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Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Food, Recipes

Mexi Dip – Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Mexi Dip – Happy Cinco de Mayo!

My friend Jaime shared this recipe with me many, many years ago. It’s always a big hit at parties. Ingredients 1 Can refried beans 2-3 Ripe Avocados 2 Tsp lemon jice 1 Cup sour cream 1/2 Cup Mayo 1/2 Pkg taco seasoning 1 Can sliced olives 2 Small tomatoes chopped 3 Green onions chopped 3-4 Cups shredded cheddar cheese   Directions Smash avocados, mix in lemon juice and refried beans, and spread in pan or tray. In a separate bowl, mix sour cream and mayonnaise with half of the package of taco seasoning. Spread shredded cheese in pan, cover layers completely. Spread olives, tomato, and onions. Serve the same day with tortilla chips (I highly recommend...

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Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 in Food, Recipes

Escalloped Potatoes

Escalloped Potatoes

My family has this dish at nearly every holiday, save Thanksgiving when there’s already mashed potatoes present. I say this but my sister will go ahead and make escalloped potatoes because she feels she needs them. This is one of my all time favorite things to eat. It’s a side dish at our holiday gatherings but you can turn it in to a main course simply by adding cubed ham. After Easter I had so many left overs that I was adding cubed ham to it for lunch days later. So, you can read this, right? Good. First up is 2 cups of cheddar cheese. Add to that a can of cream of chicken. Then 2 cups of sour cream. I always use fat-free. The recipe calls for 36 oz of hash browns but I don’t know where you find a bag of 36 ounces, so I put about a bag and a half. Recipe says “grated” onion but I tend to just chop it up real fine like....

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Food

Apple-Cheddar Soup with Bacon

Apple-Cheddar Soup with Bacon

Recipe courtesy of the current Cheese issue of Food Network magazine (a subscription for which I thank my sister Katrina for!). Isaac kept raving over this one. Not calorically safe though, just FYI. I think it’s 495 calories per serving. Yikes. :/ Here you can see the ingredients all ready to go. I am the slowest cook over, else I think the writers of recipes fudge a smidge. It says 40 minutes but it took me an hour and 20 minutes. I think they start counting time after everything has been measured and chopped and diced and sliced. I think that’s misleading. But any how… here my apples, apple, and onion are peeled and chopped and stock and apple juice are measured out, and my pepper is freshly ground. Cooking the apples, potatoes, and onion. Now simmering until potatoes are tender. Making croutons! Cute little crouton squares! Cheese time. I don’t make much use of my blender so it was fun to get it out and puree the soup....

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Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Disney Travel, Food

Ow way tah  Tualan Me big bad  Fightin’ man

Ow way tah Tualan Me big bad Fightin’ man

Whenever I think of the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World the music from the Enchanted Tiki Room plays in my head… The Hawaiian War Chant song. That’s where the title of this blog post came from. The Polynesian has a restaurant by the name of Captain Cook’s. They make the  most amazing pork nachos there. I decided I needed to try and replicate them. I was only mildly successful, though they did taste good. First you need white corn tortilla chips and plain, unsalted potato chips. I think we used the Kettle brand. To really do this right I think you’d fry up your own tortilla and potato chips. But, really? We bought sauce less pulled pork at the grocery store and looked up a recipe for Hawaiian glaze. The recipe I found called for quite a lot of orange juice so I halved that and added a good deal more Worcestershire and soy sauces. Tasted it until it tasted about right. Top the chips with the pulled pork that’s...

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