Sloppy Joes

Brown 1 lb Ground Beef (or turkey) and some onion (can use dehydrated)
Mix in, 1 Can Chicken Gumbo Soup. 2 Tbsp Ketchup, 2 tsp Mustard and Salt & Pepper.
Heat all together until hot and bubbly. Serve on Hamburger buns.


Hot Chocolate Brownies

These are hands down THE BEST brownies I have ever had.

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup half and half or heavy cream (heated in microwave for 30 seconds)
2 Tablespoons hot chocolate mix (I used Ghiradellis)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Hershey's Dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (scant)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch square baking pan with foil, and spray foil with non-stick cooking spray.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook the butter, stirring frequently, for 6-8 minutes, or until light golden brown. Stir in half and half and hot chocolate mix. Stir until well combined. Remove from heat.

In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, and salt. In a large bowl, combine sugars, egg, and vanilla, and beat together, using an electric mixer on high speed, for 2 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low, and gradually add melted butter/hot chocolate mixture, and beat 1 additional minute. Gradually beat in flour, until just combined.

Spread batter into pan, and bake at 350 degrees F, for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs attached. Cool on a wire rack, or do what I did: Cool pan in an ice-water bath; when cool, freeze the pan for an hour or two in the freezer. I think this process gives brownies a better texture.

To make the ganache, heat the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, until hot, but not boiling. Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla and chocolate chips, until well combined and smooth. Pour the ganache over the top of the cooled brownies. Freeze or chill, until set, before slicing.

*Another option: I froze the brownies for 20 minutes, frosted and cooled at room temp. These are amazing!*

Artichoke Dip

If you have never tried this dip, don't turn up your nose & run.....just make it.
I promise, you will soon be a's sensational.

1- 16 oz. package cream cheese
½ cup mayo
1½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1 -10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
3 to 6 cloves of roasted garlic, chopped fine
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Transfer to an oven-safe souffle dish and bake for 20 minutes. Serve hot with toasted baguette slices.