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Buffalo Chicken Dip

October 28, 2019

Game night? Movie marathon? Potluck party? This dip won’t last long. If you manage to have a little leftover, spread it on some pizza dough for a white pizza treat.

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You will need:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c hot sauce
  • 1/2 c ranch dressing
  • 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 c crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, pulled off the bone and shredded
  • 1 small bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine everything but the scallions.
  3. Spread the mixture into a pie plate, 8×8 baking dish, or 9×9 baking dish.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes. The dip should be hot throughout and slightly bubbly.
  5. Stir and sprinkle the scallions on top before serving.

Note: you could heat this up in a crock pot instead. It would take about 2-3 hours on low. You could also transfer the dip to a crock pot after the oven, if you wanted to keep it warm during a party.

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Summer Pesto Pasta

August 27, 2019

This is another amazing summer recipe, perfect for lunches and picnics and family dinners. It is great warm or cold. We swapped in feta for Parmesan and walnuts for pine nuts for a fun, updated pesto.

You will need:

  • 1 c fresh basil
  • 1/3 c walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 c feta
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 lb of your favorite shaped noodles, cooked to al dente (we used some twisty cavatappi)
  • 4 ears of fresh corn, kernels cut off the cob
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters or halves
  • Optional: 1/4 c light cream

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Then you will…

  1. In a food processor, pulse together the fresh basil with the walnuts and garlic until roughly chopped.
  2. Add the feta, olive oil, pepper and salt and blend until smooth.
  3. If the pesto feels thick, add more olive oil a little at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  4. Mix together the cooked noodles with the corn, tomatoes, and pesto. (Optional: slightly warm the cream and mix in for a richer dish).
  5. Serve for happy tummies!
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Dijon-Glazed Roast Carrots

January 23, 2019

Super simple and delicious. How could it be better? This easy side dish is great with pork, chicken, steak, lamb…you name it!

You will need:

  • 16 oz baby carrots, cut into half-inch slices (recommend on a bias)
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 3 T Dijon mustard
  • 2 T brown sugar

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix the carrots, olive oil, pepper, and pepper in a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Roast for 35-45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and starting to brown.
  4. In a small bowl, melt the butter.
  5. Stir in the mustard and brown sugar.
  6. Toss the carrots with the mustard mixture and roast another 5 minutes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Baked Beans

January 14, 2019

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This is a very simple and yummy side dish. It’s a little sweet from the cider, a little tart from the vinegar, and a little salty from the bacon.

You will need:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 cans (16 oz each) baked beans
  • 1 c apple cider
  • 3 T Dijon mustard
  • 3 T apple cider vinegar
  • 3 T ketchup
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and chopped

Then you will…

  1. In a medium saucepan, heath the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Mix in everything else except for the bacon.
  4. Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring periodically.
  5. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with bacon sprinkled on top.
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Apple and Bacon Wild Rice

January 8, 2019

This is a fun side dish full of bacon and apples (classic combination of sweet and salty!).

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You will need:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c wild rice blend
  • 2 tart apples, peeled, cored  and chopped
  • 1 1/2 c apple cider
  • 1 c vegetable stock
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 1/4 lb thick cut bacon, cooked and chopped

Then you will…

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 3 minutes.
  3. Mix in the rice and apples and saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cider, stock, salt and pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
  7. Allow to simmer until the rice is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  8. Mix in the butter and bacon before serving.
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Pesto, Prosciuttio and Pea Puff Pastries

November 14, 2018

This is an incredibly simple appetizers or party snack. You barely need any time to put it together, and the end result is perfect finger food.

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You will need:

  • 1 piece of puff pastry, defrosted
  • ~ 1/3 c refrigerated basil pesto
  • 1/4 c sweet peas
  • 4 slices of prosciutto, chopped

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry to about 12×10.
  3. Cut the pastry into 12 pieces (2 slices the long way, 3 slices the short way).
  4. Place the pieces on the parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 6 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven.
  7. Spread the pesto on top so that there is a thin layer on each piece.
  8. Sprinkle peas and prosciutto on top of each piece.
  9. Return to the oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes, until the puff pastry is turning golden.

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Bacon, Egg and Cheese Muffin Bites

October 23, 2018

These mini egg muffins are packed with bacon, cheese and potatoes. They are delicious for breakfast or as part of lunch or dinner, and they are wonderfully portable. This will make 2 dozen mini muffins…although you probably won’t have any leftovers!

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You will need:

  • 1/2 lb red-skinned potatoes, small diced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 t dried chives (or 1 T fresh)
  • 1/3 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 lb bacon, crisped and crumbled

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 24 count mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Put the potatoes in a large pot of lightly salted water.
  3. Bring to a boil and allow to cook until the potatoes are just fork tender, about 5-8 minutes.
  4. Drain the potatoes.
  5. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Add the potatoes and onion to the hot skillet and saute for 3-5 minutes, until the onion is starting to soften.
  7. Mix in the onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and salt and allow to cook another minute.
  8. Remove from heat and allow to cool at least 5 minutes.
  9. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk and chives.
  10. Stir in the potato-onion mixture, cheese and bacon.
  11. Spoon the mixture into the prepared mini muffin cups.
  12. Bake 15-20 minutes. The edges should be turning golden and starting to pull away from the side, and the center should be set.
  13. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes before removing from the pan with a spoon.

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