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Crock Pot Rustic Beef Stew

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Beef Stew is so good any time of the year. We love making it for dinner and then having leftovers for lunch the next day. You can serve this with sandwiches, by itself, with bread, etc. Believe it or not, this recipe is quite easy to make and pretty healthy for you. I make mine in the crock pot to make it even easier. Enjoy!

Rustic Beef Stew

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 pounds Beef Roast, cubed
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp minced Garlic
  • 1 Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • 1 lb Potatoes cubed
  • 1 lb Baby Carrots 3
  • 2 stalks Celery, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Brown Gravy mix
  • 2 cup Water 2

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place meat in slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper; pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients. 4
  4. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.
  5. Remove bay leaf before serving. 5
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Fried Dill Pickles

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In need of a tasty snack full of tons of flavor? If so, you may love this next recipe for Fried Dill pickles. These are simple to make and make the perfect snack. I like to make a large batch and save them in a bag to munch on. Enjoy…

Fried Dill Pickles

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz Hamburger Dill Pickles
  • 1 1/3 cup Cracker Crumbs (about 1/4 lb)
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Vegetable Oil (for deep frying) 3.jpg

Directions:

  1. Drain  and dry pickles.
  2. Mix together cracker crumbs, flour, garlic powder and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and water. 2.jpg
  4. Heat oil to 350 – 375.
  5. Dip pickles in egg wash and then flour mixture, shaking off any excess.
  6. Place in hot oil (avoiding overcrowding).
  7. Fry until golden brown and pickles are floating on top.
  8. Remove and drain on a paper towel.
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Copycat Chili’s Queso Dip

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With lots of people coming over for the Holidays or you needing to bring a dish to a party, dip recipes are a must-have! This copycat Chili’s Queso is delicious and tastes like the real thing. Plus, it doesn’t take much to make it and comes together pretty quickly. So, grab your favorite chips and bookmark this recipe for your next get-together (of Football game). ;-) Enjoy!

Copycat Chili’s Queso Dip

INGREDIENTS:

  • 16 oz Velveeta
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional, if you like it spicy)
  • 15 oz Wolf Chili (No Beans)
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Lime Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin 3

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut the velveeta into cubes.
  2. Heat all ingredients in pan over medium heat stirring frequently. 2
  3. Serve with tortilla chips

Copycat Chili's Queso Dip

Copycat Chili's Queso Dip

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Velveeta
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional, if you like it spicy)
  • 15 oz Wolf Chili (No Beans)
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Lime Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin

Instructions

  1. Cut the velveeta into cubes.
  2. Heat all ingredients in pan over medium heat stirring frequently.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips
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Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball Recipe

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Cheese ball recipe

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Who doesn’t love a creamy, cheesy, cheese ball?! I am always making these for birthday parties, get-togethers, parties and BBQs! What I love about cheese balls is that they are perfect all year long. This next recipe is great in October for Halloween but it’s also delicious in Summer (just don’t shape it like a pumpkin). ;-) Enjoy!

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz softened Cream Cheese
  • 2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Salsa
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin 5
  • 2 cup Nacho Cheese Chips, crushed 2

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine cream cheese, cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin and salsa. Mix until smooth and blended. 3
  2. Form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 4
  3. Roll ball in the crushed nacho chips. 6
  4. Optionally, place bell pepper stem on top and score sides to look like pumpkin.

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

Ingredients

  • 8 oz softened Cream Cheese
  • 2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Salsa
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 cup Nacho Cheese Chips, crushed

Instructions

  1. Combine cream cheese, cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin and salsa. Mix until smooth and blended.
  2. Form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Roll ball in the crushed nacho chips.
  4. Optionally, place bell pepper stem on top and score sides to look like pumpkin.
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Spicy Pumpkin Soup

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I love hearty soup..it’s so much better than plain old broth soup. It’s hearty, warms your stomach and fills you up quickly. I like making this soup all year long but it’s my favorite during the fall and Winter when it’s cold outside and I can eat it by the fireplace. ;-) You can use fresh Pumpkin or just use canned Pumpkin which is a little easier. Enjoy…

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Diced Onion
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 30 oz Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (garnish) 4

Directions:

  1. In a large pot or stockpot, sautee onions in oil and butter until tender.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook another minute. 3
  3. Add the pumpkin, chicken stock, brown sugar, salt and spices.
  4. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.
  5. Blend the soup using an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender.2
  6. Return the mixture to the pot and add the heavy cream.
  7. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds, croutons and/or drizzle of heavy cream.

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Diced Onion
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 30 oz Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or stockpot, sautee onions in oil and butter until tender.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook another minute.
  3. Add the pumpkin, chicken stock, brown sugar, salt and spices.
  4. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.
  5. Blend the soup using an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender.
  6. Return the mixture to the pot and add the heavy cream.
  7. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds, croutons and/or drizzle of heavy cream.
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