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Thursday, August 27, 2009

This past weekend we bought new dishes AND silverware. I think I'm in a nesting mood (and no, I'm NOT pregnant).

I want to do more entertaining. Not fancy stuff, mind you. I'm just not the Martha Stewart type. I'm more of the Paula Deen variety. Down-home cooking.

But what I'm really looking for are recipes that are quick and easy with little fuss. The kind you make when having a group over for charades on Sunday night after church, that sort of thing. One thing I make for those occasions is hot ham and cheese sandwiches with veggies, dip, and a dessert. Another time, I'll try chicken burritos. That kind of easy.

This is where you come in. What kind of meals do you like to make when entertaining? You know, some old stand-bys that you keep going back to?

And especially those quickly-put-together meals, tell me about those. I'm open to any and all suggestions.

You will be sparing my guests a peanut and jelly sandwich with Twinkies for dessert.

Diann Hunt  
posted at 6:49 AM  
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At 9:49 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

This is my favorite nacho dip for small group:

Buffalo Chicken Nacho Dip

1 27oz can of chicken
16 oz sour cream
1 jar buffalo sauce
Shredded cheddar cheese.

Mix chicken and buffalo sauce then put in baking dish. Spread with sour cream. Top with cheese. Bake in 350 degree oven until melted. Serve with nachos.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

I have a taco dip that is easy and everyone seems to love:

Taco Dip

1 can refried beans
1 package cream cheese
1 cup (or more, of course) shredded cheddar cheese
1 chopped pepper (red, green, whatever)
1 chopped tomato
1 chopped red onion or bunch of green onions

Spray baking dish with pam, then spread refried beans in bottom of dish. Spread softened cream cheese on top. Then top with chopped veggies and shredded cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.

This one is very easy and can vary depending what veggies you like or have on hand. I like to chop up peppers and onions as soon as I get them and store them in the freezer which makes this dish even easier to throw together.

I also like to buy a bag of regular or buffalo chicken tenders from the freezer section. All you have to do is bake them on a cookie sheet and serve with blue cheese or some sort of dressing and you have a quick appetizer.

Have fun!

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Thanks, Denise and Sarah! Those both sound VERY yummy--and quick!!! I will definitely add them to my list!

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

There's a Taste of Home magazine out right now on Summer Appetizers. The recipes in it are to die for!

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Since there are few responses here, I'm thinking you guys have a struggle with what to fix, too! LOL!

At 10:48 AM, Blogger FugettFamily said...

The best thing ever is getting Rachael Ray's 30 minute meals cookboook. So fast and easy, and they fit many themes or styles. I can't pick one favorite to share, you'll just have to checkout the whole book : )

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Katey said...

Have you heard of the Pioneer Woman website? I found her website in July and she has all types of recipes. She has pictures to go along with each step. It makes cooking make sense. :) All her recipes are simple.

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Fugett Family, thanks for the tip!

Katey, my daughter loves that site. I need to check it out. Thanks!

I'll check out Taste of Home, too, C!

At 2:40 PM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

I like to make lots of the little spinach phyllo for them everywhere. I also second the Pioneer Woman site - I can vouch for the olive cheese bread.

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Beverly said...


After my last two attempts at meat dishes for small group, I am almost VOWING to do a "Favorite Cereal" night! A friend of mine says her small group DOES do that and they show up with a box of cereal and a gallon of milk! :-)

We like putting out a baked potato bar. I especially like baking the potatoes and sweet potatoes on the grill.

Our group has also responded really well to the sandwiches made by using Rhodes frozen rolls and filling them with a variety of fillings.... ham/cheese; pepperoni and mozzerella, roast beef and swiss, etc.

One of my Mom's specialties has gone over well also: pork chops, season with salt/pepper; add canned green beans and mushroom soup. All of it goes in the crock pot for the appropriate amount of time on high or low, and then serve with rice.

Soup night is fun, too, and from Taste of Home,

Cheesy Wild Rice Soup:

Uncle Ben's Five Minute Long Grain and Wild Rice (fix as per box directions)
One can Cream of Potato Soup
4 cups milk
8 oz of Velveeta
Bacon to top it off (of course, the more, the merrier, haha)

Anyway .... and as much as it doesn't seem like it, chicken pot pie is not too hard with the frozen pie crusts, canned chicken, canned veggies, and can of soup for gravy.

I have learned to love, because you can plug in the ingredients you have or don't want to use, and it will pull them up that way. I WANT Taste of Home to do that, but I am not sure it will.

Have fun with your new dishes and flatware -- I just love new things like that! :-)

At 10:46 PM, Blogger Cathy Shouse said...

Okay, Beverly took my idea with the potato bar. :)

I like to use the crockpot and sloppy joes is always good. Just make the recipe as written (Mine is called Manwich Classic :) and put it in the crockpot on low. Get some fresh buns with seeds.

I have a crockpot "short-cut-chili con carne" recipe from an old cookbook by Mable Hoffman I can't find the cover for. LOL People like oyster crackers for variety. I also make it into taco salad for a group, by having Fritos underneath and lettuce, sour cream and cheddar cheese on top.

1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 -2 tsp. chili powder
1 bay leaf
1 tsp Worcstershire sauce
2 8-oz cans tomato sauce
2 16 oz cans kidney beans drained.

Throw it all together in a crockpot on high for 2 to 3 hours. Remmove bay leaf. Makes 6 to 7 servings and you can double it and cook awhile longer.

At 8:02 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

Taste of Home is my favorite cooking magazine!

My neighbor introduced me to chicken quesidillas recently. Yummy!

Shredded chicken breast (canned chicken works great if time is an issue)
Refried beans
Cheddar cheese

Heat a griddle or skillet. Lay a tortilla on the bottom, spread the beans, add the chicken, and sprinkle cheddar cheese over top. Cover with another tortilla. Heat until bottom is warm and carefully flip over. You can wait for the tortillas to get a little crispy, if you like. Slide onto a plate and cut into six pieces with a pizza cutter. Serve with sour cream and salsa.

If you have a griddle, you can do three quesidillas at a time.

You can serve mexicali rice with it as a side dish, and follow it with mexican wedding cakes, sopapillas, or churros for dessert. Ole!

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Beverly and Cathy, thanks for those recipes!
Thanks, Hotcoffeenow, for the suggestions and Beverly and Cathy for the recipes!

Oh my goodness, Lisa, those quesadillas sound awesome! We love Mexican, too! We'll try that, thanks!

At 3:01 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I want to know why this newfound lifestyle we're going to have always involves shopping. I want to see the finished product. Call someone and invite them now!


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