This is a great recipe if you want to add a little spice in your life. Heat up this Cajun favorite by sprinkling with more red pepper sauce just before serving. Andouille sausage is traditionally used for this dish so if you don’t care for spice in this recipe you can substitute with Smoked Sausage. Enjoy…I did!
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Let me tell you that this is the most addicting appetizer I have tasted in a long time. I introduced this recipe to my family during the holidays and we could not stop eating them. I finally had to have my husband take them away from me. Extremely easy to make and the different colors of peppers really make your presentation of appetizers look wonderful. Perfect recipe for those upcoming Super Bow parties. Just a quick tip! Place the cream cheese in the microwave for 10 seconds to soften it up and it will be easier for you to mix together. You can also make this same recipe using fresh mushrooms too! Enjoy…I did!
I’m a Vikings watching, meat-and-potato eating, Minnesota girl. However, not to my surprise, the Vikings cease to make it to the Superbowl, or even the Playoffs yet again. Well, I still enjoy a good Superbowl party and great food. This year, I will be serving some hearty eats, including, but not limited to, loaded twice-baked potatoes, chili cheese dogs and a barbecue chicken spread. Here are my recipes, be sure to pin and save for later!
Barbecue Chicken Spread
First let’s start with the spread. Honestly, when I first read this recipe it didn’t sound the best, but trust me, it is delicious and you will not be able to stop at just one, or two, or three. I serve this dip with Ritz Bacon crackers, because… everything is better with bacon, right?
9 – 10 Oz. White Chunk Canned Chicken Breast, drained
8 Oz. Finely Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Green Onions (Optional)
Mix together cream cheese and sour cream and spread onto platter.
Pour barbecue sauce over cream cheese mixture and evenly spread.
Sprinkle chicken breast evenly on top of barbecue sauce.
Top with shredded mozzarella and serve with snack crackers.
Chop green onions and add on top of the mozzarella. Get creative with this recipe and add your favorite ingredients, like green olives or tomatoes.
Chili Cheese Dog
I have to be honest with you, I had never eaten a Chili Cheese Dog before I decided to make them for my Superbowl party. As I made them for this blog, I was excited to give them a taste. Well, let me tell you, this will not be the last time I eat them. I honestly think the key is the kind of “dog” you use. I chose the Coborn’s Signature Smokehouse ground course wieners. To put it lightly… delicious! I made it easy with canned Hormel Chili, but you could certainly make a chili from scratch. I topped my chili with chopped onion and Food Club chipotle shredded cheese. The chipotle shredded cheese is my go to – whenever I make a taco dip or baked potatoes with cheese, I like to use the chipotle cheese just to add a little extra flavor. It’s not too spicy, but just adds a little something more. Of course, I used the Coborn’s Own Hot Dog buns. These buns are made fresh in our own bakery each day. They are fresh, fluffy and delish!
Heat wieners and chili on stove-top or in microwave to desired temperature.
Fill hot dog bun with wiener and top with chili, onions and cheese.
You could serve these buffet-style by keeping the dogs and chili in warmers and creating a buffet of toppings such as onion, cheese, sour cream, etc.
Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes
Like I said, I am a meat-and-potatoes girl, so what better than topping your potato with meat? You could simply make baked potatoes and top with Hormel Chili, or you could take it a step further, like I did, and make a twice-baked potato by removing the filling, adding cheese and butter and baking again with chili and cheese. Serve with sour cream and your guests will love it!
Shortly after my daughter was born, we discovered she had very sensitive skin and constantly had diaper rash. After consulting her Pediatrician, he requested we immediately stop using store-bought wipes as they could be irritating her skin and not allowing the diaper rash to dissipate, or quite possibly could be the main cause of the rash.
A month or so prior to this appointment, I had gone to a friend’s house where we made homemade baby wipes, along with numerous other all-natural baby products. Immediately after returning home from our daughter’s doctor appointment, my husband and I started using the homemade baby wipes on our daughter and overnight the diaper rash disappeared. We have been using these wipes on her ever since, and not only are they so much better for her skin, but they are so quick and easy to make, as well as tremendously cost-effective!
For this blog, I used the Aura Cacia Essential Oils from Coborn’s. Aura Cacia, has a great variety of high-quality Essential Oils that are animal-friendly, environmentally-friendly and clearly list all of their ingredients on each product. Their products are backed by a quality guarantee and it is easy to grab them on your shopping trip to Coborn’s. I pick up my Domestix or Ziploc containers, paper towels and Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap at Coborn’s as well.
This is a very hearty recipe and oh so delicious. This is a perfect recipe if you don’t want to spend all your time chopping vegetables. Serve with a cold glass of milk and you have the prefect meal for those snowy winter nights. Enjoy….I did!
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There’s a funny thing about Greek yogurt…it’s not Greek! A more appropriate term for this smooth, rich yogurt would be Strained Yogurt. In Greece, strained yogurt is known as ‘straggisto’ and is used throughout Greece as a popular ingredient in many ethnic dishes.
Yogurt in general is a nutritious and healthy food: an excellent source of protein, calcium and potassium, and it is also a good source of vitamins and minerals. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends three servings of milk, cheese or yogurt per day for individuals aged nine or older, children four to eight years old should consume two and half servings. Eight ounces of yogurt is considered one serving.
What really makes yogurt such a shining star is probiotics. Because yogurt is a cultured or fermented product made with the starter cultures Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Steptococcus thermophiles, it contains probiotics. Probiotics (think Pro versus anti, as in antibiotics) are good and necessary bacteria that help to maintain a healthy digestive system.
What makes it different?
Now, back to Greek yogurt. As yogurt is strained, the watery substance of whey is separated from the yogurt, leaving a thicker, creamier and more tart product that we call Greek yogurt. When the whey is removed, there is less sugar, fewer carbohydrates and more protein than in regular yogurt.
A little something extra
If you don’t care to eat yogurt plain, try adding your own fruit pieces and /or granola for a healthful way to enjoy it. Usually when the yogurt is sweetened up by the manufacturer, it will be higher in calories and sugar than if you put in your own fresh or frozen berries or fruit. I often use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream or mayonnaise in recipes.
What to watch for
Remember to read labels when shopping in order to avoid purchasing imposters. The term “Greek” is not regulated and thickening agents like corn starch can be used to create the thick and rich texture of truly strained yogurt. Also, not all yogurts really carry the healthful probiotics I mentioned earlier, so if probiotics are important to you, make sure the label says “live active cultures.”
Below is a comparison of the labels from Dannon’s Greek and a regular non-fat yogurt (note the difference in serving sizes):
So you make the choice and enjoy yogurt – Greek or Regular – for its great taste and healthful benefits. Just remember to read those labels so you know for sure that you are getting the real deal!
Well we got through 2014 and going full speed ahead into the year 2015.
It’s January and I think the most “Blah” month of the year. It’s usually the coldest and along with that comes the snow. What else is there to do in January except keep warm and cook, right? Are you like me when I get home from being gone all day I just dread trying to come up with something for dinner that is quick and easy? When cooking, one of my favorite things to do is find recipes using my slow cooker. I just love walking into my house after being at work all day and there sits my dinner smelling so good and completely ready for my husband and me to eat. Here are a couple of my favorite slow cooker recipes I want to share with you. They are quick and easy to prepare and once fully cooked all you have to do is set the table and Enjoy….I did!