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Southern Pimiento Cheese

Growing up in the south I have a special place in my heart and stomach for classic southern foods. There are so many delicious southern foods that I love. One of the ones with multiple uses is pimiento cheese.


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One of the many traditions my family has is our Friday night, Family Fun Night. On Friday nights we watch a movie and eat fun food. We do a lot of pizza but not far behind is corn dogs and chicken nuggets. I am pretty sure it is my kids favorite night of the week.  This week i’m excited because i’m setting the DVR up to record a halloween classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, so we can watch on Friday. I just turned 38 last week and I can say that I have watched it every single year. How can you not watch this 1966 classic?!?!  Heck in 1981 I even dressed up as Sally for Halloween.
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I love the entire Peanuts gang and I have happily have passed this love onto my kid’s. One of things we are all looking forward to is The Peanuts Movie. I seriously cannot wait for it to come out!  Being a family of 6 going to the movies is expensive though but I have found a great way to save on tickets. Right now if you go to Walmart and buy ANY TWO (2) specially marked packages of Tyson® Chicken Products or State Fair® Corn Dogs and you can up to $9.00 toward one child admission to see The Peanuts Movie Only in Theaters. How awesome is that! Yes, please!

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Tyson® Chicken Nuggets and State Fair® Corn Dogs are family fun night favorites around here so, I picked up some of both for some protein powered snacking! The movie offer is such an awesome bonus.

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When eating corn dogs and chicken nuggets my kids do not ever eat them plain. You have to have a dip. Dipping sauces are like cheese and make things even better. Favorite dips in our house are usually honey mustard,ranch and spicy ranch and there is always plenty of back in forth among themselves about what dip they want to use. So I started thinking what if I came up with a spicy honey mustard? So pulled out my food processor and got to work and created a Chipotle Honey Mustard. It is my kid’s new favorite when it comes to dipping sauces.  Chipotle Honey Mustard is both sweet and spicy and makes your tastebuds want more!

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Creating the sauce was simple. It has 6 basic ingredients, Mayo, Yellow Mustard, Dijon Mustard, Honey, Garlic and Chipotle Peppers.

#ad Tyson Nuggets, State Fair Corn Dogs, Chipotle Honey Mustard & the Peanuts Movie |Country Girl Gourmet Step One: Add all your ingredients to a food processor or blender. During this part you can decide how spicy you want things. I added one pepper to our sauce and it turned out perfect for us.

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Step 2: Blend until well combined
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Step 3: Place in a jar or bottle and refrigerate at least 2 hours before using. During this step your sauce will thicken up.

#ad Tyson Nuggets, State Fair Corn Dogs, Chipotle Honey Mustard & the Peanuts Movie |Country Girl GourmetStep 5: Make your favorite Tyson® Chicken Products or State Fair® Corn Dogs for some protein powered snacking and start dipping!

#ad Tyson Nuggets, State Fair Corn Dogs, Chipotle Honey Mustard & the Peanuts Movie |Country Girl GourmetMy kids are all set now with some great family fun night snacks and their new favorite Chipotle Honey Mustard to dip everything in. Then I’m over here smiling because I get a ticket for them to go see The Peanuts Movie. Can you say win-win? I can’t wait to surprise my kiddos with a special treat by going to see the movie in the theater!

Do you have a house full of Chicken Nugget and Corn Dog monsters like I do? What is their favorite dip? Check out Tyson® for more meal ideas and recipes.

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Chipotle Honey Mustard
  • ⅔ Cup Mayonaise
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Yellow Mustard
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons adobo sauce (from canned chipotle peppers)
  • 1-2 Chipotle Peppers (canned)
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender.
  2. Blend until well combined.
  3. Pour sauce into a jar or bottle and refrigerate 2 hours before using.

Cheesy BBQ Rice Bites

Back a few months ago I was asked by Allrecipes to create a kid friendly recipe with Uncle Ben’s Rice. I was honestly stumped. I had no clue what to make at all. We eat rice all the time, it is a huge part of my gluten free life but we keep it simple. The majority of the time we eat it plain with just a bit of butter, other times as mexican rice of fried rice. We really get adventurous. Then the lightbulb went off in my head, I could come up with something for our family fun night and after that Cheesy BBQ Rices Bites were born.

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Every Friday night we have a family fun night. We started the tradition well over 5 years ago. We eat pizza and/or snack foods and get a redbox movie. My days of having pizza are pretty much over and I typically have to come up with something gluten free for myself. The majority of the time my kids end up asking for some of whatever I have and since i’m a nice mom I share. I remembered seeing quinoa bites on Pinterest in the past and I knew of the larger and fried Arancini (rice balls) but I had never seen a recipe for any type of smaller bite size rice snack. So I started experimenting and I came up with Cheesy BBQ Rice Bites and my kids keep asking for me to make them!

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The cast of characters for this recipe couldn’t be simpler. Rice, BBQ in sauce, black beans, cheese and to help hold it together an egg. Five simple ingredients!  Your BBQ can be homemade or premade. If you have leftover pork roast shred it up and add your favorite BBQ sauce. Chicken can be used in place of pork too. For the rice you can use leftover rice or an Uncle Ben’s Rice Pouch. I’m telling you this recipe is quick and easy! After you mix all your ingredients together, scoop into a min muffin pan and bake 20 minutes. Then cool and enjoy. Make them for your family! They will thank you!

Does your family do a family fun night? What kinds of things do you do?

Cheesy BBQ Rice Bites
Easy to make, versatile, and kid-approved cheesy BBQ rice bites are perfect for after school snacks or as an appetizer at your next get together."
  • 1 (8.8 ounce) pouch UNCLE BEN'S® Ready Rice® Original Long Grain
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1½ cups prepared pulled pork in barbeque sauce
  • 1½ cups shredded Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend
  • 2 eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray mini muffin tin cups with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare rice according to package directions. Allow to cool slightly. Combine rice, black beans, barbeque pulled pork, cheese, and eggs in a bowl; mix well.
  3. Drop mixture by heaping tablespoons into prepared mini muffin tins, filling each cup to the top.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until hot, about 20 minutes.
  5. Allow bites to cool 10 minutes before popping them out of the muffin tin.

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Easy Chorizo and Cheese Taquitos with Cilantro Lime Sour Cream

A couple weeks ago I woke up way too early in the morning to set off on an adventure to New York City for some Allrecipes and foodie fun. I met up with my friend Stella from Stella Reynoso in Charlotte and we flew to Newark and took the train into the city. We navigated the Subway system and found our way to our hotel. From there we went to lunch at Butter, Alex Guarnaschelli’s restaurant  and I ate the best Cesar salad I have ever had. It was beautiful! I think I must have looked like Emma Stone in in Easy A biting into the steak.

It was seriously that good. I haven’t had steak that good since we left Texas. After our late lunch we hung out at our hotel room until it was time to go to our first Allrecipes event. We were headed to Salvation Taco for an Allrecipes Allstars cocktail party. Chips and guacamole were set out around the room and we were offered drinks almost as soon as we walked into the room. Let me tell you, those margaritas were good and strong and the chili lime salt rim was a great extra touch! I would have loved to have a second glass but as soon as I would get one I would set it down and someone would snatch it.  We had fun in the photo booth and chit chatting getting to know each other outside of the computer.

During the party appetizers were offered and they were great. The servers were awesome and made sure I didn’t touch anything with gluten. One of my favorite things were the chorizo taquitos. After eating my first one I pulled out my phone and opened up the notes…I needed to recreate those taquitos and here a few weeks later I finally have.

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The key to this recipe is the chorizo. You want good chorizo. I’ve told people a million times over quality will always win. This rule goes for so many things in life too, not just food. Yes you can buy cheaper ingredients when it comes to cooking but the quality of your food will be affected! Just buy the good stuff! Then make these chorizo and cheese taquitos. If your family is anything like mine they will devour them.

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Easy Chorizo and Cheese Taquitos with Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
  • 1 lb Chorizo, casing removed
  • 1 cup shredded Chihuahua or Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 12-15 corn tortillas
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • juice of ½ of a lime
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • sea salt
  1. Taquitos-
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  3. Spray frying pan with cooking spray and cook chorizo until done. Be sure to crumble into small pieces. When done drain grease well (I used a colander)
  4. In a bowl mix together 1 cup of Chihuahua Cheese (or Monterey Jack) and cooked chorizo. Combine well breaking up any large chunks of chorizo.
  5. Place corn tortillas on a plate with the tortillas covered with a damp paper towel.Warm corn tortillas in a microwave for 30 seconds to one minute.
  6. Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons filling on the side of each tortilla. Lightly dampen other side of tortilla with water with your fingers. Roll tortilla tightly around the filling and place, seam-side down, on a baking sheet. You can hold in place with a tooth pick if needed.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned and crispy, about 15-20 minutes.
  8. Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
  9. In a small bowl combine sour cream, chopped cilantro,the juice of half a lime and a dash of sea salt. Stir well and serve..



Easy Spinach Dip

Many years ago my husband introduced me to Spinach Artichoke Dip and I must say I loved it. I am a huge lover of spinach anyways so this appetizer was something right up my alley. We were young and newly married, we just didn’t have a ton of money for going out to eat that often. So, I created my own recipe so we could have Spinach Dip whenever we wanted and if I do say so myself it is even better than what you can buy. I have made the recipe more times than I remember for various get togethers and it always received rave reviews. It is perfect for the big game, Nascar race, family fun night or whenever you need an awesome appetizer.

Easy Spinach Dip

In my recipe I do use a huge shortcut, jar alfredo sauce. While many recipes use mayonnaise, i’m just not the biggest fan of mayo so I had to figure out something else to use. Alfredo sauce was the first thing I thought of. I remember way back when it came out buying it because I thought it was easier to dump a jar of sauce instead of making my own. I don’t buy the stuff now except to make this dip. It is the perfect base.  Many brands of the jarred alfredo sauce are also gluten free also which is a huge plus in this recipe. When you go to a restaurant the majority of the time their Spinach Dip is not gluten free. The same when you go to the grocery store and pick some up out of the freezer case. Being gluten free it’s the small thing like this that make me happy. I get my spinach dip and I can eat it too.

The recipe is also super easy to make. It can be made in minutes and served instantly or made in advance and then reheated in the oven. Try for yourself! I am sure you will fall in love with this Spinach Dip!

Easy Spinach Dip
An easy, cheesy spinach dip with a bit of heat
  • 1 Jar Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 8oz block of pepper jack cheese, cubed
  • 2 10oz boxes of chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or a couple cloves of minced garlic)
  • Red Pepper flakes, to taste
  1. In saucepan add Alfredo sauce, pepper jack cheese, chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder and cook on medium heat until cheese has melted.
  2. Add well drained spinach to the cheese mixture and warm thoroughly.
  3. Serve Hot or if desired bake at 350* for 30 minutes.


Country Girl Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers are one of my husband’s favorite snacks that he requests all year long. The spicy jalapeno, the cheese to help mellow the heat of the jalapeno, and then bacon, because everything is better with bacon. Jalapeno Poppers are little bites of addictive yumminess! Once you eat one you just want more.

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