Hot Layered Mexican Dip

This super simple layered dip is baked in the oven and served hot with tortilla chips for dipping. I’ve witnessed people eating this by the spoonful right out of the dish. It’s that good. I think I’ve been making Hot Layered Mexican Dip since the eighties so it’s pretty retro.

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Beer and Steak Spice Mussels

A few years ago we had the best mussels in Prince Edward Island after a golf game. Most of the golf courses served free mussels and the only thing better than free mussels is free GOOD mussels. And these ones were so good, we actually asked how they made them. Expecting a lengthy description, we were surprised to find out they were made with 2 ingredients.  Beer and steak spice.  No kidding. So we made Beer and Steak Spice Mussels at home and they were just as good as in PEI.

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Shrimp Dip

Believe it or not, this is a retro shrimp recipe. My grandmother and great aunt used to make this Shrimp Dip, which is interesting because shrimp wasn’t readily available when we were kids, nor was it cheap. Especially up here in the great white north. I suspect that they made it with canned shrimp sometimes. Fortunately, now you can buy frozen shrimp pretty much everywhere if you aren’t lucky enough to live on the Gulf of Mexico where fresh shrimp is plentiful. It’s delicious spread on crackers and is always popular at parties.

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Hot Pepper Jelly

Hot peppers are funny things. Sometimes they’re so hot you can hardly eat them and sometimes they have no heat at all. I wanted my Hot Pepper Jelly to have some heat and I knew the peppers I planted this year were going to do the job. You can make a mild version of this by using only sweet peppers but then it wouldn’t be Hot Pepper Jelly, would it?

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Sauerkraut Balls

These Sauerkraut Balls are a popular appetizer down here at the lake. My friend Kathy makes huge batches of them in an assembly line with friends and family. They freeze them uncooked so they’re easy to pull out for a fish fry or happy hour. They’re quick and awesome deep fried but they bake well too. I know, they sound a little weird but you’ll be surprised how good they are. Serve them with a little honey mustard dipping sauce and it’s like you’re having a sausage on a bun in one bite.

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