Spicy Shrimp Dip

Spicy Shrimp Dip

I know, I know it’s been forever since I posted a new recipe! I appreciate all of the emails asking how I am and whether I will be continuing “anniebakes”. Everything is good–just a lot of changes in my life in the last year: The Youngest son graduated from high school a year ago, I had less need to cook, I kind of lost interest in cooking for a while and oh yeah, I lost almost 50 pounds last fall!! So that all being said, a lot of things needed to change in my life and cooking for the masses was one of them. I have since maintained my weight loss (with just a few minor hiccups) and am trying to cook healthier-and while that isn’t nearly as fun, it’s a necessity.

A few years back, I started a blog “anniebakes: cooking for two” and will hopefully being throwing some more content onto that site in the near future. I still find cooking and recipe testing enjoyable-I just don’t eat most of what I cook at this time–good thing there’s always a party to go to :)

Speaking of parties, one of the favorite little ladies in our life turned 15 this week, so we celebrated with a party and I brought this Spicy Shrimp Dip-I just modified it a little to take away some of the fat but not the flavor, I hope you enjoy and I look forward to connecting with all my foodie friends in the near future...

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Spicy Shrimp Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1- 8 ounce package non-fat Neufchatel cheese-softened
1 medium jalapeno-cored, seeded and diced
juice of 1 small lemon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
14 medium shrimp-peeled, deveined and cooked

Directions:

Combine all ingredients minus the shrimp in a blender and pulse until smooth. Test to taste for flavor-you may need to add salt. Add in the shrimp and pulse a few times but not until smooth.

Serve with pita chips, cocktail rye bread, celery or you can even spread it on a hamburger--yum!

Adapted from Karina Smirnoff

St. Patty’s Day Shake

st. patty's day shake

Eeh gads! I looked at the calorie content of a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake recently and just about passed out! 580-895 calories, and oh how I love those things! I had a hankering with the great Irish Holiday coming up but just couldn’t bring myself to indulge that much, so I whipped this up instead and it hit the spot!

My favorite way to eat/drink the ones from McDonald’s is half Shamrock shake half Chocolate shake and a small fry. So I added a little chocolate syrup to this one (skipped the fries) and had a really healthy (just kidding) shake that tasted very similar…

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St. Patty's Day Shake

Yield: 1 shake

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups low fat vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup skim milk
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
4 drops green food coloring
Whipped topping out of the can for the top
green sprinkles

Directions:

In a blender, add the ice cream, milk, peppermint extract and food coloring and mix until smooth-you made need to add a little more milk if it is too thick.

Pour into a tall glass, top with whipped topping and sprinkle with green sprinkles

PS: Mine doesn't look so green because I added about 1 tablespoon of Hershey's syrup to it

Meet: Six Sister’s Stuff…

Hi everyone! I wanted to introduce you to a great recipe sharing site that you may not have heard about before. They are featuring me this week as their “Featured Chef” and since I love the site so much and find it so easy to use, I thought you may enjoy it as well! Here’s a little info…

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The first time I did it, it almost took me 10 minutes. However, after entering my 5th recipe, I can do it in about 5 minutes.

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To get started using My Recipe Magic you need to sign up as a chef. Once you create an account you’re ready to start uploading your recipes! Adding a recipe is really easy, all you do it fill out the recipe form on the website, upload a picture, and click submit. Our recipe loving people verify each recipe so there are no duplicates on the site. Once your recipe is published to the page you will receive an e-mail letting you know it’s on the site. To view all of your recipes click on “My Recipes”. Head over to your dashboard to view your recipes, your page views, how much money you earned, and your analytics!

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Hope you enjoy! and here’s a link to my favorite recipe on the site!!

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Turtle Cookie Bars

Is there anything better around the Holidays than all the sweet treats?? I am in sugar heaven. My favorite combination being the “turtle”, these were a great way to get a little sugared up before my last push into wrapping all those presents waiting for me…

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Turtle Cookie Bars

Ingredients:

FOR THE CRUST:
2 sticks butter-at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
FOR CARAMEL LAYER:
1 bag (14 ounces) caramels, unwrapped and chopped up
2 tablespoons heavy cream
FOR THE NUT LAYER:
1 cup pecans-chopped
FOR CHOCOLATE LAYER:
1 (12 ounce) bag chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons flaky sea salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with non-stick spray; set aside.
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In a mixer, cream together the butter and the sugars until fluffy. Add in the vanilla. Gradually add the flour and mix thoroughly. Press into the bottom of the baking dish and prick holes all over the bottom with a fork. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden.
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Remove from the oven and let cool while you do the rest. Melt together the caramels with the cream over low heat, stirring frequently. Pour over the crust and smooth.
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Distribute the pecans over the caramel evenly. Push them down into the caramel a little, this will ensure that the layers don't separate when you add the chocolate layer.
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In the microwave, slowly melt the chocolate chips and butter, checking and stirring every 30 seconds until it is melted. Pour the chocolate over the nuts and spread it evenly. Quickly sprinkle the flake sea salt over the top. Refrigerate until hard, then cut into small pieces-a little goes a long way.

Crock Pot Nut Cups

Since I live in a household full of men, we call these “nut cups”, in your house you may prefer the term “nut clusters” but any way you name it, these are a must for the holidays, and transport me right back to my youth when I pop one in my mouth…

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Crock Pot Nut Cups

Ingredients:

1 pound chocolate almond bark-cut up
2 pounds white chocolate almond bark-cut up
3 Hershey's Chocolate Bars-cut up
1 (32 ounce) jar dry roasted peanuts
1 (16 ounce) package whole almonds

Directions:

Turn on slow cooker to HIGH. Add all ingredients (with chocolates on the bottom). Cook for 45 minutes without stirring.

Turn slow cooker down to LOW, stir and let melt for another hour or until chocolate is melted and you can mix everything together really well.

Arrange mini muffin cups on a baking sheet and using 2 spoons, fill the cups with chocolate/nut mixture. Cool completely (I did put the pan on my sun porch since it's below 30 degrees outside. Store in an airtight container.

**Other ingredient ideas: craisins, raisins, walnuts, pecans, coconut ( I would add the craisins, raisins or coconut at the very end)

My Aunt Nancy!