The Perfect Guacamole

We know, you make guacamole , but never write down how much you add of this and that.  We were in the same boat until Barbara served it at a Pokeno party and had something down on paper for proof!   Barbara is a wonderful cook, but for now, I will share her perfect Guacamole recipe….that she found in a Southern Living book.   We are glad to get our hands on this.  The sisters love them some “guac”. 

6  ripe avocados, peeled
1/3  cup fresh lime juice
2  large tomatoes, chopped
3  to 4 garlic cloves, minced
1  tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1/2  teaspoon salt
1/4  teaspoon pepper
  Garnishes: chopped red and yellow bell peppers


Place avocados in a bowl; mash, leaving some small pieces. Stir in juice until blended. Stir in tomato and next 4 ingredients. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; chill 30 minutes. Garnish, if desired.


Makes 4 cups



Swiss Spread

 Mom had her lady friends over and shared this with Kendra and I.  We love it for so many reasons.   Who doesn’t love a recipe with multiple cheeses?

 1 cup shredded swiss cheese
1 8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup mayo
2 T. green onion minced
Bake at 350 degrees
Top with 8 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
crumbled butter crackers
end of green onions chopped.

Serve with club crackers

Hot Baked Pineapple

This has been served as a warm appetizer or a side dish for ham.   Enjoy going outside the box on this one!  

1-20 oz. can Pineapple drained.  (use chunks or crushed or combo)  save 1/4 c. juice
1/2 c. sugar
3 T. flour
1/4 cup melted margarine
1 1/2c. cheddar cheese, colby
2/3 cup Ritz crackers, crushed

Mix sugar, flour, margarine, 1 c. of cheese. Add pineapple.   Pour into a greased pan.  Top with crackers.  Pour juice over top, cover, and bake 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees.  Uncover, top with 1/2 cup cheese and bake 5 minutes.
4 servings

Buffalo Chicken Dip

If you are a wing lover, this one is for you.  The men in your life with love this hearty recipe.    Kelly and Josh introduced us to our favorite dip of 2009.  We continue to make it and it is always a crowd favorite.  Another great one for the crockpot. 

Buffalo Chicken Dip

2 pkgs cream cheese

1 bottle  Bleu Cheese dressing 

Shredded chicken (I use a rotisserie)

Frank’s Hot Sauce (buffalo wing sauce)–about 1/3 cup

grated cheddar cheese 

Tortilla chips and/or celery sticks


Place chicken in saucepan and pour hot sauce over chicken. Coat until red.  Add cream cheese and dressing.  Melt together.  Add grated cheese on top.  Place in a casserole dish in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degress. Or dust off your crock pot and cook in there.  We love it both ways.

Bean Salsa with Shrimp

Every once in awhile a recipe reaches out and grabs us.  The motto for this great find is:  you can’t eat just one.  Tami introduced us to this and we are forever grateful.  The edamame,  shrimp, and advocado make us feel like we are being healthy.  Tortilla chips dipped in this great salsa make us not care! 


¼ C frozen edamame

1 ½  C chopped cooked shrimp

 ½ C cannelloni beans(rinsed & drained)

  ½ C Avocado

1 C halved cherry tomatoes

 ½ C red onion minced

 2 T minced Jalapenos

1/3 C chopped cilantro

juice from ½ lime

1 ½ t olive oil

 salt to taste

Directions:  Cook edamame to thaw.  Combine first 7 ingredients.  Then mix
together remaining-cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, and salt with a whisk. 
Drizzle over edamame mixture, toss gently to combine.  Makes approx 5 cups.   Serve with chips. (If I
have leftovers  combine it with my favorite lettuce or spring mix for a salad)

Kick Ass Queso

So our Mom has renamed this  Kick Em Queso.   A Mom is always a Mom.  I first had this in Seabrook, Washington.  My hilarious friend,  Mimi brought this to our pottery making class.   It was a hit then and is now. 


2 packages of Cream Cheese

1/2 lb. of Velveeta cheese (yep, the kind in the box)

I can of Rotel with Cilantro and Lime

1  lb. of sausage, browned  (use turkey sausage if you are feeling healthy)


Mix these ingredients and heat thoroughly.  I like to throw this in the crockpot  and let it simmer throughout a party.  Serve with tortilla chips or fritos.

I often leave out the sausage, depending on what else I am serving.

Apples and Dip

My dear friend Samantha makes this and it is addicting.  She is my friend that hates to cook, but always has the best dishes. This is nice when you need a quick bite of something sweet with a group of girls.  Soak the apples in pineapple juice so they don’t get brown.

Apples & Dip

3 oz. cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
3 large Granny Smith apples
½ cup caramel sauce
2 T. pecans

Mix the first two ingredients and put in fridge for 30 minutes and cover.

In the meantime, slice apples and dip in lemon juice.

Remove cream cheese mixture from fridge and top with caramel sauce and then with pecans.   I like to swirl the caramel into the cream cheese.


Vidalia Onion Dip

This recipe was shared by our Mom.   She had it in a shallow baking dish. Serve it with Wheat Thins or Ritz crackers. EXCELLENT

Vidalia Onion Dip

2 cups chopped Vidalia or other sweet (1015’s) onions – not real fine chop
2 cups mayonaise (if you are a little short on mayo fill in with a bit of sour cream)
2 cups grated swiss cheese
2 tbl. grated parmesan

Mix all together and put into a greased baking dish. ( I use Pam). Bake at 325 for 40-45 minutes.

You could add anything you wanted to this but I love the simplicity of the onion and cheese flavor.

I had this dip today at someone’s house and it was SO great, just want to share. She had it in a shallow baking dish. Serve it with Wheat Thins or Ritz crackers. EXCELLENT