Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holla for Jalapeno Artichoke Dip!

A few weeks ago I was looking for a dip-like recipe to make for my Mom so she could take it to her weekly MNF gig. (I didn't mention this before, but another awesome thing about Wildtree is that you can search for recipes using the actual Wildtree products you have). So I looked through some of my samples and found

Jalapeno Pepper Blend. So then I went to my website and searched for recipes using Jalapeno Pepper Blend and low and behold, up popped a recipe for Jalapeno Artichoke Dip. I decided to give it a try, and holy cow, did my husband and Mom go nuts for the stuff!  Mom was hands down the hit of the party that night and since then, I can't even tell you how many batches of that dip I have made. Seriously, every holiday event I attended, I took a crockpot of dip along, and everyone L-O-V-E-S it.  The best part is, it is SO simple to make.  Prep time is about 10 minutes and if you chop your artichoke hearts in a food processor like I do, it's even less. 

I'm giving you the recipe so that you can be the hit of the party too!  You'll need:

1 cup mayo
8 oz. sour cream
1 cup each of shredded jack and shredded parmesaen cheeses
2 cans artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

Mix all these ingredients together and heat and serve right from the crockpot (you can use the microwave to heat it too).  I like to serve it with tortilla chips or bread.

So that's it!  Awesome Jalapeno Artichoke Dip. With the 2 tablespoons of blend you get about a medium heat, so if you like it hot, just add a little extra. 

Now, be the 10th person who signs up as a "follower" on my new blog, and I will send you your own sample of Jalapeno Pepper Blend so you can try the goodness for yourself!  

Monday, December 27, 2010

Let me introduce myself

Hi!  I am Stacie. Author of this blog. And this one. I am a firefighter's wife and a Mom to two little redheads whom I will affectionately refer to here as "the littles".  I was recently introduced to the wonderful world of Wildtree Herbs and Spices, and since falling in love with their products, my life has taken an unexpected change. Ok, so "unexpected change" may be a little bit of an exaggeration, so let me explain.

You see, before Wildtree, my dinnertime menu consisted of about five or so dishes - tri-tip and mashed potatoes, steak and mashed potatoes, chicken and mashed potatoes, bbq ribs and yes, you guessed it...mashed potatoes, and when I really wanted to mix things up, I would make a skillet meal right from the (*gasp*) box. 

As you can see, it's not the most creative dinnertime rotation ever, and certainly not the healthiest!  I've always been envious of those people who can throw stuff together on a whim to create amazing meals with whatever is in their cabinets. And those people who menu plan, on a consistent basis...well you folks just downright amaze me.  I'm just not, nor will I ever be, that organized.

But, for the past couple of months, I am pleased to say that thanks to Wildtree, I have become a little more creative in the kitchen. Now, don't get me wrong...we still eat a lot of meat and potatoes, but baby steps are baby steps and I think I'm on my way to toddling.

So here's the deal with Wildtree and this blog. One of the awesome things about Wildtree is that they create peanut-free, all natural food that is simple and delicious and healthy. The simple allows me to spend more time with the littles and less time prepping food for dinner. The delicious, well, it speaks for itself.  The healthy?  The healthy is just a bonus as far as I am concerned.  As for the blog? Well, I wanted to document and share with the world (or at least those of you who care to follow), my new adventure in cooking.

Now, pour yourself a glass of wine and let's eat!