Huuulllll’s Taco Dip Recipe

January 30th, 2008

Superbowl Taco Dip!

Huuulllll was his name; he was the college 'den mother' so to speak. He loved to cook, and took advantage of every opportunity to entertain. He drove a blue Buick Skylark, sporting one front panel painted with primer and the other red. This was just one of his many ongoing and unfinished projects, most of which were known for being over the top. Let me give you an example:

One Christmas I volunteered to help make cookies that were to be given as gifts. I thought this meant it would be a short afternoon in the kitchen, but it turned out to be one of the longest days of my life. I ditched out after putting in a full 8 hour day. In addition to 12+ hours of Christmas baking, there was the 50 gallon fish tank that he spent months refinishing just so it could house a couple of very small geckos...the list goes on and on.

Taco Dip Recipe

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Best Guacamole Recipe

January 29th, 2008

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The trick to making the ultimate guacamole is using quality ripe avocados. You can check for ripeness by gently pressing the skin of the avocado. If there is lack of give the avocado is not ripe yet. If there is a little give then the avocado is ripe. Make sure to use haas avocado, the fruit has dark, rippled skin and rich, creamy flesh that goes very well for guacamole. The lime juice is added not only for the flavor but to help keep the avocado from browning too

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Guacamole Recipe

3 ripe haas avocado
1 lime, juiced
1 garlic, minced
1/2 red onion, minced
1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
A dash of freshly ground black pepper

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Cilantro-Lime Spinach Dip with Chipotle Chiles Recipe

With the Super Bowl upon us, it seems like the perfect time to share some party appropriate appetizers and dips; a reoccurring theme you will see throughout the week. While this is my number one suggestion for the Bowl, last week's Shrimp Cocktail Recipe would also make a great addition to any party spread.

Now, if there is one thing that this spinach dip recipe is not, it is traditional! In fact, I have had many a guest proclaim their disgust in the traditional mushy and lackluster party appetizer. However, this spinach dip recipe is different. It really has a robust flavor that is more reminiscent of salsa than it is of spinach dip; and it couldn't be easier to make...

Cilantro-Lime Spinach Dip with Chipotle Chiles

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White Boy Beef Tacos

January 29th, 2008

Ground Beef Tacos Recipe

Beef Tacos Recipe

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How to Thicken a Sauce

January 24th, 2008

How to Thicken a Sauce

Roux is commonly used to thicken sauces like gravies, broths and cream soups, as is the case in my Salmon and Leek Pot Pie Recipe . A roux is a cooked mixture of flour and fat (typically butter). I have seen different fat-to-flour ratios used, typically a 3:2, but you can't go wrong with a 1:1 (especially if we want your sauce a bit thicker like I tend to). If after whisking in the liquid to your sauce you find that you would prefer it be thicker you can always opt for a cornstarch or arrowroot slurry. The thing with roux is that it is necessary to allow enough time for the flour to cook in order to eliminate a 'raw' flour flavor; and that just won't happen if you have already added the liquid.

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Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Last modified 7/27/08

Shrimp Cocktail is an appetizer that is simple to make but highly rewarding. Yet there are some gawd awful shrimp cocktails out there. Take for example the prepared ones you see at the grocery store in the seafood isle. Shrimp neatly arranged in a perfect ring, but tasteless, rubbery, overcooked, and the sauce is artificially red and bland at best. Only if looks could kill. Then there is the frozen shrimp at the Chinese buffet...piled high on your plate you think that it's going to be better than the greasy beef broccoli but, that too, turns out to be a major sodium bomb. I wanted to resurrect this tasty grub, because when done right it is definitely something special.

Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

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How to Devein Shrimp

January 23rd, 2008

How to Devein Shrimp

Keep in mind that you can eat shrimp veined or deveined. Even better yet you can have your local fish monger devein them for you.

Make an incision along the backside of the shrimp using either a pair of scissors or a serrated knife. Just follow the intestinal track the length of the shrimp (yes, it is what you think it is). Remove the 'vein' and rinse shrimp under cold water leaving shells intact. That's it!

Salmon and Leek Pot Pie Recipe

January 22nd, 2008

Salmon and Leek Pot Pie Recipe

Recipe last modified 1/24/08

To say that Sunday was a disappointing day at my house would be, at best, an understatement. In this household there lives a Packer fan and a Chargers fan, who were so desperately hoping for a Packers vs. Chargers Super Bowl. At the very least we were hoping that one of us would end the season with a Super Bowl showing, and if not that, then at least an admiral effort...we got neither. Football fans that normally would watch a Super Bowl regardless of participants we have decided that this year we will hit the slopes and do some snowboarding instead. What can I say? We have zero desire to watch Tom Brady or Eli Manning, besides I can't see it being that great of a game, although you never know. Call us sore losers - I don't care! Despite our disappointment, I will be sure to share some great party appetizer recipes over the next week and a half to help you prepare for your Super Bowl get-together.

Salmon and Leek Pot Pie Recipe

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Slow-Roasted Beef Recipe

January 17th, 2008

Slow Cooked Roast Beef Recipe

We made this recipe for Christmas. Always being the entertainers and hoping to have a low-key, inexpensive dinner this Slow-Roasted Beef Recipe was our savior. Besides being extremely easy to make, this recipe uses a bargain cut of beef. Granted, it is not as flavorful as, say, a cut of prime rib but it's much easier on the pocketbook. Your best bet for this recipe is the eye-round roast; good flavor and uniform shape that guarantee even cooking.

If you have an instant-read thermometer it will come in handy for this Slow-Roasted Beef Recipe. If not, a meat-probe thermometer will work. I use a probe thermometer with a temperature alarm sensor; Polder makes a good one. This allows me to take the meat's temperature without opening the oven door and, better yet, the alarm tells me when it's reached my desired temperature. While slow-roasting. maintaining the oven temperature is important, so try to open the oven door as little as possible. This means that if you are using a thermometer without a sensor you will need to remove the meat from the oven while you check its temperature. If you find yourself roasting some sort of critter, even a couple of times a year, it is worth dropping 20 bucks to ensure your meat always come out perfect!

Slow Roasted Beef Recipe

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French Onion Dip Recipe

January 15th, 2008

Onion Dip Recipe - Great for Parties!

Dips and chips, the mindless "go to" dish when asked to contribute to the party. One of my favorites is French Onion Dip but there are few store brands that will do. The basis of most French Onion Dip is dry soup mix with sour cream - far from appetizing if you ask me. If we are being honest, it's nothing short of disgusting. This is a classic example of a thing destroyed by our desire for convenience. This French Onion Dip Recipe will help this party food reclaim it's status as a deliciously addictive crowd pleaser. Continue Reading »