Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cream Cheese Philadelphia Roll Inspired Dip

I don't know if you all know what House Party is?
No not a frat party!
 House Party is a company that other company's with new products would like to try out on us regular Joe Schmo's and get the word out on the town that there is a new product.
One the more recent parties that I qualified for was the Brown Rice Triscuit party, they came out with a few new flavors.
Cinnamon/ Sugar, Sour Cream & Chive and finally Wasabi & Soy Sauce.
I like them all, the Cinnamon/Sugar and the Sour Cream & Chive are great alone.
But, I thought the Wasabi & Soy Sauce was a bit strong and needed something creamy to calm it down a bit so I came up with a Cream Cheese Philadelphia Roll inspired dip, my favorite sushi!!!
And I was right , they make a great pair!

This is what you will need:
8oz Softened cream cheese
2 Tablespoons sour cream
1 Cup chopped smoked salmon
1/4 Cup finely chopped purple onion
1/4 Cup finely diced cucumber
1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
2 Teaspoons soy sauce
1 Teaspoon A -1 steak sauce (weird right?  but it gives it an extra kick of smoke flavor)

How to make it:
Simple!  Mix it all together, chill and eat!!!!
(I sprinkled extra sesame seeds on top for show)


Friday, March 28, 2014

Vegetable Pizza

Hello who doesn't remember this 1970's classic appetizer!?!
Didn't everyone make this??
My daughter was cruising Pintrest and sent this to me, asked if I could make this again, it's been years, I totally forgot about it.

Super easy to make and a great anytime appetizer, so colorful too!

What you will need is:
2 packages  croissant dough
2 8oz packs cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
1 1 oz package dry Ranch dressing
4 cups of your favorite vegis chopped (I used broccoli, carrots, tomato's, green pepper and purple onion)
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

How to make this:
Start by pre heating your oven to 375 degrees
Roll out your croissant dough on to a cookie sheet, making sure the edges are pressed together and covering the cookie sheet
Follow baking directions on packaging (usually 11-13 minutes)
When the dough is done baking remove and let cool
While that is cooling mix together your cream cheese, mayo and Ranch
In another bowl mix your pre chopped vegetables of your choice with the shredded cheese
Spread evenly the cream cheese mixture on top of the croissant dough
And top with your vegi cheese mixture, press that into the cream cheese a bit
Now place in fridge and let chill for one hour
Cut into squares and serve

* Other vegetables you can use are sliced radishes, chopped cauliflower, green onions maybe sliced olives.  Let your imagination go wild!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Boneyard Uptown

Welcome to the Twin Cities Boneyard located in Uptown, Minneapolis!
Lucky me got to try this place out Friday night, they just opened.
On the phone they said it will be an hour wait, we arrive and immediately got seated, Sweet!
The atmosphere was hopin!! I'm going to call this place Shabby Chic meets Industrial Southern.
The uniforms were fun, blue and while plaid shirts and jeans.
The menu was totally creative and the drinks too!
Now if you have read my restaurant reviews before you know that I am a beer girl.
But when I was reading the drink menu I was so temped to try one of their creative libations, I just had to.
I ordered the SANTA ANA, camarena infused with cilantro, all-spice, jalapeƱo, lime, gosling’s ginger beer only $6.95.   Boy did that warm me to the core!

I did notice that they had flights of beer in the bar, I will have to check that out next time we visit The Boneyard (oh you bet there is gonna be a next time!).
Hubbie ordered Crab Hush Puppies to start with, we didn't have to wait long at all for those to come out. Very good !  Warm and crunchy.  Nummmmmmm..........

For dinner I ordered the Fried Green Tomato Po'Boy that came with their seasoned chips/fris.  This was really good, it had some kick to it too.

(I would not suggest eating that pepper on top unless you can handle the heat!!- Oh boy, it's hot!!)

On to the Hubbie's meal choice, the server suggested he tried the Bacon Wrapped Duck Meatloaf and that is what he got.  Good choice too he loved it.  I swear every person that walked by our table were checking out what was on his plate. The meatloaf came with mashed potatoes and caramelized brussel sprouts.  

Oh I almost forgot we ordered the small side of the Mac and Cheese, made with Pimento Cheese.

The patio looks like a good time, can't wait for that to open.  
They have valet parking too!
Can't wait to go back!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pimento Cheese Spread

Pimento Cheese is a common food in the southern part of the United States, they use it as a spread or a relish.
You can hop this up by adding different cheeses that you may like or try adding a bit of hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chopped jalapenos, diced pickles or onions.
I made a pretty basic recipe for Pimento Cheese, that I will be using to make grilled cheese sandwiches this weekend.
Actually I will be having a little ladies get together.
I will be putting together a grilled cheese buffet!  Fun right?!!

Here is what you need:

8oz of softened cream cheese
1 cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup of grated Montery Jack cheese
2 1/2 tablespoons chopped pimentos
1/4 cup of mayo
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt

Super simple - using a mixer, mix all ingredients well for approximately 3-4 minutes

Chill and serve


Monday, February 10, 2014

Cucumber-Dill Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

I am SO ready for winter to be over!
At the end of summer your looking forward to a bit cooler weather, making warm home cooked meals such as casseroles, dishes in the crock-pot, hot apple pie and warm dips.
And at the end of Winter your wanting summer back and you start thinking of light meals and things I can make our of my garden.
Speaking of garden I am almost tripling that bad boy this year, I'm going to be a busy girl!!

This appetizer makes me think of summer!

Here is what you will need:
24 Cherry tomatoes
3 oz of softened cream cheese
2 Tablespoons of Mayonnaise
1/4 Cup finely chopped, seeded cucumber
1 Tablespoon finely chopped green onions
2 Teaspoons chopped fresh dill

How to make them:
Remove stems for tomatoes (if there are any, usually not)
Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each tomato
With a very small spoon or best yet ,use a melon baller, hollow out each tomato , leaving 1/8 inch shell.
Lay your tomatoes opening side down onto a paper towel to drain

In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and mayo, blend well.
Stir in cucumber, green onion and dill mix well
Fill tomato's with the cream cheese mixture,
Cover loosely and refrigerate for 2 hours


Monday, February 3, 2014

The Bulldog

Hit the jackpot with this find!

The husband and I were looking for a new place to do lunch at this past Saturday when we were downtown St Paul and came across The Bulldog.
Like I said, Jackpot!!!  We were really cold, it was so nice to sit in the sun by their front window's, warmed us up right away.
The waiter was super attentive, that's always a bonus :)
It was the brunch hour, but we decided to do lunch.
I went with the Philly Cheese Sandwich, AMAZING!!!  I don't know what kind of cheese that was but I'll take a gallon please!  The meat was perfect & so where the onions and green peppers.
Just talking about it, I'm craving it. Something I will want to eat again.

Hubbie ordered the Hawaiian Volcano, what you may wonder is on it??  Lots of good stuff!! Double smoked bacon, grilled pineapple,fresh sliced jalapenos, and smoked Gouda.
He really enjoyed that burger, and for once he did not wear it, he liked that it stayed together well.
We both had tater tots with our sandwiches, very good.
They have a HUGE array of beers here.  It was a bit early in the day for us to be drinking, although I saw plenty of people enjoying their spirits :)
The Bulldog offers a flight of 5 beers for only $14!

They also have 2 other locations, both in Minneapolis.  I am guessing their are doing pretty well for themselves.
It looks like a fun place to hang out at night have some beers play one of their dart machines or take a hand a the shuffleboard table.

They have week long specials, a nice selection on the menu and a good neighborhood feel.

We will be returning!
Check them out!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bacon Caramel Puff Corn

I swear if you put bacon on anything it's gonna make it better!
I mean how can you go wrong!?!?
Growing up once in a blue moon my Mom would make this delicious/addictive caramel puff corn.
And recently I was at the Red Cow restaurant in Edina with my hubbie, I read on their menu, Bacon Caramel Puff Corn, mental note to self you have to make this!!!!
So that is what I did today on National Appetizer Day!
I made one batch plain and one with bacon, just in case the kids didn't like the bacon one (ya right).

So what you need is:
1 9oz bag of Old Dutch Puff Corn
1 Cup of butter = 2 sticks
2/3 Cup Light Karo Syrup
1 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Package of Bacon

How to make this:
Pre Heat your over to 250 degrees
Cook your bacon till it's crisp, drain fat/grease and set aside (RESIST eating it all while you continue to cook)
Lay your puff corn in a large baking dish, or roasting pan
Melt together your butter, syrup and brown sugar.
Once that has melted stir in your baking soda, that will make your mixture rise and get frothy!
Now its time to pour the caramel on top of your Puff Corn, mix well.
Sprinkle on your bacon

Bake this for 45 minutes stirring every 15 minutes

I know you will love this!