Fruit and Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries

Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry will absolutely steal the show at breakfast or brunch when baked into quick and easy Fruit and Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries topped with deliciously tangy cream cheese filling and piled high with the season’s freshest fruits such as strawberries, kiwi, and blueberries all topped with orange marmalade.

It’s late spring and this year I had to wait a little later than usual to enjoy some of my favorite fruits but I am totally excited to show off these super cute, super easy Fruit and Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries that I made in almost no time with Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry this morning. Can you believe in less than 25 minutes I was sinking my teeth into a delicious flaky fruit topped pastry?I love fresh blueberries and strawberries and will totally find any excuse to eat them, so topping a light airy flaky Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry with them was a total no-brainer this gorgeous May morning. Continue reading

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Southern Creamy Crab Dip Recipe

Southern Creamy Crab Dip is one of the snacking staples found in my house during late spring and early summer. Made with a big heap of traditional Southern love and delicious tasting ingredients; such as imitation crab meat, cream cheese, mayonnaise, minced celery, red onions, spring onions, diced pimento peppers, diced jalapeño, fresh chopped parsley, dill, and Cajun seasoning.

I know many of y’all have had the pleasure of tasting a hot crab dip, but if you haven’t had a cold Southern Creamy Crab Dip you have been missing out on a good thing. This dip is perfect for entertaining during poolside parties, family picnics, and even card night with the besties.

This Southern Creamy Crab Dip really should be called a Creamy Crab Spread but somehow over the years this cold, creamy, decadent, southern deliciousness became known as Creamy Crab Dip. Don’t ask me who did it or how it happened, somewhere along the way someone decided spread was not in the cards and just renamed it. Continue reading

Funeral Potatoes Recipe

Whether you’re  hailing from Utah and refer to the recipe as Funeral Potatoes or a Southerner from Mississippi that calls it Hashbrown Casserole, this recipe is pretty darn delicious if you ask me or any of the folks I have made it for. It’s really the perfect casserole for the holidays, work potlucks, church functions, any gathering that requires a covered dish. Just simply combine shredded hashbrowns, extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded Colby-Jack cheese, cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, sautéed onion, and minced garlic.

The list of names for this casserole dish that uses those famous frozen hash browns is almost endless depending on where you live in the United States. I have heard them called, Church Lady Potatoes, Christmas Potatoes, Heartstopper Hashbrown Casserole, Ward Potatoes, Cheesy Potato Casserole,  Pittsburg Potatoes, as well as  Church Social Potatoes by some.
You might ask, “How did this casserole ever became known as Funeral Potatoes in Utah?” It seems about 15-16 years ago  Funeral Potatoes became a staple served at dinners given for bereaved friends and family after a Latter Day Saints funeral. I’m sure they were being served up in Utah long before they were fondly nicknamed, “Funeral Potatoes” Continue reading

Dried Chipped Beef Dip Recipe

The Holidays are the time when we all bring out our cherished dips and appetizers and one of our families favorites is my deliciously creamy, slightly salty,  Dried Chipped Beef Dip Recipe made with dried beef, cream cheese, sour cream,  mayo, diced onions, green onions, minced jalapeño peppers, Worcestershire sauce, and Cajun seasoning served over crusty bread or your favorite crackers it’s simply to die for.

The first Christmas dinner I spent with my husband and his family over 9 years ago, my sister-in-law Dawn brought a Dried Chipped Beef Dip to my Mother-in-laws Holiday dinner. I  really liked the texture and the flavor of the dried beef in her recipe, but I did not like how salty her Dried Chipped Beef Dip tasted. The saltiness was a little too overboard for me and my husband’s taste. Neither one of us is big fans of over salted foods.

The Holidays are the time when we all bring out our cherished dips and appetizers and one of our families favorites is my deliciously creamy, slightly salty, Dried Chipped Beef Dip Recipe made with dried beef, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, diced onions, green onions, minced jalapeño peppers, Worcestershire sauce, and Cajun seasoning served over crusty bread or your favorite crackers it's simply to die for.I decided to keep her idea when it came to the Dried Chipped Beef Dip , but remove some of that heavy salt taste from her recipe. I must have made this recipe countless times till I got it to the exact taste and texture I was looking for. I had actually played around with her Dip recipe so much in the last 9 years, that it’s not even her recipe anymore, just her idea I guess. Continue reading

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel and Walnuts + Giveaway

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel and Walnuts has to be one of the best cheesecakes, I have made to this date, with a thick, rich, creamy mixture of cream cheese, pumpkin, caramel, and walnuts that are spiced with nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice, the  texture and taste is perfect in every way.

Special thanks to my friends over at Simply Concord for providing the delicious Caramel Dip for my new recipe, as well as 6 more containers for my lovely readers to try out for themselves and see how wonderful Caramel Dip can taste; that has no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and is Non-GMO. Be sure to enter the giveaway below, so I can mail you a container of this fabulous tasting caramel dip.

Since the beginning  of time,  people have taken great strides in making the perfect cheesecake. Food historians will tell you the early methods of making cheesecake have been lost, however, we know that cheesecake was very a popular dish in ancient Greece. Small cheesecakes were also one of the many things served to athletes during the first Olympic Games held in 776 B.C. on the Isle of Delos.

pumpkin-cheese-cake-with-caramel-and-walnutsI am always amazed to read about the background and history of my favorite foods, especially something that dates back as far as cheesecake. I often wonder what the first cheesecakes tasted like, don’t you? I mean was the texture similar, was it different, what were the cooking methods used back then? One can only speculate as for the original cheesecakes, I am sure are a lost art long gone in this day and age. Continue reading

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese,sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to a bubbly perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.

If you live near the Olive Branch Mississippi or Memphis area chances are you may have visited the Hunan Chinese Buffet on Goodman Road, it’s the Mississippi hot spot for lunch after church and always packed. There’s Crab Casserole on their American side of the buffet table that my mom loves so much. Every Sunday after church she piles a little on her plate and devours it, proclaiming it to be really good.Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese,sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.I decided while my mom was at work I would make the Copycat version of Hunan Chinese Buffet and surprise her tonight; it turned out delicious. It only took me about 40 minutes from start to finish to make it’s so simple and quick to put together and only needs to bake for 30 minutes. Continue reading

Easy to make Sausage & Cream Cheese Crescents

This recipe for Easy to make Sausage & Cream Cheese Crescents has floated around the South for years. I got it from my Sister-in-law Angie the day of my niece Katelynn’s  wedding. You can make these Easy to make Sausage & Cream Cheese Crescents as individual servings if  you like or  like my sister-in-law Angie does by just simply lay one can of Crescents rolls out and then add the Sausage and cream cheese filling on the top of  the Crescent roll dough and then top with the second can of Crescent rolls.

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Wedding can be magical and nerve-racking for brides and mother’s of the brides; yet I have to tell  you, Angie sure pulled off a fabulous breakfast that morning with that delicious casserole of Easy to make Sausage Cream Cheese Crescents; I don’t think there was one bit left in the bottom of that casserole dish that morning. We were like hungry little vultures sitting at a table pecking away at our breakfast..Did you just vision vultures pecking at their plates? Continue reading