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Classic Cheesy Chicken and Rice Soup. 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 4 stalks of celery, chopped 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped 2 tablespoons minced garlic 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 32 ounces plus 16 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth.

Classic Cheesy Chicken and Rice Soup

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The Famous “Crack Dip” I had heard of this dip about a thousand times – originally called Buffalo Chicken Dip, it’s been nicknamed “crack dip” because its supposedly quite addicting.

The Famous “Crack Dip”

I thought, “hmm, anything with that title must be good!” , and then I read the ingredient list – canned chicken, buffalo sauce, blue cheese, ranch dressing….? BLECH! I’m sorry but that does NOT sound like something I would want to put in my mouth. So I never made it. Buffalo Chicken Dip (AKA: Crack Dip) 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup ranch salad dressing 1/4 cup blue cheese salad dressing 1/2 cup buffalo sauce or buffalo style barbecue sauce 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (shredded mozzarella cheese can be substituted) 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

NOTE: Depending on your tastes and the ingredients on hand, you can use 1/2 cup ranch or blue cheese salad dressing rather than 1/4 cup of each. *I used sliced baguettes and celery for dipping…mmm, MMMM! Share: Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip. It seems that I may be a little addicted to hot cheesy dips.

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Last week I made a hot sweet onion dip and while I was looking for recipes for it I came across some recipes for hot spinach and artichoke dip. This new dip filled with cheese, cream cheese and mayonnaise sounded so good that I had to try it right away. But, with both spinach and artichokes in it, it is just a little bit healthier. ;) One of the things that I liked about this recipe was that I would get to use artichokes again and I had been looking forward to doing so. The last time I used fresh artichokes and this time I got to try canned ones. This dip is super easy to make; you just mix all of the ingredients and bake until bubbling and golden brown on top. This recipe appears in the Game Day Party Food eCookbook along with 19 more of the tasiest snacks on Closet Cooking and 5 all new drool inducing treats!

Salsa roja (roasted red salsa) « One Particular Kitchen. I eat a lot of salsa.

Salsa roja (roasted red salsa) « One Particular Kitchen

A LOT. I am rather notorious for this, in fact. My friend’s boyfriend once innocently asked if I had anything he could snack on — maybe some chips and salsa? My friend nearly fell on the floor laughing at the thought of me not having chips and salsa in the house. There is no risk of that. So when my awesome world-traveling chef cousin came to town for a few days, she offered to teach me how to make roasted red salsa and tamales. And people, this salsa. Note that this makes a lot — a big mixing bowl full. Without further ado, I give you: The Best Salsa Ever: Salsa roja (roasted red salsa) Ingredients 16 full size tomatoes, or nearly a grocery store produce bag full of roma tomatoes (we used roma) 2-3 yellow onions 20-25 Serrano peppers (remove caps) Note: this many peppers makes it hot. Instructions Copyright One Particular Kitchen - All Rights Reserved Update 6/24/09: Got questions?

Storage- Spiciness- Roasting- A note on canning: Yummy recipes / White Trash Dip  1 can chili (15 oz) 2 packages cream cheese (8 oz ea), softened 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded 1 lb. bacon 4 green onions, chopped 1 tsp red pepper flakes Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook bacon. Crumble. Mix together chili. Crispy Parmesan Asparagus Sticks. Who would have ever thought I would get excited about seeing something green on sale in the grocery store?

Crispy Parmesan Asparagus Sticks

Not me. But that’s what happened when I walked by these super thin asparagus spears. How often do I find thin asparagus that doesn’t look half dead and is on sale? Rarely. And I sort of like asparagus. The whole upchucking thing usually doesn’t happen until the third of fourth spear. But I figured I could possibly prevent that mess if I coated these in something crispy and cheesy. These were so incredibly easy to make and tasted delicious – kind of like little asparagus “fries.”

I also think that these will taste even better with thicker asparagus spears. [print_this] Crispy Parmesan Asparagus Sticks 1 bunch of asparagus (mine had about 30 spears)