Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Happy Kids, Inc.

Easy Holiday Entertaining: Swiss Kale Dip

By Meg Hodson

The holidays are in full swing. I have got a jam-packed schedule from now until we leave on vacation a few days before Christmas. Between the kids and those last few days of school and the various holiday get togethers we have to attend, it's fun, but a little hectic.

You will probably find the need for a quick, homemade appetizer like the one I have created here. I love dips, but wanted to put a spin on the traditional spinach dips. Although this dip does have a lot of ingredients, preparation is straightforward and easy. 

I also decided to serve it with dippers that were a little different from the quintessential baguette or crackers. I love parties and I love good food, but sometimes at these get togethers, you are bombarded with a lot of BREAD. I love bread, but man, I can fill up pretty easily when it's part of every appetizer. So I subbed Old London Melba Toasts. Trust me, these are not the melba toasts you might remember. They are so good!

Swiss Kale Dip Recipe

I chose to pair my dip with their roasted garlic snack rounds. I love the hearty, toasted flavor of them. They are high in fiber, minerals, and are darn delicious. It's a nice option for those that want to steer clear of corn, soy, oats, and other common ingredients in crackers and bread. Plus, with only 60 calories per serving, I won't feel as guilty piling extra dip onto my toast. 

                            


Swiss Kale Dip Recipe



Swiss Kale Dip

Ingredients:
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded (or finely diced) swiss cheese
  • 1 cup kale (frozen or slightly blanced)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 can of diced green chilis
  • 1/4 sweet onion, finely diced
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. parsley
  • 1 tbl. white wine vinegar
Cooking Directions
  1. Whisk cream cheese in medium size bowl (or in your Kitchen Aid mixer) until very smooth. Add all remaining ingredients and blend well. Heat in microwave for one minute, then stir. Repeat process until cheese is melted. You can also heat in an oven safe dish at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, stirring often.


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Savory Rosemary Pecans

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By Meg Hodson

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian. All delicious opinions remain 100% my own.

Well, we are in the full holiday swing of things, right? It's such a fun time of year, especially if you have children. I love the tradition that Christmas is and creating memories for my children to last many years to come.

I love to cook and I come from a family who passes down recipes. I also love to create new recipes (as is evident from my blog!) that will hopefully be passed down, too. There are those certain recipes that I make year after year that are now expected at the table.....and I love that. 

Pompeian Olive Oil has a clever way to capture some of those recipes that you want to treasure forever. They have an easy-to-use label maker on their Facebook page. They are easy to print out and fit easily on a 24 ounce bottle of Pompeian Olive Oil. 

Pompeian Olive Oil Label Maker

Pompeian Olive Oil

The recipe I created on the label maker is a new one, Savory Rosemary Pecans. I am crazy excited about it because they turned out so darn delicious! Best of all, it's an easy appetizer to serve at home or to bring to a party. It's quick and easy yet very gourmet.

                             


Savory Rosemary Pecans with Pompeian Olive Oil



Savory Rosemary Pecans

Ingredients
  • 3 tbl. Pompeian Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tbl. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tbl. sugar
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups raw pecans
Cooking Directions
  1. In a case iron skillet or medium frying pan, add Pompeian olive oil and all spices. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute, stirring until incorporated. Add pecans and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 5-6 minutes. Be careful not to burn the pecans! Remove from heat and serve immediately. Store in an airtight container for serving later. Best served warm.
Pompeian Olive Oil Savory Rosemary Pecans

Do you have a recipe that you want to pass down? Chances are your cooking might call for the first and only extra virgin olive oil to carry the USDA Quality Monitored Seal, Pompeian also has a wide family of products including blended oils, vinegars, cooking wines and cooking sprays for all your holiday cooking needs.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian.

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