Monday, December 27, 2010

Emily G's Buffalo Chicken Dip

2 (10oz) Cans Chicken Drained (by the tuna fish)
2 (8oz) Pkgs Cream Cheese
1 cup Ranch
3/4 cup Hot sauce
1 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Heat Chicken and hot sauce in large skillet over Medium heat. Stir in Cream Cheese and ranch. Cook stirring frequently until well blended and warmed through. Mix in half of the cheese. Transfer into slow cooker. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of dip. Serve with celery, crackers or tortilla chips. 

* feel free to use a couple cooked chicken breast or to use a blend of ranch and blue cheese.

Heres another one I made for our Christmas party. It was good and easy to make - except that I didn't notice that I needed a crock pot until I had already made it so I had to have a friend bring one over, which was a life saver because once it cools its thickens up. I served  it with crackers but think celery would have been great too.

Sausage Bread Vs Stromboli

I posted this recipe because I made it for our Christmas Party last week. In the future I plan to take pictures of the process and product of each dish but for now this will have to do.

I have very fond memories of my Aunt Ginny's cooking. Growing up our families we very close as her daughters were that same as me and my sisters. Our back yards connected so it made easy access to her kitchen . When ever she made Sausage bread we always did our best to invite ourselves to dinner! She has perfected so many recipes, I loved staying for dinner for just about anything she cooked (except when Uncle Tony made venison - but thankfully I've since learned to enjoy that too). Thanks to the wonderful Facebook I was able to ask her to send me the recipe and she sent it right away.

The preparation for this took a bit of time and energy but I think it had more to do the pending holiday more than any thing else. I had to make trips to three different grocery stores before I finally found Pizza dough, apparently its a big seller come Christmas. Then I couldn't find the roasted peppers and onions to save my life so I finally settled on a jar of roasted red peppers. I bought Pepperidge Farm sausage but next time I plan to use fresh sausage from the butcher because I think it will have better flavor and easier to remove the skin before browning.

The process of making this recipe was not hard at all and turned out delicious! Everyone kept telling me how good the Stromboli was  . . . . "you mean sausage bread" I replied to each compliment. No matter what you call it, its tasty!

This is defiantly a recipe that I will make again. It was relatively easy and a big hit. There were about 18 people at the party and I doubled the recipe and made two. Due to the amount of food options, there ended up being a lot of left overs so for future I'd only make one for a party and two if it was a main course for dinner.

Go ahead and give it a try - I gaurentee you'll love it. Be sure to let me know how it turns out!

Aunt Ginny's Sausage Bread Recipe

Pizza Dough
1 lb Sausage
1 Jar Roasted Peppers & Onions
1 lb Mozzarella

Let dough rise for a couple of hours
Brown sausage

Grease cookie sheet and extend dough over the edges of the pan. Spread Sausage over dough. Spread peppers and Onions over dough (but not the oil that comes in the jar.) Spread shredded Mozzarella over dough. Roll up and pinch edges. Make sure seem of dough is on the bottom and Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Let cool before cutting.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

My Mans Heart

They say the way to a mans heart is through his stomach, maybe thats why my mother in law gave me a cook book of family recipes as wedding shower gift. She complied Family favorites from my family as well as his, so I now have in my possession one of the most diverse cook books ever. The Mr.'s family has mostly Iranian and German roots while mine consist of Italian and French (moms feel free to correct me). Needless to say I have acquired quite a few treasures!

Here I am two months married, loving life and my husband more with each passing day.We married on a warm October day at Sun Set on the Beach in our sunny state of Florida. My dreams come true in too many ways to count. More on all that later as I am sure those stories will come up. 

I've made it my  2011 New Years resolution to attempt EVERY recipe I've been given. 

Do to my tenancy to be a blog stalker and my wonderful husband asking me why I don't have my own blog every time he sees me reading the words of a stranger I've decided to chronicle my cooking in attempt to share some amazing recipes and give other blog stalkers out there some thing to read. 

So here are my Kitchen Chronicles.