Easy Guacamole Recipe

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Guacamole is quick and easy to make with avocado, lemon or lime, cilantro, garlic and salt. I have always loved avocados but in the last few months, they have become a staple on our menu.  I eat them pretty much every chance I get.  I also really love guacamole, but the recipe I was using was complicated and called for a list of ingredients, including sour cream.  I knew there had to be a simpler way. So I asked my resident Mexican food expert, Jacqui, how she makes guacamole.  She told me avocado, lime, and cilantro plus salt and garlic if I wanted.  Well, that sounded easy enough.  Except I only had lemons on hand and no cilantro. Then I discovered freeze dried cilantro at the grocery store and it has changed my life.  Now I can make all those Mexican recipes I love but never make because I never have fresh cilantro.  I love this stuff! The first dozen times I made this guacamole, I just used a fork and mashed it all together.  But then I realized that my ... [read more]

Scalloped Potatoes for the Oven or the Slow Cooker

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Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes are the perfect comfort food and  side dish.  Sliced potatoes combined with cream of mushroom soup are then layered with cheese and dotted with butter.  Then bake in the oven or your slow cooker for a filling and delicious compliment to any meal especially an Easter ham!   Most people serve some kind of potatoes for Thanksgiving.  In our house, we always have mashed potatoes, my mom's  broccoli casserole, and pumpkin cheesecake with our turkey.  But this year I'm thinking about mixing things up and serving scalloped potatoes.  This is the one recipe my dad requests I make most often, so I'm pretty sure he wouldn't mind! The ingredients for this dish are super simple: potatoes, soup, cheese and butter.  I use homemade cream of mushroom soup, but the can version works, too.   Feel free to mix up the cheese if you prefer something other than cheddar, too.  I don't peel my potatoes, either, but feel free to do so if you prefer them peeled. I have made ... [read more]

Brie Fruit Skewers

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brie fruit kebabs

Brie fruit kebabs made with brie from Président Cheese are easy and delicious addition to a fun cheese party! Believe it or not, I actually have a pretty active social life.  I have several different groups of friends who regularly host ladies night out.  One group in particular loves to just congregate as someone's house for a night for food and chatting.  It's often all we need! But I'm always scrambling for something easy, but sophisticated, to bring to share. Président Cheese has a wonderful selection of cheeses that are perfect for a ladies night or really any kind of party.  A cheese party would be super fun! I had a really hard time picking out just one to bring with me - so I got four! Of course, they would have been fine just served on their own with some crackers, but I wanted to make a little something special with at least one of them. I checked out the Président Cheese website and it is packed full of information and tips and recipes! The website has ... [read more]

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

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Bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers are an easy appetizer to make for any party.  Stuffed with goat cheeses and wrapped in bacon, these jalapeno poppers are sure to be the star of your party! For our Super Bowl party this year my Paleo eating sister wanted jalapeno poppers so I agreed to make some.  We usually stuff the poppers with cream cheese, but for some reason I had it in my head that if I made them with goat cheese, they would be Paleo.   Well, after making them I decided to research that fact and found it to be false.  Oh well! They were still really good! I found the goat cheese at Costco and mixed with Manchego, another type of goat cheese that's more like Parmesan or Romano.  I used half of one package of the goat cheese and a few tablespoons of the Manchego. The stages of the jalapenos.  Cut the jalapeno in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and ribs. I just use a spoon for that.  Then cut each half, in half again. Stuff the quarters with your ... [read more]

Mom’s Broccoli Casserole

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broccoli casserole

Broccoli casserole is an easy and delicious side dish that complements any dinner.   Frozen broccoli is the star of this side dish that is sure to become a family favorite.  Thank you to Mom It Forward and the NATIONAL FROZEN & REFRIGERATED FOODS ASSOCIATION for sponsoring this post. My mom used to make a huge Thanksgiving feast every year - and she did all the cooking on her own.  Now that I'm the mom, I understand exactly what a feat she undertook to make sure we had a nice Thanksgiving.   One of our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes is my mom's broccoli casserole. The casserole only made an appearance once a year at our Thanksgiving meal so I just assumed that my mom avoided it because it was difficult to make.  A few years ago, I asked for the recipe so I could make it for our Thanksgiving and it wasn't difficult at all. The ingredients for the broccoli casserole are pretty basic.  The star of the casserole is a combination of whole and chopped frozen broccoli.  I always ... [read more]