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Cooking with Liz: snowed-in treats

Here in the New York/New Jersey area, we already have a snowstorm under our belt this year, and I'm sure more are to come. So, with that in mind, I thought I'd share some of my snowed-in recipes to keep on hand this winter as a treat for the family, or even as a tasty appetizer or side at your next party. Buffalo chicken dip

I count buffalo chicken as an essential food group, so this recipe is a staple for me. It's great for parties and super easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 oz) fat-free cream cheese
  • 2 cans (10 oz) chunk white chicken
  • 3/4 cup blue cheese dressing
  • 1 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Celery
  • Optional garnish: sliced jalapenos

Spread cream cheese into an ungreased baking dish. Layer with chicken, chopped celery, buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese dressing. Sprinkle with cheese. For extra spice, sprinkle with chopped jalapenos.

Bake at 350deg for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm with tortilla chips, crackers and/or celery sticks.

Leftovers the next day? Make a buffalo chicken sandwich on a potato bun. Be sure to throw in sliced lettuce and tomato - yum!

Mexican lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey (or beef)
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can sliced olives
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 1 can of sliced jalapenos
  • 10 (6-inch) tortillas
  • 1 cup salsa
  • Shredded cheese

In a large skillet brown the ground turkey. Stir in the taco seasoning, beans, tomatoes, olives, taco seasoning and jalapenos. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish a tortilla. Spoon the meat mixture into the dish, then layer the tortillas and meat mixture until you run out. Spread salsa over the top tortilla and sprinkle with the cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Garnish with sour cream.

Rice and beans

This dish isn't actually one of my favorites, but my husband loves it and it's a tasty recipe that's also easy. I found it here on SimplyRecipes.com. We tried it and I have to recommend it - it was pretty easy to make and very delicious.

And you gotta have something sweet while stuck in the house. Brownies are one of my favorite treats, but with extra time you can get creative. Here's my Oreo brownie recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 box brownie mix: I'm lazy here. But my favorite mix is Betty Crocker's Low Fat Fudge Brownies Mix. Low fat brownies? Yes, probably an oxymoron, especially when I add the icing, but this mix is actually really tasty even on its own.
  • 1/2 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, and 1 egg (for brownie mix)
  • Oreo frosting
  • 1/2 cup Marshmallow Fluff
  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 1 cup crushed Oreos

Combine the brownie mix and pour into two dishes to cook in, separately. This allows you to have two layers of brownie. Follow the instructions for baking the brownies (although the time may need to be reduced since the pans aren't as deep as normal.) Just keep a close eye on them in the oven and poke with a toothpick to see if they are cooked thoroughly. For the frosting, combine Cool Whip and Marshmallow Fluff in a bowl and whisk until fluffy. Then fold in crushed Oreos. Once the brownies are cooked and cooled, add a layer of icing on one and then add the other brownie on top, creating a sandwich. Cut into squares and enjoy!

 

Don't feel like cooking brownies yourself? You can order some sweet treats from Ruth's brownie kitchen and get them delivered to your door!

I hope some of these recipes get you and your friends/family through a winter storm - just don't forget to stock up on ingredients beforehand!

What snowed-in recipes are your favorites to make?

COOKIES! MMM, MMM, MMM

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