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Tasteful Tuesday: Superbowl Snacks

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

This week’s Tasteful Tuesday features three recipes, and while they are great snacks to make for the Superbowl this Sunday, they are also delicious and easy enough for any other day of the year. Put a spin on spinach and artichoke dip by making Spinach & Artichoke Bites; combine a few ingredients to create Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels that are full of flavor; or stick to a classic Buffalo Chicken Dip – and let us know how yours turned out!

Spinach & Artichoke Bites

Spinach & Artichoke Bites

What you’ll need:
2 Mini muffin tins
1 package (8 oz.) softened cream cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 tubes of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Lightly spray mini muffin tins with baking spray.
3. Combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, garlic, artichoke hearts, and spinach in a large bowl and mix well. Set aside.
4. Place crescent roll dough on a large cutting board or other work surface. Roll out and pinch pre-made creases together so you are left with one big piece of dough.
5. Cut the dough into about 12 even squares using a pizza slicer or a knife.
6. Press each square into mini muffin tin, and fill with the spinach artichoke mixture. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top, and place in preheated oven for about 12 minutes.
7. Let cool for at least 3 minutes, and then enjoy (makes about 48 Bites)!

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels

Cheddar Bacon Ranch PinwheelsWhat You’ll Need:Mason Jar Salt & Pepper Shakers
2 packages (8 oz. each) of softened cream cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup cooked bacon, crumbled (about 6 slices)
1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
5 flour tortillas (10 inches each)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients, except tortillas, in a large bowl.
2. Use an electric mixer to beat on low until creamy.
3. Divide mixture between tortillas and spread evenly.
4. Tightly roll tortillas and wrap in saran wrap. Place in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.
5. When ready to serve, cut off ends and cut into 1-inch thick slices (will make about 50 pinwheels) and enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken DipWhat You’ll Need:
1 1/2 cups cooked and shredded chicken OR 1 can (12 oz.) chunk chicken, drained
1 package (8 oz.) softened cream cheese
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce, such as Frank’s Red Hot (alter to desired hotness)
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese

Directions:Haeger Square Baker
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Heat chicken and Buffalo sauce in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through.
3. Break up the chicken to avoid big chunks; place into a 9-inch brownie or pie pan. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing until well mixed (add more hot sauce if desired).
4. Mix in shredded cheese, and place in preheated oven.
5. Bake for 15 minutes, mix again, and then bake for about 5 minutes. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.

Tasteful Tuesday: BBQ Chicken Crescent Ring

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Combining flaky and delicious Crescent dinner rolls with barbecue chicken and cheese gives you a simple dinner recipe, or a snack to make for the big game. What’s even better is you can modify this recipe to include filling ingredients of all kinds; try not to get carried away with making too many crescent rings, although it will be difficult to resist.

Making a BBQ Chicken Crescent Ring

Making the Crescent Ring (Step 3)

What you’ll need:

  • 4 or 5 chicken breast tenderloins
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped and seared
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce (use your favorite!)
  • 2 tubes of Pillsbury Crescent rolls (we suggest the Butter Flake variety)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook chicken on medium heat with 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, then shred.
  3. Roll out Crescent dough, and create a ring on a cookie sheet or pizza stone by overlapping the wide ends of each triangle.
  4. Evenly spread the left over barbecue sauce and garlic around the ring.
  5. Sprinkle the shredded chicken, chopped onions, and mozzarella cheese in the middle of each triangle.
  6. Take the pointed ends of each triangle and fold towards the middle of the ring, pressing the dough together in order to close the filling inside.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown
  8. Slice and serve (makes about 8 servings).

BBQ Chicken Crescent Ring Before and After

Thursday’s Theme: Chalkboards and Dry-Erase Boards

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Dry-erase markers and chalk are not items you necessarily think of using when looking to decorate and empty wall or fill a spacious counter-top. Yet using dry-erase boards and chalkboards (along with their respective writing utensils) can create a unique and homey look to a hall table, a cabinet door, or a wall in child’s playroom. More obviously, they are functional objects that can help you stay creative. Here are some tips on getting started with your dry erase and chalky decor.

CalendarsWhite Board Calendar
This is a great place to start. While a dry-erase board is the suggested option for creating a calendar, a chalkboard works just as well. Whether you choose to design a monthly, weekly, or special events calendar (or all three!), a white board is a great medium to use. Dry-erase markers come in a variety of colors, so you can choose depending on the color scheme of the room, or choose random colors to make it look more spontaneous. At the end of the week or month, simply erase and start over.

Mom's Kitchen Memo BoardTo-Do Lists and Messages
Keep a chalkboard or dry-erase board next to a telephone, computer, or in an entryway to remind yourself and others to return a message, take off shoes, or grab some milk on the next grocery run. Incorporate shelving or a hall table around the board, to create a more welcoming and less rigid display as well as to invite people to read what is written.

MaterialsGlenwood Message Center in Red
If you want to try creating your own dry-erase board or chalkboard, rather than using a store-bought one, you have a couple of options. For a chalkboard, chalkboard paint is a fun route to take, and the paint can be found at most paint stores. This route gives you more control over where you place a chalkboard, allowing you to be more creative with this piece of decor. For a dry-erase board, dry-erase sheets can be found at most office supply stores; much like a small roll of paper, you can cut different sizes and shapes to place wherever you want in your home. Finally, if you don’t want to purchase the paint or sheets, dig out some of your old picture frames instead. Place colorful or white paper inside, and use dry-erase markers on the glass. This is a fun way to decorate kitchen counters – by writing what your family will have for dinner or a “Good Morning” message – and the marker easily erases off the glass.

Do you use dry-erase or blackboards in your home? If these or other ideas have inspired you to do so, let us know!