Homemade Beer Cheese – a Kentucky Favorite

Homemade Beer Cheese

 

Have you ever heard of Beer Cheese?  I’m guessing if you’re not from Kentucky, you probably haven’t.

Beer cheese is a served in local restaurants as an appetizer.  You can also find it in grocery stores, but it tends to be pretty expensive.  The spread is smooth, very cheesy with a small amount of spice.  It’s good on crackers, carrot sticks and celery sticks.  It’s made with a small amount of flat beer.

If you’re looking for a fun dish to have for Derby Day (May 3 this year), consider this easy appetizer.  (But don’t forget about Kentucky Nut Pie, which is a Derby classic!)

You will need a food processor for this recipe.  I don’t have one, so I borrowed from a neighbor.  I think they were happy with getting some of the Beer Cheese in exchange.

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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Luau Meatballs

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Luau Meatballs

I don’t think it gets easier than this recipe.  When Campbell’s asked me to try another one of their Dinner Sauces to create a Christmas or New Year’s recipe, I knew what I wanted to try.

We love little cocktail meatballs and I knew Campbell’s Hawaiian Luau Dinner Sauce would make them great.  I was right!  I bumped up the pineapple in the sauce by adding a can of pineapple chunks.  The sauce also has red bell pepper in it.  It’s full of flavor and a nice twist on traditional cocktail meatballs.

These are perfect to serve at a party, but they also make a great dinner.  We had them served over rice with broccoli on the side.

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Apricot and Pecan Topped Brie Appetizer (and a Bakeware Giveaway!)

Apricot and Pecan topped Brie

 

 

I’ve been working with Libby’s recently and I was so excited to be asked to create a Thanksgiving recipe using their product.  I chose to use Libby’s apricot halves.  Apricots are a favorite of mine.  I used to eat them with breakfast every day. Yum!

This appetizer couldn’t be simpler to make.  It has plenty of fall flavor too.  Apricots and pecans get spiced up with cinnamon, nutmeg and a splash of vanilla.  The warm fruit tops melty brie for an appetizer that your guests will love!  It will definitely keep them happy and willing to wait a bit longer for dinner.

(I’ve also got a fantastic giveaway at the end of this post, so keep reading!)

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Lemon Cheesecake Fruit Dip

 

 

This is a guest post from my friend, Laura at Real Mom Kitchen.  She has a new cook book out.  I had a chance to look through it recently and it is full of easy, delicious recipes.  Please welcome Laura as she shares one of her recipes with us.

Summer is a great time to enjoy fresh fruit. I also love to serve fresh fruit with a nice dip. This recipe for Lemon Cheesecake Fruit Dip from my new cookbook “Real Mom Kitchen Recipes” is an excellent choice to pair with the abundance for fresh summer fruit. It really does taste like lemon cheesecake but in a dip-able form. Who wouldn’t love to eat fresh fruit with a dip that tastes like cheesecake? Lemon adds such freshness to any dish and the lemon in this dip also adds a nice fresh flavor. [Read more...]

Baked Potato Dip

baked potato dip done

Before I talk about this recipe, I must apologize for the poor photo.  These short winter days are taking a toll of my photos.  There’s just not enough light at dinner time to take a good picture.  Some of my favorite food bloggers, who have excellent photos on their sites, use special lights or cook so they can take photos during day light.

For better or worse, my process is more natural than that.  I take pics of food as I make and serve it.  If it’s dark outside when the food is done, it’s dark and I just have to deal with it.  The benefit is that the recipes I share are real recipes, coming out of a real kitchen.  The down side is that sometimes the photos aren’t very good.

Now that I’ve apologized for the embarrassingly bad photo, I’ll tell you about the dip, which is oh-so-yummy.  I found the recipe on Tasty Kitchen a few months ago and finally had the opportunity to try it out for a potluck meal.  It was a hit. [Read more...]

Olive Oil with Garlic and Italian Seasonings for Bread Dipping

I like to go to restaurants that serve warm bread and olive oil for dipping.  It’s easy to do the same thing at home to dress up dinner or tide everyone over until it’s ready.

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