Thursday, August 12, 2010

a couple of things

Later today I'll post my first ever product review. But for now, I'm going to start sharing recipes. I find that I am often asked for my recipe for this or that and I think it will be fun to share a lot of the "friend favs" as I call them. Let me also add a disclamer that I don't remember where I got most of these and therefore, I am not giving due credit. However, I usually make a recipe my own in some form or fashion and hope that no one is offended that change it up. :) Today, I'll share two recipes - one appetizer and one entree.

Buffalo Chicken Dip
4-5 cups white meat chicken (I use Tyson cans)
1/2 bottle of Frank's Hot Wing Sauce
1 block of cream cheese
1 bottle Chunky Bleu Cheese Dressing (I use Ken's)

-In crockpot*, add shredded chicken and hot wing sauce
-In medium saucepan, melt cream cheese and bleu cheese until smooth
-Pour cheese mixture over chicken and stir well.
-Heat on HIGH until bubbly, then return to keep warm
-Serve with chips or crackers of choice (I use tortilla chips)

*I find it's best to use a crockpot to eliminate reheating throughout dinner party, etc.

Italian Gumbo
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
2 white onions ( I used minced instead)
1 red bell pepper- chunked
1 yellow bell pepper - chunked
1 green bell pepper - chunked
2 cups red wine
2 Tbsp white vinegar
6 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
3 Bay leaves
1 tsp thyme
3 cans diced tomatoes or 4 fresh sliced tomatoes
1 lb. Italian sausage (I used Turkey usually)
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken (again, I use Tyson cans)

-Heat oil. Add onions & peppers and saute 2-3 minutes. Remove and set aside.
-Pour wine and vinegar into pan. Add garlic, bay leaves, and thyme. Simmer until wine reduced to half. 
-Add tomatoes and simmer until they start to breakdown. Return veggies and simmer 20-25 minutes.
-Cut and brown sausage. Add sausage and chicken to veggies, cooking 5-10 minutes (until all well mixed and warmed). 


sbarnes9 said...

Oh yum! You make your buffalo dip similar to mine except I never used Bleu Cheese, I used Ranch! I think we'll be trying the Gumbo recipe next week!

Courtney said...

Ooh your recipes look yummy! I'm your new follower. Thanks for following me too! I was looking through your books too... I have the Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras by Scott Westerfeld... Love those books!

Sarah said...

I'm a new follower from Follow Me Friday.
I hope you'll come check me out at PS Mom Reviews and follow me too!
I have fun giveaways going on now too!

Ruth said...

these recipes... oh i'm so going to try them... thanks for posting!!

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