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Welcome to Slice of Pie! I'm glad you dropped by to visit. You'll find a variety of life styling ideas on my blog ... and lots of grand daughter pictures, too! Miss Phoebe is my best helper and we do lots of special things together. Make sure you take a look down my sidebar! Under the "You're Invited" icon you'll find picture links to dinner parties I've hosted. Under the "Good Food" icon, you'll find picture links to food posts I've done. I usually post a sidebar picture link to magazine articles I've written. You'll find something you like! Hope you enjoy and stay around for awhile!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Morello Cherry Pie

This delicious pie is made with Morello cherries from Poland. I bought them at Aldi's ... and we always need to remember that Aldi and Trader Joe's are owned by the same company! Much of what you find at Trader Joe's as something unique and special, you will also find at Aldi's!

Morello cherries are dark deep red and they are supposed to be tart ... but I think they are sweet! They certainly are not as tart as the cherries I have growing in my back yard!

The pie sure was easy to make! I used a frozen crust and all you have to do to make two layers is place the second frozen crust upside down over the first one after the filling is in it. In about ten minutes it will fall out of the pan. Then you can make it look cute!  Mix 3 Tablespoons of corn starch and 1/2 cup sugar with the cherries (and juice)  before pouring them into the pic crust. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour.
I'll share this with some of the parties on my sidebar, but make sure you take a look at my home page before you move on! You'll find something that you like!

Pimento Cheese Spread

My family loves pimento cheese spread.  Before I was an empty-nester, I used to keep a container in the fridge all the time for snacks and sandwiches. It was a go-to when we didn't have luncheon meat or sandwich spread ... and we wanted a quick bite. It has always been on the menu for any cocktail party we've hosted, too. It is the perfect sweet and hot bite.

I seem to always have packages of cheese left from cooking, these days. I wanted to use them up and decided to make pimento cheese. Yes, you can freeze that left over cheese, but then I just let it sit in the freezer!

My daughter has a great recipe for pimento cheese, and you can find it right here Nicole's Pimento Cheese Spread

My recipe is a little different and you can adjust the heat to your own taste!

In a food processor, blend 8 ounces of cream cheese with two big chunks of roasted red pepper, 3 cups of shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese, 3 Tablespoons of Sweet Chili Sauce and a drizzle of Sriracha Sauce. I'm sure you know that Sriracha is the new katsup! Blend it all really well and add more of the sauces to satisfy your own tastes. 

We love this on almost anything, but the crackers pictured are Wheat Thins in the Sweet Onion flavor. They are especially good with the spread! Don't forget to have a few fresh vegetables nearby! Crunchy radishes and carrots are perfect!

I'll be sharing this post with some of the parties on my sidebar. Make sure you visit my home page first ... You'll find something you like!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ranch Chicken & Vegetables

I love to cook, but there are days when I don't want to stand at the stove! Today was one of those days, so I reached for one of my giant chicken breasts! I bought a couple packages a month ago and each breast half weighed about 12 to 14 ounces, so I froze each breast separately. They are easily two servings with some left overs!  I cut the breast into cubes and grabbed the ranch dip seasoning!

I added a couple Tablespoons of the dip mix to the flour for coating the chicken. I dipped each chunk in egg wash, then in the flour mixture. Bake the chicken in a little bit of canola oil at 350 degrees. Turn them once, and it only takes 30 - 40 minutes for them to get crispy done. That ranch dip flavor is yummy.

Move over chicken and make room for some vegetables. Cut a few Brussels sprouts in half and cut orange and purple carrots into bite size pieces. Drizzle the vegetables with lemon infused avocado oil and roast them for about 20 minutes.

If you have fresh dill, this is a good time to use it! Garnish the meat and the vegetables with a good sprinkle of dill.

I'll be sharing this with a couple of the parties listed in my sidebar. Be sure you look on my home page before you move on, though! You'll find something else you like!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Spicy Corn Dip!

I have eaten a dozen different corn dips in the past couple years, and I like something about each of them. I wanted to create one that had all the things in it that I love, so I just created my own recipe!  
Doesn't this look delicious?

You can see the gooey cheese! Can you see the bacon? This stuff is a meal in itself ... serve it with sturdy corn chips and skip all the rest of the food!

Recipe for Spicy Corn Dip

4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
4 ounces Velveeta, cubed
1 can crisp summer corn
1 Tablespoon chopped Cilantro
1 small slightly hot red pepper, chopped
1 Tablespoon dehydrated onion bits
2 slices of crisp fried bacon, chopped
1 teaspoon Chipotle pepper powder

All you need to do is pile all these ingredients into an oven proof dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. All the cheese will have melted and you can then stir it all together. Top it with about a cup of shredded cheddar or jack cheese before serving. Garnish with another little red pepper.

(I buy the bags of small hot peppers and toss them in the freezer. When I need one, I just cut it with my kitchen shears. No need to thaw it!)

Any kind of crisp packed canned corn works for this recipe ... and 2 cups of frozen kernels work just as well. Use what you have on hand!

I'm a big proponent of using canning jars for all kinds of storage! As a nearly perfect grandma, I have lots of snacks on hand ... and I use half gallon jars to store them after the original package is opened.

You can see our jar of Fritos right here!

In the last picture, I've focused on one of my Mother's Day presents!
Look at these adorable
Mason Jar salt and pepper shakers. I love them!

I'll be sharing this post with a few of the parties listed on my sidebar ... but make sure you visit my home page for a couple other really good recipes! You'll find something that you like. I guarantee it!  Have a great week!