Monday

BLT Dip

 
 
This is one of the first dips I came up with on my own. It's not much of a recipe really, just an experiment with a block of cream cheese that turned out to be genius. You can make this as a dip for vegetables or crackers, or you can stuff tomatoes. It's delicious either way, but served as BLT Bites they are crowd pleaser. 


If you want to stuff the tomatoes, you have to save some time for preparation. Cut off the tops of each tomato, use the end of a spoon or a tiny measuring spoon to gut out the seeds and juice. Put them upside down on a paper towel to drain moisture until you are ready to stuff. Get comfy because this takes some time, and you're going to want to make enough for each guest to have more than one.


Combine 1/2 block of CREAM CHEESE, with 1/2 pound cooked crumbled BACON, 1 generous handful of CHEDDAR CHEESE grated small, 1 bunch of GREEN ONION chopped. Once combined, this mixture will appear quite thick and more spreadable than "dipable" so add a generous squirt of THREE CHEESE RANCH DRESSING to give it the dipable consistency. Finish with BLACK PEPPER (a pinch or three) mix well and refrigerate.

Thursday

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

... And I am four hours from the nearest Starbucks...


The Fall brings out the Hot Apple Cider lover in me, but Winter calls for hot Egg Nog Lattes and lots of them. I have very fond memories of living in the city, meeting up with friends for "coffee" in the evenings although we never ordered boring old coffee. We would grab our Holiday Lattes, sit for a bit then stroll through the city streets window shopping and breathing in the crisp air. It was a must do if I wanted to find my Christmas spirit early in the season.
                                                         
Mom and I hit the road yesterday and on our travels we stopped at a department store. Every aisle was packed with Christmas candy, chocolate, gift ideas, wrapping paper, decorations and Christmas clothing. I realized how many weekends were left (or better yet, how many pay cheques were left) before Christmas. Not many! With this being our first Christmas in the new house and a long list of things to buy, I better get my butt in gear and start shopping.

Where do you find your Christmas spirit?

Rach XO

Saturday

Cheeseburger with Special Sauce Recipe


MAKE THE PERFECT HAMBURGER:

In a large bowl, mix together 1 LB GROUND BEEF with 1 PKG ONION SOUP MIX, a few splashes of W SAUCE, FRANKS HOT SAUCE, an EGG and a pinch of PEPPER. Add a handful of OATMEAL if you think the mixture is too wet.
*When making a patty, make sure it is as big as the bun you are using. Make it as thick as you want it, and stick your finger through the center of each patty. Creating a hole keeps the shape and thickness even during the cooking process.
FRY or BBQ the hamburger patty, melting sharp CHEDDAR CHEESE (and lots of it) on top for the last few minutes of cooking.

MAKE THE SPECIAL SAUCE:

In a small mixing bowl, combine the following ingredients for the perfect sauce for your favourite burger... Homemade Big Mac Sauce!
1/2 cup MAYO or MIRACLE WHIP DRESSING, 2 TBSP MINCED ONION, 2 TBSP GREEN RELISH, 2 TBSP FRENCH DRESSING, 1 TBSP VINEGAR, 1 TBSP SUGAR, 1 PINCH OF SALT.
This sauce is even better if it sits in the fridge for a few hours before burger time, and it can keep for a week in the fridge in a sealed container.



Enjoy!