Archive for March, 2011

Spicy Cheese Dip

If you read my blog, you have recently read that I am on a “simple is sometimes better” kick right now.  Well I am going to try a new and simple recipe this weekend for the big Butler game on Saturday versus Florida.  As my little brother Kevin quoted about eating options for the big game…..”I want to just graze for a few hours”.  So, that is our food theme for the Elite Eight Games.  We are going to have several appetizers, with one of those being this  new and simple Spicy Cheese Dip Recipe.  I was given this recipe by my coworkers Brody and Troy who both know there food, so I am excited to try it out. 

Ingredients

4 Packages of Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1 can Hot Rotel

1 lb Spicy Ground Sausage

Tortilla Chips

On a stovetop, brown meat and drain.  Add the cooked spicy sausage with the cream cheese and hot rotel in a slow cooker.  Cook in slow cooker for at least a couple hours or until it looks the part and is ready for dipping.  Saturday is the day to try out this new dip.  Pictures will be posted.  Hope its good!  Stay Tuned……

Sometimes Simple Is Better

I like to consider myself pretty good around the kitchen and cooking in general.  In my years of cooking, I sometimes think I know the best way to cook most things, and it usually involves several steps that are time consuming and quite messy.  The more I cook, the more I realize that just as important as preparation and seasoning, is cooking your dish to the correct temperature/level of doneness.  For example, you can season you steak all you want, but if you cook that steak past a certain level, it will not taste near as good as a lightly seasoned, perfectly cooked medium rare steak.  Case in point tonight, my wife @SarahBuckner cooked BBQ Chicken in the oven.  She put some chicken breasts in a baking dish, and cooked half way thru, then pulled out and drenched in Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce, and finished them off.  She baked these for a total of 50 minutes on 350 and they were cooked perfectly!  She served this perfectly cooked chicken, with a garden salad and dinner was served.  Kudos to you @SarahBuckner for a great dinner tonight.  As Sarah has shown me, Sometimes Simple Is Better!

How my tastes have changed over the years…..

On Friday, one of my oldest and best friends Troy Loyd and I went to lunch together as we do from time to time, and we got on the discussion of  how our tastes have changed so much since our younger days.  When we were growing up when we had zero choice in our diet, it was chicken nuggets, PB&J, french fries, hot dogs, fruit snacks, fruit, and when forced…..some vegetables.  Then in high school and college when we had some choice into what we ate, it seemed like the decision was either taco bell or pizza.  Now as we sat in a Mediteranean Restaurant, we were sitting in front of some really powerful tasting foods.  Olives, Feta Cheese, Hummus, Baba Ganouj, Pita Breads, Shish Kafta and Gyros with Tahini were sitting in front of us.  We laughed as we discussed how there was zero percent chance that we would have touched this stuff in our younger days.  Guess some things do get better with age!  Have your tastes changed over the years?

Vegetable Cheese Rice Casserole

Does your family love casseroles?  We are huge casserole people!  We have been big fans of any form of casserole for as long as I can remember.  Both of my grandmothers, mom, aunts, and mother in-law all are great casserole makers which made me start thinking about a good casserole that I could put my own food stamp on. So I began building my own and here is what I came up with……..

Ingredients
White Rice
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Parmesan Cheese
Cheddar Cheese
Salt/ Pepper
Chicken Broth
Bread crumbs
Garlic

In a saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil.  Next add a lot of chopped broccoli and cauliflower until they start to become tender.  Add appropriate amount of white rice until mixture thickens. Next add a can of cream of chicken soup, and a bunch of your favorite cheeses (I use parmesan and cheddar).  Lastly add garlic and salt/pepper to taste.

Pour mixture into baking dish and cover with more cheese and lastly bread crumbs. Bake an additional 25 mins at 375. After baking, let casserole sit for 10 to let set up.

Hopefully my take on this tasty side dish can make it on your table. I can tell you that my wife highly recommends it! Enjoy!