Friday, March 22, 2013

Queso Blanco Dip

This is perfect Queso Blanco Dip at home.  Enough said.

We were going to spend a couple of nights at the lake and I thought the queso blanco dip would be a good snack for us when the Bass Men finished a day of fishing.

I shared some with our neighbor who was busy clearing driftwood.   He had pulled aside this log for me after I told him I thought about making stump tables out of it.

This is the rest of my driftwood collection for my summer project list.  Hopefully this summer!

The neighbor came back over to ask for the queso blanco dip recipe.  His son said, "Dad, you've got to try this dip."  The Bass Men loved it too and also wanted the recipe.

Of all the food you might order in a restaurant and want to make at home, queso blanco dip would be one of them, right?  Yes.  I'm glad it made it to the Sweet As Pie Cooking Club.

This one is perfect.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Roasted Broccoli with Buttered Walnuts

After enjoying all the cooking and eating I do, I might need a cardiologist one day!  Good thing the Sweet As Pie Cooking Club has a resident cardiologist that chooses heart healthy recipes like Roasted Broccoli with Buttered Walnuts for us to try.

Broccoli doesn't naturally get that brown roast texture when roasting it.  I once saw where America's Test Kitchen was searching for the perfect roasted broccoli method and they ended up using sugar to help with the browning.  This recipe uses olive oil which worked quite well.

I think 3 tablespoons is a tad too much butter for the walnuts.  But I'm not complaining, just commenting.

Mix it all together with a squeeze of lemon and that's it!

We had this on a fishing weekend when a couple of fisherman friends were staying with us.  This is not the first cooking club recipe they have eaten and likely won't be the last!  Served as a side with a nice grilled cut of not-so-heart-healthy red meat,  we all enjoyed it.

We eat broccoli often and I was glad to see it on the cooking club menu!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Chocolate Raspberry Cobbler

I've seen my share of "easy" cobbler recipes, so if you like cobblers, you should add this easy one to your list!  Chocolate Raspberry Cobbler from Betty Crocker's website was one of our February Sweet As Pie Cooking Club selections.

I like fruit cobbler with a crumbly pie-like crust, not mushy soft blobby flour mixture...hard to describe but you get the point.  Actually, my favorite cobbler was at the school lunchroom!  Maybe I'll ask around and see how they made it back in the day.

For this recipe, just open the can of raspberry pie filling and spread it into a pan.  Cherry would be good too.

Cover the pie filling with the dry cookie mix.  I used half a package because I wanted more of a crusty topping.

Spread the melted butter on top of the cookie mix.  It's a little stubborn and doesn't want to cover the top willingly.

But keep smoothing it out with the back of a spoon and it will eventually cover the mix.

I baked it a few minutes longer...because I wanted a crispy topping.

I topped it with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.

Grab a spoon, this is good!  

I might have licked the bowl too.

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