Hot Crab Dip and Reflecting on the Past Six Years

Hot Crab Dip and Reflecting on the Past Six Years

Shortly after moving to the country I decided to start a blog.  I had never visited many blogs at the time.  However, my friend, Jennifer, had a blog and I needed something to do.  My days of being a room mom and doing carpool were long gone.  It was either find a job outside the home or find something else to do at home other than cut 10-acres of grass, do laundry, and clean the house.  So in January of 2011, with the Super Bowl coming up, I decided it was the perfect time to start Not Just Sunday Dinner.  I had always enjoyed cooking and sharing recipes with my family and friends.  A food blog would be the perfect hobby!
The name came about because Sunday dinners growing up were always special.  By dinner, I mean the meal in the middle of the day, after church.  Daddy was a Baptist preacher, and many Sunday’s were spent having dinner with different families from the churches he pastored.  Other Sundays my grandmother Ma, would cook a big Sunday meal.  So you see, the name is rather special to me too.
On February 1, 2011, I posted my first online recipe.  One of my all-time favorite dip recipes, Hot Crab Dip.  I never imagined in 2011 that I would still be doing NJSD, and so much more, six years later.  NJSD has opened up many doors for me over the years.  Writing for a number of newspapers and doing a local cooking show has enabled me to grow my audience, and so far, this month alone, I have had over 56,000 page views.  I have done several product reviews for various companies, and earlier this year I was contacted by a large publishing company to do a cookbook review.
Today, as I reflect on the past six years, I want to share the very first recipe I shared.  Hot Crab Dip is an amazing dip served with toast points or toasted baguette slices. It is easy to prepare and has always been a hit anytime I have served it.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read NJSD!  You can not imagine how it makes my day to get comments on NJSD or emails from my readers.  Feel free to email at notjustsundaydinner@yahoo.com with any questions you may have or if you just want to share a recipe.

NOTE:  Please excuse the quality of my photo.  I am still working on getting a photo program up and running and this is a copy of my picture I used back in 2011.  I think my food photography has improved slightly since then!

Hot Crab Dip and Reflecting on the Past Six Years
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 8-oz. container sour cream
  • ¼ c. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. hot sauce
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard
  • ¼ tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 lb. fresh crabmeat, drained and picked
  • 1½ c. shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 French bread baguette
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Slice baguette on a diagonal about ½-inch thick. Place on baking sheet and toast on top rack of oven, about 5 - 6 minutes or until golden brown. Depending on the size of your oven, you may need to do this in batches. Set aside to cool. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  3. With an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, hot sauce, ground mustard, and garlic salt until combined (a few lumps are okay). Fold in crabmeat.
  4. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon crab mixture into dish. Sprinkle evenly with Cheddar Cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Serve immediately with toasted baguette rounds.

 

 

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Mother’s Day Luncheon

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The older I get, the more that I realize that all of those times that Mama said: “don’t spend your money on me,” she meant it. She wanted then what she still wants, time spent together. Time is something we can never get back, and the older my mama gets, time becomes more precious to me.

In comparison to many families today, my mother’s family was a big one. She had six brothers and sisters.  Today, my mother and her sister are the only siblings that remain. I decided that my mama would like nothing better than a little family time for Mother’s Day. So on a recent visit, I invited my aunt and a couple of cousins to a luncheon at mama’s house.  I kept the menu simple with homemade chicken salad, pasta salad made with fresh vegetables and purchased Italian dressing, cucumber sandwiches, purchased cheese straws, and I bought a fruit tray, cut up and ready to eat and made a poppy seed vinaigrette dressing.  The table was elegantly set with mama’s best china and crystal and the memories we made are priceless.

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As you struggle to come up with a gift for mom this Sunday, keep in mind that time spent with you is something she will always treasure!

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Simple Pasta Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. pasta
  • 2 c. cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • ¾ c. sliced black olives
  • sliced red onion
  • crumbled feta cheese
  • chopped bell pepper
  • 1 to 1½ c. Italian dressing
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Toss pasta, cherry tomatoes, olives, red onion, feta cheese, and bell pepper with Italian dressing.
  3. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.
Notes
You may need to add a little more Italian dressing to salad just before serving.

 
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Fruit Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups fresh fruit
  • 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Wash and cut up fruit, set aside. In a small bowl whisk vinegar, oil, sugar and poppy seeds. Pour over fruit an gently toss. Serve immediately.

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Cucumber Sandwiches
 
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Ingredients
  • 12 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cucumber, peeled & seeds removed
  • 1 medium onion
  • dash salt
  • dash hot sauce
  • mayonnaise on bread, if desired
Instructions
  1. Grate cucumber and onion and squeeze dry. (I do this using a clean dish towel. Put in the center of a towel then roll towel and twist.) Set aside.
  2. Blend cream cheese with an electric mixer. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Store in refrigerator for 24 hours.
  3. If using mayonnaise, spread on desired bread. Top with cucumber spread and another slice of bread.

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Perfect Chicken Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 lg. chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 to 2 c. mayonnaise, depending on how you like it
  • ½ to ¾ c. chopped celery
  • 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • ¼ tsp. poppy seeds
  • ½ tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Mix shredded chicken, mayonnaise, celery, mustard, poppy seeds, and salt in a large bowl and refrigerate.

 

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Easy French Dip Sliders

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I am thrilled that the Atlanta Falcons have made it to the Super Bowl!  Most of you already know that I enjoy tailgating and this is a great excuse to have some friends over.  I would be willing to bet that I am not alone in saying I will watch for more than the halftime show this year!
As you prepare for your own tailgating party, here is an excellent recipe that is sure to please.  These French Dip Sliders are easy to assemble.  They are warm and gooey with melted cheese and are perfect served with Au Jus for dipping!
These sliders are very similar to the hot ham and cheese sandwiches, on the little rectangular dinner rolls, that I remember eating as a kid.  I always loved them and could never eat just one.  These French Dip Sliders have pretty much the same concept.  Combine melted butter with some great flavors, pour over the top and bake until warm, and melty.
I doubled this recipe and was able to fit two packages of Hawaiian sweet rolls into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.  I suggest medium or even rare deli meat for this dish.  As the sliders bake, the meat will also cook slightly.

 

Easy French Dip Sliders
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. Hawaiian sweet rolls (12 rolls total)
  • 1 lb. deli roast beef
  • 12 slices provolone cheese, separated
  • Seasoning:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 envelope Au Jus seasoning mix, separated
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • ¾ tsp. dried minced garlic
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. seasoned salt, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Butter the bottom and sides of a11 x 7 baking dish.
  3. Without separating the rolls, slice the package of rolls in half horizontally.
  4. Place the bottom half of the rolls in the baking dish. (If you are using two packages of rolls in a 9 x 13-inch dish you may have to separate a few of the rolls and adjust to fit the pan.)
  5. Top the bottom half of rolls with 6 slices of cheese. Add deli meat evenly over the cheese, then top with 6 additional slices of cheese, and the top half of the rolls.
  6. In a small bowl, melt the butter in a microwave. Mix in 1 tbsp. of the Au Jus seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, sesame seeds, dried minced garlic, onion powder and seasoning salt. Whisk to combine.
  7. Pour this mixture over the rolls, using a pastry brush to spread the mixture evenly.
  8. Bake the sliders uncovered until the cheese is gooey and the tops are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. If you notice the tops getting dark, cover with foil and continue to bake until the cheese has melted.
  9. Remove from the oven and cut the sliders in between the rolls.
  10. While the sliders bake, combine the remaining au jus seasoning with 2 cups of cold water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened.
  11. Serve with sliders.
Notes
If you are using two packages of rolls in a 9 x 13-inch dish you may have to separate a few of the rolls and adjust to fit the pan.

 

 

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Black Bean Hummus

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We are into our third week of the new year, and I wonder how many resolutions have been broken?   I recently traveled to North Georgia to be with my mom during the forecasted winter weather. When I prepared for living without power, I did not make wise food choices. I stocked up of Doritos with bean dip and salsa, Mac and Cheese, and Oreos!! We did not lose power, but I could not let those indulgences go to waste either. I have struggled to get back on track since returning home.

Having delicious and easy recipes is one way for me to stay on track. I have tried several new recipes this year and have been fantastic! My goal, going forward with NJSD, is to bring you at least one healthy recipe per month. I already have a recipe in mind for February, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

In the meantime, I have one more recipe to share as we start the new year.  This Black Bean Hummus is a delicious, healthy, protein-packed snack.  My family loves this snack. Homemade hummus is very easy to prepare, and because you can adjust ingredients to your taste, it’s typically better than anything you can buy.

Serve hummus with pita bread, crackers, or the way my kids like it, with tortilla chips, or have a healthy snack and serve with fresh vegetables, such as cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, or celery.

Hummus always tastes better a few hours after being made. Store in the refrigerator for a delicious, healthy snack that’s ready anytime.

 

Black Bean Hummus
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 c. drained black beans
  • ½ c. tahini
  • ¼ c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, to taste
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • Juice of 1 lemon or lime
  • dash of hot sauce
  • water for consistency
Instructions
  1. Using a blender or food processor blend the beans, tahini, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, lemon or lime juice, and hot sauce until smooth. With the blender or food processor running 2 to 3 tablespoons of water to reach the perfect consistency. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika and chives to serve, if desired.

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Olive Bruschetta

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If you love olives the way I love olives then you must try this bruschetta!  It is hands down the best bruschetta I have ever had!!!  I love that with a little chopping and slicing this appetizer comes together in very little time too! Try this recipe with flavored olive oils, such as the oils at The Bodacious Olive in Pensacola, Florida.  This appetizer is perfect for any holiday party!  You can serve this warm or at room temperature.

 

Olive Bruschetta
 
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Ingredients
  • 24 slices French bread, cut ¼-inch thick
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 c. chopped pitted ripe olives
  • ½ c. chopped pimento-stuffed green olives
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tbsp. Italian salad dressing (I use Olive Garden brand)
  • ¾ c. cream cheese, room temperature
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Place bread slices on baking sheet. Lightly brush tops of bread slices with olive oil. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp. Remove bread from oven and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix olives, garlic, and dressing.
  3. Spread cream cheese evenly over toast slices. Top with a tablespoon olive mixture. Garnish with a cherry tomato, if desired.
Notes
*You may use all pitted ripe olives or all pimento-stuffed green if desired.

*If you prefer to serve these appetizers warm, After you top the cream cheese with the olive mixture return to the oven for about 6 minutes, or until warm. Remove from oven, add tomato half, and serve.

 

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