Cheesy Baked Dip

Cheesy Baked Dip

8 oz. sour cream
8 oz. cream cheese
16 oz. cheddar cheese, grated (sharp or mild)
4 oz. chopped green chilies
Green onion (suit your own taste)
1 c. chopped ham
1/2 pound chopped bacon
1 round bread loaf, hollowed out

Mix first seven ingredients together and put into the hollowed out bread loaf. Bake at 350 degree



Cheese Ball

6oz cream cheese, room temp
2 cups cheddar cheese
3 tbsp minced onion
3 tbsp salsa
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cups nacho cheese chips, crumbled
top of 1 bell pepper for stem garnish


1. With a mixer, combine cream cheese, cheddar, onion, salsa and cumin. Mix until creamy.
2. Scoop mixture onto plastic wrap and use wrap to form a ball and chill for at least 2 hours.
3. When ready to serve, roll ball into the crushed nacho chips and place bell pepper stem on top. Serve with chips, vegetables or pretzels

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs Recipe from Metabolic Cookbook:

1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork or mild Italian sausage
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 TBSP Italian seasoning
3 eggs
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 lb mozzarella, cut into cubes

Olive Oil
Marinara (jar or homemade)


In a large bowl mix beef through pepper. Form into 2″ balls. Press a cheese cube in the middle and seal the meat around it.

Heat 1/2″ olive oil in a large skillet. Brown meatballs and then set aside on plate.

Pour marinara sauce into pan; bring to a simmer. Add meatballs and simmer until cooked through, about 30 minutes.

Serve over spaghetti

Pancake Cases..Strawberry tarts

Pancakes made in muffin tins. Only fill the tin 1/2 full and it will create the crater when it bakes. Fill with fresh berries! Bake at 400 degrees for 15 mins. Here is my video guide on how to do this step-by-step.


Make a pancake batter and half fill Muffin tins.

Bake 180 20 mins until golden..the batter will rise into a mould case.

Fill with any fruit or filling….stewed strawberries….

Serve with freshly whipped cream

Sticky Date Pudding…

  • 300g pitted dates
  • 375ml water
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 85g (room temperature) 125g cold Butter (scs)
  • 70g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 220g sago
  • 300ml thick cream
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 180c
  2. Boil dates with 375ml of water, turn off heat. add butter & soda bicarbonate. Stir to mix well.
  3. Beat eggs with electric beater until very light yellow and foamy (about 8 min).
  4. Add dates to eggs & whisk with a normal whisk so as to not breat up the dates too much. mix well.
  5. Sieve the flour in & fold.
  6. Pour the batter into small cake moulds to about 95% to the brim.
  7. Bake for 15 mins.
  8. Combine the sago, butter, cream in a saucepan over low heat & stir until smooth. add a pinch of salt.
  9. Unmould the pudding and pour the sauce over.

Holiday Special – Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookie Ideas…

Susan Nye - Around the Table

christmas_cookies_04Have you finished your holiday baking? If not, the meteorologists are forecasting rain for the weekend so the timing couldn’t be better. Here are a few ideas!

Shortbread is great for the holidays, so how about my Ginger Shortbread or Macadamia Nut Shortbread. And for buttery deliciousness, you can’t beat my Snowy Pecan Balls.

Once a month I bake with my mom and her buddies at our local assisted living facility. Today I baked Root ‘n’ Tooty Good ‘n’ Fruity Oatmeal Cookies with the girls. They are the perfect cookies to help Santa keep up his strength on his long route.

If you are feeling rushed (and who isn’t), Sweet Dream Bars are quick and easy. Chocolate lovers can’t miss with my Triple Threat Brownies.

Then there are lovely homemade chocolates and candies! I just sent off a batch of my Chocolate Almond Buttery Brittle to…

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Carolyn’s Christmas Toffee

Christmas Toffee

Putney Farm

And the sprint begins……Now that Thanksgivukkah is over here at the farm, we have only three weeks until Christmas. We also have a few family birthdays, a party to throw, and many to attend, in just 22 days. Yikes! Of course, these events are a delight. Even with the craziness of the holidays, time with friends and celebrating together is something to treasure. The only challenge with all these events is figuring out what to bring as a gift…but Carolyn (like always) has us covered.

toffee3toffee4toffee5We will bring wine and/or spirits for those who like such things (and, shockingly, many of our friends do like a bit o’ booze) but we often give things we make here at the farm. A lot of Putney Farm jam and fruit butters will be doled out over the next few weeks, and they will be quite tasty (IMHO). But if you are…

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