Friday, December 12, 2008

Artichoke Dip

Lake effect has buried the yard in 5 inches of snow. Cocktail hour demands a warm-me-up. Joan brought this old favorite out of the oven.

Let it snow.

2 (12 oz.) cans artichoke hearts

1 c. Parmesan cheese

1 c. mayonnaise

Dash of salt, pepper, paprika & garlic powder

Drain artichokes well. Cut into bite-size pieces. Mix with mayonnaise and cheese. Dash of salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder. Place in pie plate or quiche dish. Bake at 350º for 20 minutes. Serve hot with crackers or cocktail bread.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pork Chops with Apples and Stuffing

Joan's birthday but we begged her to cook. She obliged by serving this savory pork combination. The sweet apples made this meal disappear quickly.

Preparation: 10 min. Total: 50 min. Makes 6 servings.

1 pkg. (6 oz.) Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Chicken

1 can (21 oz.) apple pie filling

6 boneless pork loin chops (1 1/2 Ib.), 3/4 inch thick

HEAT oven to 375°F. Prepare stuffing as directed on package.

SPREAD pie filling on to bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with chops and stuffing. Cover with foil.

BAKE 30 min.; uncover. Bake an additional 10 min. or until chops are cooked through (160°F).

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tuscan Chicken Simmer

What to have for dinner? Then in our mailbox an email from This simple, quick meal was just what was needed for this wintery day. Served it over linguini.

Prep Time: 5 min. Total Time: 25 min. Makes: 4 servings

4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup pesto
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes
1 cup KRAFT Finely Shredded Italian* Five Cheese Blend

HEAT large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cover skillet with lid. Cook 5 to 7 min. on each side or until chicken is cooked through (165ºF). Remove chicken from skillet; keep warm.

REDUCE heat to medium. Add cream cheese, water, pesto and tomatoes to skillet. Cook, uncovered, 2 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

RETURN chicken to skillet. Cook and stir 1 min. or until chicken is coated and heated through. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Serving Suggestion: Spoon over hot cooked ravioli or fettuccine.