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Spinach pin wheels
Posted on 04.15.17 by itscrazydelicious @

I made these pinach pin wheels from the pillsbury pastry puff box and they were really great!. I think that spinach appetizers go great with pasta and with especially lasagna. However, I am not a fan of the spinach lasagna but having that spinach pasty puff on the side really did complete the meal!


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Five Pepper Salsa For Football Season!
Posted on 05.31.12 by itscrazydelicious @

This one is from Nick Lindauer at The Hot Sauce Blog – a great blog for salsa, spicy and hot foods!! Try to use fresh herbs – it gives it more of a zing! i love htis recipe but my heartburn doesn’t 🙂

Ingredients

1 can drained whole tomatoes
1/2 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tbs oregano
1 tbs thyme
1/2 bunch cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 poblano chile, stemmed and seeded
1 chipotle chile, seeded and diced
1 new mexico chile, stemmed? and seeded
2 habanero chiles, stemmed and seeded
juice of 1/2 lime
kosher salt to taste
To finish:? Combine the ingredients in a food processor.? Process to desired consistency (from chunky to smooth), transfer to a bowl and get ready to eat!? I like it with chips.? Remember to consider the saltiness of your chips in salting your salsa.? The flavors get better the longer they have to rest and blend together, but it usually doesn’t last long enough for me to find its true potential!


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Baked Artichoke Dip
Posted on 02.02.10 by itscrazydelicious @

I just love artichoke dip…I don’t particuarly like Artichoke though but in a dip they are just so great with nachos and stuff to dip in. Very good….I havce a couple of recipes but I just came across this one and I am going to try it ou this sunday with my husband. I found it at Recipe Finder.

Serving: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

1 box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (or 1 cup chopped spinach)
1 14 oz can quartered artichoke hearts, chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 package cream cheese, softened
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/8 tsp pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Combine all of the above ingredients and place in baking dish. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes and serve with crackers.


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Pizza Breaksticks
Posted on 01.15.10 by itscrazydelicious @

Here is a great website for delicious dishes. This one is for Pizza Breadsticks from KraftFoods.com

1 pkg. (1 lb. 7 oz.) DI GIORNO Pizza, Thin Crispy Crust Four Cheese
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/3 cup KRAFT 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)

PREHEAT oven to 400ºF. Brush edges of pizza crust lightly with oil. Drizzle remaining oil evenly over pizza.
MIX 3 Tbsp. of the Parmesan cheese and the pepper; sprinkle evenly over pizza. Place pizza directly on center oven rack.
BAKE 20 to 22 min. or until edges are golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Cut pizza into quarters; cut each quarter into eight thin sticks. Serve as dippers with TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa, if desired.


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Guacamole
Posted on 01.01.10 by itscrazydelicious @

Football season is upon us so it is time to find and try out those great guacamole recipes. I found a great site for them also. Check it out and try some…I will be trying one of them out for my husband tomorrow when he is watching the football games! It is called Guacamole Central and you can find this site at avocado.org/recipes/guaccentral.php – check it out for some great dip ideas for sporting events or get togethers!


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Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Posted on 12.05.09 by itscrazydelicious @

Ok – this doesn’t sound like it would be all that good…at least to me it didn’t but this Spinach and Artichoke Dip is always a big hit at my picnics! And it is really easy. I found this at RazzleDazzleRecipes.com

8 ounces cream cheese

1 3/4 cups (1 jar) Alfredo sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons minced garlic (I personally don’t use this one)

1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and diced

1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach

2 tablespoons hot sauce

Thaw spinach, drain and squeeze out water. Blot with paper towels to remove as much water as possible.

Allow cream cheese to soften. Whip cream cheese until smooth.

Add Alfredo sauce and mix until smooth and well blended. Add minced garlic, artichokes, spinach, hot sauce, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Mix until blended. Put in baking dish.

Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbling.


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Cheese and Crackers
Posted on 07.17.09 by itscrazydelicious @

There is nothing like having a snack of Cheese adn crackers and pepperoni and it does not have to cost all that much. I got some great wheat crackers for $1.50 and the pepperoni was only $1.99 and then the cheese was sharp cheddar cheese for only $2.00 – and it makes for a great snack! I love it!


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Artichoke Dip
Posted on 06.29.09 by itscrazydelicious @

When you are making spinach artichoke dip you want to make sure that you get the block of spinach and you have to make sure that you wring it to get all the juices out of it otherwise the dip will not be as good because it will be very watery and just not the right consistancy. And it will be very cold too but you have to make sure that you do this…very important step!


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Chips and Dip
Posted on 06.27.09 by itscrazydelicious @

There is nothing like chips and dip sometimes. That just really great at a little get together or even just sitting down and watching a movie. And it doesn’t have to be fancy for my chips. Just onion mix and sour cream – good old onion dip. Sure you can get the sour cream and onion potato chips but they just are not the same. Just plain chips to dip it in is the best in my opinion.


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Black Olive Appetizers
Posted on 05.15.09 by itscrazydelicious @

My husband LOVES black olive…he would eat the whole can if I let him in just one sitting! Personally, I don’t really like them but he does so I try to find and make new things that have black olives in it once in a while….this one was a hit. I do not remember where I got it from though.

1 cup chopped black olives
1-1/4 cups sharp cheese
1/8 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
Mix it well and spread on crakers or party rye – bake until melted…Enjoy!


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Curried Hummus
Posted on 04.15.09 by itscrazydelicious @

Here is a great recipe for Curried Hummus:

(i have a slight intolerance to tahini/sesame and so i’ve reduced the
amount of tahini in a normal hummus recipe to allow me to indulge!)

1 can chickpeas
1 onion, chopped
8 cloves garlic, chopped
1 T olive oil
2T tahini
1 T curry powder
salt and pepper to taste

1. sautee the onion and garlic in olive oil.
2. throw everything into a food processor and blend. for a creamier
consistency, add a bit of water.
3. chill for an hour before serving with pita bread and/or baby carrots

(if you have a smaller food processor, like i do, then i suggest cutting the
recipe in half)

Source: Sharron Teach ESL To Kids


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Clam Dip
Posted on 01.28.09 by itscrazydelicious @

I found this Clam Dip Recipe and I used it this weekend for my Mother’s Day picnic and everyone just loved it!!! It is from Diana Rattray, Your Guide to Southern U.S. Cuisine.

INGREDIENTS:
1 can (8 ounces) minced clams
1 clove garlic, cut in half
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
drop or two of Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch pepper
PREPARATION:
Drain clams, reserving 1/4 cup of the juice. Rub a medium serving bowl with the garlic halves. Add cream cheese; beat with fork until smooth. Mix in remaining ingredients and the reserved 1/4 cup of clam juice.

Blend well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Serve as a dip with crackers, chips, or vegetable dippers.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups of clam dip.


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Tricky Crab Triangles
Posted on 10.24.08 by itscrazydelicious @

Here is a great recipe that I tried last weekend…it was so good. If you like seafood and crab meat then you have got to try this one. And it is just so easy to make! Took all of 5 minutes it seemed. And this makes for a great appetizer or things to have out during a party – a halloween party!

one stick (1/2 cup) melted butter
one 6 1/2 oz can crab meat
1 small jar (approximately 5 oz) Kraft Old English cheese
1/2 cup mayo 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
one package split English muffins

Combine first 5 ingredients, spread on muffins, put on cookie sheet and freeze. When frozen, cut into triangles (eighths). Put in plastic bag, return to freezer. When ready to use, put under broiler until bubbly.

I got this recipe from www.Britta.com – excellent recipe!!!


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Wiener Sauce
Posted on 05.27.08 by itscrazydelicious @

There is nothing like this time of year to start cooking up things on that bbq. There is one thing that I just love is weiners. There is nothing like weiners with a bag of chips and then an ice cream cone for dessert! It is just summer to me and brings back many summer memories. But there is something in the weiner sauce…you can not just put ketchup and mustard on a weiner…you need that meat sauce. That is what makes a weiner so great! Here is a recipe that I came accross…test it out to see if you like it.

Texas Wiener Sauce

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
6 beef bouillon cubes which have been dissolved in 3 C. hot water
1 fresh onion, chopped (or 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion)
1/2 T. black pepper
1 T. chili powder
1 T. paprika
1 T. dried oregano
1/2 T. dried thyme
1/2 T. dried marjoram
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T. Worcestershire sauce

Brown beef in large skillet. Stir in tomato paste and water-bouillon mixture. Add remaining ingredients; cover and simmer for one hour. Serve on hot dogs with mustard and chopped onion. Sauce may be frozen.

I found and have used this recipe from http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/memorialday/texwiener.htm
Personally, I don’t like the paprika in it though. You have to play around with it for your own taste.


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Sugar Glazed Pecans
Posted on 12.08.07 by itscrazydelicious @

Here is a recipe that I just did last weekend. I had to make appetizers for my grandparents Turkey dinner that they were having. They alway do it a week after Thanksgiving so that everyone can come…which is a nice idea. Anyways…this was a hit and everyone loved these. I persoanlly love nuts anyways but man with the sugar glaze it was like candy…so delicious!!! I got it from Recipes.Aol.com

4 egg, whites only
1/2 cup champagne or ginger ale
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups sugar
8 cups pecan halves
Cooking Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 250 F

2. Spray two (15x10x1-inch) baking pans with nonstick coating spray.

3. Separate eggs and in a large bowl whisk egg whites.

4. Add ½ a cup of champagne or ginger ale, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, sugar and pecan halves.

5. Now fold this together until the nuts are evenly coated.

6. Spread the mixture out onto the baking pans.

7. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until the coating is absorbed and the pecans appear dry, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

8. Separate the pecans into a single layer with two forks.

9. When they are cooled store at room temperature in an airtight container


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Peanut Butter and Chocolate
Posted on 10.31.07 by itscrazydelicious @

I just love peanut butter and chocolate together. Here is something that my mom always gave us for snacks. She would just mix peanut butter with chocolate syrup and put it in a little cup on the side. Then she would peel some apples and cut them up into slices. It just tastes so good. Peanut butter and chocolate covered apples….or we use to use it as a dip. It is really good and I made it for my niece one day after school and she liked it too!


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Halloween Chips
Posted on 10.16.07 by itscrazydelicious @

Here is a great site that I found that has a lot of great recipes and health tips for parents for their children. The site is called Black Work At Home Moms.
One of the recipes that I was interested in was their Halloween Chips…they looked easy to make and really good to eat…a great combination if you ask me 🙂

They also have trick or treat cookies and spooky graveyard treats if you want to check out their site before you start making all the food for your kids Halloween Parties!


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Monster Mash Dip
Posted on 10.02.07 by itscrazydelicious @

Here is a great dip that I am really looking forward to making. I will be making it sometime this week because I want to make sure that it will turn out right for what I need it for the halowwen party. It looks relatively easy and just looks very tasty but like with all recipes you really do have to try it before you can make the final decision on how it is going to be. Here is the recipe I got from Monster Mash Dip from JAS Family Fun.

4 ripe avocados
1/4 cup light or fat-free sour cream
1/3 cup tomato salsa
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. Spoon the meat from the skins into a medium-size bowl, then mash it with a fork.

2. Add the sour cream, salsa, lemon juice, and salt. Stir well and serve immediately. Makes approximately 2 1/2 cups


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Raisin Sauce
Posted on 09.07.07 by itscrazydelicious @

I don’t know why but I just felt like having something with raisin in it. So I went searching for htat great raisin recipe that is completely different from what I usually make and here is what I found. I found this at Group Recipes and it is called Raisin Sauce which is great with pork chops!!

2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
1 c beef stock
1/2 c raisins
1/2 c blanched almonds, crushed
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp horseradish

Melt the butter, whisk in the flour to make a roux.
Add stock and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Add remaining ingredients, and reduce to 3/4 c. (or more, if a thicker sauce is preferred)


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