Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Goulda Bites

For the Super Bowl this year, I made some Gouda Bites. I haven't had them in years and came across the recipe recently. They are just SO easy, and are such a fun appetizer to make. I love the melted Gouda with just a hint of garlic..... and the crusty crescents of course!

This is a recipe originally from Taste of Home, back when the magazines were worth hanging on to and reading over and over. I used to get ALL of them, loved the glossy pages and awesome recipes. Now the magazines are smaller, and the pages are made from a cheaper material. I still find some great recipes, but I do find I'm online reading recipes more and more. Still....there's nothing like getting some happy mail....and paging through a colorful magazine!

Here's the simple recipe:

Gouda Bites
(T of H)

1  8 oz. tube Pillsbury Crescents
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
5 oz. Gouda, cut in 24 pieces

Spread the crescents into a long rectangle, pinching the seams shut. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Cut into 24 pieces and lightly press into ungreased mini muffin tins. Bake at 375 for about 3 to 4 minutes. Place a slice of Gouda in each and return to oven and bake 8 to 10 minutes longer, until golden brown, and the cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Smore's Cream Puff

Happy Valentines Day!

I made some mini cream puffs and turned them into some smore's for Valentines Day. 

I took off the top and added a Dove chocolate and some mini marshmallows and put it under the broiler until golden.

Then I put the top back on....yum! What a fun treat for Valentines Day!

Mini Cream Puffs

1/2 c. water
1/3 c. butter, cubed
dash of salt
1/2 c. flour
2 eggs

In  a large sauce pan, bring the butter, water and salt to a boil. Stir in the flour all at once until smooth. Take off heat, and let stand a couple of minutes. Add egg one at a time, beating well, until mixture is smooth and shiny. Drop by teaspoons onto greased baking sheets and bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove and immediately split puffs open, remove tops and set aside to cool. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Banana Bread

I have quite a few recipes for banana bread that I have collected over the years, and I like them all. 

But I saw this one made with some cinnamon, so I decided to try it. 

So glad I did!

Very moist and delicious..and the hint of cinnamon was delicious!

Banana Bread

2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 c. sugar
4 ripe bananas
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. cinnamon

Cream the sugar and eggs, add the oil and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda,salt, and cinnamon. Mix until just combined and pour into 2 small greased loaf pans or one 8x5 loaf pan and bake about 1 hour at 350.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Buffalo Chicken Dip

I'm back sharing another recipe that my daughter made for Christmas Eve....Buffalo Chicken Dip. Creamy, cheesy and full of flavor...it's perfect for dipping crackers or chips.

Just looking at the photo makes me hungry...I think I will make this for the super bowl!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

8 oz. sour cream
1/2 c. Ranch dressing
1/2 c. Franks Buffalo sauce
2 c. shredded chicken
1/2 c. Monterrey jack cheese

Mix and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Pesto Roll Ups

The roll ups I'm sharing today are made with pesto.


 I love the fresh  taste...reminds me of summer and all the basil around that I could ever want! You can use the store bought for these or make your own. Here is a simple pesto recipe I often use, which also freezes well.

The recipe is one my daughter used for Christmas Eve, and we all really liked. I think they would be great with some chopped black olives, and you could also use chopped tomatoes in place of the red pepper. Actually any deli meat would be delicious too. I wonder what roast beef would be like...I'll have to give that a try!

Pesto Roll Ups

Two 8" flour tortillas
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 Tbsp. mayo
2 Tbsp. pesto
deli turkey
shredded Colby jack
roasted red peppers

Mix the cream cheese, mayo and pesto. Spread on tortilla's and layer with deli turkey. Top with finely shredded Colby jack cheese and chopped roasted red pepper, Roll tightly, wrap in sryan wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes. Slice into pinwheels.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Salami Roll ups

I"m back with another fun appetizer my daughter made for Christmas Eve. This one is SO simple and yet packs alot of flavor! They look so pretty on a green tray for the holidays too. 

I'll be back later this week with the recipe for the other roll ups!

Salami Roll Ups

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. finely chopped chives
pimentos, patted dry
20 thin salami slices

Mix cream cheese and chives and spread on salami, fold in half, then in half again.Thread toothpicks with pimento and secure in salami. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pasta Salad on a Stick

The next several recipes that I will be sharing are some my daughter served Christmas Eve. She made some awesome appetizers ....and they were SO delish! Appetisers are always so fun and she really outdid herself on these. It made Christmas Eve so special!

I'll start out with this favorite...pasta on a stick....so festive and fun with the colors red and green. The salad dressing was so creamy and added so much flavor, plus it looked so pretty drizzled over it all!

Pasta Salad on a Stick

9 oz. package cheese tortellini
1 pt. cherry tomatoes
fresh mozzarella cheese
1/4 c. Italian dressing
1/4 c. mayo

Cook, drain and cool tortellini . Assemble on skewers. tortellini, tomato, mozzarella, repeat. Combine the Italian dressing and mayo and drizzle over the skewers before serving.