Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Margarita Dressing

Photos courtesy of the Cooking Corner.

     I've always liked salad dressings, the different flavors, textures and combinations. The price in the grocery stores seem way too high for something that can easily be made at home. After experimenting with different combinations of honey, oil and an acid (citrus or vinegar) I found that this mixed together for a nice balanced dressing that was perfect on my version of an Italian salad. So easy . . .

Margarita Dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (1 lime, squeezed)

2-1/2 T. honey
1-1/2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. dried cilantro
1/8 tsp. Kosher salt

Whisk all together until well blended. 

It takes a little bit.

Serves 8.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Chocolate Turtles

Photo courtesy of the Cooking Corner.

    Homemade candy doesn't have to be difficult. This recipe for the old fashioned classic candy, chocolate turtles only takes a few ingredients and a couple of hours in the freezer. My sister-in-law brought me this sample, made by her long time friend Connie Hicks. This is perfect combination of crunch and sweet, a little salt and a little chocolate, all in a couple of bites.

Chocolate Turtles
1 pkg. light Kraft caramels
3 T. canned milk
2-1/2 cups pecans
1 pkg. chocolate chips
1-1/2 lg. Hershey chocolate bar
1/2 cup paraffin

Mix caramels and milk in top of double boiler. Add nuts and drop by teaspoonful on waxed paper.

Stick toothpicks in each one for handling later. Freeze for 2 hours.

After freeze, ready chocolate. Melt chocolate chips, Hershey bars, and paraffin in double boiler.

Dip turtles in chocolate mixture and place on waxed paper. Take toothpick out, fill hole wit chocolate using spoon or straw cut to point. Makes about 28 small or 20 large turtles.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Bacon Cheeseburger Dip

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     When the girls came over for cards one night and we all bought bacon dishes, one of their hubbies sent along one of his favorite bacon recipes. He likes to cook and was nice enough to share. With cheese, bacon and garlic all in one dish, how can you go wrong?

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From Charlie Reed, Princeton, IN

Bacon Cheeseburger Dip
1/2 lb. ground beef
8 strips bacon, cut into chunks
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. ketchup
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350.

Brown ground beef. Drain. Remove from pan.

Cook bacon until crispy and then remove from pan. Reserve 1-1/2 T. grease in pan.
Saute onion and garlic in grease, being careful not to burn garlic.

In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, cheese, Worcestershire and ketchup until well blended. Add beef, bacon, onions and garlic to mixture and stir until combined. 

Pour into sprayed baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes.

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