Pico de gallo is one of my all-time favorite summer recipes. Now, I use the word recipe pretty loosely because it’s definitely a simple combination of foods, tossed together, and endlessly customizable. That being said, traditional pico de gallo is a fresh salsa (and is also sometimes called salsa fresca) typically made with tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime, and salt. It is always coarsely chopped, never blended, and it’s uses are endless. …
My recent vacation to Arizona was filled with great food, and I’ll readily admit that I’m hooked on the flavors of the Southwest. What better time to do a recipe round up featuring the amazing Taste of the Southwest? These talented bloggers have allowed me to share their amazing Southwestern recipes with you! From dips to tacos to casseroles to enchiladas, this edition of Good Food Reads: A Taste of the Southwest has it all!
It’s time, it’s time! The New Year is coming and it definitely needs to be celebrated. Gather your friends, open a bottle of bubbly, serve a few of these amazing appetizers, and you have yourself a party. Whether you’re having fancy cocktail party, or a low key jeans only type get together, we’ve got you covered for fabulous eats. Below is Good Food Reads: New Year’s Eve Appetizers, a round up of our tried and true, as well as those appetizers we’ve been dying to try.
I know, I know, I’ve written many times lately about the awesome weather we’re having here in Minnesota, but I just can’t say enough about it. This past weekend we have truly entered patio season, and I am embracing it. Of course as the weather heats up, and the sun begins to shine, my tastes trend towards those of summer-tomatoes, cilantro, onions, garlic…basically, salsa!…
For me food is memory. Some foods trigger fond memories and this Buffalo Chicken Dip is one of them. We have pretty crazy day jobs and we are required to take yearly exams to remain up to date. So, as all good friends do, we always have a little party right after we are finished. After all, if you have to take a tough exam, at least you should get to have fun afterward, right? Our Chilean friend brings the empanadas, our friend from Surly Brewing brings the beer, and one of our other friends brings this fabulous Buffalo Chicken Dip. It has now become a standard that I look forward to year after year. In fact, it is my treat for a job well done!
I can not lie, this is not the most healthy recipe I make. For those who don’t care, I always serve it with bread which is a great way to soak up all of the goodness. Fritos Scoops are also a pretty fabulous way to eat this dip. For those of who are little more conscious about their calories, celery makes a great vehicle to get this dip into your mouth.
I was unable to make it to the exam party this year, so I don’t know if the Buffalo Chicken Dip was there or not. But I missed the dip so much, I served it for my family’s Christmas Day appetizer party. It was a huge hit and I have a feeling that this dip is now going to be a regular on my family’s table as well. More fond memories in the making!
I’ve starting sharing this fabulous (and so easy) dip recipe, and it would be a great addition to anyone’s New Year’s Eve party menu. After all, who doesn’t want to start the year with fond memories? Plus, every once in a while you just need a treat. A comforting, spicy, creamy, treat. And this is it.
- Rotisserie Chicken (I usually use just the white meat, but you could certainly use both the white and dark meat), chopped into small pieces
- 12 oz Blue Cheese Dressing
- 1 cup Buffalo Sauce (I usually use Frank's)
- 2 8 ounce packages of Neufchatel Cheese (you could also use Cream Cheese)
- 4 ounces Blue Cheese Crumbles
- Baguette, sliced, for serving
- Fritos Scoops, for serving
- Celery Sticks, for serving
- Parsley, chopped, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Mix chicken, dressing, buffalo sauce, Neufchatel cheese and blue cheese crumbles in a large bowl.
- Place the mixture in a 2 quart casserole dish or a 12 inch cast iron skillet.
- Bake for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.
- Serve with bread and celery sticks