Monthly Archives: February 2014

Buffalo Chicken Ring

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Buffalo Chicken Ring

Today I have another recipe for you that I made for the Super Bowl party.  It’s spicy and cheesy and delicious!  I love pretty much everything Buffalo chicken flavored and this dip incorporates all of them, chicken, Buffalo sauce, blue cheese, and ranch.  And it’s all melted together in a yummy ring of crescent rolls.  The recipe is similar to my Buffalo Chicken Cucumber Boats, but if I’m being honest I like this one even better 🙂

buffalo chicken ring

First mix up some cream cheese, ranch, and buffalo sauce.

cream cheese, ranch, Buffalo sauce

Stir in some shredded chicken and blue cheese crumbles.

chicken and blue cheese

Spread the crescent rolls (two combined in a rectangle) in a ring so the bottom is connected, then scoop the chicken mix around the ring, and pull the crescent rolls around and seal the ring.  I apologize for not having a picture of this but I got really excited about making it (let’s be honest, I just really wanted to eat it and the prospect of blue cheese and buffalo sauce so I forgot…).  Bake in the oven until golden brown and delicious.

buffalo dip ring

Let it cool for a little and serve with celery in the middle.

Buffalo chicken dip ring

Cut in wedges and serve, yummy!

Buffalo Chicken Ring

 

Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Ring

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts – shredded

8 oz cream cheese – softened

1/4 cup ranch dressing

1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot (adjust according to your taste)

4 oz blue cheese crumbles

2 tubes crescent rolls

celery for serving

– Preheat oven to 375 ºF

– Mix together the cream cheese, ranch, and hot sauce

– Stir in the shredded chicken

– Add the blue cheese and stir until well combined

– Take the crescent rolls and separate them into rectangles (two crescent rolls connected with the separating line as the diagonal of the rectangle), make a circle out of them with the smaller side of the rectangles as the circle

– Scoop the chicken mixture onto the circle of crescent rolls

Fold the crescent rolls over the chicken mix and press to seal

Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown

Allow to cool for several minutes before serving

Serve with celery

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Taco Dip

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Taco Dip

I’m so happy that it’s warming up (even if only temporary), being able to go outside without a heavy coat, gloves, and a scarf is such a welcome change!  The recipe I have for you today is perfect for warmer weather as it doesn’t require any cooking.  But, never fear, it’s delicious any time of year, I actually made it for a Super Bowl party when it was still freezing out, and everyone loved it!  This super easy taco dip will take you less than 10 minutes to put together but it has TONS of flavor, from sour cream and taco seasoning to fresh salsa and cheese, you can’t go wrong with this dip!

taco dip

First beat a packet of taco seasoning (or make your own with paprika, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper) with some sour cream and cream cheese.

sour cream, cream cheese, taco dip

Spread the sour cream mixture into a pan and top with fresh salsa (or you can be an over achiever and cut up your own vegetables but let’s be honest, I’m definitely too lazy for that).

salsa

Top the salsa with shredded cheese (I used a Mexican 4 cheese blend but any cheese you like will do) and shredded lettuce.

cheese and lettuce

Serve with tortilla chips.

Taco Dip

 

Recipe

Taco Dip

Makes 1 – 13 x 9″ square baking dish

Ingredients:

16 ounces sour cream

8 ounces cream cheese

1 packet (1.25 ounces) taco seasoning

16 ounces fresh salsa

2 cups shredded Mexican cheese

2 cups shredded lettuce

tortilla chips (for serving)

– Beat the sour cream, cream cheese, and taco seasoning until smoothed

– Spread the mixture into a 13 x 9 ” baking dish or cake pan

– Layer salsa on top of the sour cream mixture

– Sprinkle cheese on t0p of the salsa

– Top with the lettuce

– Serve with tortilla chips

 

January 2014: A Review

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Somehow January has come and gone, which means it’s time for my monthly review!  Since I never got around to writing a review for December I’m including 5 recipes from December that I really loved too (are you happy now An?).  So here you have it ladies and gentlemen, my top recipes and my favorite links from January (and December).

My Top 3 Most Viewed Posts of the Month:

  1. Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies – Super simple, yet amazingly delicious, soft, moist cookies  bcc cookie and milk
  2. Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni and Cheese – How could you not want to make this?  chicken bacon ranch macaroni and cheese
  3. Sweet Potato Fries with Greek Yogurt-Sour Cream Dipping Sauce – This recipe is continuously one of my most viewed, if you haven’t made them yet I’m not sure what you’re waiting for!  sweet potato fries and sauce

My Top 10 Favorite Links from January:

  1. These Salted Caramel Brownies with a Pretzel Crust (from Baker’s Royale) are pretty much everything I want in life.                                                                                                                          
    Salted Caramel Brownie with a Pretzel Crust from BakersRoyale

    From Baker’s Royale

  2. Chicken and Vegetable Stew with Pinnacle Whipped Vodka (from Realistic Cooking Ideas) will DEFINITELY be making an appearance on my dinner table in the near future.     
    Chicken and Vegetable Stew with Pinnacle Whipped Vodka

    From Realistic Cooking Ideas

  3. This Roasted Red Pepper Dip (from Overtime Cook) sounds like a great homemade version of one of my favorite restaurant appetizers.                             
    Red Pepper Dip on OvertimeCook

    From Overtime Cook

  4. If someone would show up with these Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookies (from Two Peas and Their Pod) I would be forever grateful!                                       
    Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookie Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com My new favorite cookie!

    From Two Peas and Their Pod

  5. Quinoa Pizza Bites (from Liberty on Less) look delicious and seem like such an intriguing twist on pizza! 
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    From Liberty on Less

  6. I love a good burger and I really love unique mixes on burgers so these Pork, Ginger, and Apricot Burgers in Toasted Pitas with Tzatziki and Feta Cheese Salad sound amazing!      
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    From Homemade With Mess

  7. Ever since my semester abroad in Argentina I love everything with dulce de leche and these Dulce de Leche Brownies (From Brown Eyed Baker) look like my perfect dessert!      
    Dulce de Leche Brownies by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

    From Brown Eyed Baker

  8. This Grilled Chicken, Roast Vegetables and Tahini Dressing (from Food Frankly) looks like a delicious, simple dinner.                                                                                                                               
    Grilled chicken tahini dressing

    From Food Frankly

  9. Indonesian Slaw with Spicy Peanut Dressing (from Anna Shortcakes) seems like a unique and very yummy dish!                                                           
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    From Anna Shortcakes

  10. I LOVE wings and I absolutely need to try these Spicy Maple Chicken Wings (from Urban Bakes).    
    Mouthwatering Spicy Maple Chicken Wings | UrbanBakes.com

    From Urban Bakes

My Top 5 Favorite Links from December:

  1. I love caramel coffee drinks and cupcakes so these Caramel Mocha Cupcakes (from Blue Sky Daze) sound AMAZING!                                               
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    From Blue Sky Daze

  2. I have no words for this Un-Stuffed Pepper Soup (from Miss Chris Creations) it just looks absolutely delicious!                                                                                                             
    Un-Stuffed Pepper Soup

    From Miss Chris Creations

  3. Two of my favorite flavors, banana and coconut, come together in these Banana Coconut Oatmeal Cookies (from Roast Potatoes For), how could you not want these?    
    Banana Cookies

    From Roast Potatoes For

  4. These Sugar Cookie Hot Cocoa Cupcakes (from Half Baked Harvest) are the quintessential holiday dessert!    
    Sugar Cookie Hot Cocoa Cupcakes | halfbakedharvest.com

    From Half Baked Harvest

  5. Two words: Pretzel Turtles (from The Pioneer Woman), nothing more needs to be said.    
    Pretzel Turtles

    From The Pioneer Woman

Feel free to share your favorites too!