Chicken Enchilada Dip

Dips are a year-round sensation at our house.  On game day, race day, or even movie night it's imperative that I have dips available for munching.  I made this dip for a get together we had with friends to watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship race.  My son was overjoyed when his favorite driver, Kevin Harvick won The Chase.  It was a real "moment" for him.

We invited some friends over to watch with us and while watching the race unfold, I set-up a self serve nacho bar which included this dip.  It features all of the flavors you'd enjoy in enchiladas only in the form of a dip.  It was a hit.  Apart from flavor, one advantage with this dip is that you can assemble it in advance, chill, then bake it just before serving.  It's creamy and delicious and not a drop will be leftover.

Candied Cinnamon-Sugar Pecans

Candied pecans and nuts are usually thought of as a holiday treat.  I confess, I make them year-round and use them as a garnish for desserts, pies, cakes, cookies or ice cream.  Sometimes, I whip-up a batch for just plain munching.  My mantra is simple, life is short why wait until a special occasion to enjoy the flavors you love, right?

I really like using a combination of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to spice-up these nuts.  If you prefer you can use cinnamon alone without any other adjustments.   These candied pecans make terrific gifts poured into a glass jar and tied with a pretty ribbon.  Don't forget to attach a note with a warning, they are absolutely 100% addictive!

BHG No Bake Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake With A Vanilla Wafer Crust And Praline Pecans

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No Bake Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake With A Vanilla Wafer Crust And Praline Pecans

When I saw this No-Bake Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake on the BHG website, I thought it looked most delicious. It also had the added bonus of requiring no oven time. Since my friends here at BHG asked that I give the recipes I'm sharing in the month of November a bit of Southern flair, I thought a nice twist would be to change the crust to vanilla wafers crumbs and add a layer of praline pecans.  Pecans are our beloved nut of choice in the South and pralines are immediately identified as a historic Southern confection.  Pralines are candy clusters comprised of buttery caramelized sugar and nuts.  Originating in Louisiana they have a rich history  that dates back to the 1700's.  Different versions of praline candy have been rotating through Southern kitchens, bakeries and candy stores ever since.

Keeping with the no-bake concept I whipped up the praline pecans in the microwave.  Instead of adding them into the crust, I chose to sprinkle them on top of the crust adding a surprise layer of decadence and crunch.

Taste Of Home Online Cooking School - Review


For the past year I've been working with Taste of Home as a Publishing partner. When my friends there contacted me and told me about their latest project the Taste of Home Online Cooking School I was excited. As you know, Taste of Home has been featuring exceptional home cooks and tried and true recipes for years. They also travel around the country and present live cooking demonstrations. I loved the concept of providing affordable online classes for cooks who want to hone their skills and build their cooking confidence.

They invited me to review the online cooking class of my choice and share my thoughts with you. As I looked through the current classes being offered, I felt compelled to check out the "Comfort Food Classics." In this class, an instructor takes you through the process of making crispy fried chicken, creamy herb-deviled eggs, stovetop macaroni and cheese, big and buttery chocolate chip cookies and a sinful devil's food cake with a chocolate fudge frosting. That sounds like the Sunday dinner menu on any given week-end with my family.

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