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

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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

Southern-style Bacon wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Southern-style Bacon wrapped Jalapeño Poppers aren’t your ordinary old Jalapeño Poppers that you’ll find at your local watering hole or Bar and Grill, these deliciously spicy, smoky Jalapeño peppers have been hollowed out, then filled to the brim with cream cheese that has been seasoned with Cajun seasoning then wrapped in thick slices bacon and grilled to perfection on the Bbq.

If you loved the original-style Jalapeño Poppers, these Southern-style Bacon wrapped Jalapeño Poppers are going to totally blow your mind as soon as you pop one in your mouth; you’re going to wonder why you ever settled for merely serving those breaded and fried Jalapeño Poppers all these years for appetizers. I  almost  can imagine you murmuring to yourself, “For the love of Bacon why did I wait so long to try these delicious tasting addicting appetizers?”

Southern-style Bacon wrapped Jalapeño Poppers aren't your ordinary old Jalapeño Poppers that you'll find at your local watering hole or Bar and Grill, these deliciously spicy, smoky Jalapeño peppers have been hollowed out, then filled to the brim with cream cheese that has been seasoned with Cajun seasoning then wrapped in thick slices bacon and grilled to perfection on the bbq.Have you ever had the original poppers that were jalapeño stuffed with cream cheese or sometimes mild cheddar cheese, then battered and deep-fried? Basically, they pretty much remind me of an Americanized spicier version of Chiles Rellenos you can find served in most Mexican restaurants. Tasty sure, but not considered in my book to be damn delicious like Southern-style Bacon wrapped Jalapeño Poppers. Continue reading

Southern Pimento Cheese Spread

Pimento Cheese aka Southern Caviar is one of our favorite delicious iconic Southern Staples , it ranks right up there with our fried okra, cornbread, and collard greens. You’ll find us Southerners slathering it on several things such as celery, soda crackers, Triscuits, grilled cheese, hot dogs, hamburgers, deviled eggs,  and even on sweet rolls as little finger sandwiches.

Pimento Cheese is a serious matter to us Southerners; don’t you kid yourself  we all have our own unique family recipes and techniques to making this tasty menu item. My Pimento cheese has to have a little texture, not too creamy, not too chunky,just right. The pimento also needs to be roughly chopped instead of finely chopped to suit my preferences.

Pimento Cheese aka Southern Caviar is one of our favorite delicious iconic Southern Staples that you'll find us slathering on several things such as celery, soda crackers, Triscuits, hot dogs, hamburgers, deviled eggs, or even on sweet rolls as a little finger sandwich. Made from scratch using Sharp cheddar cheese, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese, pimentos, mayonnaise, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, other spices, and a dash of hot sauce.You’ll likely never find processed American cheese or Velveeta cheese gracing my Pimento Cheese recipe, instead, you’ll find only sharp cheddar, mild cheddar, and cream cheese. Don’t you dare try to sneak Miracle Whip in my Pimento Cheese recipe either, oh no that’s almost grounds for a  good ole fashioned girl fight! Continue reading

Bacon Horseradish and Cheddar Spread

Delicious homemade Bacon Horseradish and Cheddar Spread is soon to become one of your favorite , easy to make spring appetizer, made with crispy hickory smoked bacon, cream cheese, sour cream,sharp white cheddar, mild cheddar, kicked up a notch with horseradish, and served with your favorite snack crackers.

In late spring, I love having poolside parties and gatherings with friends and family snacking on yummy quick to make appetizers like this easy-to-make Bacon Horseradish and Cheddar Spread and cold beers catching a bit of the Florida Sunshine and sharing a few good laughs.

Bacon Cheddar Horseradish SpreadI think sometimes we lump all the fun, tasty appetizers, and snacks with the Super Bowl, so let’s think about a little Spring/Summer fun with our favorite snacks. Who said that our favorite spreads and dips can only be enjoyed during football season? I don’t know about y’all but I am ready for some deliciously spreadable foods this spring. Continue reading