Beer Dip – only 4 ingredients; quick to make & DELICIOUS!

Beer Dip – ready to go to a New Year’s Eve party! But this would be good for game day . . . or anytime. Serve with pretzels or pretzel chips.
Thank you Kathy Coup for the recipe.


Beer Dip
2 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (1 oz.) pkg. Ranch dressing mix (equivalent to about 3 tablespoons)
8 oz. Cheddar cheese (2 cups)+, grated – I used sharp Cheddar
½ cup+ beer


1.  With an electric mixer, thoroughly mix the cream cheese, Ranch mix; add cheese.

2.   Add ½ cup beer. If it’s too thick, add more.
3.  Refrigerate until ready to use. It does set up as it chills so remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving.
Recipe without photos . . .
Beer Dip
2 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (1 oz.) pkg. Ranch dressing mix (equivalent to about 3 tablespoons)
8 oz. Cheddar cheese (2 cups)+, grated – I used sharp Cheddar
½ cup+ beer 
Seasoned salt

1. With an electric mixer, thoroughly mix the cream cheese, Ranch mix; add cheese.
2.  Add ½ cup beer. If it’s too thick, add more.
3.  Taste and add more Ranch mix or cheese if desired. Add seasoned salt if desired.

4.  Refrigerate until ready to use. It does set up as it chills so remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving.

Peppermint Vodka – just in time for the holiday


A fun recipe for the holidays and here's some ways to use Peppermint Vodka:
·    * Peppermint Vodka Shots
·    * Mix up an adult version of Hot Cocoa by adding a tablespoon or two to your hot beverage
·     * Create a drinkable holiday dessert -- Mocha Peppermint Martini

Peppermint Vodka
About ½ to 3/4 of a large peppermint stick
1 quart jar of vodka

1.  Break up peppermint stick; add to food processor and crush.

2.  Add crushed peppermint to quart jar of vodka and stir. Let set a couple of days, stirring occasionally (the peppermint will not all dissolve and will settle to the bottom of the jar).
3.  When ready to use, strain (I lined a mesh strainer with a paper towel) and return to jar or add to other gift jars.

For our other flavored vodka recipes, go to Vodka Tasting: 5 Infused Vodka Recipes

I’ll drink dessert – Mocha Peppermint Martini

Okay, this is just a martini of sorts . . . no shaking, just simply adding two ingredients to a peppermint rimmed martini glass!




Mocha Peppermint Martini
Crushed peppermint candy
About 3 ounces Hot Cocoa, chilled (make extra and chill the leftovers)
1 to 2 tablespoon Peppermint Vodka
Candy cane for stirring, if desired

1.  Immerse lip of vodka glass in water and then rim in crushed peppermint.
2.  Pout chilled cocoa in a martini glass and add vodka.
3.  Stir and enjoy!

Quiche Lorraine -- it’s traditional, it’s yummy & it’s perfect for a holiday brunch!

It’s traditional, it’s yummy, it’s a recipe from Linda Strandberg, and it’s perfect for a holiday brunch with Melissa and Mike . . . or anytime.

Quiche Lorraine  
8 or 9” deep dish pie crust, unbaked
½ lb. bacon fried and drained then crumbled
Melissa with her homemade pie crust.
1½ cups grated Swiss cheese  (6 to 8 oz.)
3 eggs
1½ cups light cream (half & half)
¾ teaspoon salt
Dash nutmeg
Dash cayenne pepper
Dash black pepper

1.  Heat over to 375°. Prepare pie crust in a deep dish pie pan/plate.
2.  Fry bacon until crisp; drain on paper towels and crumble into bits; sprinkle over bottom of pie shell.
3.  Sprinkle grated cheese over bacon.
4.  In medium bowl, with rotary beater or whisk, beat eggs with cream, salt, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and black pepper until mixture is well combined, but not frothy.
5.  Place pie shell on middle shelf in oven. Pour egg mixture into pie shell.
6.  Bake 40 45 minutes or until the top is golden and center is firm when it is gently pressed with a fingertip.
7.  Let cool on wire rack 10 minutes before serving.

Melissa and Mike, home for the holidays, joined us in our kitchen as we prepared this recipe along with others . . . and then enjoyed the fruits of our labors. Sharing time with friends is what makes the holidays so much fun!
Mike, Melissa and Barry with our yummy holiday brunch.