Queso Dip

So I feel like I may be stretching it a bit if I call this a recipe.  But it is like crack dip and Velveeta for the win, of course!  This was great for a crowd, and you can really adapt it any way you like.  I made this for a fun girls’ night at the barn and we enjoyed it!

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Feta Basil Dip

So this was pretty much delicious.  And ridiculously easy.  I made this as a dip for apps before dinner with my Mom, and we all gave it two thumbs up.  Found this on a Buzzfeed listing of best dips, of all places, and it came from a blog called Domestic Superhero.  This would be great to bring to a picnic, and it’s best if you can let it chill overnight, but a couple of hours would do.  Serve it at room temperature.

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Pimento Cheese Spread

My friend Missy made this for Memorial Day this year, and it was out of this world!  I was excited for the chance to make it myself – I can’t get enough of it .  We had the puppy naming party for the Hunt this weekend, and it seemed like a great excuse!  You can use any kind of cheese that you like, but in this case, I used a block of extra sharp cheddar and a block of pepperjack.  It had some kick!  I am also looking forward to trying smoked gouda at some point.  No matter what cheese, this is one of my favorites!  This was originally a Pioneer Woman recipe.

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Chicken Parm Meatballs

I found this somewhere in the expanse that is Pinterest, and it seemed like a good idea…although ground chicken is sometimes kind of weird.  But this was pretty good, and a generous portion as well.  It fit with the leaner proteins for the 21 Day Fix, and was a good use for a jar of my tomato sauce from our garden this past summer.

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Meat and Chinese Chive Dumplings

Another awesome dumpling from Andrea Nguyen’s “Asian Dumplings” book.  I had wanted to try one we’d never made before.  These are actually pot stickers, and as bad as I am at pan-frying, I still gave it a go.  Verdict – filling is awesome, but I should stick to steaming or boiling our dumplings.  I overcooked these bad-boys like whoa.  But they were still good, which stays pretty much everything you need to know about how ridic they are.  Luckily, we have another 30 or so dumplings from this batch frozen for another day, and I am super excited to steam them next time!

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Meatballs in Brown Gravy

Pretty much traditional cocktail meatballs, and they were awesome.  The recipe I was using pointed us to the slow cooker, but we ended up using the dutch oven and that worked out fine.  Definitely about to be a party staple.

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Goat Cheese and Olive Mini Sandwiches

Of the three mini sandwiches we made for our awesome group wine outing, this was by far my favorite.  But olives and goat cheese are fantastic, so there you go.  Definite make again.

 

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Veggie Tortilla Roll-ups

This was the second mini sandwich we did for our wine tour with our friends, and it was another good one. I would definitely make it again for a get together or even for a lunch. Yummy vegetarian option. We did half on wheat and half on plain tortillas, and you could mix and match with any flavor.

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Dilly Ham and Cheese Mini Sandwiches

We went on a wine tour for our friends’ surprise joint birthday party, and a picnic was included in said trip…clearly a good opportunity for mini sandwiches!  This was the first of three, quick and easy.  It would be easiest with cocktail bread, but we couldn’t find it and just used thin white bread and sliced off the crusts.  Very yummy!

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Tibetan Beef and Sichuan Peppercorn Dumplings

My favorite cookbook is definitely, “Asian Dumplings,” by Andrea Nguyen.  I’ve yet to make anything I didn’t like, and some of them I really love.  They are great to share with friends!  We had a great time with our friends for a dumplings, ramen, and games night, and this was one of the meat dumplings I made.  I really enjoyed it…different than the pork dumplings I’m used to, and very interesting!  These are called Sha Momo, and I highly recommend you check them out, as well as the entire book!   Forgive the photo – it was post-steaming and it was…well, steamy. 😉

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