Caesar Veggie Dip

We had hot wings again for dinner tonight and another great veggie dip.  Just a quick post for tonight; I forgot to take a picture but it was fabulous.

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs anchovy paste
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Combine all ingredients at least 30 minutes before serving to allow flavors to combine.  Serve with your favorite vegetables.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

Thought I would experiment with my new slow cooker.  I purchased a 3 quart recently and hadn’t used it yet.  I really wanted the 3 quart after much thought.  The stores try to trick you into larger ones but this size just seemed ideal for the two of us.

Now on to the soup; it didn’t come out quite how I was hoping but it was still very tasty.  I used some tiny star pasta and against most of the advise I read online I added it from the start.  Well, it kind of disintegrated so I suppose that wasn’t the right approach.  I would have added some meat but I didn’t have any in the house so that would have made a difference too I am sure.  I’ll post it as I made it and will make it again soon with some alterations.

  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1 cup potatoes
  • 1/2 cup lima beans
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup green beans
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 can whole tomatoes
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • I added 1/4 cup mini star pasta but it fell apart so maybe skip this step!
  • 1/4 tsp marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Prep veggies and cut to desired size; you can even use a mix of frozen vegetables if you prefer. Add to crock pot along with remaining ingredients.  Cook over low heat for 6 – 8 hours.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Quick and Easy Chicken and Noodle Casserole

Just a quick post tonight.  I made an easy chicken and noodle casserole for Charles’ dinner before I left for work so this is a nice make ahead recipe.  Substitute the veggies with what you have on hand.  My choice today was a frozen mexican vegetable blend; broccoli, cauliflower, corn, and red peppers but a nice mixed vegetable or california blend will work well too.

Quick and Easy Chicken and Noodle Casserole

  • 6 o.z. dry noodles
  • 2 chicken breast
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 Tbs corn starch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 12 o.z. frozen vegetable mix
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • paprika

Cook noodles according to package directions.

Dice chicken breast and season with salt and pepper; at a little crushed red pepper if you like a bit of heat.  Heat non-stick skillet over medium high and add seasoned chicken.  Sprinkle with thyme and cook for about 6 – 7 minutes until cooked through.

Add chicken stock and bring to simmer.  Combine corn starch and cold water.  Stir into simmering broth until thickened.  Add veggies, cooked and drained noodles, and cheddar cheese.

Stir well and pour into buttered 2 quart casserole.  If desired top with additional cheese and sprinkle with paprika.  Refrigerate if making ahead.  Bake cold casserole for about an hour at 350 degrees.  If baking directly after making reduce cooking time to 35 – 45 minutes.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly


Bleu Cheese Hot Wing Dip

Today Charles made one of my favorites for dinner ~ Hot Wings.  I’ve got to share the bleu cheese dressing he makes to go along side.  It’s nice and thick and creamy; great for dipping celery and carrots in.  Just a short post today ~ it’s been a long day ~ We’ll share more about the wings and our sauces soon!

Bleu Cheese Dip

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp mayo
  • 1/8 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/16 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 tsp sugar
  • 2 Tbs bleu cheese crumbles

Mix together all of the ingredients and chill for at least an hour before serving.  This will be a thick dip for vegetables and such. Makes enough dip for 2.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly