Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Nacho Cheese Sauce

I found the basic recipe for this sauce on the internet. But I added to it and the result is below:

3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp corn starch
1 can evaporated milk
2 oz cream cheese (cubed)
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1 small can/bottle salsa or pico de gallo
paprika - enough for flavor

Melt butter and cornstarch over medium heat in a sauce pan. Sitr. When butter melted add milk and cream cheese. Stir until cheese melted and sauce incorporated. Then add shredded cheeses and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Add salsa/pico de gallo and paprika. Serve with chips.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This taste just like buffalo wings without the mess. My family can't get enough of it. We hope you enjoy it too. (It is spicy.)

2 big cans of chicken
1 cup ranch dressing
2 cups shredded jack cheese
2 blocks cream cheese
1 small bottle (6 oz) of Frank's hot sauce

Combine and heat in crock pot. Serve with chips.

hints: I have just boiled a chicken breast and cut into small pieces. Also I just combined and heated on the stove and then after it was hot put it in small bowls for my family to eat out of. Yes, you put the whole bottle of hot sauce in. We hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


I came across this lovely little baking blog via Pioneer Woman's cooking spot (did you make those cute PW Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies? I want to. They look so yum!).

Anyhoo... {Bakerella} has a darling site of cakes and cupcakes and such. If you don't want to make any of those goodies, at least take a peek on her site because her photos are so gorgeous - especially with her festive holiday treats and this pink frosted yellow cake.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Spinach Salad

My sister in law made this the other night and it was a huge hit.  So tasty!

Spinach Salad
1 pkg washed spinach
1 head iceberg lettuce (or packaged)
1 block swiss cheese
1 lb. bacon (bagged real bacon bits works great)
1/2 c. rinsed cottage cheese 
1 c. sliced mushrooms
1 purple onion
1 pkg grape tomatoes

1 T. poppy seeds
1/2 -3/4 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c. sugar
1 t. salt
1/2 c. white vinegar
1/2 t. dry mustard

Put dressing on salad right before serving.   (the note on the recipe says it makes a lot of salad)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Simple Chicken - Slow Cooker Style

I found this recipe on Beth's Mess. It's really simple but we really like it.

Here's the original recipe that Beth shared.


4 frozen chicken breasts
1 package dry Italian dressing mix
1 c. warm water OR chicken broth


1. Place chicken in cooker.
2. Sprinkle dressing mix on top.
3. Pour water/broth over chicken; cover.
4. Cook on low 8-10 hours.

My alterations: I used frozen chicken tenderloins (it doesn't have to cook quite as long). I also add a can of cream of chicken or celery because I like the sauce a little thicker to put on the rice or noodles.