Saturday, December 20, 2008

Cutney Cheese Spread

I am posting this yummy recipe for Janae.....she made this for us at our Christmas party and we all loved it! One of us will be posting a picture soon!

1 pkg. cream cheese softened
1/2 c. cheddar cheese grated
1/3 c. angel flake coconut
1 small jar of mango or apriot chutney
dried cranberries
Walnuts or pecans chopped
Sliced green onions

Mix first 3 ingredients and shape into a rectangle and place on a plate. Spread chutney over the top of the cream cheese and then garnish with cranberries, nuts and onions. Serve with crackers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Peppermint pinwheels

I love these cookies!
they are really yummy, cute for Christmas & so easy to make.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup margarine
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
Beat the first 6 ingredients together until creamed. Stir in the rest gently. Divide into two equal parts. Add red food coloring to 1/2 of the dough (as much as you think you need) Knead the dough to distribute the color. Cover & refrigerate the dough for a couple of hours. After it's good & cold- roll out the plain dough to about 12x16" then roll out the pink dough & place on top. Roll up the two doughs together starting at the 16" side VERy tightly. As tightly as you can. It'll all be fine if it's not tight enough, just relax. Put the whole roll in parchment paper of plastic wrap & refrigerate again. When ready to bake, cut slices of the roll 1/4 inch think & bake for 8-10 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet at 400 degrees. BE really careful not to over cook them!! they should just barely be turning brown.
*the great thing about these cookies is you can make the dough, leave it in the fridge, then bake a few off here & there! they are especially good with warm with milk or hot cocoa ~ mmm

fruit covered NY cheesecake

I have to be honest- I've made a lot of cheesecakes over the years- but it's been a while.
To find a fool proof recipe I looked here... & came up with this one.
With over 1800 comments & still a 5 star rating I figured it must be GReat- and it was!
For the topping I covered it in fresh berries the topped it with a glaze which was 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tblsp. corn starch, & one can of hansen's guava nectar, brought to a boil (stirring constantly until thick) cooled then poured over the top.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

White Christmas Slush

2 Quarts Water
3 Cups Sugar
1 Can Limeade from concentrate
1 Litre Bottle of Sprite

Combine all ingredients until sugar is completely dissolved. Freeze over night in a mixing bowl (one that will fit into the punch bowl you are serving it in).

1 hour before serving take out of freezer and put bowl upside down into punch bowl. Once it has started to melt a little on its own, start to chip a way at it with a potato masher and butter knife until it is broken into smaller pieces and like a slush. Continue to mash and add Sprite then serve.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Sour Cream Chicken

This is a definite "old stand by" at our house. My mom used to make this when I was growing up.

The recipe is simple and only a few ingredients.
6-8 chicken breasts
garlic salt, season salt, a little pepper
3/4 C. sour cream
3/4 C. Mayo
1 can cream of celery soup
1&1/2 C. grated sharp cheese
copped onion
1 tsp. lemon juice
~season chicken lightly with seasoning and put in 9x13 pan. Combine all other ingredients and pour over skinless chicken breasts. Cover and bake @ 300 for 3 hours. Enjoy:)

Here is the final result. The sauce is so yummy on baked potatoes, broccoli etc. We add the sauce to the whole dinner.

*picture courtesy of my Doug.