Friday, November 18, 2011

Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese

Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese is a yummy appetizer for the holidays. The salsa is served over the brick of cream cheese with crackers.


1-12-ounce bag or 3 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup minced green onions
2 small jalapeño
peppers, seeded and minced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup fresh
cilantro leaves, minced
2 tablespoons finely-grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed
lemon juice
2-8-ounce packages cream cheese
Cranberries or cilantro sprigs for garnish


Step 1: Rinse, drain, and pick over cranberries, discarding all that are soft or bruised.
Step 2: Place cranberries in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped but not mushy.
Step 3: Place crushed cranberries in a bowl; mix together with jalapeños peppers, onions, sugar, ginger, cilantro leaves, and lemon juice.
Step 4: Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours so flavors develop , otherwise it will be too tart.
Step 5: On a serving plate, place cream cheese; cover with the dip.
Step 6: Garnish, if desired, and served with crackers.
Makes 1 1/2 cups.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

How to Make Bread Dressing

My husband prefers Bread Dressing to Cornbread Dressing. I am a Cornbread Dressing lover. So I also make a recipe of each to please us both. This is a favorite recipe I like to use.
4 cups bread cubes 
1/4 cup finely chopped onions 
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning 
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground sage 
1/2 cup chopped celery 
2 eggs, beaten 
1/3 cup butter 
1 teaspoon pepper 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
chicken broth
Step 1:Sauté onion and celery in the butter until tender. 
Step 2: Combine onion mixture with bread, pepper, eggs, salt, sage and poultry seasoning in a large mixing bowl. 
Step 3: Stir in broth until well moistened. 
Step 4: Bake in a greased foil-covered shallow baking dish at 325° for about 35 to 45 minutes. 
Step 5: Take the cover off the last 5 minutes to brown.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Turkey Cheese Puffs

Turkey Cheese Puffs are a good way to use left over turkey from the holiday turkey. Serve with a garden salad and you will have a delicious meal.
1-3 ounce cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups cooked turkey, chopped
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1-8 ounce can crescent dinner roll
Combine cream cheese and butter; beat on medium speed of an electric mixer until smooth. Add milk; beat until smooth.
Stir in turkey and black pepper.
Unroll dough, and separate into four rectangles; press perforations to seal.
Spoon ½ cup turkey mixture in center of each dough rectangle.
Moisten edges of each rectangle with water; bring the four corners to the center over filling, pinching edges to seal.
Place on un-greased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degree for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden.
Yields 4 servings.