Wednesday, February 22, 2012

7 Layer Taco Dip

Everyone loves my Taco dip, but I'm not sure that it's actually 7 layers. It is a great way to prepare for any party, because you can make the dip the morning of, and then stick it into the oven once guests arrive. This way, they are guaranteed to enjoy a warm, melted, delicious taco dip!

  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1- 16oz can refried beans
  • 1 - 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1- 16oz sour cream (use half)
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 can black olives
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (lots)
  • Avocados
  • lime (for garnish if making guacamole)


1) mix beans with taco seasoning
2) Sour cream and cream cheese (blended)
3) Guacamole (or in this case sliced avocado)
4) black olives
5) green onions
6) salsa

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 min (or until cheese is melted), serve and be happy. Make sure you enjoy some of the dip quickly, because it won't last long!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pasta Time

What do you do when you have extra heavy cream in the fridge that you want to use up? Why turn it into a creamy tomato sauce! I use pasta dishes as an excuse to use up ingredients in the fridge.

This time, I used 4 Trader Joe's Pesto Sausages, half of a sweet onion and 1 green bell pepper. I sauteed them with some olive oil and then added 6 ounces of tomato paste and some heavy cream until I get the consistency I want.

It is funny that the pasta of this dish is the least important part!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pizza Pie

What is the secret to good bread machine pizza dough? Well it is adding garlic powder and other spices to the dough. This way, the dough has some good flavor if it is too thick in places on the pie. A 2lb loaf creates enough dough for 2 - 13 inch crusts.

I baked the crust in an oven prheated to 400 degrees F before adding the toppings. This time I used mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and caramelized onions. (Most of the time I add raw onions and peppers.) Making pizza is so easy and simple, that I try to always keep some dough in the fridge for a last minute meal.

The pizza was baked until the cheese started to bubble, about 10 minutes. Let it cool and then enjoy a yummy, yummy pizza!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Indy's Sick Day

Last fall, Indy (our American Eskimo puppy at 4 months old) got really sick (*cough* digestively.) The vet told us to keep him on a bland diet of boiled rice and chicken with no salt or oil. Enter the rice cooker + 3.5 cups rice + 7 cups water + 2 chopped up chicken breasts = Indy's food for the weekend.

I knew there is no butter or spices in the mix, but it smelled AMAZING. Even I wanted to eat it!

Indy was particularly excited when he smelled this food. (He also had not had anything to eat for a while that day.)

I think that Indy liked this bland dinner more than his standard kibble... Despite being sick, he was a very happy boy at mealtimes.

Since this bout with illness, Indy has been very healthy. And I have learned a good trick to temperarly help with digestive issues... canned pumpkin!