Crockpot Reuben Dip

by admin on September 14, 2010

An excellent choice for the Reuben lovers on your list, this snack sized portion of the classic Reuben casserole recipe comes with a little twist…cream cheese! I made this dip many times and have received rave reviews. You can too…so simple and easy!

1/2 pound of deli corned beef, coarsely chopped
1 cup sauerkraut, rinsed, well drained, and coarsely chopped
1 8-oz. size cream cheese (can use low fat), softened
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup Thousand Island salad dressing

Mix all ingredients in 1-1/2 – 3 quart crockpot. Cover crockpot and cook on LOW for 4 hours. Stir to combine and scrape down sides. Dip will hold for 2 hours on LOW. Serve with party rye bread slices, pretzels, toasted beer bread, or French bread cubes.

Make it a Gift:One of my favorite ways to give a prepared warm dip is in a mini crock pot. The can easily be found at your local Walmart, Big Lots, or online here…especially just prior to the holidays. Look out for themed crock pots as well. I purchased one that was shaped like a football and gave it to the hostess at one of our many Steeler parties. I believe it was only $12! Here is one I found online for around $15
Rival 16-oz. Little Dipper Slow Cooker


Chilled Broccoli, Cheddar and Bacon Salad

by admin on June 27, 2010

With the 4th of July picnics and potlucks just around the corner (um…NEXT WEEK!) here is my favorite tried and true summer salad that always gets rave reviews.  In addition to the mild cheddar cheese, I always add a handful or two of sharp white cheddar.  Just a personal preference…you really can’t mess this on up!  Happy fireworks everyone!  Enjoy!


6 cups fresh broccoli florets
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar or cider vinegar
12 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


1.In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, cheese and onion. Combine the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar; pour over broccoli mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Just before serving, stir in the bacon.

Make it a Gift:  Tell the hostess to “just keep the dish”…purchase a picnic fare cookbook and a unique tupperware-like (travel friendly container).  I love these stars and stripes bowls!!!  One for you, two for me!


Think Spring with an Iced Mocha Latte

by admin on April 5, 2010

The weather here is Southwestern Pennsylvania has been truly amazing over the last week with temps in the high 70′s- low 80′s for the past five days or so.  This screams “spring” to me!  So it’s time to put the hot chocolate back in the pantry and save it for a chilly evening by the fire pit.  Here’s a simple and yummy afternoon recipe that will wet your whistle and give you a caffeine boost, too!

1 teaspoon of instant coffee granules (can use decaf, but where’s the fun in that ?)
1/4 cup boiling water
1 cup milk (can use low fat, skim or soy to reduce the calories and fat)
4 1/2 teaspoons of chocolate syrup (I only use Hershey’s)
1/2 cup of crushed ice

Step One
In a small bowl, dissolve instant coffee in the 1/4 cup of water.  Pour into ice cube tray and freeze.

Step Two
In a blender, combine milk, chocolate syrup and coffee ice cubes; cover and process until smooth.  Add crushed ice; blend.  Serve immediately.

Top with your favorite whipped toping, crushed peanuts, or more chocolate syrup.
Makes two servings.  Enjoy!


I was very fortunate to grow up in a family that celebrated food. And my mother is one of the most famous short order cooks in our family. At 75, she’s still “cookin’” in more ways than one! This recipe is a twist on the traditional chicken salad recipe and can be served on a sandwich, atop of a mixed greens salad or on crackers as an appetizer…and of course, super easy! Thanks, mom!

1 1/2 cups of finely chopped cooked chicken (use canned to save time)
2/3 cup crushed pineapple, drained


1/4 cup chopped green pepper or celery


1/3 cup mayo (Do not use salad dressing or miracle whip! My mother insists that you only use Helman’s and I have to agree.)


A pinch of salt and pepper to taste
Directions: Mix them all together! That simple! Chill at least 1/2 hour before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley, red grapes, or strawberries. Enjoy!
Do you have a family favorite recipe that you would like to share? Open up the vault and send them with your story. Share your family food memories with us by commenting below! Can’t wait to try them!


Heavenly Beef Brisket

March 28, 2010

Cooking beef is definitely not my expertise, but my friend Rickey Gold sends this recipe for beef brisket with enough detail that I just may give it a whirl! Rickey notes that you may leave out the potatoes if you are serving this dish for Passover Here we go! Tips Buy “first cut” beef brisket. [...]

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Featured Find: Jed’s Best

March 11, 2010

With spring right around the corner, I wanted to take a minute and tell you about a supper yummy and unique gift idea that would be a perfect addition or substitution even, to the traditional Easter basket….Jed’s Best Blondies.  Heaven in a handfull…haha!  But so true! Jed’s Blondies are all natural and LOADED with all [...]

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Low Fat Jalapeno Popper Spread Recipe

February 9, 2010

Try and say that three times…haha! But in the words of my husband, “this recipe is a masterpiece…perfect as is!”  I found the full fat recipe and decides to try my own low fat version.  It’s a hit!  I made this tonight for our weekly “LOST” party.  I don’t think it’s going to last very [...]

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How to Stretch a Can of Chili

February 5, 2010

Don’t ask me why, but today I was craving a nice hot bowl of chili.  Maybe it’s the 12 inches of snow piling up outside, or I am just craving warmth, but when I get a craving, it’s best to just go with it and get in the kitchen.  Since I was feeling a bit [...]

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Dorothy’s Tombstone Granola Recipe

January 27, 2010

Receiving great recipes in my inbox each day has literally been a treat! It never ceases to amaze me how many wonderful people are anxious to share their prized recipes with all of you. Sometimes, with a little persistence, I am able to squeeze one “out of the vault”…meaning that people decide to make their [...]

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Southwestern Black Bean Soup: Fast and Fabulous!

January 7, 2010

Thanks to my friend Anne who shared this recipe with me and I just couldn’t wait to make it. I have to tell you that it is fabulous!  And only 2 weight watchers points for one cup! Anne writes: “This is a zippy Southwestern-flavored black bean soup. We make it with canned beans so it comes together in [...]

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