Thursday, December 5, 2013

Sweet & Savory Cheese Spread

Creamy sweet and savory spread that makes a great party food.

Sweet & Savory Cheese Spread

1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, softened
8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (or paprika)
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon dried sweet basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
kosher salt, to taste
ground black pepper, to taste

Mix or stir all ingredients to combine thoroughly; refrigerate.
Serve with crackers, bread, rolls, olives, and/or veggie sticks.

Adjust all spice amounts to your taste.

My favorite crackers are Triscuit Cracked Pepper and Olive Oil.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Split Pea with Ham Soup

Another really good soup to add to your recipe box!

Split Pea with Ham Soup
(Yield: 8-10 servings)

1 pound dried split peas, rinsed and drained
4 cups chicken broth*
4 cups water
1 cup chopped carrot
1 cup chopped celery
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large raw potato, peeled and chopped
Ham or Smoked Sausage, cut in chunks*
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Place all ingredients in a slow cooker; cover and cook on high for 6 hours, or until peas are soft.

*Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and omit meat for vegetarian split pea soup.

Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Cajun Seasoning

2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons smoked paprika (or paprika)
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients; store in airtight container.