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Monday, October 20, 2014

Brainy Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip for Wheat Thins

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Brainy Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip:  Happy Halloween!  Fun dip for your festivities! #SpookySnacks #shop

With only a week and a handful of days away from October 31st, I've got a super fun, kinda creepy Halloween snack idea for you!  Brainy Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip for Wheat Thins!

I can't take credit for the "brain bowl" idea though.  I found that idea in the latest edition of Allrecipes magazine, but the dip recipe is 100% my own!  My family has had a love affair with Spicy Buffalo Flavored Wheat thins ever since they hit the market. Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip compliments the spicy crackers just right. The tangy blue cheese cools off the bite of the cracker perfectly.  Wheat thins are also hearty enough to stand up to the thickness of this dip! The thick dip is perfect for the "brain" bowl, as it sits nicely on top without oozing down the sides.

Brainy Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip:  Happy Halloween!  Fun dip for your festivities! #SpookySnacks #shop

I always make my way to Walmart to find the Wheat Thin flavors I love!  They really have a great selection and you can find them right down the "Crackers" aisle!

Shop at Walmart for Wheat Thins #shop #SpookySnacks

It's not hard at all to make this impressive Halloween themed party dip! The first thing you do is make the dip, since it will need to refrigerate for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.  You will mix the cream cheese, sour cream and milk with an electric mixer until smooth, then mix in the rest of the ingredients and pop into the fridge.

Next, you will prep the cauliflower "brain" by removing the leaves on the stem side and carefully hollowing out just a bit of the stem to form a very shallow ""bowl."  Be careful not to cut too deep, as the florets will fall apart.  You don't need much of bowl area, because the dip is so thick.  You can place the "brain" bowl into a shallow bowl for stability. (I even cut off a a little on the bottom to make a flat area for the "brain" bowl to rest on.

Once the dip has been in the fridge for about 30 minutes, you can fill the "brain" bowl with dip.  For an added creepy effect, paint "arteries" on the "brain" bowl with red piping gel.  Serve with Spicy Buffalo Wheat Thins for a flavor sensation!

Photo Tutorial for your Brain Bowl and Dip #SpookySnacks #shop

If you like blue cheese and bacon, you will love this dip.  If you like creepy Halloween snacks, then you'll want to serve it in this fun "brain" bowl!  You can even break apart the bowl and use it to eat the dip with!  Or if you aren't into the "brain" bowl, it's great served in a traditional bowl as a dip too!

Brainy Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip:  Happy Halloween!  Fun dip for your festivities! #SpookySnacks #shop

Mmmmm...tasty! 

Brainy Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip:  Happy Halloween!  Fun dip for your festivities! #SpookySnacks #shop

Oooooo...creepy! 

Don't miss the upcoming demo at Walmart featuring Fanta, Oreos, and Wheat Thins!  The demo will take place the weekend of October 25th!  Check HERE to find out if a store near you will be demonstrating  these awesome products!


Are you brave enough to serve your dip in a brain?  lol 

Brainy Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
"Brain" bowl inspired by Allrecipes
Brainy Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip
Blue cheese and bacon come together in this tangy dip that pairs perfectly with Spicy Buffalo Wheat Thins and is served in a "brain" bowl. Happy Halloween!

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • 2 TBS milk
  • 2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 oz. crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 cup bacon crumbles (can be cooked bacon chopped or real bacon pieces sold in packages)
  • 1 TBS snipped fresh chives (more for garnish if desired)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • red piping gel, if desired

Instructions

  1. In large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream and milk with electric mixer. Mix until smooth.
  2. Mix in Worcestershire sauce, blue cheese, bacon, 1 TBS snipped chives, salt, pepper, garlic powder and finely chopped onion.
  3. Put mixture into refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow for the flavors to meld.
  4. Take the whole cauliflower, and with a small, sharp paring knife, remove the outer leaves and most of the stem. Cut a shallow cup into the stem and around the edges of the stem, being careful not to dislodge the florets. The depression does not need to be deep. The dip is thick and will sit nicely on top of the cauliflower "brain" bowl.
  5. Place cauliflower in shallow bowl with cut side up. Spoon dip onto cauliflower in the area cut out. Fill to desired amount. Top with additional snipped chives and bacon pieces, if desired. Draw "arteries" with red piping gel, if desired. Serve with Spicy Buffalo Wheat Thins, Original Wheat Thins, and/or celery sticks.
Yield: approx. 2 cups
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.
Total time: 45 mins.
Tags: dip, Halloween, blue cheese, bacon, wheat thins, buffalo, cheese, snack

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If you like this, you might like these other fun Halloween themed ideas! 

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Candy Bar Pudding Cup Smoothie

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Candy Bar Pudding Cup Smoothie: fun and wholesome at the same time! #shop #snackpackmixins

I cannot believe it's the middle of October already!  That means Halloween is right around the corner: trick-or-treat, candy, scary movies, candy, jack-o-lanterns, candy.  Yup, you are going to have a lot of candy on hand.  Well, I've got a super fun way to use some of that candy along with snack pack pudding cups!  Make some Candy Bar Pudding Cup Smoothies!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Easy Shoyu Chicken

Up until a few months ago, I had never even heard of Shoyu Chicken...what a shame, because this chicken dish is not only super easy to make, it is also become one of my "go to" chicken recipes. Shoyu means "soy" in Japanese and this dish is native to Hawaii.  I've never been to Hawaii, so I cannot tell you how it compares to Shoyu Chicken served there, but I can tell you, it is utterly delicious.   Tender boneless, skinless chicken thighs cook right in the flavorful sauce for an easy weeknight meal you can have on the table in no time.  

Easy Shoyu Chicken:  Great weeknight meal!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

 Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake is a moist coffee cake full of fall flavors. Pumpkin, cinnamon and pecans are featured with a delicious double streusel filling and topping! 

Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake:  Pumpkin, cinnamon, pecans and streusel inside and out!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Peppery Pasta with Arugula and Sausage

It's Secret Recipe Club time again!  This month I was assigned to the blog IlonasKitchen.  Ilona says, "When I am stressed I bake and/or go to the gym.  It's a symbiotic relationship!"  I love this philosophy! 

 There were so many good recipes to choose from on her blog! I finally settled in the pasta category of her blog.  I choose several recipes to make on the short list (Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Lemon and Spinach and Farfalle with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce to name a few!)  , but ultimately, since I LOVE arugula, I choose to make this one.  

Peppery Pasta with Arugula and Sausage: Easy, healthy weeknight dinner

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Salted Caramel Apple Magic Cookie Bars

Get ready for some serious Autumn yum.  Salted Caramel Apple Magic Cookie Bars are an indulgent treat brimming with fall flavors...apples, cinnamon, caramel, walnuts!   They are ooey gooey treats that are sure to please just about any audience.  

Ooey Gooey Fall flavors goodness in an easy to make cookie bar recipe!
(PIN IT to your Fall Boards for later!) 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Baked Eggs in Spicy Habanero Sauce

An easy and delicious baked egg recipe!   Make it for one or for a crowd. Spice it up as much as you can handle it!  Keep the yolks runny, or bake them up solid.  It's all in how you like it! 

Baked Eggs in Spicy Habanero Sauce: Italy meets Mexico in this fusion baked egg recipe

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