Saturday, December 31, 2011

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Every Christmas Eve, BC's family makes a big spread of appetizers and finger foods to munch on throughout the day and into the night as we play games. This recipe was one of my old faithfuls...a quick easy thing to throw together, but tastes and like you spent some actual time and energy preparing it! Its very versatile, and can be made to healthier specifications, like sugar free pudding mix and lite Cool Whip!

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
an AC original

1 box cream cheese pudding mix
1 8 oz tub Cool Whip
any fruit you wish to dip!

Combine the pudding mix and Cool Whip together. To save a bowl, do this in the Cool Whip tub! Refrigerate until ready to use.

Jalapeno Popper Cups

My Mom recently made these, and they are so yummy! I just had to add them to the blog. They make a great little appetizer!

Jalapeno Popper Cups
adapted slightly from AllRecipes
24 mini phyllo tart shells
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3-4 Tb. chopped jalapeno (depending on how hot you want them!)
2 Tb. hot sauce
bacon bits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place phyllo cups on a baking sheet.

Stir together all other ingredients, except bacon bits, and spoon mixture into each phyllo cup. Top each with a sprinkle of bacon bits.

Bake for 15-20 minutes. Serve warm!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Puppy Cookies

Wow! Sorry for the delay! Definitely a lot going on at the casa de S.T.E., but I have TONS of recipes ready to be blogged about!

This is one not quite meant for human consumption (although, I'm sure you could if you really wanted). I decided to do something a little different for Coco and make her a treat instead! Plus, I wanted to remember our neighbors pets in our holiday baskets this year.

I did a ton of research on what sorts of ingredients are best for puppies tummies. (Some of you are probably thinking--ummm our dogs clear our dinner what?!) There are tons of things dogs shouldn't eat, and even more ingredients found in food we eat everyday that can cause many dogs to get sick, or at least not feel well. One of those is gluten. I found a ton of websites that stated that many dogs have gluten allergies, or at least can't digest it well. Another is baking powder--apparently, it can be toxic to dogs.

With all that in mind, I created this recipe, thanks in part to the recipes found on dogtreatrecipes.orghere and here.

(Funny story about these pictures--I actually took the one on the right first. When I leaned down with the cookie, Coco immediately took it from me and I had to dig it out of her mouth just to get the proper picture on the left! Seriously, she's addicted.)

Bacon-Flavored Dog Cookies

1 c. brown rice flour
1/2 c. uncooked oats
1/2 c. water
1 egg
3 Tb. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tb. bacon drippings**

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all ingredients. Add extra water if dough is too dry. Take about a tablespoon of the dough, roll into a small ball and then flatten for even baking. Bake for 15 minutes, turning half-way through. Feel free to adjust cooking time based on how crispy you want the cookies to be!

**You can add 2 Tb. of any flavoring you would like...I used bacon drippings, but you could do any other type of fried/sauteed meat, like sausage or ham, use chicken or beef stock, or save the oil from a can of tuna or chicken.