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Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

Well it is Super Bowl time and living in the Bay Area, the airports, traffic and transit have all been affected. My husband and I decided to hunker down at home and made a recipe that we actually were given by our 13 year old niece a few years back.

She was so ecstatic about her love for the dip and it is a play on Buffalo chicken wings. Something that both my husband and I love, so we gave it a shot a few years ago.

I mean what is not to like, chicken, cheese, cream cheese, ranch dressing, yum, yum yum! This has become a special occasion party dip and we get so excited about eating it that we always seem to dip a corn chip in it before I get a chance to take a picture of the finished product.

Not this time though. Gotcha!

Let me tell you, this dip lives up to the hype and it is super easy. Enjoy everyone.



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Easy Ranch Dressing


Currently I am reading the book In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. It’s really a great read and has changed my way of looking at food in general. So far, the main lesson I have learned is to eat all foods in moderation, mostly plants.

The book emphasizes the idea that we should focus on trying to get our nutrition from food and not depending on supplements. In essence, there are correlations between the nutrition within the foods we eat and the makeup of the plant as a delivery system for those nutrients and how it all works together is still being researched.

Anyway, I recommend this book to anyone who is like me and gets stuck before starting a healthier lifestyle saying they don’t know enough about nutrition. Of course salads go hand and hand with eating more plant based foods. I prefer making my own dressings, since  most store bought dressings have too many preservatives and emulsifiers added to them.

Ranch dressing is one of my favorites. I love Penzey’s spices and especially their Buttermilk Ranch spice mix. It is so easy to make the dressing and I love the flavor so much that it encourages me to eat more vegetables. Win! Win!

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Ranch Oyster Crackers

Ranch oyster crackers, how I love thee, let me count the ways! You are crunchy and salty… and ranch-ee… okay, I went a bit too far. These are one of those treats that my mom made for me as a little girl, so they are very nostalgic. I can still remember sitting in my pink tights on the living room floor fresh from ballet class watching Heman and She-Ra bounding around on the back of a green and orange striped cat, all the while I am munching on these little nuggets of joy and through spit stuttered sentences yelling things like, “by the power of greyskull…I have the power!”  Oh yeah, I loved She-Ra. What was not to like? She-Ra was a friggin’ bad ass, had a super cute outfit AND she owned a Pegasus/Unicorn, the coolest hybrid animal ever to grace animation. But I digress…

As I have grown older, I continue to make these oyster crackers for snacks every once and a while and everyone I give them to feel the addictive powers of the crackers tugging them in for more and more. This is one of those definites for my yearly holiday basket, as everyone loves them, even my husband’s family has asked that I make more to put in the basket, because they wait all year in anticipation of these crackers. SO if you are in need of a snacky snack, this is a winner!

Ranch Oyster Crackers

Ranch Oyster Crackers
Ranch Oyster Crackers

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