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
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
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
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!
Friday, January 24, 2014
Every time I open my fridge, I'm eyeballing my left over Won Ton wrappers from when I made Cream Cheese Won Tons.
I don't know if it's just me but those seem to go bad pretty quickly, and that is a shame if I don't use them up!
So I searched on Pintrest (Awesome Site!) Won Ton ideas, and came across these beautiful Won Ton Crisps, she was using them to dip into a hummus.
You could do that or pair with a spinach or artichoke dip or perhaps just pain.
What you will need:
40 Won Ton Wraps
Seasonings of your liking, garlic salt, sesame seeds etc......
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Olive oil or cooking spray
How to make them:
Preheat your over to 350
Line your baking sheet with parchment paper
Lay out your Won Ton wraps onto the baking sheets
Spray or brush the wraps with your olive oil or cooking spray
Sprinkle with the seasonings and cheese( Mix those in a bowl together beforehand)
Bake for 10 minutes or until crispy
Be creative with your left overs, don't let them go to waste! Have fun with it!
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Ill start off by saying I have not made this yet, but the recipe really caught my eye as something delicious and just a little out of the ordinary for me to make.
I'm more the picky person in my family well besides my 11 year old. I know that my husband will like everything I make, that man is a disposal! I mean that in the nicest of ways :)
What you will need to make these cute little cakes is:
3/4 Cup chunky-style salsa
1 (11oz) can white corn drained
1 (8 1/2oz) package corn muffin mix (I think you can get that stuff for a $1!)
1 Cup sour cream
1 Egg, slightly beaten
1/4 Cup diced green onions
How to make them:
Mix together in a small bowl 1/2 a cup of the salsa and a 1/4 of the corn, set aside
In another bowl combine the corn muffin mix, 1/2 cup of the sour cream, egg, the remaining 1/4 cup of salsa and the rest of the corn, mix well.
Spray a large nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray
Heat up your pan, once hot drop batter by spoonfuls into skillet.
Cook 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown
Just before serving top each corn cake with a spoonful of the sour cream/salsa mixture sprinkle with pine diced green onions
* Really, I think there is so much more you can do with these, then what this recipe is calling for, I would chop up avocados mix with some black beans splash with a half of a limes juice and a dash of salt, top your corn cake with that, then add the sour cream! Ya that would be better!
This recipe was written by Pillsbury and improved by me :)
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Restaurant review time......
Why yes we do like to go out to eat can you tell by all the reviews???
Friday night date night, we found a great place in the bottom of a Best Western Primer Nicollet Inn, named Morgan's Tavern, great name.
I have a beautiful niece named Morgan :)
Walking up to this place you can just tell it's going to be good.
Large glass picture windows, you can see in the warm glow candles, smiling faces and everyone is having a great time.
We walk in to hear a great jazz band getting ready to play for the evening.
The atmosphere is wonderful, we we're seated in a lovely over sized leather booth.
We get our menus, the prices are awesome, so awesome I think they should raise them!
We ordered you guessed it, the Spinach Artichoke dip, SO good I had to make my self stop eating it so I had room for dinner (guess what I had for breakfast this morning!).
I ordered the Buffalo Chicken wrap with Sweet Potato Fris and Seasoned Sour Cream, it was really good.
But, I do have to say after I ordered, I noticed the special menu & it was Fish Fri Friday! I really wish I would have ordered that ,oh well I just better go back !
Hubbie had the Corned Beef and Hash, not really his favorite, but he did like it.
There were so many wonderful items on the menu to choose from it made it a hard decision what to order, but like I said another great reason to go back!
They have allot of specials every day of the week and the happy hour wow!