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The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress

1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

Super Bowl Recipe Throwdown: NY Buffalo Chicken Bites vs New England Lobster Nachos

posted by Christina Williams, February 5th, 2012

A big thank you to 2 Sisters 2 Cities and Making Our Life Matter for joining in the Superbowl Appetizers conversation in our Blog Entourage Community. is written by 2 sisters of course, one living in Boston and the other living in NYC. They recently had a Superbowl recipe throwdown featuring Lobster Nachos and Buffalo Chicken Bites.

I have to give major props to Sister M from Boston (representing Boston and New England) for going the extra mile using fresh, live lobsters, who she named Eli, Victor, and Hakeem.

Lobster Nachos

24 wonton wrappers
1/2 stick of unsalted butter
3 ripe avocados
1 shallot, diced
1 lime, juiced
2-3 small live lobsters, (or pre-cooked lobster meat if you prefer not to steam them)
1/4 cup chives, minced
kosher salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt the butter in the microwave or a small sauce pan. Brush both sides of each wonton wrapper with the melted butter and place on a baking sheet (I used two baking sheets and was able to fit 12 wrappers on each sheet.) Lightly sprinkle with kosher salt.
Bake for 5-8 minutes, rotating the baking sheet if one side appears to be cooking faster than the other. Keep an eye on the wonton towards the end of the baking time so they don’t burn. Remove from the oven when golden and cool on a wire rack.
Meanwhile, begin cooking the lobsters. Lobsters can be boiled or steamed. I think the meat has a better and less soggy texture when they are steamed. To do this, fill a pot with less than 2 inches of water and bring up to a boil. Place the lobsters in (always head first- if you put their tail in first they will flip it up and you will be sprayed with scalding hot water!) Generally cook at least 7 minutes per pound of lobster in the pot (we cooked these three for about 28 minutes).

Sister K representing New York made Chicken Buffalo Bites with a Blue Cheese Dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Bites with Homemade Zesty Blue Cheese**Makes 9- 4 piece servings
Ingredients:3 cups of cooked shredded white meat chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken)
1/2 cup of hot sauce plus additional to drizzling (I used Franks)
4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
1 3/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar
1/4 cup of sliced scallions
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
2-3 cups of Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick silicone mat. Prepare three bowls with flour (both all-purpose and wheat in one bowl), 1 egg and 2 egg whites whisked together, and then the panko.
In a large bowl combine the shredded chicken, cream cheese, and hot sauce. At this point you can taste the mixture to see if you want to add additional hot sauce. Next stir in shredded cheese and scallions. Using a medium cookie scoop or a rounded tablespoon form the mixture into balls a little smaller then a golf ball. This should make 36 balls. Place the balls on a large plate or platter. Once all the balls are formed take each ball and dip in flour mixture, shaking off excess flour. Then place chicken balls in the eggs and finally panko crumbs, making sure to press some of the panko into the chicken balls to stick. Next place onto lined baking sheet (*look at tip at bottom of recipe.) Bake for 20-25 minute until lightly browned and crispy. Drizzle with extra hot sauce and serve with Zesty Blue Cheese, carrot sticks, and celery sticks.
*If you don’t want to make all 36 Buffalo Chicken Bites, you can freeze them before you cook them. I placed them on a separate baking sheet and allowed them to freeze for about 30 minutes then placed them into a freezer bag. When baking frozen bites- add an additional 5 minutes to baking time.
Source- adapted from Pennies on a Platter

For Zesty Blue Cheese-
**Makes about 8 servings
Ingredients:1 cup light mayonnaise
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. fresh crushed black pepper
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2-3 minced cloves of garlic
Milk or buttermilk to thin down dressing if needed
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Add milk to thin out dressing to the desired consistency. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

This is a tough decision to pick a favorite! I live in Maryland, so I am partial to the New England Lobster Nachos. On the other hand, I looooove Blue Cheese Dressing. I think I'm going to have to pick the Lobster Nachos. Sister M did use live Lobsters after all. Of course being in Maryland, I'd have to make it with crab meat.

I'd also like to say thanks to Jen of for sharing her recipe for Buffalo Chicken Dip.

If you visit 2 Siters 2 Cities and leave a comment letting them know which recipe is your favorite, you could win a round-trip Bolt Bus ticket!

Everyone have a great Super Bowl Sunday! I'll be avoiding the game. I only know who is playing because I heard Martha Stewart talking about it on her show. That should tell you where my priorites are!


  1. The chicken bites sound good! I've got a bit of an aversion to seafood, so I'll skip the lobster!

  2. Aversion to seafood??? No!!! I love seafood.

  3. These are quite the recipes! I love 'em all. Nothing like munching out at the superbowl.

  4. Okay, the buffalo chicken bites look amazing! The team, however................................................

    Thank you for the mention!

  5. Thanks, guys!
    You're welcome, Jen! Thanks for sharing the link!


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