So, yeah. I have a list of things to post here during NaBloPoMo, and at the top of that list is Dean's birth story. You know, since he's ten months old and I still haven't written it? Yeah. I had planned to post it today, but my writing is taking longer than I'd expected. I'm only up to the epidural, and that's a really, really good part, so I don't want to rush. ;) It's coming, I promise.
Instead, how about a recipe!?!? OR 2 even! The holidays are coming up, so if you're anything like me you are looking for new, yummy things to put on your table. Here's one for corn casserole. My friend Daniel introduced me to this yumminess and my mom perfected the recipe by adding cheese. (Cause really, what's not better with CHEESE!?!?) Warning: This is not a low-fat recipe, but the holidays are not a low-fat time. Especially in the deep south.
2 cans white shoepeg corn (It does actually make a difference what kind you use!)
1 16-oz container sour cream (use low-fat or fat free if it helps you sleep at night)
3 strips bacon (here we go)
1/2 medium onion, chopped
shredded cheese (It's especially good with cheddar or colby jack)
Fry bacon. Remove from pan. Add onions to bacon grease. Sautee until clear and tender. Place corn, sour cream, black pepper (to taste) and cooked onion into large bowl and mix together. Pour into casserole dish (my 9 X 9 brownie pan works quite well for this recipe, though you can also use a plastic Gladware container if you'd rather microwave it or if you plan to re-heat soon.) Top with bacon crumbles, then cheese. Bake at 350 until cheese is melted OR microwave approximately 3 minutes, until cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy!
And now the recipe you've all been waiting for. Among my circle of friends, it's called "The Ball of Happiness." It's a home-made cheese ball that will knock your socks off. It's SO easy to make, but tastes AMAZING!
Cheese Ball of Happiness :)
2-8oz. blocks of cream cheese (set out to let it soften, but DO NOT microwave!)
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch dip/dressing mix
Seasoned pepper (Can be found in your spice aisle--I prefer Lawry's)
Wash hands. Place softened cream cheese and Ranch mix into a bowl. Mix by hand until ranch is evenly distributed throughout the cheese, then roll into a ball. Pour seasoned pepper over ball to coat. Place on a plate and DIG IN!
This will change your life.
Hope you enjoy these! Feel free to share a recipe with me in your comments! I do love the food.