Creamy Pumpkin Dip and Cinnamon Crisps

Pumpkin Dip

This simple and delicious Pumpkin Dip is perfect for dipping cinnamon crisps, graham crackers or fruit and tastes just like Pumpkin Pie.

Creamy Pumpkin Dip

15 oz can of pumpkin
1 small pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
8 oz tube Cool Whip
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix pumpkin, pudding mix and cinnamon together.  Stir in Cool Whip.  Chill before serving.


Cinnamon Crisps

Flour tortillas
melted butter

Brush melted butter on both sides of tortilla and sprinkle both sides with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Use knife or cookie cutters, cut into pieces or fun shapes.

Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350º for 10 minutes or until golden browing


Easiest Ever Chili Cheese Dip

Just in time for Football season, here’s a fan favorite that can be thrown together in minutes if friends drop by to watch the game.  Good thing it’s so easy – it’s been known to disappear as fast as you can make it.


Chili Cheese Dip


1 8 oz bar of cream cheeseChili Cheese Dip
1 can Hormel® Chili with Beans
1 cup shredded cheese (Mexican or cheddar)
Tortilla chips



Spread 1 bar of cream cheese in a round pie plate.

Cover with  1 can of chili with beans and 1 cup shredded cheese.

Microwave 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve with chips





Savory Sausage and Rice Skillet

savory-sausage-rice-skillet-large-25652The lazy days of summer are over and a new academic year will soon be in full swing! With it comes the beginning of after-school activities, sports’ practice and school projects that will need attending to. Skip the urge to answer the call for dinner with a quick trip for fast food on those super-busy weeknights. Replace it with this no muss, no fuss simply delicious dish for Savory Sausage and Rice Skillet from, instead! It features a healthy mix of protein, grains and vegetables for a well-balanced diet and, because it takes little time to prepare, you’ll be able to set it, forget it and catch up with your kids as it cooks!

Savory Sausage and Rice Skillet


1 pound sweet Italian pork sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces 
2 stalks celery, sliced (about 1 cup)
1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 medium green pepper, cut into 2-inch-long strips (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 2-inch-long strips (about 1 1/2 cups)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1/2 cup uncooked wild rice
3 1/2 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth or Swanson® Chicken Stock
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 


Cooking Directions


  1. Cook the sausage in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often. Stir in the celery, onion, peppers, garlic and thyme and cook until the vegetables are tender.

Stir the brown rice, wild rice and broth in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low.  Cover and cook for 45 minutes or until the sausage is cooked through and the rice is tender. Stir in the parsley.

Written By: Victoria Williams

Frosty Strawberry Squares

Frosty Strawberry SquaresA healthy heart starts with a well-balanced diet. Incorporating superfoods such as strawberries will help to improve heart health, reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and lower blood pressure, according to Driscolls website.

Walnuts are also a superfood.  They protect against heart disease and help naturally lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, according to a website called

And both serve as main ingredients in this month’s featured recipe: Frosty Strawberry Squares!


Frosty Strawberry Squares


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 egg whites
1 cup white sugar
2 cups sliced strawberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup heavy cream

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, walnuts and melted butter. Toast in the oven until walnuts are fragrant, about 15 minutes; stir occasionally. Sprinkle 2/3 of the walnut mixture evenly over the bottom of the 9×13 inch dish.
  3. In a large bowl, whip the egg whites with the lemon juice until they can hold a soft peak. Gradually add white sugar while continuing to whip to firm peaks. Fold in the strawberries.
  4. In a separate bowl, whip the cream with an electric mixer until stiff but not grainy. Fold into the strawberry mixture. Spoon over the crust in the dish and spread evenly. Top with the remaining walnut mixture. Freeze for 6 hours, or overnight.


Written by Victoria Williams

Simple Seafood Newburg

Looking for a new meatless dish?  Try this simple and delicious recipe for Seafood Newburg made with Campbell’s Cream of Shrimp soup.


1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp butter
1 lb seafood of any combination (shrimp, scallops, lobster etc.)
1 can Campbell’s Cream of Shrimp soup
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1/4 cup sherry
3 oz package cream cheese
4 servings rice


  • In a skillet, cook the minced garlic in butter for a minute on medium-high flame.  shrimpNewburg
  • Add the seafood and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the soup, sherry and Old Bay.  Add the cream cheese and continue stirring until well blended.
  • Reduce heat to low and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve over rice and enjoy!

Sweet Potato Souffle

Looking for something new to add to your traditional Thanksgiving favorites?  Try this delicious sweet potato dish.


3 cups (approx 4-6) mashed sweet potatoesSweet Potato Souffle
1/2 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Cook sweet potatoes, let cool and peel.  Mash potatoes in large mixing bowl.  Add remaining ingredients.  Spread into 9″ round quiche pan or pie plate



 1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup butter

Soften butter slightly.  Combine all other ingredients.  Cut in butter with a pastry blender.  Spread evenly over dish.  Bake at 400º for 30 minutes

Warm Apple Oatmeal Crisp

Apple Oatmeal Crisp

What could be better in this weather than warm apple crisp made with fresh picked apples?  This recipe is easy, mess-free, and made with ingredients you probably have on-hand.  Make some for your family to enjoy tonight, and try to get a bite yourself before it’s gone!


1 cup brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 stick butter, melted
3 cups apples – peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°.  Lightly grease an 8-inch square pan.

In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, oats, flour and butter until crumbly.

Place half of crumb mixture in pan.

Spread the apples evenly over crumb mixture. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

Top with remaining crumb mixture.

Bake  40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown.




Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Cake

One of our favorite dessert recipes!

IngredientsChocolate Chip Cake

1 stick butter
8 oz sour cream
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
12 oz bag chocolate chips
½ cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375°

Cream butter with mixer and add sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Mix until well blended.

Mix all dry ingredients and add to egg mixture, alternating with sour cream.

Sour cream chocolate chip cake

Angel food cake pan

Pour half of batter into greased angel food cake pan (see photo)

Combine filling/topping ingredients and layer half of the mixture over the batter.

Add another layer of batter.

Top with remaining filling/topping mixture.

Bake at 375º for 30 minutes.

Italian Pasta Salad with Jersey Tomatoes

If you’re hosting or attending an end of summer BBQ or picnic, here’s an easy and delicious pasta salad recipe.  It’s especially good at this time of year with all of the fresh in-season Jersey tomatoes.


1 lb box Rotelle pasta

2 large ripe Jersey tomatoes

1 small red onion

3/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 2 tsp oregano

3/4 cup parmesan cheese



Cook pasta al dente, drain and set aside.

Cut tomatoes and onions into bite sized pieces and combine with pasta in large bowl.

Combine oil, vinegar and spices to make dressing and pour over pasta. Mix well.

Add parmesan cheese and mix well.

Best if chilled for a couple of hours before serving.






Simple Seafood Recipes

Entertaining this weekend?  Need a simple go-to recipe?  These simple seafood recipes are sure to get rave reviews!


Incredibly Easy Grilled Shrimp


1-2 lbs jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 bottle Newman’s Own Caesar Salad Dressing


Marinate for 2 hrs in Newman’s Own Caesar dressing

Grill 1 1/2 minutes on each side, until shrimp is opaque


Broiled Tilapia Parmesan 


1 lb Tilapia filets

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp softened butter

2 1/2 Tbsp mayonnaise

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1/8 tsp dried basil

1/8 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp onion (or garlic) powder

1/8 tsp celery salt



In a small bowl mix together Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise, lemon juice and spices and set aside.

Arrange filets on a lightly greased broiling pan and broil a few inches from the heat for 3 minutes.

Flip the filets and broil on reverse side for 3 more minutes.

Remove from oven and cover (top side only) with the Parmesan mixture.

Broil 2-3 more minutes until topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork.