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Hey y’all! I’m Whitney and I’m from Gulf Shores, Alabama. This awesome little city (and it’s neighbor, Orange Beach) is home to 32 miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches, and I love calling it ‘home.’ I started That Square Plate in 2014 after starting an Instagram (@thatsquareplate) where I’d photo everything I cooked at home and ate…  and I usually plated my dishes on a square plate, hence the name of the blog.  I used to be a super picky eater growing up, but I’ve since expanded my palate and I now I share my favorite recipes I’ve cooked on the blog.  I tend to cook a lot of seafood since I’m from the beach, and I always love incorporating fresh ingredients into whatever I make. If you get a chance, check out my site here to see what I’m working on now!

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

Since I was always so picky as a child (and really well-into high school and college), I wasn’t very open-minded toward many new foods, but I’ve always loved good seafood… especially some good Gulf shrimp or fresh crab.  Also, I could literally live off of dips…   any kind of dip.. like if I’m at a party, you will likely find me ‘taste-testing’ every single dip there. That being said, I try not to make them too often, because I feel like I would just indulge way too much. But this dip is the ultimate. Seafood + cheese + corn + peppers. That kinda stuff speaks to me. There’s nothing better than a warm cheesy dip with some sort of crunchy cracker or bread to go along with it.

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

This Roasted Corn and Crab Dip caught my eye as I was browsing through the recipes on the Better Homes & Gardens website. It reminded me of a Hot Fontina and Crab Dip I made this past December for my grandmother’s family get together on Christmas Day.

I always look forward to her house on Christmas because she cooks us an amazing seafood meal.  I say meal (and not lunch or dinner) because it’s the only meal I have on that day.  I save up for it.  We eat around 2:00 and are stuffed by 3:00.  We have gumbo, West Indies salad, fried oysters, fried shrimp, and fried catfish among other things… basically it’s heaven.  This past year, I brought a crab dip for a little Christmas meal warm-up  and it was a hit.

So, since the last time I had any sort of crab dip was Christmas, I figured it was long overdue to make another rendition.  Here, I’ve added my own twist to the original recipe by using jalapeños and baby bell peppers instead of sweet red peppers.  I’m a huge fan of spice, but since I de-seeded all of the peppers, it didn’t turn out too spicy at all. Keep a few jalapeño seeds in if you like the heat (I’ll do that next time).

Peppers for the Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

I substituted these peppers (a few jalapenos, and some baby bell peppers) in for the sweet red peppers that were called for in the recipe.

Chop up the peppers and add them (along with the corn) to a baking dish, then roast in the oven until it all starts to brown. Make sure to stir it every once in a while so nothing burns.

Chopped up peppers and corn to be roasted in the oven.

I decided to use a mixture of Monterrey jack and sharp cheddar cheese. The original recipe calls for Monterrey Jack with jalapeno chile peppers, but there’s something about a good sharp cheddar cheese that makes my mouth water!

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

I added a sprinkle of cheese on the top too.  And finished it off under the broiler so it would get brown on top and a little crispy around the edges. That crispy browned cheese on top is what makes cheesy dishes so spectacular, right??

I absolutely loved how this turned out! Make sure to use a pretty shallow pan so there’s plenty of browned ‘top-cheese.’ (I used a 9-inch round baking dish).  Also if you’re making for more than four or so, I would double the recipe — it’s that good.

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

Serve with crackers or toasted, sliced bread.


Hello again! This is Julia from Julia’s Album (you can also find me on PINTEREST) – a blog full of dinner ideas and savory recipes. I love quick and simple weeknight meals, and today I am sharing an excellent, family-friendly dinner recipe I found in Better Homes & Gardens archives – Mexican Mac and Cheese:

This Mexican pasta casserole is so ridiculously easy to make and so tasty – you’ll want to add it to your regular recipe rotation right away!  If you love Mexican flavors, and if you want a delicious recipe that takes no time to make and produces quite a lot of food (12 servings), then join me together in making this amazing Mexican Mac and Cheese:

I’ve made very minor changes to the original BHG recipe: I only added a can of black beans and some diced green chiles! I am also providing a gluten-free option for this recipe.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE RECIPE

And, here are the changes I made to the original BHG recipe:

  • I added 1 can of black beans (15 oz) to combine with the meat mixture. Make sure to rinse and drain canned black beans before adding them.
  • I added half a can of diced green chiles (2 oz) to the meat mixture.
  • To make the recipe even easier than it already is, I didn’t do layers as step 3 suggests. I just mixed everything together in one pan (the meat mixture, the beans, chiles, and cooked pasta).
  • My personal tip: when making pasta casseroles, I ALWAYS rinse cooked pasta in cold water and drain it – before adding it to the casserole.  That stops pasta from cooking and getting mushy in a casserole dish!
  • If you don’t have Monterey Jack cheese, you can easily use half Cheddar cheese, half Mozzarella cheese instead.

If you want to make the original BHG recipe gluten free, do the following SINGLE substitution:

  • Use gluten-free brown-rice penne instead of rigatoni pasta

And, here are a couple of step-by-step photos of the cooking process. This is what the dish looks like when everything is mixed in together (cooked sausage, cooked onion, green salsa, drained and rinsed black beans, green chiles, cooked pasta, and half the amount of cheese) – right before baking the dish:


Then, you top the casserole with the remaining half amount of cheese (remaining 2 cups):

Then you bake your casserole – it will look nice and bubbly right after baking, with cheese all melted on top:

Top the casserole with sliced tomatoes and chopped green onions – so good!


Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese on BHG Delish Dish

There are certain dishes that simply MUST make an appearance at my family’s Thanksgiving table, and macaroni and cheese is one of them.

There is something so comforting about a hearty bowl of macaroni and cheese.  I think that’s why I immediately gravitated towards the original recipe of BHG’s Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese.  The decadence of the dish spoke to me and reminded me of my mother’s classic that she makes every holiday.  I knew I just had to try it!

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese on BHG Delish Dish

I planned on making it just as the recipe called for until my oven randomly stopped working.  I think all of the recent baking made my oven call in sick so I had to change plans right away.  The new plan was to use my crock pot, and Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese was born.  Let’s just say that things always happen for a reason, and this new change in plans was perfecto!

Not only must you add this to your Thanksgiving menu stat, but you must make it once a month just to remind you how delicious the simple things in life can be.  This will save you so much time during the holidays.  Just think about it: While you baste your turkey, make your stuffing, bake several pies and entertain your guests, this amazing macaroni and cheese will be tending to itself and ready in a few hours.  You simple toss all of the ingredients into the slow cooker like below and let it cook away.

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese on BHG Delish Dish

I only made the following changes to the original recipe:

  • I replaced the elbow macaroni pasta with penne but you can definitely still use the macaroni for a more traditional dish.
  • I added two large beaten eggs to the mixture to create more of a custard as it cooked away.
  • I replaced the milk with 1 1/2 cups of evaporated milk and 1 1/2 cups of half and half to make the macaroni and cheese richer. It is for the holidays after all right?
  • I tossed in a 1/2 cup of melted butter as well.
  • I toasted the panko crumbs over my stove top in a saute pan with a tablespoon of butter until golden brown.
  • I tossed all of the ingredients together in the slow cooker except for 1/4 cup of the shredded cheese and the toasted panko crumbs.  Once everything was combined, I topped the pasta with the cheese and panko crumbs and let it cook on low for 2 1/2- 3 1/4 hours.

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese on BHG Delish Dish

  •  Cook less time if you want it super creamy and cook a bit more if you want the mac and cheese a bit firmer.  Just make sure your pasta is nice and soft before stopping the cooking process.

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese on BHG Delish Dish

This macaroni and cheese is really incredible.  You will want to make this over and over again, especially since its so easy now.  You can even have your kids make it.  Now that is something to truly be thankful for.

 

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Hi! I’m Stephanie, the girl behind I am a Food Blog. I love food, photography, and all things cute! I am a Food Blog is where you’ll find me whipping up dishes inspired by my favorite restaurants, takeout, or just whatever’s in my fridge.

It’s the middle of fall and I’m loving it! With cold, sunny days and the hint of winter in the air, I find myself craving cozy, comforting recipes that will warm me up from the inside out. I’m talking about hearty braises, steaming stews, and anything potato-based.

I am a potato lover through and through and have been known to make a big batch of mashed potatoes to eat as dinner. Not the most exciting meal, but definitely super-comforting and delicious. When I found the BHG Goldilocks Potatoes I was just a bit (okay, a lot!) excited. Essentially, they’re fluffy mashed potatoes topped with softly whipped cream and cheddar.

I made a couple of changes from the original recipe:
1. Into the mashed potatoes, I stirred in some roasted garlic, crispy bacon, shredded cheddar and green onions.
2. I added extra cheese on top of the whipped topping.

I loved the way these potatoes turned out – almost like baked potato soup, but even more comforting, if that’s even possible! The whipped topping melted down in the potatoes so keep that in mind – you don’t need too much milk or butter in your mashed potato base. I made these in tiny individual cups, which would be perfect as an appetizer for all of those holiday parties coming up. You can prep all of the cups, keep them in the fridge and bake them off as needed, because who doesn’t love a cup full of comfort?

 

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With the weather cooling down, I’m all about cozy-ing up with a hot bowl of pasta! Pasta to me will always be the perfect comfort food. So get comfy, tuck in, and get ready for some really incredible ways to celebrate that nip in the air.

I’m all about a creamy sauce on pasta. I cannot wait to try this Pasta with Pancetta and Vodka Sauce! Just a Taste’s Kelly says to not skimp on the vodka you use. Don’t cook with anything you wouldn’t drink!

Mel’s Kitchen Cafe brings the flavor in this super easy Creamy Tuscan Pasta Sauce. And when I say super easy, I mean it is done in 20 minutes, perfect for a weekly dinner!

Nothing is quite as cozy as a pasta bake. I can’t wait to try Gimme Some Oven‘s Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti. Ali says it is picky-eater friendly!

Can there be anything more comfort-food perfect than a French Onion Stroganoff? Host the Toast doesn’t think so! You’ll love these cheesy and oh-so creamy recipe.

Your whole family will adore Cooking Classy‘s Creamy Broccoli Chicken Shells and Cheese. I always eat my veggies with a side of cheese, don’t you?

What is your favorite dish to cozy up with? Let me know in the comments!

With cheese,

Grace

 

 

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Cheese is easily one of my favorite things in all the world. And I’m not just talking favorite food; I’m talking my favorite amongst all things. My mom told me that she had cravings for cheese when she was pregnant with me, so my love of cheese may have been preordained. In fact, I’ve recently created a few amazing cheese related recipes on my own blog include Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with Bacon and Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

Today’s post is in celebration of my love of cheese and was inspired by two different things. First, the October issue of BHG. In case you missed it, here’s a little peek inside.

These are cheese balls shaped and decorated to look like apples. Mind blowning. What a fabulous, yet totally simple idea. It’s all in the details.

I was also inspired by this recipe for Bacon Cheddar Cheese Balls from BHG online.

I followed the recipe as written to create my fall-inspired cheese balls. I didn’t have any pimentos on hand, however, so I did substitute chopped kalamata olives. That’s one of things I love about cheese balls – you can readily use any combination of flavors and cheeses to create a delicious spread. My one recommendation for a can’t-miss product: use high-quality cheese and shred it yourself. As much as I love the time-saving benefits of packaged shredded cheese, nothing beats freshly shredded for this recipe.

With the cheese ball mixture made and cooled, I shaped the ball into an organic / natural-looking apple. To complete the look, as in the magazine feature, I snipped a few branches from an apple tree in my backyard and tucked them into the top to simulate a stem.

Perfect!

Details and simple touches like this get me every time. This is what entertaining is all about. These are the small things that guests remember and can’t wait to repeat when they get home or tell their friends about.

Plus, it involves cheese, and who doesn’t love cheese?

Again, you can get the recipe for these cheese balls here. I hope you enjoy the recipe and the presentation.

Happy Cooking!

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

 

 

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