Cheesy Chicken Alfredo dip

December was, as usual, THE party month of the year, with lots of food everywhere and it was the perfect time to experiment with a new one: Cheesy Chicken Alfredo dip… Yes, it was yummy! You’ve gotta try it, but only if you want your guests to clean it out ASAP!!

Cheesy Alfredo dip

As I was multi-tasking during Thanksgiving, I cooked some chicken breasts in the soup base of this  Colombian corn soup I wanted to try out. You could also use rotisserie chicken and chop the chicken breast up. Anything goes when you’re really busy!

This recipe is super easy and I think the hardest part was cooking/chopping the chicken, and maybe slicing the bell peppers and cucumbers. I also served crackers, but everyone liked the peppers and cucumbers best. They’re a perfect balance to the rich Alfredo dip.

Too easy not to try!  You and your guest will really enjoy it!

Cheesy Chicken Alfredo dip
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken shredded
  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 1 jar (15 oz) Alfredo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 3 Bell peppers (green & colored), crackers or bread for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine chicken, cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella, Alfredo sauce and Cayenne pepper in a large mixing bowl. Taste and add more pepper or seasoning if desired.
  3. Spread into a 1 1/2 quart baking dish and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
  4. Serve with vegetables and crackers for dipping.
http://www.multiculticooking.com/2017/01/11/cheesy-chicken-alfredo-dip/

Original recipe:  Cajun Chicken Alfredo Dip

 

Creamy Colombian Corn Soup

It’s cold outside and I can’t think of anything better than soup to stay warm and cozy during Winter time.

I often make the Ginger Carrot soup for Thanksgiving, but last November I went looking for something different, that was equally good. I found two different recipes that both looked yum, yet easy to make. I choose the Crema de Mazorca, or Creamy Corn Soup, from the website of My Colombian recipes. It is one of my favorite sites and I’ve tried many dishes, some of them multiple times.

Who wouldn’t like a subtle creamy soup, enhanced by cilantro, avocado and potato sticks?  The latter went surprisingly well with the soup!

I used frozen corn and added more garlic than the original recipe called for. I also used a bit more potatoes to make the soup a bit heavier. You can experiment any way you like. Hey, it’s your kitchen and your soup 🙂

Enjoy!

Creamy Colombian Corn Soup
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Ingredients

  • 2 bags (10 oz) frozen corn
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 chicken or vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup white potatoes diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Place the corn, water, chicken or vegetable bouillon, garlic, salt, pepper, cilantro, potatoes and scallions in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for approximately 4 minutes or until the corn is tender.
  2. Remove from the heat. Purée the soup in a blender and return to the pot, add the cream and heat over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour into bowls, garnish with cilantro and potato sticks.
http://www.multiculticooking.com/2017/01/08/creamy-colombian-corn-soup/

Photo credit and original recipe: Crema de Mazorca at My Colombian Recipes

Speedy, easy salsa dip

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It’s the season for parties, and although salsa is very popular during the Summer months, it really fits any party. Needless to say that homemade is the best!

I used fresh tomatoes for this recipe, but to save time, you could also use canned tomatoes, which can probably be stored a bit longer than fresh.

But I guarantee, your fresh, homemade salsa will be so yum, there will not be a drop left to store!

 

Speedy, easy salsa dip

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs tomatoes, diced
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced
  • juice from one lime

Instructions

  1. Depending on your food processor, you can chop your garlic and onion first, before adding the rest of the ingredients. Pulse until blended.
  2. Add more jalapeno if you like a spicier salsa (this is mild).
  3. Enjoy with (blue) corn chips or add to your meal.
http://www.multiculticooking.com/2016/11/29/speedy-easy-salsa-dip/

This recipe was inspired by the 5-minute Salsa from My Real Food Family

Why the OXO Good Grips is my favorite salad spinner

How not to drain your salad

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If you are a salad or veggie lover, a salad spinner is one of the best investments for your kitchen. Just beats drying your veggies with paper towels any day! Besides ‘wasting’ paper towels and time to dry off your green leaves, there’s just no better and faster way to drain your veggies.

I’ve had one for years and just ran it ragged from overuse. It wouldn’t spin properly anymore and didn’t efficiently drain water from my greens, so I ditched it. Didn’t buy one for years because it was not on the top of my list of priorities and I thought I’d just use paper towels…

What a waste of time and towels that was! Especially since I seldom prepare meals without veggies or salad.

So when I received a gift card for Christmas, I decided to go salad-spinner-shopping. Oh Boy, who knew there were so many to choose from!

There are way too many different sizes, models and brands on the market to make a quick decision, so I did my research and comparisons, and decided on the OXO.

Why the OXO salad spinner is the best

First off, there were many great reviews of the product on Amazon. I also liked the way it looked and worked. The mechanism couldn’t be easier to use: push the button down to start spinning, whoohoo! No more manual spinning clockwise or counter clockwise, just push down!

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OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner on Amazon

 

A big plus? The outer bowl functions as a salad bowl, a large salad bowl!

The spinner is easy to clean and store away. What’s not to like?

I’m sooo happy with my choice!! I didn’t realize how much I missed this gadget until I first used my new spinner.

You’ve got to get your own!

Some salad spinner reviews

Don’t take my word for it, check out the video review below.

 

 

 

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