Friday, July 20, 2012

New Recipes

Last Saturday I hosted a 31 party.  My consultant is so outgoing and fun to be around.  For this I decided to try a few new recipes I found on Pinterest.  Some of it went well and others did not.  Since I had never made them before and didn’t give myself time to make something else if it failed my guests got what I got.   The first thing I made was Mimosas, this wasn’t on Pinterest, but I took Pineapple Orange Juice and mixed it with Champagne.  It went over well.

I tried to make a Tiffany Punch, it was a pretty blue colored punch that sounded like it tasted really well.  It called for blue punch   and Lemonade.  Simple right?...wrong!  So apparently I was supposed to use the Blue Hawaiian Punch that comes in the big bottle in the juice aisle.  I used the Kool-Aid punch in the blue packet.  Apparently that’s a red punch and it taste kind of bland and adding the lemonade didn’t make it any better.

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I also make a Caprese Dip.  It was really easy to make.  I took two logs of fresh smoked mozzarella and cut it into cubes then took one package of cherry tomatoes and cut them in half.  I just through it on top of the cheese.  Then cut up some fresh basil from my garden and dumped in on top.  I cooked it in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes.  Just until the cheese is completely melted and bubbly.  I served it with some fresh French bread.  I loved it.  Although, I learned only me and my mom will eat tomatoes and my mom doesn’t like smoked cheeses, so I was the only one that actual ate any of it.  It was amazing!!
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I then make a smore’s dip!  Amazing!!!  Just a tub of marshmallow fluff, a can of sweet condensed milk, and a package of milk chocolate chips.  I wanted it to stay warm and melted so I put it into my fondue pot and kept it on low.  It was a huge hit.  Everyone loved it.  I served it with graham crackers.

I also make some no bake bars.  The Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars where really good.  It was super simple melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powered sugar, and peanut butter all mixed together and pressed into the bottom.  Then chocolate chips and peanut butter melted and mixed together and spread over the top.  I just popped it into the freezer for about an hour and then into the fridge until everyone arrived.  They went over really well.
The last and final thing I made was Pizza Dip.  Everyone loved it, but me.  I just don’t care for it for some reason.   It’s very simple.  Cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise mixed and put at bottom of pan.  Top with mozzarella and parmesan, then pizza sauce.  Then top with more mozzarella and parmesan and pizza toppings.  I did just peperoni with olives on the side.  It was almost gone when everyone left, but I just didn’t like it as much myself. 
Pizza Dip  
I added all the recipes for you so you can easily copy and print them.  I hate it when I find a recipe I want to try and it’s all broken up and impossibly difficult to print out. 
Let me know what new thing you have tried recently and it you ever tried a new recipe just to find no one likes it.

Pizza Dip
(from Closetcooking)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, grated
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded/grated
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 2 ounces pepperoni, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons green pepper, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons black olives, sliced
  1. Mix the cream cheese, sour cream mayonnaise, mozzarella and parmigiano reggiano and spread it across the bottom of a pie plate.
  2. Spread the pizza sauce on top and sprinkle on the cheese, pepperoni, green pepper and olives.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the sides are bubbling and the cheese cheese has melted and turned golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars
(from Let’s Dish)
1 cup butter melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (use the boxed kind, or grind them in a food processor. Tiny granules.)
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup + 4 tablespoons peanut butter
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan. In a metal bowl over simmering water, or in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread over the peanut butter layer. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares.

S’mores Dip
(found at Tasty Kitchen)
11.5 oz. bag of milk chocolate chips
14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
7 oz. of marshmallow fluff
graham cracker sticks, for dipping
Combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a heatproof bowl, and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir until melted and smooth.  If needed, microwave for 10 additional second increments until chocolate has completely melted.  Dot the surface of the chocolate mixture with spoonfuls of marshmallow fluff.  Stir marshmallow into chocolate to create a marbled effect.  Serve with graham cracker sticks.

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