Monthly Archives: November, 2012

Creamy Chicken Pie

Staring at some leftover turkey in your refrigerator? Of course you aren’t, you’re reading this blog, but maybe you’re looking for something new to do with that bird. There’s no reason not to substitute turkey for chicken in this recipe, or any other meat for that matter. If you have a picky veg eater you can always substitute the mixed veg for something they will eat, broccoli is an awesome substitute. Just make sure that it is cooked, or tender enough that it will cook, before adding it.

This was one of my niece’s favorite recipes when she lived with me years ago, this and finger food night (usually chicken strips, tator tots, and carrots or some combination like that. Nothing that required a utensil to eat). It’s pretty easy to put together and throw in the oven, leaving you more time for other things. Continue reading →

Caramel Bacon Corn

This recipe originated through my friends Baconfest party she threw last winter. Yes, it was as awesome as it sounds. It was potluck and everyone brought a dish containing bacon. Even my Jewish vegan coworker had a good time (she didn’t want to miss a party and she brought fakin’ bacon, it’s not bad). I completely went overboard of course and brought like four or five dishes with about four different kinds of bacon. Most of the dishes are waiting to be refined but as I try not to eat bacon too often it can take a while. This recipe has been ready but idling waiting for a rainy day. Since rainy days have found us, I thought I’d better get it posted.

The recipe for the caramel is one that I had tried a few years ago but found so addictive that I decided I shouldn’t keep the recipe. Seriously, I made a batch of this caramel corn with white and dark chocolate chips and almonds and then I took it to a meeting. It was totally disruptive, people were constantly going back for more, and then as the supply got low they started to (somewhat playfully) bicker over it. It was like crack; in fact I called it Caramel Crack Corn. I felt the recipe was a little too dangerous at the time and didn’t write it down. I learned something at that meeting though; taking highly processed, sugary sweets to a meeting of people who rarely indulge in sweets is a bad, bad idea. However for Baconfest, I decided to resurrect and recreate the recipe. It was absolutely as addictive as I remembered.

So, without further ado I give to you an absolutely addictive snack/dessert now with added bacon! Continue reading →

Bacon Pepper Dip

This recipe came about from my house warming party. I was going for a BLT dip but found the roasted peppers in the cupboard and decided that would be better. Something about a deadline and not having a fully formulated recipe that makes decisions so much quicker. Those timelines never quite work out for me. There I was planning all these great recipes to try out on my friends (never pass up an opportunity to use them as guinea pigs) and somehow the day raced on by without everything getting done and I found myself at the Trader Joe’s an hour before the party picking up heat and serve horderves. It could have been that I had been sick all month, it could have been that the house still had boxes of stuff all over the place that morning, but it could very well be that I was yet again trying to stuff more than would ever fit into my day. Luckily the dip was made the night before. We ended up with LOTS of food though because most my friends bring food to a friend’s even when we don’t have to; it’s just the way we roll. Continue reading →

Cheesy Bacon Cornbread

Election Day seems like a good time to roll out this recipe. I’m not much on politics. I pretty much find both sides rolling in the pork and cheesy. I try to maintain a positive attitude most of the time, or at least not slip into bitterness or heavy sarcasm, but I just don’t have faith in politics at the national or maybe even the state level. I try to avoid discussing politics, your welcome to your opinion, but I still believe in the power of the people and that change will come about by our daily and local actions as much as and more so than grand gestures on the world’s stage.

And this bread is just the thing to power change! :D  Well, power something; they’re over the top. I’m not sure I could have found more calorie laden ingredients to stuff into the recipe. I expected to come back with some from the first time I took them to work. A coworker who doesn’t enjoy sweets (what is WRONG with some people!) was leaving and instead of a going away cake I made these. Since so many people are vegetarian I figured I’d be taking quite a bit home with me. I was wrong; they were gone in a cholesterol filled heartbeat. Something about mixing heavy cream and bacon brought out the carnivore in all those vegetarians.

So, right wing or left, democrat or republican, let us bond over Cheesy Bacon Cornbread. The only thing left to decide is muffins or bread because it’s good either way. Continue reading →

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