Written on Monday, December 26th, 2011 @ 9:14 pm
The first time I ever had this amazing appetizer was a family friend’s home; and these pickles quickly became a standard at every party. No one can resist the combination of thin sliced beef, cream cheese and Kosher dills.
This appetizer does take patience to make…but worth every minute of detail.
1 8oz. block of cream cheese
2 packages of Buddig Beef
1 jar of Kosher dill pickles
The most important step in making these delicious pickles is to remove the 8oz. block of cream cheese from the refrigerator and let stand until at room temperature….the cream cheese needs to spread very easily. Then open the jar of dills and packages of Buddig Beef.
Take a single slice of beef and spread cream cheese on one side. Then wrap a dill pickle with the cream cheese-covered beef slice. Continue until all pickles are wrapped. Then place pickles in refrigerator. Before serving, cut eat pickle into small rounds and serve.
Enjoy each bite!
Written on Monday, December 26th, 2011 @ 9:00 pm
My husband and I are huge fans of buffalo chicken dip! So we thought, why not fill wontons with the dip and then deep fry them?
The outcome is pure awesomeness!
To make this amazing snack, appetizer or main course…first make my buffalo chicken dip. Recipe found on http://www.modhousewife.com/2011/08/cheesy-buffalo-chicken-dip/.
Then fill wonton wrappers with the dip. I like the Nasoya Wonton Wrappers found in your grocer’s refrigerated section (by the tofu). Follow the directions on the wonton wrappers to fill and fold. When filled and formed, freeze the wontons in a container (wax paper in between layers of wontons).
A few hours before frying, remove the wontons from freezer. Then deep fry about 3 to 4 wontons for 3 minutes or until golden brown. We used a Fry Daddy which was great for a mess-free frying and clean up.
Remove wontons from oil and place on paper towels to drain excess grease. Then either eat plain or dip in hot sauce! Enjoy!
Written on Monday, December 26th, 2011 @ 8:44 pm
My grandmother has made homemade fried meatballs on Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember. Well, I hosted the holiday this year; and of course, I wanted to continue the tradition. I found this amazing (and onion-free) recipe on http://www.meatballrecipes.net/fried-meatballs.html.
The ingredients are simple; and this cooks up in 30 minutes. Plus, I made the meatballs a day ahead and refrigerated them. On Christmas Eve, I combined the meatballs and Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ sauce and warmed them for 45 minutes in a 350° oven. Perfection!
1 lb. of ground beef, 3/4 cup of grated cheese, 1 tbsp of oregano, dash of garlic powder, dash of onion powder, 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs, 1 tbsp of parsley and 2 medium eggs
Combine all the ingredients and form the mixture into balls. Coat a large skillet with non-stick olive oil spray (I used butter PAM). Fry meatballs for 10 minutes or until brown. (I fried about 5 to 6 meatballs at a time)
Written on Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 @ 7:32 pm
Have leftover roast beef? Create another meal by making crock pot BBQ beef sandwiches. This is so easy to make; and easy on the budget. Plus, it’s absolutely delicious!
Just put your leftover roast beef, 1 to 2 cups of water, one bottle of BBQ sauce (I prefer Sweet Baby Ray’s Original), salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder into a greased crock pot. Place on low to medium heat for 4 to 5 hours. The beef is ready when easily shreds. Then place a nice helping on a hamburger bun, add some sides..and easy, dinner is done!
Written on Sunday, December 18th, 2011 @ 8:28 pm
It is down to single digits until Christmas; and New Year’s is not far away either. This means some of the best food of the whole year will be served within the next two weeks. If you are concerned about gaining extra holiday weight…no need to worry.
Here are some easy ways to prevent the dreaded holiday weight:
1) Make sure to get exercise every day. Whether taking a walk, 30 minutes of cleaning house or hitting the gym, it’s a super way to feel great and work off some extra calories. Plus, beginning an exercise program is a great way to start of 2012!
2) Drink lots of water. This will help you stay full and avoid holiday cookie temptations.
3) One plate only. For a holiday breakfast, lunch or dinner, just have one plate with samples of each food item served. You are able to taste everything without feeling guilty.
Follow these simple steps and you will have a very merry and healthy holiday. Plus, these steps are great to include in your daily life to stay healthy and fit.
Written on Sunday, December 18th, 2011 @ 8:13 pm
For a Sunday dinner, this can’t be beat. A bottom round roast served with mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans warms the heart and soul. Plus, it’s easy…do not fear cooking a roast!
Take a 3 1/2 lb. bottom round roast and place fat up in a greased dutch oven. Season on top with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Then add 1/2 cup of water and place in a 325º for 2 1/2 hours. Remove from oven and let set for 10 minutes before carving!
Simple and delicious!
Written on Friday, December 16th, 2011 @ 4:44 pm
I made this amazing cookie recipe yesterday; and I want to give my readers the link for exact directions. It makes a fabulous and filling (eat for breakfast) cookie; but make sure to follow baking instructions carefully for utilmate chewiness!
Also, instead of unsalted butter, I used Crisco butter (I feel it makes for a softer cookie). Another idea is to add chocolate chips and make this cookie even more decadent.
Written on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 @ 1:25 pm
Need an easy and delicious side dish, try Baked Italian Potatoes. They have great flavor; and it’s hard to just have one helping.
Ingredients: 4 to 5 medium sized potatoes, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and grated Parmesan cheese
Clean and slice potatoes thin. Place slices on a greased cookie sheet with sides. Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes and makes sure each slice is coated well. Then sprinkle salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and Parmesan over potatoes. Cover with foil and place in a 450° oven for 40 minutes. Remove potatoes from oven and add more Parmesan. Place back in oven for 5 minutes uncovered. Remove from oven and enjoy!
Written on Monday, December 12th, 2011 @ 11:41 am
The Holidays are about family, gifting and parties! And as each day ends, Christmas is approaching with more and more cheer and spirits. It’s important to keep yourself and your family safe to enjoy many more festivities to come.
Be merry this time of year; and here are some important tips when drinking alcoholic beverages:
1) Have a designated driver – Going out, make sure this person is provided all evening with free food and non-alcoholic drinks. They truly deserve A-List treatment; and don’t take advantage of their kindness. If there’s not a designated driver, call a cab! Even if you think you are ok to drive, you are not!!!!!
2) Serve only those 21 and older – Having a party at your home, remember to only serve those 21 and older. You are liable for under-age drinking and it’s illegal.
3) Take the keys – Another idea when having a party at your home, take everyone’s keys to ensure a happy night home. Guests can sleepover or call a cab.
Remember no amount of drinking is worth hurting yourself or someone else. I wish everyone a very safe and merry Holiday Season!
Written on Sunday, December 11th, 2011 @ 1:25 pm
This is a holiday side-dish must! It’s the classic green bean casserole. It’s easy and there’s never any leftovers. You can’t go wrong serving this traditional casserole.
1 1/3 cups French’s® French Fried Onions, 1 (10 3/4 oz.) can Campbell’s® Cream of Mushroom Soup, 3/4 cup milk, 1/8 tsp. pepper, 4 cups cooked cut green beans
Mix soup, milk, pepper, beans and 2/3 cup onions in 1 1/2 qt. casserole dish. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes until hot. Stir and then top with remaining onions. Bake for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!