Spane’s Birthday – The Prep

Recipes in this post Birthday Grapefruit Cake Spinach Balls Ham Rolls Big Five Pepper Chili for the Nesco Sweet Corn Muffins Spane’s birthday is tomorrow, November 21, 2010.  He is going to be 7 years old!  So, like every birthday there is the preparation for the party.  This year will be the first one where he gave out invitations. Originally, we were going to have the party at Carr Park, but since it is supposed to rain, Amber volunteered to host the party at her house.  That meant sending out notices to everyone to let them know about the change of venue.  I hope everyone will make it.

I’m Going Crackers!

I am seriously going crackers – Cheddar Cheese Spritz crackers that is! After rolling out and decorating dozens of cookies, I decided to purchase a cookie press. I had one when I was a teenager, and it was problematic to use. I was a little hesitant to get another one, but I watched the video on the Wilton site, I decided to give it a go. There are some great recipes to go along with the cookie press, and I decided to make the Cheddar Crackers. Ingredients 1 pound natural cheddar (not processed) sharp cheddar or aged Swiss cheese , finely shre 1/2 cup butter softened 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce dash Hot pepper sauce 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1/8 teaspoon Dry mustard 1/4 teaspoon Onion powder Preparation *Do not use pre-shredded cheese. Preheat oven to 375?F. In a medium bowl, cream cheese, butter, … Continue reading

Deconstructing Packaged Food – Onion Dip

Usually, when I make sauce for artichokes, I get one of the Knoor soup mixes and add it to a container of sour cream. But lately, I have been more interested in “deconstructing” whatever I usually get in a package and make it from scratch. I feel that making things from scratch I can at least know what’s going in, including the lack of rat feces and other nasties! So the other day, I was craving chips and onion dip. I didn’t have any Lipton Onion Soup, so I had to make my own. It wasn’t difficult. The only things I needed were dehydrated onion, beef stock, and sour cream. A word about sour cream. Don’t use anything that is more than cultured grade A cream – gelatin, gum and other ingredients make for a terrible end product. Making the dip was easy. I mixed the ingredients together, waited about … Continue reading