Friday, January 30, 2015

Hot Crab Dip

One of the first cookbooks I bought when I moved out of my parent's house and left for college was Betty Crocker's Big Red Cookbook.  Just like I do now, I took that book home, sat down and started reading every single page and marking my favorite recipes that I just had to try.  That cookbook was my Bible in the kitchen and I prepared countless meals from those pages.

One of my many favorites from the class book was a dip.  A simple dip that was so easy to make but so incredibly delicious.  For the better part of  a year it was the most requested recipe I made.
Hot crab dip.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Seven Layer Dip

I've said it before and I'll say it again, my love for Mexican food runs deep.  I could honestly eat it every single day and never get sick of it.  Salsa. Cheese dip. Fajitas. Pico de gallo.  The list goes on and on.  I love it.

Another favorite of mine, is a Mexican inspired classic.  The infamous seven layer dip.  This dips is so incredibly simple, yet so amazing.  Seven (sometimes mores) simple and basic ingredients come together in a beautifully layered dip that is very addicting.  

I don't remember the first time I made this dip.  It was probably when Spencer and I were entertaining some friends.  I do, however, remembered that the dipped disappeared within minutes and from that moment on became a  staple at every gathering we hosted or attended.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DB: Esterhazy Torte

For the month of January Jelena from A Kingdom for a Cake invited us to start this year with a dreamy celebration cake. She challenged us to make the Esterhazy cake a.k.a the Hungarian dream. What better way to start the year than with a sweet dream?

What are your dreams made of?  According to Sleeping Beauty, A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes When You're Fast Asleep!  And now I can't get that song out of my head.

Anyway, sometimes I do dream about food.  Maybe that sounds weird to you, but I love food.  I love eating it.  I love making it.  I love dreaming up recipes.  I love all types of food, but I do have a special place in my for desserts.


Monday, January 26, 2015

SRC: Homemade Peanut Butter

I have made my own peanut butter once.  That one time I made it, it was actually so it could be incorporated into another recipe.  It was for a pie crust, a peanut butter pie crust to be exact.  Of course, after making it I had to sample it.  I was beyond impressed.   Not only with the taste but with how incredibly simple it was to make.  I mean it came together in literally seconds.

I guess in the back of my mind I knew it couldn't be that hard since I pass those "homemade peanut butter" machines in the market.  I'm assuming if it was very complicated they wouldn't even give you the option to make your own.  Now I ask myself,  if it was so easy, then why haven't I made my own for my peanut butter loving son and husband since that very first time?  To that, I don't really have an answer.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Grilled Ham and Cheese on Brioche with Brussels Sprout Slaw

Up until about a week and a half ago my fridge was a hodge podge of leftovers.  The foods in there varied from our New Year's and Christmas meals.  Before you get alarmed, we just recently concluded all of our holiday celebrations...so we haven't been noshing on month old leftovers.

You know, there are only so many times I can repeat the basic Christmas and New Year's meal before it's time to change things up.  I've used some of the sweet potato casserole to make my sweet potato brown sugar bars.  I've used ham and turkey in omelets, casseroles and and various other dishes.  I've gotten pretty creative over the past month and a half.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Brussels Sprout Slaw

Brussels sprouts are one of those vegetables that always have and still do get a bad wrap.  It seems like most people cringe at the thought, let alone the sound of the poor little vegetable.  They are truly a under appreciated and vegetable that isn't eaten enough.  I think cabbage is a close second.

In our home, the meager sprout feels big love.  Sprouts are actually one of my favorite veggies and a staple that I love to always have on hand.  There's so much you can do with them; roast, steam, saute, baked dishes and they even make perfect bases for salads and slaws.  The options are endless.

Let's focus on the slaw for a second.  Are you a fan of coleslaw?  Well, I've long been a lover of coleslaw.  Homemade, from a restaurant, or spruced-up store bought stuff. I've never been the kind to turn down coleslaw when it's available.  It is a perfect side on those spring and summer days and it's just light and refreshing.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Brown Sugar Potato Chip Cookies with Snickers Topping- A.K.A BFF Cookies

How many of you still have your childhood best friend in your life?  You know, that person who you spent every waking moment together and every weekend together whether it was at their house or yours?  That person who knows everything about you...yes, the good, the bad and the ugly, and they still love you and want to be your friend.  You know the person I'm talking about.

Well, fortunately I'm one of those people who has that person in their life and to this day we are still best friends.  We may not talk every. single. morning like we used to before school.  We may even go weeks or months without talking, but we can pick up the phone or see each other and pick up right where we left off.

Gosh, I think back to our childhood there are so many memories.  From fishing, riding 4-wheelers, cheering, playing at deer camp, rousing games of hide and go scare, and so many other things.  We enjoyed every single moment of our childhood.

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