Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cream Cheese and Cocktail Sauce Spread - Old School Appetizer

Today's recipe share is more sentimental than anything.  It's old school and so good.  A big ol' block of cream cheese covered with spicy cocktail sauce.




Show of hands...how many of you grew up with this and love it?  

This appetizer takes about two minutes to throw together. It isn't fancy and won't be winning a beauty contest or any fancy prizes, but dang it's good and a winner in my book.   



If you want to get all fancy, you can spread the cream cheese in a bowl or on a plate and add some tiny shrimp or crab meat.  Me, I like to keep it simple - just cream cheese and cocktail sauce.  

I've been eating this since I can remember (born in the 70's) and plan to continue the tradition for decades to come.  

Old School Cream Cheese and Cocktail Sauce Spread

Ingredients
  • 8 oz block of cream cheese
  • 1 jar of cocktail sauce - 12 ounces (you can make your own - see link below)
Directions
Place cream cheese on a plate and pour cocktail sauce on top.  Serve chilled with your favorite crackers.  Enjoy!  

Variations
Add shrimp (the small ones in a can - drain) or add crab meat (also in can - drain).  Place cream cheese on plate or in a bowl, spread it out.  Top with shrimp or crab, then pour cocktail sauce on top. Fresh squeezed lemon is great. Enjoy!

Make Your Own Cocktail Sauce 
A Family Feast makes their cocktail sauce the same way I do, head here for the simple recipe: HOMEMADE COCKTAIL SAUCE by A FAMILY FEAST.  

  
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Weekend Potluck 149

Welcome to Weekend Potluck #149, we are so happy you could join us!
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Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week!

THE RECIPE WITH THE MOST CLICKS WAS...


Millionaire Fudge by Cooking with K


Ham Frittata by With a Blast
                         



AND A PERSONAL FAVORITE...


Southern-Style Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese by South Your Mouth

YOUR HOSTESSES

The Country Cook ~ Brandie
Sunflower Supper Club ~ Kim & Julie
The Better Baker ~ Marsha
Frugal Family Favorites ~ Tabitha
Sweet Little Bluebird ~ Mary
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Favorite Pot Roast Recipe - Made In The Crock Pot

Today's recipe is my favorite go-to for pot roast.  I have been making this dinner for years and it's all done in the crock-pot.  It's super easy to throw together, full of flavor, perfect for a busy day.



Below is all you need, plus some water and salt and pepper...you don't even need to brown the roast before popping it in the crock pot.  If you must brown the roast first...go ahead and brown away.   If I have time, I will brown it, if not...it still turns out wonderful.   What is great about this recipe is you can tweak it to your liking. 



I always serve my pot roast with caramelized onions - delicious!  The gravy from the roast is wonderful over mashed potatoes. 

  

The same recipe can be found on Allrecipes.com - Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast. For more tips on how people have adjusted this recipe to suit their taste, head to the comment section.  The recipe has over 6,000 reviews and a 4 1/2 star rating.  


Crock Pot Pot Roast

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Ingredients
  • 5 to 6 pound pot roast
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup (10.75 ounce cans)
  • 1 package onion soup mix (Lipton or store brand - 1 ounce packet)
  • 1 1/4 cups of water (water can substituted for beef broth.  You can also add a little red wine)
  • salt & pepper to taste (or use your favorite go-to seasonings)
Directions
Lightly spray crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.  Place roast in crock pot and season with salt and pepper or your favorite seasonings. In a medium size bowl, mix soups (can and dried) and water and pour mixture evenly over roast. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.  Each crock pot cooks differently so you may need to adjust cooking times.  Serve with your favorite potatoes and veggies.  The gravy from the roast is wonderful with mashed potatoes.  Enjoy!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Weekend Potluck 148

Welcome to Weekend Potluck #148, we are so happy you could join us!
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Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week!

THE RECIPE WITH THE MOST CLICKS WAS...


RECIPES THAT CAUGHT OUR ATTENTION...


Twice Baked Potato Casserole by Everyday Mom’s Meals

AND Two PERSONAL FAVORITES...

Mounds Bars by Big Rigs 'n Lil Cookies


Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs by Spicy Southern Kitchen

YOUR HOSTESSES

The Country Cook ~ Brandie
Sunflower Supper Club ~ Kim & Julie
The Better Baker ~ Marsha
Frugal Family Favorites ~ Tabitha
Sweet Little Bluebird ~ Mary
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cheesy Chicken Macaroni Casserole

I have just two words to describe the tried and true recipe I am sharing today - COMFORT FOOD. Cheesy Chicken Macaroni Casserole...



This casserole is perfect for a cold winter day...any day for that matter.  It's loaded with tender chicken and a creamy chicken cheese sauce, topped with a Ritz cracker topping.  It's mmm, mmm good.  My whole family loves this dish. 




Cheesy Chicken Macaroni Casserole

Ingredients
  • 1 fully cooked rotisserie chicken, meat removed and cut to bite size pieces
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup (10 3/4 ounces)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups cooked macaroni
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Ritz Cracker Crumbs (I use half a row)
Directions
Prepare macaroni according to instructions on box/bag.  Be sure not to over cook.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare a 9x9 baking dish (or comparable size) with non-stick cooking spray.  

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, melt butter and add onions, cooking until tender.  Next add soup and 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese.  Slowly add milk, stirring continuously until cheese is melted and sauce is well blended. When sauce is ready, add chicken and macaroni and blend well.  Salt and pepper/season to taste.  Transfer to baking dish, top with crushed Ritz crackers and bake on middle rack of oven for approximately 25 minutes or until heated through.  When heated through, remove from oven and top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese. Place back in oven for a few minutes, long enough for cheese to melt.  Remove and serve warm.  This casserole is wonderful with steamed broccoli as a side.  Enjoy!  

I'll be sharing my casserole at this great party,











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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken - Four Ingredients

Today's recipe is perfect for a busy day.  With only four ingredients and little prep, a warm delicious dinner will be waiting - CROCK POT SWEET & SOUR CHICKEN!



Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken - 4 Ingredients

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Ingredients
  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds chicken breast, boneless, skinless - cut into 1 inch bite size pieces
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 crushed pineapple (liquid drained)
Spray crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.  Place chicken in a single layer in bottom of crock pot. Mix the remaining ingredients (apricot preserves, chili sauce and pineapple), pour over chicken.  Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours, or on low for 6 to 8 hours. Each crock-pot cooks differently, so cooking times may vary. Serve over rice and with your favorite vegetable, like steamed broccoli. Enjoy! 

Tip: For more kick, you can add a little crushed red pepper flakes to the sauce.  




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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Old-Fashioned Holiday Christmas Candy

Do you remember this candy? I grew up with them, they were always in my grandparents' cut glass candy dishes for the holidays. I search high and low each year so I can fill my candy jars with these sweet treats. I was lucky enough to find them this year after our move to Colorado - the holidays are saved!




I found this year's candy at our local Walgreens pharmacy.  If you have a Walgreens, give them a call, they might have this mix!  They also carried a bag of old-fashioned ribbon candy.




The brand my grandparents' always purchased were Brach's - there are a few varieties:  Brach's Arabian Nights Mix, Brach's Old-Fashioned Holiday Mix and Brachs's Filled Red Raspberries Hard Candy. 

Where can you find them?  Try your local pharmacies,  grocery stores, Target, Walmart and mom & pop stores.  Right around Thanksgiving is when they start to show up in stores.  I will say, they are not always easy to find. When we lived in Ohio (9 years), I never found them in our local stores. Most years I would grab them when I was in Michigan for Thanksgiving. One year I found them at Meijer's while shopping for Thanksgiving dinner with my sister - I purchased FIVE bags that year!  

The good news, if this candy is a must have (like it is for me), you can find them online.  The bad news, you pay a little more because of the shipping cost. Below are some sites to purchase the candy online and have them delivered right to your door, just in time for Christmas!  As of right now, they were still in stock:  
  • Brach's Old Fashioned Holiday Mix:  Amazon 
  • Primrose Old Fashioned Christmas Mix:  Amazon
  • Washburn's Old Fashioned Hard Candies, 16 oz canisters (2 pack):  Amazon
  • Old Fashioned Christmas Ribbon Candy:  Amazon
  • Brach's Filled Raspberries:  Amazon
These two online stores, CandyWarehouse & O'Ryan's Village, carry many old fashioned favorites, including Brach's. 

If you have any question about finding these candies, don't hesitate to ask!

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