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Perfectly Frank’s “Crack” Dip
February 15, 2019 – 6:33 pm | No Comment
Perfectly Frank’s “Crack” Dip

Four ingredients. Zero leftovers.

This is one of those dip recipes that you wouldn’t believe could taste so very good, yet be so very easy to make. Local restaurant extraordinaire Perfectly Frank’s makes this as “Crack …

The Wannabe Gourmet’s Special Deviled Eggs
February 9, 2019 – 10:19 pm | No Comment
The Wannabe Gourmet’s Special Deviled Eggs

There are as many different deviled egg recipes as there are stars in the sky. Our version uses both horseradish and Old Bay to amp up the flavours. A winner in our neighbourhood Deviled Egg-off…great …

Buffalo Chicken Ranch Dip
February 7, 2019 – 7:04 am | No Comment
Buffalo Chicken Ranch Dip

This dip always goes over well (you can adjust the spiciness/heat by how much of the buffalo wing/hot sauce you choose to use) at parties. Pair with chips/pita wedges and a good chilled white wine. …

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip
February 6, 2019 – 8:32 am | No Comment
Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip

The ultimate easy dip — served cold with corn chips, crackers, crostini or pita wedges. You can lighten up the calories by using reduced fat cream cheese and reduced fat sour cream, but don’t …

Hot Virginia Dip
December 12, 2010 – 3:14 pm | No Comment
Hot Virginia Dip

Hot Virginia Dip (Courtesy of the Virginia Hospitality Cookbook and the Junior League of Hampton Roads)
Original recipe:
1 cup pecans, chopped
2 tbsp butter (Unsalted)
16 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tbsp milk
5 oz dried beef, minced
1 tbsp garlic …

Insalata Caprese
May 10, 2010 – 10:27 am | No Comment
Insalata Caprese

Insalata Caprese.
Very easy to make.
Fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella. Slice tomatoes and mozzarella 1/4″ thick, layer in alternate layers on a serving dish. Chiffonade basil (cut into thin strips) and scatter over. True caprese …

Ginger Pork Won ton
October 5, 2008 – 4:54 pm | One Comment
Ginger Pork Won ton

Ginger Pork Won ton
1 lb ground pork
1 1/2 tbsp minced ginger (or 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger)
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 small onion, minced
1 package won ton wrappers
1 …

Cracked Black Pepper Shrimp
October 4, 2008 – 7:56 am | No Comment
Cracked Black Pepper Shrimp

Cracked Black Pepper Shrimp with Scallions and Garlic
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, finely diced (according to taste)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch scallions, cut into matchstick size
1 pound (31/40) raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails …