Sunday, January 21, 2018

Cream Cheese Message Celebration Brownies -Philadelphia Eagles Version

What is "fan" short for? FANATICAL... Yep, I hand sorted various jimmies and sprinkles from my stash to come up with Eagles colors for my brownies today. Weather wise, Philly kinda thinks Mother Nature let us down a bit, while today will be a beautiful 50 degrees for tailgating and grilling out... We really wanted cold temperatures and these snowflakes adding to home field advantage for the game:@)

I've used this idea of Writing a Message on Brownies with Cream Cheese for the 4th of July before but couldn't resist whipping up some Philadelphia Eagles Brownies to cheer on my team during the playoffs. Side note: I was tickled when I asked a bakery manager if he'd sell me a football ring to add to the brownies and he said "I won't sell you one, but I'll give you one". He must be a fan too-big smiles:@)

We haven't been in the playoffs in a loooong time folks...
This brownie is going to taste extra good!

Cream Cheese Mixture for Decorating Brownies
2 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 C powdered sugar
enough food coloring gel to make the color you desire-I left mine white this time
~Mix well, add to piping bag and decorate the top of the brownie batter. Decorate before you bake the brownies per the package directions.
~Note: I had half of my cream cheese mixture left over.

Have a happy day:@)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Football Sweet Treats for Championship Weekend

Here we are folks, down to our last two days of football for this season. All I can say is, it has been an exciting year for Philadelphia Eagles fans! And speaking for myself, this team has exceeded all expectations. So, in honor of the big game I thought I'd share some of my favorite Eagles/football sweet treat related posts and ideas through the years.

Even the kids can help with this one.

A labor of love...

Seriously-super-simple...

Football Shaped Peanut Butter Dip
Really good stuff folks!

of course I had to add this one...

And lastly...
It is a football ~party~ right? :@)

Happy Championship Weekend Everyone-
Have fun watching the games:@)
Oh, and... GO EAGLES!!!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Lipton Onion Soup Mix Horseradish and Bacon Dip

Need a munchie for the playoffs or Super Bowl party? I'm here to help ya folks. This Lipton ad from 1979 gave us four options for party dips and I just had to try the Horseradish and Bacon Dip:@) Love horseradish? Go ahead and add more. Or how about splitting the onion dip in half and making 1 C of two different dips below. I really don't think you can go wrong here, this dip is so good it's hard to stop eating it... Please don't hate me for that:@) I set it out with potato chips, my son cut up some carrots and loved it like that-anything goes and it has so much more flavor than the tub from the store!

I really get a kick out of these old ads.
The recipe for each dip variation has been clearly typed out HERE.

Lipton Onion Soup Horseradish 'n Bacon Dip
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
16 oz sour cream
6 slices bacon, crisped and crumbled
3 tsp horseradish
~Mix everything and let sit for an hour or so.
~Serve with chips and veggies.

Remember, football calories don't count...
and have a happy day:@)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Brown Rice with Curry and Raisins, Instant Pot Pressure Cooker or Stove Top-Diabetic Friendly

This Brown Rice with Curry and Raisins is a mildly spiced and slightly exotic side dish that I found on the Everyday Diabetic site and adapted to be made in the pressure cooker. As written, the recipe is not heavy with curry flavoring, there is just a hint of ~something different~ in the background. If you love curry, don't hesitate to add more! This would be great with chicken and some broccoli on the side. Look at us eating all healthy:@)

Brown Rice with Curry and Raisins-adapted from Everyday Diabetic
For every 2/3 C uncooked brown rice:
Cooking spray or a few drops of olive oil
1/2 C onion, diced
1/4 tsp curry powder-add more if desired
1/6 C raisins, preferably golden, I had regular
1 C water + 1 tsp water
Salt to taste at the table
  1. Spray vessel of pressure cooker with cooking spray (I used a few drops of olive oil).
  2. Use brown or saute function and cook onion for a couple minutes, until it just begins to soften.
  3. Turn off pressure cooker and add curry powder. Stir and let cook in residual heat for one minute.
  4. Add water, brown rice and raisins.
  5. Set pressure cooker to 13 minutes and use natural release.
  6. Fluff rice and enjoy.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Poached (Soft Boiled) Eggs

I literally got up and tried this the minute I saw it on Pinterest! When I was a kid soft boiled was my favorite way to eat eggs, but they were messy and there were bits of shell involved... These Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Poached/Soft Boiled Eggs turn out great! But they do require a specialty purchase, the silicone egg cups. I just happened to have the cups because I am kitchen gadget freak tried them years ago using boiling water on the stove, but didn't care for that, the PC makes them perfect. It's so nice to have soft boiled eggs as a breakfast option again:@)

  I've made this 3 minute egg several times now, I might try a 2 minute one next for giggles.

The key to this is timing, we have to be on top of this method so the eggs don't over cook.
  1. 1 C water in vessel.
  2. Spray egg cups with cooking spray, crack one egg into each cup and set on trivet in PC.
  3. Pressure valve set to sealing.
  4. Push the Steam button and select 3 minutes (or 2 for runnier eggs, 4 for more solid eggs, etc).
  5. When beeps, immediately release the pressure and remove the lid (away from the eggs so condensation doesn't drip onto eggs). If you happen to have a little water on eggs dab with paper towel.
  6. Remove eggs from cups with spoon and enjoy!

Thank you Cooking With Curls for sharing this great technique, stop by for more tips HERE.

Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

White and Red Rotel Turkey (or Chicken) Chili

Blog Update: As I scroll through old posts or notice something I really enjoyed I'm adding a "darn good" label to the recipe. This will be a collection of recipes I highly recommend. And wow, this White and Red Rotel Turkey (or Chicken) Chili is on the list! Super simple, comes together quickly, it's ubber creamy and very nicely flavored. This is smoother and milder than our family's regular robust red kidney bean chili so in my book, that makes it a totally different meal. I can't wait for the boys to try this one:@)

My changes:
  • I added a drained can of Rotel (I like the Walmart brand) instead of canned chiles. Use regular or mild-you know your crowd:@)
  • I used half and half.
  • Didn't have cilantro, sprinkled in some dried parsley.
White and Red Rotel Turkey (or Chicken) Chili-adapted from Taste of Home
2 C cooked turkey (or chicken), cubed
(2) 15 oz cans white kidney/cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
10 oz can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 1/3 C milk-I used Half and Half
10 oz Rotel, drained -or- 4 oz can chiles, drained
1 Tblsp dried minced onion
1 Tblsp chopped fresh cilantro-I just sprinkled in some dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp oregano
Sour cream for serving if desired-I did not use this
  • Mix everything except sour cream, bring to light boil, reduce to simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Serve with sour cream if desired.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Deviled Hot Dog Bites-Retro Football Party Appetizer

As soon as I saw this old 1952 French's advertisement I knew I had to whip up some Deviled Hot Dog Bites for the playoffs! My twist is to either cut the hotdogs into 1" bite size pieces or pick up little cocktail franks (the little franks would be fancier for company, you know your crowd). This tangy sauce begs to be served with a nice ~cold beverage~ and the slashes in the hotdog are simply a vehicle for delivering more sauce. And, um, we all know everything's more fun eaten with a food pick... I chose Eagles green:@)
 The temperature was 2 degrees when I made this... That's why we have George Foreman grills folks:@)

I found a fun (and sometimes ~interesting~) site called Hey, My Mom Used To Make That HERE.
If you have some time, pour a cuppa and take a walk down memory lane:@)
While French's calls this a BBQ sauce, it's not what we would call BBQ sauce today.
This is a puckery, tangy, vibrant hotdog topping. The bites with green pepper are especially nice.

Deviled HotDogs-from old French's advertisement
Hotdogs-looks like a package of 8-10
medium onion, minced
small green bell pepper, minced
2 Tblsp butter
2 Tblsp brown sugar
3/4 C ketchup
2 Tblsp yellow mustard
1 Tblsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt-this is a 1952 measurement... We'd probably cut back, or eliminate, today
  1. Slash tops of frankfurters (whether regular or cocktail size), brown in skillet or on grill.
  2. Mix everything else in pot and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Mix in hotdogs and serve hot/warm with food picks.
Enjoy the games and have a happy day:@)

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