71. Spicy Feta Burger Dip


    charity s

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  72. Hot Cheese Bake

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  73. that bastard soulAugust 1, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    the fritos Waffles with Mascarpone and Warm Strawberry Compote

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  74. Roasted Red Pepper Cheesy Dip sounds delicious

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  75. Fritos Sunflower Dip!

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  76. I like the Mini Pizza Featuring DORITOS® Nacho Cheese Flavored Tortilla Chips

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  77. TOSTITOS® Crust Party Quiches look awesome and are gluten free!

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  78. Vegetable-Queso Dip.

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  79. I would try the homemade ranch dip

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  80. I would love to try the Simple Mango Salsa.

    maggie at literary winner dot com

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  81. The http://www.fritolay.com/recipes/recipe/white-chocolate-pumpkin-dip looks interesting would love to try it

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  82. Definitely the pita chip pizza. Looks delicious!

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  83. I like the Tostitos crust party quiches.

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  84. My Grandaughter has Celiac and is Gluten Free, so I'd like to try the Mac & Cheese Carbonara with Potato Chip Crust

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  85. I would like to make the Pita Chip Pizza.

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  86. Vegetable-Queso Dip

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  87. I want to try to make the homemade ranch dip

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  88. This is not from the Frito Lay recipe site so does not count as a valid entry.

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  89. *This is not from the Frito Lay recipe site so does not count as a valid entry.

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  90. This is not from the Frito Lay recipe site so does not count as a valid entry.*

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  91. **This is not from the Frito Lay recipe site so does not count as a valid entry.

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  92. This is not from the Frito Lay recipe site so does not count as a valid entry

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  93. The Cold Melon Salsa sounds fantastic!

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  94. I would definitely make the Vegetable-Queso Dip.

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  95. Spicy Feta Burger Dip

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  96. black bean corn bites and Hot Cheese Bake seems yummmm :)

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  97. The Roasted Red Pepper Cheesy Dip! I'm terrible with chips and dip though, my self control seems to drop drastically :)

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  98. Black bean corn bites, yum!

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  99. I would make the homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix and then make a Ranch Dip for chips.

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  100. the Hot olive and artichoke dip looks awesome! i'm the only one in my house that would eat it too! :)

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  101. I would like to try the FRITOS® Chili Pie
    Rafflecopter name: Carolsue

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  102. I would like to try the TOSTITOS ARTISAN RECIPES® Tortilla Chips Stuffing.

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  103. Fritos Chili Pie looks delicious!

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  104. black bean corn bites

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  105. I'd like to try the Garden Lime Dip.

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  106. Christine JessamineAugust 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    I would love the
    Southwest Enchilada Black Bean Turkey Burgers

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  107. I'd like to try the tostitos crust party quiches

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  108. Taynia @ The Fiscal FlamingoAugust 3, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    I'd gladly dive into those black bean corn bites!

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  109. Kim@EyesonthedollarAugust 3, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Homemade ranch dip would be a big hit at my house.

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  110. the Garden Lime Dip

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  111. the garden lime dip

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  112. i'd love the veggie queso dip

    Nathansmommy619(At)Aol(Dot)com

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  113. I would try the Savory Veggie Nachos ..yum!

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  114. Karla Sceviour on rafflecopter

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  115. I would try the Full court garden veggie salad!
    Tammy Dalley....

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