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Spicy Crockpot Queso Dip

Whether you want to feed a crowd, make something yummy to munch on during the Superbowl or simply prepare some comfort food, cheese dip is always a winner. This recipe is made with Cheddar Jack cheese, tomatoes, cream, green onions, spices and hot dogs, and everything is blended in the crockpot for a flavorful result. Slow cooking brings out all the flavors and blends everything together nicely.

If you prefer to make a vegetarian version you can omit to hot dogs from the recipe. You can also use reduced fat cream and cheese if you want to cut the fat content a little. Serve the finished dip straight from the crockpot so it stays warm and choose from tortilla chips or scoops to serve. You can even offer corn chips or kettle chips if you prefer, or vegetable sticks like carrot and celery. This dip can be spiced up as much as you wish and some people do like it really hot. Another option is to leave out the pepper sauce and use a milder cheese if you prefer a milder result.

This recipe makes 6 cups of dip which is enough for 10 people but if you are serving this to diehard cheese dip fans you might want to make more of it. If you are in a hurry this can be made on the stovetop but the flavor is slightly better when you use a crockpot, so we recommend you do. This spicy dip offers a nice change of pace from chilled dip recipes. Continue reading

Crayfish and Salmon Terrine

This looks like a complicated, gourmet dish so when you read the recipe you will be surprised just how easy it is to prepare. Basically you just need to poach the fish, then combine it with the other ingredients, and put the mixture into a loaf pan or cake pan. The salmon and crayfish taste beautiful together and the green peas add a color accent. The recipe also features white wine, cream, herbs, eggs and more, to get the right flavor and consistency.

So what is a terrine anyway, you might be wondering. Actually a terrine is very similar to a pate except the ingredients are more coarsely chopped. Serve a terrine chilled or at room temperature with bread. Although such a dish seems scarily sophisticated, a terrine is not hard to make at all, and you do not need any complicated ingredients either. Terrines might be made of fish, seafood, meat or poultry, or a combination of these. You can make a terrine a day ahead if you wish, then simply serve it with bread and bring out some white wine too. That is your appetizer course taken care of, and there is no doubt this recipe will wow your dinner guests.

Terrine recipes vary greatly in France and some are made to use the parts of an animal you might not otherwise wish to use, so expect to find plenty of fat in there, as well as ingredients like duck livers, offal and brisket fat. In this recipe we are using salmon filet and crayfish for a delicate flavor. This is a nice introduction to terrine recipes, and you might want to try another recipe for it in the future after sampling this one. Continue reading

All is Good Again

I think we got it all back the way it should be. We finished up yesterday with the feature picture previews, the menus are back to just a single link and all seems as was. If you come across something that seems like it is missing or just not quite right please leave a comment and I’ll have the team straighten it out ASAP.

Thanks for your understanding,

Christine and the RPN Team

Our Wow’s with Rich Pins

I would like to take a minute to apologize for the current state of the site. We had to do a full reinstall and it seems it had a few gremlins, such as triplicating our menu items and deleting all the feature pictures for the recipes. We are working through these issues as fast as we can, and hope to have everything in proper order by the weekend.

We have been trying to get the site compliant for Pinterest Rich pins so that all our pins will feature ingredients and other useful information right on Pinterest, along with the pins. We had to do this because we had a bug in the validation of the site, even though we use the Easy Recipe Plus plugin which is already producing micro data.

We had to go through every plugin and widget, and have finally found the culprit so this is the only site we have to go through this pain with. The fix is about 2 minutes (and about 20 hours of searching and talking to our host and the people at ERP who were all very supportive and helpful!)

Once again, we apologize if things seem a bit off, but the good news is all our WordPress sites should be supporting Rich Pins soon.


Christine and the RPN Team

Eggs Stuffed with Tuna Appetizer Recipe

Eggs Stuffed with Tuna Appetizers

Once you taste the delicious flavor of this recipe you will be so happy you made it. Unique and delicious, you will find this dish to be perfect for parties, picnics and potlucks. Undeniably, tuna and eggs make a wonderful flavor combination here in this dish. Serve it up for the Super Bowl or as a reception appetizer. This is the perfect finger food recipe for any occasion.

Eggs Stuffed with Tuna Appetizer Recipe

These delicious eggs stuffed with tuna are a wonderfully unique party appetizer. Moist and incredibly tasty your guests will love them. They are very easy to make with just a few minutes from start to finish.

The combination of flavorful tuna with egg is always delicious. Everyone loves tuna salad and this version served in hardboiled egg halves are eye appealing too. You can expect a perfect mouthful of creamy tuna salad and egg in every bite. Continue reading

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