Cream Cheese Pie

 

 

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Have you noticed that recipes, just as styles and fashions, come and go? Seven-layer salads were all the rage twenty-five years ago. Chicken Tetrazzini, Broccoli Casseroles, and Hash Brown Casseroles were also very popular.

Mama served Chicken Tetrazzini on occasion for dinner when I was growing up. It took a Broccoli Casserole to convince Greg that broccoli was a good thing. Hash Brown Casserole was one of my Aunt Cat’s signature dishes, and you could count on it being at all of our family dinners.

These are wonderfully delicious dishes that have been put to the side for newer, updated recipes, but they should not be forgotten. When I recently shared a Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole recipe on my blog, I found out just how much people desire to see the old classic recipes. So, starting today, I will share an “oldie but goodie” with you occasionally.

This Cream Cheese Pie was a favorite of mine when I was growing up. You usually saw them in the purchased graham cracker crust and topped with cherry or blueberry pie filling and they were wonderful. This recipe is for a 9 x 13-inch dish but use half of the ingredients for a 9-inch pie.

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Cream Cheese Pie
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs (24 squares)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup butter, melted
  • 2 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 (14-oz.) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • ⅔ c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cans pie filling, chilled (cherry or blueberry)
Instructions
  1. For crust:
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the crumbs and sugar; add butter and blend well. Press onto the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  3. Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack before filling.
  4. For filling:
  5. With an electric mixer beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in sweetened condensed milk and mix until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla extract. Pour into cooled crust and chill for at least 4 hours.
  6. Pour pie filling over the top of pie and serve.

 

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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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Cranberry Relish

cranberry-relish-12This recipe and article printed in my newspaper columns on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.  It was a very busy time and I never shared it with you here on NJSD.  This cranberry relish is amazing and would be wonderful on your Christmas table!

I ‘m not sure where the year has gone but tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Christmas seems to creep up quickly after Thanksgiving and before you know it we will be in 2017! I love the holidays, but I sure do wish time would slow down. By the time this article prints, Greg and I will be celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary! In December our oldest child will graduate college. All of this does not seem possible.

I’m thankful for the good life the Lord has given me. I’m thankful for family and friends, health, and wonderful readers of NJSD! This Thanksgiving I wish you blessings of health and happiness!

I seem to share a cranberry recipe every year. There’s just something about cranberries that make the holiday meals special. This Cranberry Relish is incredibly good, and hopefully, you will use it again and again throughout the holiday season. This particular recipe ranks high on my list of favorites. I hope that you grab the ingredients on that last minute run to the store and give this delicious relish a try!

 

Cranberry Relish
 
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Ingredients
  • 4½ c. fresh cranberries, washed and picked through
  • 1½ c. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. chopped walnuts,lightly toasted
  • 1 c. orange marmalade
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Toss the cranberries and sugar together. Place in a lightly greased 2-quart baking dish. Cover with foil and bake at 350°F for 1 hour.
  2. Remove from oven and stir in the walnuts, marmalade, and lemon juice.
  3. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  4. Serve cool or at room temperature.

 

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Venison Medallions with Blueberry-Sage Sauce and Compote of Leek and Wild Mushrooms

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You can definitely tell that deer season has started here. Our lives revolve around food plots, deer stands, and trail cameras. Right now it's bow season and my son hunts with a bow. My guys both eat what they kill, but they kill very few deer. They are members of a deer management club, and the rules are pretty strict.  I can usually count on at least one of two deer per season going into the freezer though. When I first married Greg, I hated the thought of cooking and eating deer. However, almost 29 years later things have changed a little. One contributing factor is the quality of the food we buy. Knowing that much of the meat in our stores has added hormones and antibiotics discourages me from purchasing it. For that reason, and the fact that I have figured out to cook more than venison chili, I have grown to enjoy venison. Today I'm sharing a fabulous recipe from The Mansion on Turtle Creek Cook Book. It looks fancy, and you would think it would be difficult. There are a few steps involved, but this recipe is very simple to prepare and delicious to eat.  
Blueberry-Sage Sauce
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 c. zinfandel
  • 1½ pints blueberries, fresh or frozen, rinsed and well drained
  • 2 c. brown veal demi glace
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Salt, to taste
  • Juice of ½ lemon or to taste
  • 2 sprigs fresh sage
Instructions
  1. Place Zinfandel in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook until liquid is reduced to about ½ cup.
  2. Add the berries, and return liquid to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until berries are soft.
  3. Add demi-glace and bring the liquid to a boil. Lower heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or to coat the back of a spoon.
  4. Strain sauce nd whisk in butter. Season with salt and lemon juice to taste. Place sage in sauce and steep for 10 to 20 minutes or until ready to use. Keep warm. Remove sage sprigs before serving.
Notes
You can find Classic French Demi-Glace in some grocery stores. The brand I used was More Than Gourmet.

Compote of Leek and Wild Mushrooms
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 lg. leek, white part only
  • 1 c. chopped assorted wild mushrooms
  • ½ c. heavy cream
  • Salt to taste
  • Juice of ½ lemon or to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut leek into 2-inch sections. Cut sections into fine julienne strips.
  2. Combine leek strips, wild mushrooms, and cream in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and cook for about 5 minutes or until the cream has thickened.
  3. Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and lemon juice. Keep warm.
  4. Compote may be prepared several hours ahead. Keep warm or reheat gently.
  5. Sauce may be prepared several hours ahead. Keep warm or reheat gently if necessary.

 
Venison Medallions with Blueberry-Sage Sauce and Compote of Leek and Wild Mushrooms
 
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Ingredients
  • 8 (3-oz.) medallions from the backstrap of venison
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp. canola oil
  • Blueberry-Sage Sauce (recipe follows)
  • Compote of Leek and Wild Mushrooms (recipe follows)
Instructions
  1. Season venison with salt and pepper, to taste. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Bring oil to smoking point.
  2. Place medallions carefully in the pan and saute for 3 minutes, being careful not to crowd the pan. Turn and cook for another 2 minutes for medium-rare. Repeat as needed to brown all fillets.
  3. Spoon Blueberry-Sage Sauce over the bottom of each dinner plate Place with 2 medallions in the center of each plate and nestle a small mound of Compote of Leek and Wild Mushrooms above the medallions. Serve immediately.

 

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Greek Burgers with Sour Cream Tzatziki Sauce

 

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School has started most everywhere, and I attended the first scrimmage of the football season on Saturday night. It’s entirely too hot for football, but I’m so thrilled that cooler weather is near! We even braved the heat to tailgate before the scrimmage game. I love that time before a football game with friends, sharing laughs and tailgating food! Do you have a favorite tailgating recipe that you would like to share?  If so, email me at notjustsundaydinner@yahoo.com.  I will be sharing tailgating recipes before long and I’d love to share yours too!

Believe it or not, there are Greek burgers buried under those juicy tomatoes, red onion slices, salty feta, and kalamata olives!  Only a few simple ingredients will transform regular ground beef into this exceptional burger for a flavorful and satisfying meal.

These burgers may be served on buns, pitas, or lettuce wraps.  Try making these burgers with ground lamb, turkey, or chicken instead of beef for a nice change.

Greek Burgers with Sour Cream Tzatziki Sauce
 
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 3 lb. ground chuck
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • Pinch red chili flakes, optional
  • Toppings: Sliced tomato, feta cheese, sliced red onion, kalamata olives, lettuce
Instructions
  1. Gently mix ground beef with olive oil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper, and red chili flakes, if desired. Form into 6½-lb. patties. Cook patties as desired to desired doneness.
  2. Serve burgers on toasted buns, pita bread, or in lettuce wraps. Top with Tzatziki sauce and your favorite toppings.

Sour Cream Tzatziki Sauce
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ c. sour cream
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeds removed, and grated
  • 2 tbsp. dried dill weed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • pinch salt
  • Place grated cucumber in a large, clean dish cloth and twist tight, squeezing as much juice from the cucumber as possible.
  • In a medium bowl mix the sour cream, squeezed dry cucumber, dill weed, garlic, lemon juice, and salt.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Notes
This is best made a couple of hours before serving.

 

 

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