Last month I served these to my book club. Now they are here for you to pull out for your next get together. They are so easy to make. In fact you can prepare the dough ahead of time and freeze so it will be sitting there ready when you are ready. A hundred years ago I made these cheese straws using a manual cookie gun and I found them quite difficult to push through. Now Paula Deen has saved all of us some manual labor. How much easier can you get than slice and bake?
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Here I am back again with a boatload of recipes for you! School is in full swing and everyday I am bombarded by the question when are we cooking? I hate it that we can’t cook everyday, but there are Standards to be covered and all that other stuff the state requires. I am excited about this year’s angels that have been given to me to broaden their knowledge about my love of cooking. I have a plan to teach them 30 dishes that everyone should know when they leave home and endeavor life on their own. I am excited especially when I hear a student talking to a friend and saying to them that I am a cool teacher. It really makes my day because there are times that I have some self doubt. You know every once in a while you just want to know if they really care about what you are doing. I had a lot of fun doing this recipe from Pillsbury. There are so many students that want to help me in the kitchen! For this first demonstration of the year I had some great volunteers. Surprisingly none of the four had any cooking experience, but they did great! I am looking forward to another fabulous year with rewarding cooking experiences to share along the way.
If you want to impress someone with a great appetizer this is for you. It will get you rave reviews no matter where you take it. My friend Marilyn has served this many, many times and it is always a hit. In fact, if she doesn’t bring it she is really in trouble. The recipe has been shared with everyone and I have it somewhere, but when I wanted to make it last month for my tennis match in Newnan I could not find it. Syble of course had the recipe and sent it to me. So I’m in the grocery store buying everything and the recipe doesn’t say what size can of deviled ham to use. Thank goodness for phone cameras and text messaging. I took a picture of both sizes of ham and sent it to Syble and the small can was the winner. Speaking of using your phone camera in the store. I get the biggest kick watching husbands shopping for groceries. There will be some conversation followed by picture-taking and more conversation, ” Okay good I’ll get this.” What a help for husbands that don’t have a clue about shopping.
This appetizer from Gourmet is just what we all want and need. It is so good and can literally be ready in 20 minutes. What else could you want? Deliciousness? Yes, it has that. I love it! You might need this for your next football party or when you and your friends get together for dinner. It is the perfect appetizer! I don’t have fresh thyme at my beck and call so I purchased some three times to make this. It did not happen and now I am left wondering why. Maybe because it is just too easy!
Hope that all of you had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! I’m not going to bore you with my resolutions that are probably the same as everyone elses. You know get yourself organized, eat healthier, and exercise more frequently. I just want to enjoy life. It is as simple as that! With that said here are the top 10 posts of this year. Several of them had the help of Stumble Upon by some of my blogger friends Dine and Dish and A Cook and Her Books. Thanks to all of you that read my blog. I really appreciate it! I still have many things to get done that you have asked for, so don’t think that I have forgotten. I havent. The printer friendly recipe is being worked on now. I do feel good about the recipe index. It was needed and took a long time for me to finally sit down and do it. So here’s to another year gone by and new one to do with what we would like. Let’s make it a good one. Any day will be good with any of the following recipes.
The name says “mixed up” popcorn, but I really think that it is “kicked up” popcorn. This is good stuff. Just for your information this stuff is very addictive. I don’t really care for caramel popcorn, but this is more on the side of popcorn and other stuff covered in pralines. I first had this several years ago when I last went on a real vacation. You know the kind where you stay for a week or more and read several books while sitting in a chair with the beach breeze gently blowing your hair. The kind of time that you never want to end. You have no trouble sleeping. Work is someone else’s problem. The only decision that you have to make is what are you’re having for dinner. I need that right now. Anyway, Anna made this Mixed Up Popcorn for our vacation and it was a fight for the last bite. It is that good!
Everyone needs that one appetizer that can be made it a flash. You know when you just don’t have the time to make anything really fancy. This bean dip is just that. Most of the ingredients probably can be found in your kitchen right now and if not just pick up the rest next time you’re shopping. You can put this together fifteen minutes before you walk out the door. But, it can be made three or four hours in advance if needed. I have carried to my tennis matches and get togethers for years and it is always a hit. Even those with no cooking skills can impress your friends because it looks beautiful and taste great. You know that everyone just loves a good dip!
With the Super Bowl coming up next weekend it gave me a good excuse to try out these pinwheels that have been sitting in my recipe file for years. I don’t know why I haven’t tried them before. You can make them ahead of time and then when guests come pull them out of the refrigerator and bake. Serve them right out of the oven for a fantastic addition to any get together. As a bonus they are easy and delicious.
Where have I been? For the last two weeks I have really been busy. I took a trip to south Georgia with a good friend of mine and I came back with three and a half bushels of peas. That was a job! Then I took a beach trip with my two younger sisters. We had a great time and I did not want to leave the sand, water, sun and the peace. It was so relaxing! Now with just two weeks left and I will be a working girl again. But I am not blogging about the end of the summer yet. I’ve got two weeks!!
I love summer for so many reasons. Free time, no stress, tomatoes, okra, blueberries, peas, basil, watermelon, squash and the list goes on. There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a cold piece of sweet watermelon. As a child I spent many hours in the backyard eating watermelon with juice running down my chin and spitting black seeds as far as I could. Then running through the sprinkler to get off all the stickiness or squirting each other with the hose. What fun! But now I am all grown up. Really.
What are you putting together for your New Year’s Eve party? Want something easy that really is good? Here is a hot cheese dip that is sure to please most everyone! Since October I have made this on four different occasions. When carrying it to a party just bake it there. It will be better right out of the oven. Let’s get cooking!