Thursday, May 17, 2007

Spinach Artichoke Dip

All my life I have always loved spinach, my kids love it too. HB on the other hand doesn't like it at all, but he does like my Spinach Artichoke Dip. I initially looked for this recipe at All Recipes. That's where I usually end up when I search an ingredient. But I never find exactly what I'm looking for so I just change it up a little so that I will like it. Most of the recipes I found called for mayonnaise and I knew I wouldn't like it. I found one recipe that didn't call for mayonnaise it had Alfredo sauce instead. That recipe wanted you to roast 4 cloves of garlic and use less cream cheese. I say use whatever kind of garlic you have on hand and put as much or as little as you want. I usually use garlic cloves in my garlic press or that minced garlic that comes in a jar. This is really great for parties and I never have leftovers;)

1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach,thawed and drained
1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 10 ounce jar Alfredo sauce
4 cloves of garlic
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 8 ounce Package cream cheese
2 tablespoons horseradish (optional)

Mix together all the ingredients and put in a baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve with crackers or toasted pita triangles.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

You Are Strawberry Cake

Fresh, sassy, and romantic.
You're a total flirt, who never would turn down a sugary treat.
Occasionally you're a bit moody - but you usually stay sweet!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Pineapple Cheese Ball

Every year my dad has an open house at his Victorian home in Derby,Ia. This year my friends Brenda and Mona went with me. Brenda likes to push all the buttons and switches:) The refreshments are plentiful and the time spent with family and friends priceless. Linda made my favorite cheese ball and I ate too much of it. I forgot to ask her for the recipe, but when I was going through grandmas recipes I came across a copy of it. Brenda couldn't figure out the ingredients and wouldn't believe it was pineapple till Linda told her. It's really yummy. Go ahead and try some:)

2 8 oz pkg cream cheese,softened
1 8 1/2 oz can crushed pineapple,drained
2 cups chopped pecans
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 tsp seasoned salt

Beat cream cheese till smooth,add pineapple,1 cup pecans,onions and salt. Chill. Roll into ball and roll onto remaining pecans. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill till served.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Veal Scallopini

As I was going through some things I came across some recipes I had forgotten about. A few years ago my uncles' house burned down and his family came to stay with us. My aunt likes to collect cookbooks and all of hers had burned. I went to some thrift stores and found her some. One of them was a book of crock pot recipes from Rival which I copied down. With 11 people living in your house a bunch of crock pot recipes come in handy. They also come in handy when it's cold outside and your really busy and you don't want to wash a lot of pots and pans:)

2 lbs
3/4 cup flour mixed w/1 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup oil
1/2 pound sliced mushrooms lightly sauteed
2 small onions thinly sliced
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp oregano
1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1lb can tomatoes

roll veal in seasoned flour and fry in oil till well browned. Put into crock pot, add remaining ingredients. mix well, cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. Serve over rice or noodles. Serves 6