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  1. Peanut Butter Balls

    September 1, 2012 by admin

    This is one of my kids’ favorite desserts. It’s an easy no-bake recipe, though you will get a little peanut-buttery if you don’t use gloves. I have a stack of disposable gloves for cooking because I don’t like to get peanut-buttery or meaty or whatever.


    And finally…Kealoha installed a recipe widget  so you can now PRINT the recipes right from here.

    Peanut Butter Balls
    Recipe type: Dessert
    Prep time: 
    Total time: 
    Good for desserts and holidays.
    • 1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
    • ½ cup butter, softened
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 cups Rice Krispies
    • Chocolate Candy coating
    • Mini paper cups
    1. In mixer, cream together peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar.
    2. Stir in Rice Krispies.
    3. Form into small balls and place on plastic wrap lined cookie sheet.
    4. Chill balls until slightly firm.
    5. Melt chocolate coating in microwave for thirty seconds and stir until smooth.
    6. Roll balls in chocolate, place in mini paper cups.
    7. Chill for ten or fifteen minutes.
    8. Keep peanut butter balls chilled. You can also freeze them.


    And if those directions aren’t easy enough, here are the step-by-step pictures. I made this with my six-year-old daughter, so the little hands you’ll see are hers.


    Ingredients. Super easy and pretty cheap.


    Cream together sugar, butter and peanut butter.


    Mmmm. Creaming.


    Add cereal and stir until….


    …it looks like this.


    Shape into balls. It’s okay if they’re slightly misshapen and not uniform in size. (Most balls are.)


    It makes a lot of balls. Chill your balls until slightly firm to the touch. Yes. Touch your balls to check.


    Melt chocolate candy coating in microwave for thirty seconds and…


    …Stir until smooth and beautiful.


    Put your kid to work. We tried covering the ball entirely in chocolate, but that would take all day, so we ended up just putting chocolate on the top.


    See? Chocolate just on the top. It’s way faster and easier.


    Peanut Butter Balls. Ours may not be pretty, but they sure taste good.


    More balls.


    These are the ‘perfect’ peanut butter balls from the Rice Krispie website. Keep in mind that they either had a Type A personality making these and/or food photographers. Still, they’re purty.


    We give this recipe 5 PRETZELS out of 5. It’s cheap, you don’t have to cook, you can have your kids help, you can freeze them, and they look pretty and festive in little paper cups. The only thing that would make them better would be if they were infused with vodka, and I wouldn’t recommend having your kids help with THAT.

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  2. Cheeseburger Dip #23

    March 10, 2012 by admin

    Click on picture to go to original post, or read my take on it below.


    You know I’m sort of obsessed with recipes that taste like sandwiches but are really dips. It started with the Reuben Dip, and I guess that was my Gateway to the Path of Cheese Destruction. I went willingly. Gleefully even.

    One day, I did a random search for a Cheeseburger Dip because I was thinking, man, I’d like a cheeseburger but I’d like to be able to dip things into it. I was pretty sure I could come up with a recipe (I’ve got the basics down for good dips. It involves cream cheese), but I was feeling lazy. And I found one. So, this isn’t MY recipe, it’s on Closet Cooking and he’s got some pretty terrific stuff on there.

    I decided to try this. It’s great. Cheesy, cheeseburger-y, and just plain awesome. I’ll post my pictures, but the pictures from the Closet Cooking blog are a lot better than mine. I was rushing this dip and the picture taking. I blame my hunger on that.



    It's a lot of stuff, but you probably already have most of it on hand.



    1/2 pound ground beef

    6 strips bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces

    1 small onion, diced

    1 clove garlic, chopped

    4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

    1/2 cup sour cream

    1/4 cup mayonnaise

    1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded

    1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

    1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

    2 tablespoon ketchup

    Optional: top with lettuce and tomato when the dip is baked and bubbly.



    1. Cook the ground beef in a pan over medium heat, set it aside and drain the grease from the pan.
    2. Cook the bacon in the pan until crispy, about 6-10 minutes, set aside and drain all but a tablespoon of the grease.
    3. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
    4. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
    5. Mix the ground beef, bacon, onions and garlic, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, mozzarella, cheddar, worcestershire sauce and ketchup and pour it into a baking dish.

    Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the top starts turning a light golden brown and then sides are bubbling, about 20-30 minutes.




    Cook separately the ground beef, bacon, and onion. (Or you can do what I did: Have your hubby cook the meat while you snap pictures.) Then cook the bacon and then the onion. You can use the same pan. In fact, you SHOULD use the same pan. Why waste the flavor?

    Mmmm. Meat.


    Bacon, chopped and ready to be crisped.


    Mix everything up.



    Mix and put in a serving dish. I find pie plates work great for sandwichy dips.


    Bake and serve.


    I made a slight mistake. I didn’t have any mozzarella so I used all cheddar cheese. While it didn’t affect the taste any (it was still great) it did affect the color and gooey factor. For these reasons, I can see why you want the combination of cheddar and mozzarella. Color and melty gooeyness. Also, I’d reserve some of the cheese and put it on the top of the mixed ingredients.

    The dip may not be pretty, but just cover it with lettuce and tomatoes. No one will know.





    Can you guess? We give this 5 pretzels out of 5! Of course we did. My mom came over and I said we were having an appetizer. I meant for it to be an appetizer but the three of us basically scarfed down the entire dip, before Kealoha said: “Wait. I need to refrigerate it and see how it heats up.” In the morning, he heated it up, ate every last bite and declared that this was a terrific dip.





    Tortilla chips


    Bagel Chips

    Vegetables (But why would you want to do that)

    BONUS: Make the dip at a potluck and serve it with mini-buns, then they can scoop the dip sloppy joe style and have mini-cheeseburger-dip-actual-sandwiches.


  3. Dip #8 — Buffalo Chicken AKA Hot Wing Dip

    August 25, 2011 by admin

    A reader sent me a recipe for this ages ago, and then I lost it. I remember thinking “Holy cow. Like hot wings in a dip? Really?” I was both repulsed and drawn to the recipe. I never made it though because the recipe called for canned chicken, and I just couldn’t swing that way. Then I lost it. (I lost ‘it’ as in the recipe, not I ‘lost it’ as in my sanity.)

    I found another recipe in a free book by Gooseberry Patch, but as I started to put it together, I knew the ratios couldn’t be right. Almost an entire jar of hot sauce AND bleu cheese dressing? That sounded awful. And spicy. And soupy.

    So, I tweaked the recipe. This is the tweaked version…but if you make it, do it to taste. Start with these ratios, and if you want more heat or more dressing, simply add it in to taste.


    The Recipe


    8 ounces cream cheese, softened

    2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced (great use for a rotisserie chicken)

    1/3 cup hot sauce

    ½ cup bleu cheese dressing

    1 cup shredded cheddar


    The Process

    Mix everything but the cheddar. Taste. Add more hot sauce and dressing if you need to. Pour into casserole dish.

    Top with cheddar cheese and bake in 350 oven for about 20 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

    The Verdict

    The original recipe called for 15 ounces of hot sauce and bleu cheese dressing, but that’s almost the whole jar. I just couldn’t do it. So I added less. (See above.) It’s an easy recipe; you just mix it all together. The next time I make it, I’ll probably get a higher quality bleu cheese dressing.

    So what’s the verdict? WE GIVE THIS DIP 5 Pretzels!! Yay!!

    Why 5 pretzels? As my cousin Jennie said “This dip is like life-changing”. Or something like that.

    I threw a dip party for my dippy friends Debbie, William, Jason, Karen, and Kealoha, and everyone agreed that this dip is a rock star. It’s full of flavor, surprising, spicy, creamy, cheesy, salty, and just plain terrific.

    I think you could even put this on mini rolls and have Buffalo Wing SLIDERS. Oh, man.


    The Dunkables


    Tortilla Chips

    Pita Chips

    Bagel Chips


    Or on mini rolls with a little lettuce for sliders

  4. Dip #5–7 Layer Bean Dip

    August 5, 2011 by admin

    This is that dip you have at parties and everyone eats all of it, but you just never think of making it. And I’m so glad I finally know how. It’s freakishly easy. It’s also versatile. If you don’t like a layer, simply replace it with something you do like…like guacamole or jalapeno peppers or whatever.

    The quality of the dip will probably change with the quality of ingredients you use.


    7 Layer Bean Dip

    (With thanks to Dana and her aunt for sharing the recipe)



    1 15oz can refried beans, heated

    1 c. sour cream

    1 .78 oz pkg. taco seasoning mix

    1 c. diced tomatoes

    1 4.25 oz jar diced green chilies, drained

    1 2.25 oz can sliced ripe olives, drained

    3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

    2/4 c. shredded monterey jack cheese

    1 jar salsa

    tortilla chips


    Spread warm beans on 10 inch serving platter. Combine sour cream and seasoning mix; spread over beans. Layer remaining ingredients over sour cream mixture. Serve with salsa and chips. 6-8 servings

    Now, I didn’t heat the beans, because I wanted to make this ahead of time. It’s great cold. I think this is a good dip to bring to a party because you can assemble it there.

    We found that the taco seasoning and sour cream was too salty. If I make it again, I’ll only use 1/2 the seasoning pack.

    We replaced the jalepeno peppers with avocado.

    Here’s the step by step process in pictures. (I know. It’s so easy you don’t need pictures, but I have a good camera, so I feel like I have to use it.)







    We give this 4 out of 5 pretzels. Or maybe we should say tortilla chips. It’s a great dip and I know it will be devoured at the next party. Next time, I’ll definitely use the taco seasoning to taste, but beyond that…it’s great. Now I can finally make this dip. It’s a little spicy, creamy, and a little bit sinful. AND you can eat a TON of it without making yourself sick, a definite dip-bonus. I should know.


    Tortilla chips


    Veggies (maybe)

    Or even tortilla shells. I bet this would be great in a burrito.



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