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