Slow Boat to China #SundaySupper

I call this a ‘retro’ recipe because I think anytime I bring it up-someone my age inevitably knows exactly what I’m talking about.  When I say, ‘the rice one with celery’ or any other version of that.  Both my grandmothers made it, then my mom and now me.  In my new take on a classic I use quick cooking rice so there is nothing ‘slow’ about about my Slow Boat to China recipe.

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Doesn’t making food from your childhood bring back the best memories?  Sometimes I get the recipe directly from the source or like this one I had to wing it.  While it was a staple I had growing up it is one of those recipes that has possibly changed so much over the years that it probably isn’t the original at all.

When I first wanted to make it I did some research and found that most of the recipes used the same basic ingredients-rice, beef, celery, cream of mushroom and soy sauce.   My first couple test runs were…bland.  And frankly nothing like I ate as a child.  It was missing the ‘Stroganoff ‘ element that I remembered.  So that’s easy, add sour cream!  Now use quick cooking rice and I had myself a dinner that was quick and delicious.  So now on to the food.

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Start first by cooking the rice according to package directions.  Add 2 beef bouillon cubes to the rice and water so that while it cooks the cubes dissolve and the flavor gets throughout the rice.  In a skillet cook the ground beef until completely cooked all the way through.  Chop the onions and clean and chop the celery while it cooks.  Once the beef is cooked thoroughly remove from heat then drain the beef and set aside.  I use a strainer and bowl to make sure all the grease gets out.

Take a paper towel and clean any grease out of the bottom of the pan so you can use it to cook the onions and celery.  Add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it.  Place the onions and celery in and start sautee and cook until tender, around 7 minutes.  I like to lave the celery just a little crunchy.  Now return the drained beef to the pan.

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In a bowl combine the items for the sauce: cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, milk, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce.  Mix until well combined. Pour over the beef mixture.  Once the rice is cooked add both cups to the pan with the beef and sauce mix.  Stir it all up then cook for another 3-4 minutes to warm everything through completely.  Serve with some warm buttered biscuits or croissants.  And here you….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Slow Boat to China
Quick cooking rice updates this retro recipe from your childhood. Ground beef, sauteed onions and celery combine with a creamy sauce and comes together for a quick comforting meal perfect for busy nights.
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Course Main Dish
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Slow Boat to China | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions. Add 2 beef bouillon cubes to the rice and water.
  2. In a skillet cook the ground beef until completely cooked all the way through. Once the beef is cooked thoroughly remove from heat then drain the beef and set aside.
  3. Chop the onions and clean and chop the celery.
  4. To the same pan add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it. Place the onions and celery in and start sautee and cook until tender, around 7 minutes.
  5. In a bowl combine the items for the sauce: cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, milk, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. Mix until well combined. Pour over the beef mixture.
  6. Once the rice is cooked add both cups to the pan with the beef and sauce mix.
  7. Stir it all up then cook for another 3-4 minutes to warm everything through completely. Serve with some warm buttered biscuits or croissants. Enjoy!
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Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch

Can you believe we are heading into the end of August already?  By now I am ready for it.  Not only are the kids heading back to school but it also is the beginning of Fall which is hands down my favorite time of year.  And what better way to kick it off?  By celebrating my birthday!  So this Mitten Movie Night I am kicking off my birthday weekend (yes I said weekend!) with a burger that I came up with over the Summer, a cheesy turkey burger smothered in ranch.

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With the burgers we are drinking some Beach Cruiser from Latitude 42.  This week we are actually planning on taking our projector outside by the pool and watch a movie.   We’ve been wanting to do it but have had to wait for it to get darker earlier.  Finally I think we’re good to go out around 9pm but the weather has been cooler here so we will see how long it lasts.

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For the burger mix everything together in a bowl and make 4 patties.  I love to cook my burgers in a cast iron skillet but a regular skillet will work just as well.  Add the oil and butter to the pan on medium heat and get it melted together.  Once the pan is well and heated place in burgers making sure not to let them touch.  Cook 5 minutes then flip and cook another 5 minutes.  Ten minutes should do the check but as always check to make sure it is cooked thoroughly through.

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Recently I made these Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwiches from Yellow Bliss Road.  The dressing was so good!  The secret ingredient I think was dill pickle juice in it.  So that is what I did here.  Combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, ranch and pickle juice.

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Since the burgers are so crispy I did not toast the buns like I normally love to do.  Slice up some lettuce and tomato then add pickles.  Slather on the ranch.  And here you are….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch
Ground turkey and cheese combine to make the most flavorful burger ever. Cook until extra crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Top with homemade ranch sauce for the perfect final touch.
Instructions
  1. For the burger mix everything together in a bowl and make 4 patties.
  2. In a cast iron or regular skillet add the oil and butter to the pan on medium heat and get it melted together. Once the pan is well and heated place in burgers making sure not to let them touch.
  3. Cook 5 minutes then flip and cook another 5 minutes. Ten minutes should do the check but as always check to make sure it is cooked thoroughly through.
  4. for the homemade ranch combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, ranch powder and pickle juice.
  5. Add burger to a bun. Slice up some lettuce and tomato. Slather on the ranch. Enjoy!
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Street Corn Taquitos

Has this Summer been busy!  I have been doing so much around the house, we’ve been running around and I haven’t had much time to work on this little blog. Even sadder is it’s been weeks since I’ve celebrated Mitten Movie Night which is probably my favorite of all posts to do on the blog.  So let’s rectify that right now and enjoy some Michigan craft beer and these Street Corn Taquitos.

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Tonight I am pairing this dish with one of my favorite types of beer, a blonde.  Oval Beach Blonde from Saugatuck Brewing Company pairs perfectly with the crispy tortillas, the bursts of sweet corn in the filling and the creaminess of the mayo.  In anticipation of the upcoming Eclipse I want to watch a classic from the 80’s that always freaked me out, Night of the Comet. I know it’s not an eclipse but it is space related phenomena so close enough.  Where are you planning on watching the eclipse?  The boys and I are going to our local library where they are having a watching party.  How exciting!  Now on to the food.

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For the chicken I cooked mine in the crock pot with some salt & pepper.  To shred it I wanted to try something that I saw on Pinterest and guess what, it WORKED! Use a KitchenAid mixer to shred the chicken. I cut the chicken in half, put it into the mixing bowl and turned it on high.  Less than 3 minutes later beautifully shredded chicken without the work.  Genius!

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To the same bowl add the rest of the ingredients for the filling: mayo, cream cheese, sour cream, lime juice, corn, cilantro, cheese and spices.  Stir to combine.  Add enough oil to the bottom of the  pan that it will fry these up around 1/2 cup.  While the oil heats up start assembling the taquitos.  Place the filling along the longest end, not too much that it spills out.  Roll the it up.  Once the oil is heated up place the tortilla in seam side down.  Fry for 2 minutes, then flip.  Fry for another 2 minutes then place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

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Work the taquitos in batches of 2-3 depending on the size of your frying pan.  Don’t overcrowd or they won’t fry properly.  Serve with sour cream, chopped tomatoes and lettuce.  And here you are….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Street Corn Taquitos
Sweet corn, shredded chicken and a creamy filling wrapped in a corn tortilla then fried to a crispy golden brown. Perfect snack, appetizer or even main dish.
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Instructions
  1. Cook the chicken breast then shred it to make small pieces. (Try the KitchenAid mixer!)
  2. To a bowl with the chicken in it add the rest of the ingredients for the filling: mayo, cream cheese, sour cream, lime juice, corn, cilantro, cheese and spices. Stir to combine.
  3. Add enough oil to the bottom of the pan that it will fry these up around 1/2 cup. While the oil heats up start assembling the taquitos.
  4. Place the filling along the longest end, not too much that it spills out. Roll the it up.
  5. Once the oil is heated up place the tortilla in seam side down. Fry for 2 minutes, then flip. Fry for another 2 minutes then place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  6. Work the taquitos in batches of 2-3 depending on the size of your frying pan.
  7. Serve with sour cream, chopped tomatoes and lettuce. Enjoy!
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Raspberry Cheesecake with Pound Cake Crust

I love raspberries.  This time of year you can finally get them reasonable so I take full advantage of it.  Recently I was watching one of my favorite shows, Diners Drive In’s & Dives, and they showed a cheesecake recipe that looked out of this world from Tin Roof Grill in Utah.  While I didn’t get down the whole recipe what I was most infatuated with was the crust…..made of pound cake.  I knew right then that this was so getting made to the best of my ability.

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I was in a baking mood the day I made this so I ended up going double duty and made my first ever pound cake.  Using Paula Deen’s Sour Cream Pound Cake recipe.  It turned out so great!  So great that I got anxious and didn’t let it cool enough so you will see that it ended up not coming ‘perfectly’ but you know what?  That’s okay!  So now on to the rest of the recipe.

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Let’s start with the crust.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a spring-form pan.  Cut the pound cake into slices.  Save the ends of the cake to cut into smaller pieces to put on the cheesecake before putting into the oven.  Like I said above I got too eager with mine and took it out while still hot so it kind of fell apart.  However, I was still able to get enough slices to cover the bottom and the sides. Lightly press down on the pieces so it forms a nice crust and covers up any large holes.

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Once you are done layering the pound cake now it’s time for the filling.  In a bowl or stand mixer beat together cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, whip cream and sour cream.  So you don’t damage the raspberries fold them gently into the cheesecake filling.  Pour mixture into the crust then top with the chopped up cake pieces.

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As a safeguard I always put my spring-firm pan on top of a larger cookie sheet in case of any drips.  Put into oven and cook for 1 hour.  Let cheesecake completely cool before serving.  And here you are….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Cheesecake recipe adapted from Pillsbury.

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Raspberry Cheesecake with Pound Cake Crust
Buttery pound cake crust filled with an easy cream cheese filling with fresh delicious raspberries. Top with even more pound cake pieces and bake. This is a cheesecake every berry lover will enjoy.
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a spring-form pan. Cut the pound cake into slices. Save the ends of the cake to cut into smaller pieces to put on the cheesecake before putting into the oven.
  2. Lightly press down on the pieces so it forms a nice crust and covers up any large holes.
  3. In a bowl or stand mixer beat together cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, whip cream and sour cream.
  4. Fold raspberries gently into the cheesecake filling.
  5. Pour mixture into the crust then top with the chopped up cake pieces.
  6. Put spring-form pan on top of a larger cookie sheet in case of any drips. Put into oven and cook for 1 hour.
  7. Let cheesecake completely cool before serving. Enjoy!
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Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing

I have to admit that I have never imaged that I would one day say that a ‘taco salad’ was appealing to me. In a sense, isn’t a taco in general, a taco salad? It has all the elements it’s just assembled differently and adds a lot more lettuce—and is that a good thing? Up until I made this recipe I would say a definite, “No!”  My mind changed though when I decided to play around in the kitchen and created this Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad.

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For this Cinco de Mayo inspired Mitten Movie Night I remade and shot one of the very first posts I made.  Wow, has my photography came a long way.  Guess what though?  The recipe was just as delicious then as it is now.  Okay enough patting myself on the back !  We are drinking some Modelo Especial and catching up on Better Call Saul.  If you don’t follow me on social media you may not have heard that we recently moved into a new house :’)  So in between moving and everything we haven’t had time to catch up on the 2nd Season that just started. This show is in my Top 5 of shows, it’s awesome. If you are interested in 5 shows that I am in love with for future viewing here they are:

  1. 30 Rock.  Tina Fey is my idol. The question ‘Who would you want to have lunch with dead or alive.’ It would be her 100%.  A close 2nd would be Steve Martin. A 3rd would be any cast of any season of Saturday Night Live. Some great things have come out of that show.
  2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  So cute! And of course let me refer to #1…Produced my Tina Fey.
  3. Shameless.  All of the actors in this series are spot on.
  4. A new one that just came out and surprised me was Santa Clarita Diet.  It reminded me a lot of Weeds.  Great show!
  5. And finally Better Call Saul.

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Now let’s get on to the food!  When I first made this I had the intention of making the taco bowls on my own using flour tortillas but then scratched that when I found these Fiesta Flats.  They worked out perfectly because we ate them like tacos with a little flair and then the 3 yr old could scoop his goodies by himself.

First for the taco salad, let’s get our meat and beans cooking on the stove top. Add your chorizo and ground hamburger to a pan.  I was sad that when I had plans to make this I found a great recipe from Mexican Please on how to make your own Easy Homemade Chorizo but I wasn’t able to find chilies in our local grocery store so I did purchase the local fare.  If you have a chance though check out this recipe and make it for yourself!

Sprinkle the cumin and chili powder on top. Start sautéing everything together over medium/high heat until the sausage and meat are completely cooked through and no longer pink.  When cooked put the meat into a strainer to drain off the grease, chorizo has tons of it and you don’t want it making your taco shells soggy.  Drain, drain, drain!

Now the best part in my opinion, the lime-cilantro dressing. It’s amazing and well worth getting out and cleaning your food processor (can you tell I find this to be a chore?) Put all ingredients in the food processor-EXCEPT THE OIL.

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Ok, now we can get to the oil. Put the lid on your food processor and you will then pour the oil slowly into the top while it chops up the ingredients you’ve already put into the bowl. When it gets to the consistency you like then stop adding. I put a ½ cup of oil as a general rule but you may like it a little chunkier (that’s how I prefer it) over runny. Trust me, once you make this you will make it again and again so adjust until you get it the way you like it.

I also recently perfected some rice that is amazing with anything that is spicy inspired.  This recipe is as simple as buying one of those pre-made packets. We live close to an amazing restaurant El Rodeo.  Everything they serve is pretty amazing and I wanted to recreate it at home and I think I nailed it! Just add rice, water, tomato & chicken bouillons, spices then frozen veggies as you like-I use corn & peas.  Now if only I can remake their Enchilada Sauce….I could eat that stuff in a bowl with a spoon it’s so good.

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Layer as you see fit.  I prefer lettuce, meat, cheese, tomatoes, green onion then the Lime-Cilantro Dressing.  Heat up some refried beans and plate the rice.  Add some avocado and sour cream on top if desired. And here you are….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Beef & spicy chorizo tucked into taco flats then layered with lettuce, tomatoes, green onions and cheese. Top with some delicious Lime-Cilantro Dressing for an extra kick. Fiesta time!
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
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Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Mexican Rice
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
Ingredients
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Mexican Rice
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Instructions
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
  1. Add your chorizo and ground hamburger. Sprinkle the cumin and chili powder on top. Start sautéing everything together until the sausage and meat are completely cooked through and no longer pink. When cooked put the meat into a strainer to drain off.
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
  1. Add all ingredients but the oil. Put the top on the food processor. Add oil into the top funnel and blend until the consistency you prefer.
Mexican Rice
  1. Just add rice, water, tomato & chicken bouillons, spices then frozen veggies as you like-I use corn & peas.
  2. Layer as you see fit. I prefer lettuce, meat, cheese, tomatoes, green onion then the Lime-Cilantro Dressing. Heat up some refried beans and plate the rice. Add some avocado and sour cream on top if desired. Enjoy!
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Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes

Can you believe it’s already been 2 months since Super Bowl?  Geesh!  This recipe is an inspiration from a dip that I made for it.  Quick Tomato Jalapeno Popper Dip from A Joyfully Mad Kitchen. Earlier that day I was browsing through Pinterest and found this recipe then made a special trip to the store just so I could make it.  Worth it! It was just the special treat I was looking for.

While I ate and ate…..and ate on it (I couldn’t stop myself!) I thought about how great this would taste if I used it for the filling in my Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Roll Ups.  Touchdown! I had a winner.  Pair it with some potatoes sprinkled with my favorite Cajun seasoning and we have a dinner, Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes.

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For this Mitten Movie Night we are drinking some Rapunzel from Arcadia Ales and watching Office Christmas Party.  I know we are way off on seasons here but we don’t judge!  I really love Arcadia Ales and recently paired my Under The Troll Bridge Pasties with their Hopmouth.  That was a great meal and so is this one.  The fruit and hop combo cannot be beat with the spiciness of this dish.

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The chicken and potatoes can be made in two dishes but cooked together to save the guess work.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Starting with chopping the potatoes and onions into bite sized cubes.  Drizzle with oil and Cajun seasoning then stir to combine and add to a small greased baking dish.

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For the chicken stuffing combine the jalapenos, chilies, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cheese, softened cream cheese and sour cream then stir to combine.  Slice each chicken breast horizontally to make 2 equally sized pieces-will make 8 in total.  Take a tenderizer with the flat side and pound out the chicken until it’s about 1/2 inch thick.  Spread filing on the middle of the chicken then roll.  Roll into the chicken coating then place in greased baking dish.

Put both dishes into the preheated over and cook for 45 minutes.  Plate, crack open a beer and here you are….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes
Chicken is filled with creamy and spicy jalapeno, green chilies and cream cheese then baked. Comes out of the oven crispy and full of popper perfection.
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Course Main Dish
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Jalapeno Popper Chicken
Course Main Dish
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Cajun Potatoes
Jalapeno Popper Chicken
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Instructions
Cajun Potatoes
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. First cut each breast through the center creating two separate but equal pieces. Starting with chopping the potatoes and onions into bite sized cubes.
  3. Drizzle with oil and Cajun seasoning then stir to combine and add to a small greased baking dish.
Jalapeno Popper Chicken
  1. Combine the jalapenos, chilies, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cheese, softened cream cheese and sour cream then stir to combine.
  2. Slice each chicken breast horizontally to make 2 equally sized pieces-will make 8 in total.
  3. Take a tenderizer with the flat side and pound out the chicken until it's about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Spread filing on the middle of the chicken then roll. Roll into the chicken coating then place in greased baking dish.
  5. Put both dishes into the preheated over and cook for 45 minutes. Enjoy!
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Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Well, the Holiday Season is upon us.  Whether I have to drag you kicking and screaming and inject you with season cheer.  Or if you’ve had your finger on the Christmas tree lights while wearing your reindeer antlers. It’s here.  Alas!  Now me, I’m a holiday person.  Pumpkin pie, dress the turkey, trim the tree, hang the stockings. Yes to all of it! But once the holiday is over-I’m over it.  The next day: Tree-gone! Lights on the house-gone! Let’s not dwell and start thinking about the new year.  But while it is here, I really do enjoy every moment of it.  So this year one of the ways we’re going to enjoy it is by having some friends over for a Craft Beer Tasting Party!

Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Santa likes craft beer as much as I do! Or I inadvertently placed that there.

Usually when we have a party it’s BYOB and a dish to pass.  Which is great as the host I only have to come up with one dish and also get to try all the great food that our friends make.  This year I’m making Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip.  It’s a dish that I see on almost every brew pub menu so it’s a great appetizer for this party.  Let’s get cooking. Or stirring, because it’s that simple. Cook the spinach to package directions and make sure it’s strained.  Mix all other ingredients together up until the shredded cheese.  Split half into the mixture.  Put dip into an oven proof dish. Top with remaining cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until cheese is melted. Like I said, party perfect!

Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke DipFor the ultimate craft beer party a tasting set is key.  It gives guests a unique way to experience craft beer.  Each glass contains a tasting marker for what beer goes best with what glass.  These also make spectacular Christmas gifts for the Craft Beer Lover in your life.

Since we are having a craft beer party I thought I would throw out the usual BYOB for this party and call it the ‘Sixer Mixer’. Bring a six pack of beer for all to share.  Some like IPA’s, some like Hefeweizen.  Some like Pilsners, some like Stouts.  Beer has a unique talent of finding just the right one for you.  Plus this beer sharing goes perfectly with the fun game that we’re playing, Brew Haha!  Can you get creative enough to beat your friends?

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And finally what is a party without music?  Hook up the Friday Afternoon Speaker and crank up the jams.  Crack your beer open, tip it over then put the phone in the now available ‘holder’.  I highly suggest queuing up some Yelawolf.  He is backed up by a Michigan native, maybe you’ve heard of him, Eminem!  If you have someone on your gift list that loves music and beer, this would make a great gift.

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Party On & Happy Holidays!

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Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Creamy party dip loaded with spinach, zesty artichoke hearts and crunchy water chestnuts. Baked to bubbly perfection. Serve at your next party!
Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients through the shredded Italian cheese. Please 1/2 into the dip.
  2. Place dip into an oven proof dish. Top with remaining cheese.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve with crackers, bread, or pita crisps. Just don't double dip! Enjoy.
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