Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hot Crab Dip

"This recipe was given to us by one of my hubby's coworkers.  It is so delicious and the best thing about it is that it's made in the slow cooker so it's perfect to make for parties.  Take it along to your next hors d'oeuvre party and be the hit of the bash!"
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup salsa
3-(8 ounce) packages of cream cheese
16 ounces of crab meat
3-4 green onions, sliced
1-(4 ounce) can green chiles, such as Ortega
Combine milk and salsa.  Place everything in a slow cooker.  Cook on low heat for 3-4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes to combine.  Serve with tortilla chips or your favorite dippers.

Feta Chip Dip

"One of my cousins shared this recipe.  It is a very easy, quick and delicious dip that can be served at any gathering.  Try it at your next appetizer party or maybe at the big game!"
1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced
2 plum tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely minced 
1 Tablespoon fresh oregano, finely minced
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon red or white wine vinegar
4 ounces of Feta cheese, crumbled
Salt & Pepper, to taste
Carefully mix together the avocados, tomatoes, onion and garlic in a bowl.  Add in the oregano and parsley.  Gently stir in the olive oil and vinegar.  Add feta cheese.  Season with salt & pepper, if desired.  Cover the dip and place in the refrigerator to chill for 2-6 hours.  Serve with tortilla chips or your favorite dippers.
*This recipe is easily doubled and believe me you will want to make a lot of it because it's absolutely delicious!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Chipotle Chex Mix

"We LOVE Chipotle Chili Powder and we LOVE Chex Mix so we decided to put the two together!  The result is a Smoky and Spicy snack perfect for Munching!!! 

4 Cups Corn Chex Cereal
4 Cups Rice Chex Cereal
2 Cups Mini Pretzels
2 Cups Cheez-Its Crackers
1 Cup Salted Peanuts
1 Cup Salted Cashews
12 Tbsp Butter, melted
5 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbsp Liquid Smoke Flavoring
2 Tbsp Seasoned Salt
1 Tbsp Chipotle Chili Powder
2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Onion Powder

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Mix first 6 ingredients in a large roasting pan.  Whisk together melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke and powdered seasonings until thoroughly combined.  Pour 1/3 of the butter mixture over the cereal mixture. Mix thoroughly.  Repeat with the remaining butter mixture, 1/3 at a time.  Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 min.  Allow to cool.  Store  in airtight container.

"Ready for munching."

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Eggnog Cookies

"My Husband loves, LOves, LOVES Eggnog and these cookies taste just like the classic holiday drink.  They have become one of our favorite Christmas cookies and we love to sprinkle them with fresh grated nutmeg!"

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream together butter and brown sugar.  Add egg and vanilla and mix thoroughly.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, nutmeg and salt and add gradually to butter mixture.  Mix until completely combined.  Form cookie by rolling 1 Tablespoon of dough into a ball.  Flatten the ball and place it onto a non-stick cookie sheet, spacing cookies about 2 inches apart.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.  Frost with Eggnog Butter-Cream Icing.
Eggnog Butter-Cream Icing:
1 stick or 1/2 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon rum flavoring
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup Coffee-mate Eggnog Latte coffee creamer*
ground nutmeg

Cream together butter and powdered sugar a little at a time until well combined. Add rum flavoring and vanilla extract.  Mix in coffee creamer.  Frost cookies.  Sprinkle with nutmeg.
*If you can't find Eggnog creamer, you may substitute eggnog.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Peanut Butter Chip Brittle

"This is one of my favorite Christmas candy recipes.  I request that my sister make it every year!"
1-(10 ounce) package of peanut butter chips
1 1/2 cups or 3 sticks  of butter
1 3/4 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
3 Tablespoons water
On a 15x11 jelly roll pan that has been buttered, sprinkle 1 cup of the peanut butter chips.  In a saucepan, melt the butter; stir in sugar, corn syrup and water.  Bring to a boil.  Cook over medium heat until mixture reaches 300 degrees.  Remove from the heat and pour mixture over the peanut butter chips.  Sprinkle remaining chips over the top.  Allow to cool.*  Break into pieces.  Store in an airtight container.

*TIP:  After allowing the brittle to cool, you can place the pan into the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.  This will make it easier to break the brittle into pieces.   

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Candy Cane Fudge

"My Sister makes this peppermint fudge every Christmas.  It is so yummy and sooo addictive!  I love it and I'm sure you will too!"

1 (12 ounce) package of white chocolate chips
1 can vanilla frosting
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
4 drops red food coloring
2 Tablespoons of crushed peppermint candy canes (I used 2 regular sized candy canes.)*
Place white chocolate chips in a saucepan over medium-low heat.  Stir until completely melted.  Add frosting and stir to combine.  Remove pan from the heat and add extract.  Pour into an 8x8 pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Squeeze one drop of food coloring into each corner of the pan.  With a butter knife, swirl food coloring into white chocolate mixture.  Sprinkle crushed candy canes over fudge.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill until fudge has hardened.  Cut into 1 inch squares.  
*TIP:  You can crush candy canes by placing them in a large plastic storage bag and using a hammer, mallet or even a rolling pin crush them into the desired size.   

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies or PBC's (for short)

"My husband created these wonderful cookies one weekend when we were craving something sweet and boy did they hit the spot!  Chocolate and peanut butter have been, and will always be, a perfect combination!"

2-1/4 cups flour*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup sugar*
3/4 cup brown sugar*  
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1-(11.5 ounce) bag of milk chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped peanuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix together flour, baking soda and salt.  In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars.  Add vanilla extract.  Mix in eggs until thoroughly combined.  Add dry ingredients, 1/4 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.  Spoon about 2 Tablespoons of cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet and using a fork, flatten each cookie by making a criss-cross configuration by pressing down with the fork one direction and then the other direction.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8-12 minutes.

*For High Altitude:  Increase flour to 2-1/2 cups, plus 2 teaspoons of water.  Also increase sugars to 2/3 cup each.            

"We love to bake on a Silpat or silicone baking sheet.  The cookies never stick." 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts

"The name says it all.  These nuts are a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy and a whole lot of yummy!  They would be a wonderful snack food while watching the game, a perfect appetizer at your next party or a sweet Christmas gift."
1 egg white
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 cups salted mixed nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Whisk together egg white, sugar and spices with a fork.  With a wooden spoon, toss together egg mixture and nuts.  Spread on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Stir and continue baking for 5 minutes.  Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.