Caviar Kisses

caviar @2CookinMamasLooking for a great standout appetizer or a romantic treat for two?  This recipe is sure to be a big hit!  Go ahead & splurge a little – today is National Caviar Day!

For even more flair – pair with your favorite champagne from France.

Caviar Kisses

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • small cucumber, scrubbed well
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon dried dill weed
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 jar red salmon caviar
  • fresh dill sprigs, garnish
  • 8 thin slices whole wheat bread
  • butter

Directions:

Slice cucumber into 1/4″ rounds.  In small bowl mix sour cream, dill, and pepper.  Place one teaspoon of the sour cream mixture on each cucumber round.  Top with caviar and dill sprig.  Toast bread, cut into shapes using your favorite cookie cutter, and butter.  Place toast shapes around outside of serving platter, cucumber rounds in the center, and serve immediately,.

Christina Russell @2CookinMamas

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Crockpot White Chicken Chili

With so many chili recipes out there, it’s hard to find the perfect one.  So, I combined three of my favorites into this easy & delicious meal made right in the slow cooker.

Wine Pairings: St. Michael Eppan Pinot Grigio and White Wines Borges Douro Reserva 2005 & Mas de la Dame 2009

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Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Prep Time: 30 min – Cooking time: 8-10 hours

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound chicken breast, cubed – fresh or frozen
  • 2 – 15 oz. cans white beans
  • 1 – 15 oz. can of white corn
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 – 8 oz. canned chopped mild green chilis
  • 1 – 10.75 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 – 14 oz. can of chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream, optional topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco, optional topping
  • chopped cilantro, shredded cheddar cheese, tortilla chips, for garnish

Directions:

Place cubed chicken in bottom of slow cooker and top with beans, corn, and onion.  Mix garlic, taco seasoning, chilis, soup, broth, and lime juice in a medium bowl and pour over the chicken mixture.  Cover Crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Prior to serving, shred any remaining chicken cubes with a fork or use a potato masher.  Add toppings and enjoy!

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Breakfast Tex-Mex Quesadillas

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day – make it yours too with this delicious Tex-Mex recipe.breakfastquesadillas

Breakfast Tex-Mex Quesadillas with Creamy Salsa

Total Time: 30 minutes – Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup chunky salsa
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1.75 cups shredded Mexican-blend cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 6 large brown eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vegetable seasoning
  • 4 – 10″ whole wheat flour tortillas
  • Cilantro & diced tomatoes, optional for garnish

Directions:

Cook bacon, following package directions, until crisp.  Set aside.

Combine salsa, sour cream, and 1/4 cup cheese in small bowl and place in refrigerator.

Preheat large pan on medium-high heat.  Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray and cook onions for approximately 3-4 minutes or until they begin to brown.

Stir in eggs, 1/2 cup cheese, and vegetable seasoning and cook until eggs are firm.

Equally divide egg mixture on 1/2 of each tortilla.  Top with 1/4 cup cheese and 2 slices of bacon.  Fold in half and return to pan two at a time, lightly coated in non-stick cooking spray.  Cook 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown.

Take out creamy salsa mixture from refrigerator and serve with warm, gooey quesadillas.

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Even MORE Strawberries!

So what do you do with all those strawberries you picked yesterday?  You make a decadent cream to go on top for National Strawberries & Cream Day!  Here’s a great recipe from Now….You’re Cooking! to help you use up the Grand Marnier as well! 😉

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup whipping creeam
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or Amaretto liqueur
  • 1.5-2 pints fresh strawberries, washed and hulled

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, whip the cream and sugar with a mixer until thick but not stiff.  Add the sour cream and beat until mixture is thoroughly combined.  Continue to beat while gradually pouring in the liqueur.

Divide strawberries between 6 dessert dishes.  Reserve 6 strawberries for garnish.  Pour cream over berries.  Top with a reserved strawberry.  Serve immediately.

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