Monday, August 26, 2013

Cream Cheese Spread & More

I made this over the weekend, and it’s great on chunks of bagel or on crackers.

FLAVORFUL CREAM CHEESE SPREAD

1 (8 oz.) container whipped plain cream cheese spread
1 (1.4 oz.) package vegetable recipe mix (I used Knorr)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon onion powder, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt, or to taste

Mix all together in a small bowl and put back into the cream cheese tub. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight before serving. (This will allow the dehydrated vegetables to soften.)
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Today is National Dog Day. Do you have a canine friend? We don’t have a dog, but Rocco is our “grand-dog”. He’s been with our daughter’s family for several years. It’s funny how they become such a part of the family. Give yours an extra treat today!


(This isn't Rocco, but he is cute anyway!)
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“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.”  ~Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912

“The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.”  ~Author Unknown
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TECHNIQUE  TIPS:
What do some of those strange cooking terms mean? And just how do you perform some of the techniques that are used in cooking? The technique for today is “saute”. 

To saute means to put a small amount of oil and/or butter in a skillet, get it really hot then add your meat, vegetables or whatever you’re cooking, stirring frequently as it cooks. This is different from frying, which requires considerably more oil or butter.
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Freaky! These popped up in our front yard overnight. We think they're called "Wood Mushrooms", but they also resemble "Jack-o-Lantern Mushrooms", which are said to glow at night - we'll check that out tonight.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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