Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine Pimento Pops


Happy Valentine's Day!
What do you do to celebrate this holiday?  Do you make reservations?  Do you make a fancy dinner at home, or just another regular day???
I usually make a nice fancy dinner at home.
I think I can only remember one time we went out to dinner, it was so crazy busy.
This year will be spent at home.  Not sure what I will be making for dinner yet but we will be starting off with these adorable sweet little Pimento Valentine's day pops.

What you need:
1 cup Cabot Chipotle Cheese, shredded
1 cup Cabot Farmhouse Reserve Cheddar Cheese, shredded
6 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayo
2 Tablespoons black olives, chopped
2 Tablespoons pimentos, chopped
1/4 tsp garlic salt
A dash of salt & pepper
1 egg, whites only
2 Packages crescent dough
White Popsicle sticks, you can find these at the grocery store in the baking section, cooking store or party supply store.




How to make them:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper.

Soften the cream cheese, shred your cheeses.

Combine the cheese, seasonings, black olives and pimentos.
You will have extra, spread it on a cracker!

Flour your work surface.
Lay out your crescent dough, press the the divided areas together, sealing them together as best you can.
Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, make several hearts of the dough, you're going to need 2 per pop.
Lay down one heart, place a popsicle stick in the heart, on top of that spoon approximately 1 tablespoon of pimento cheese.

Lay another heart on top of the cheese filling, take a fork press and seal the pop shut.
This is actually a cocktail fork

Brush the edges and the top of the crescent heart with egg white.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes
Let them sit a few minutes before serving.



Hope you enjoy!!!



Here is another pimento cheese recipe from the archives. Pimento Cheese.






Monday, February 8, 2016

Mac's


Just got back from a girls week in Wisconsin Dells with my cousins.
Wisconsin Dells a little vacation city in the Midwest.
Lots to do and see, whether it be the summer or the winter.
And plenty of places to get your grub on.
My cousins suggested we meet up at a new restaurant called MACS, gourmet mac & cheese.
They have 3 locations.
And there is more than just mac & cheese, they have wedge salads, a few sandwiches and desserts.
The decor is very nice.

There is a cool digital menu, that will display the different photos of the mac & cheese.



I ordered the Memphis Mac, bbq pulled pork.



Hubbie ordered the Jalapeno Popper Mac.


My cousins got the Taco Mac & Mamas Mac.
All were wonderful!

The Mac & Cheese come in mini cast iron skillets.
We think they should do micro mini flights of their mac so you can try more than one while you're there!



I will for sure try them again.
Good find cousins!

A couple other places we ate that weekend.
On the nicer end of places to eat in the Dells area is called High Rock Cafe, we have been there a few times now.  So you know they are doing something right :)

I tried the Rasta Pasta, it was amazing!  Everyone that walked by our table was staring down my bowl!
We started with the potstickers, they were also amazing :)

Pickle in the middle.


Another dinner was at Monks Bar & Grill, more on the casual side, a sports bar.  Good food at great prices.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Sausage Stuffed Mini Mac and Cheese Bites


If you follow me along on my obsession with appetizers you should have learned by now that I have a great love for cheese.
So of course I follow Cabot Cheese on Instagram & Twitter, I mean don't you follow cheese companies on social media?!?
It was National Cheese Day (some people call it national Angie day) and Cabot was having a contest, and I was one of the lucky winners, a wonderful box of cheeses a lovely cheese knife also a wine bottle opener for me & a friend!  I was one happy girl! 


                                                             Thanks so much Cabot

Well besides eating the cheese straight up, of course I have to come up with some new appetizers!
And this is just the first.
I have heard of mac and cheese bites, but I thought I would do something a little more and stuff them with sausage.  
Also what I thought may be good would be a little slice of kielbasa in the mini cups of cheesey goodness.

So here we go!

What you need:
6oz sausage, I used Jimmy Dean
7oz elbow macaroni
8oz Cabot Farmhouse Reserve cheese, shredded
2 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups milk
2 Tablespoons flour
2oz cream cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1 egg

How to make it:
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
Cook your elbow macaroni, according to package, when finished set aside

Cook your sausage, do not over cook! Drain on a paper towel lined plate. I used to over cook all meats, hockey puck like texture, I have learned that is not how to cook meat now )  What you're looking for is a little pink, in the meat.  Because it will continue cooking once combined with the pasta.

Melt butter in pan on your cooktop, once melted whisk in flour, slowly add in milk, followed by your cream cheese and seasonings.

Once that is well combined add in almost all the Cabot shredded cheese, stir until all melted, now set aside
In a bowl add your noodles, stir in that egg.
Now pour in that awesome cheese sauce.
Look at this beautiful packaging! 

Woah mama, I know you wanna eat it now but, hold onto your horses.
Take a non stick mini muffin tin, if it is not non stick (do they even sell those anymore?!) spray that bad boy so they don't stick.
Using a small spoon fill the cups halfway with the cheese noodle mix
Next add a generous pinch of sausage

Fill the cup up with more noodles
Take a pinch of the remaining cheese and add to the top of the cups.

Bake at 400 for 20 minute
Turn on your broiler and cook another 5 minutes, keep an eye on it so they do not burn.
You are looking to brown the tops is all.



Now remove and let them cool for at least 5 minutes before eating.



They should slide right on out of the pan.
My boys LOVED them, they popped them one after another into their happy little mouths!



Hope you enjoy!!