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At long's the recipe contest!

For your consideration:
The recipes are all below. Take a look, make up a batch of each, ask your favorite chef, and vote here!

Cyndi in LV

Creme De Menthe Cake  
1 box WHITE cake mix. (Not vanilla)  
1 tub Cool Whip  
Hot Fudge topping (Like you would use on ice cream)  
Creme De Menthe liqour  
Prepare the cake mix as per the directions on the box, then mix in a couple of Tablespoons of Creme De Menthe liquor. Usually two or three is best. Bake according to directions.  
Let cake completely cool. (It is very important the cake is not at all warm before adding the cool whip or it will melt.) Spread a layer of chocolate fudge topping over the cake. Do not heat the fudge, just spread it on at room temperature.  
Mix the Cool Whip with 1 or 2 Tablespoons of Creme De Menthe, to taste. The more you add, the stronger it will taste and the darker green the frosting will turn out. Be careful not to add too much or it will water down the Cool Whip. Spread over the top of the fudge topping, and chill in the fridge. Enjoy!  
**Special Note- this might not be a good recipe for office or kids’ parties.**

Kelli in Colorado

Crock Pot Spinach Dip


8 ounces cream cheese

¼ cup whipping cream

1 cup spinach

2 tablespoons chopped pimento

1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce

¼ teaspoon garlic salt (or garlic powder for stronger flavor)

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons grated onion

½ teaspoon dried leaf thyme, crumbled 

Combine cream cheese and cream in small slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW until cheese is melted, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Add remaining ingredients; cover and cook on LOW for about 45 minutes longer. Serve with tortilla chips, toast points, bagel chips, cut-up veggies, etc.

Sophie in Britain
Smoked Salmon Dill Canapes

Slices of bread
75g Smoked Salmon, cut into 16 pieces
4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled & cut into quarters
Sprigs of fresh Dill for garnishing

Toast bread on both sides; remove crusts. Butter one side and then cut out 16 rounds with biscuit cutter. Top with a piece of salmon, then a quarter of egg, and finish with a sprig of dill to garnish.

Paul in Australia

Spiced Blood-Orange Sorbet

 Serves 4.

You’ll need:

the juice of 1 lemon

4 cloves

1 cinnamon stick

2 star anise

1 litre (34 fl oz) blood orange juice

400g (14oz) sugar

pink sugar, to garnish

pink rose petals 

1. Gently heat lemon juice and a good splash of the orange juice together with the spices over very low heat. When you can smell that the cloves have begun to release their flavour, remove from heat. Allow to cool.

2. Combine the rest of the juice, sugar and lemon-clove mix in a blender. Puree until sugar has dissolved.

3. Pass the mixture through a very fine sieve, and churn in an ice cream machine until ready, at least 6 hours.

4. Serve in chilled martini glasses rimmed with pink sugar. Garnish with pink rose petals.

Merry Christmas, Sydney style!

Kelly in California

Sweet Chex Mix


9 c. of Chex brand cereals (pick one kind or mix corn, rice, etc.) 
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips 
1/2 c. peanut butter 
1/4 c. (1/2 stick) butter 
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract 
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar 


Combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter in 1 quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until smooth, stirring after 1 minute. Stir in vanilla.

Put cereal in large bowl. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal, stir until pieces are evenly coated. Then pour cereal mixture into large resealable plastic bag with powdered sugar. Shake until all pieces are well coated, spread on waxed paper to cool. Store leftovers in airtight container.

Kristina in Knoxville

Teriyaki Bacon Crunchies


3 cans whole water chestnuts

1 pound of bacon, cut into thirds

Teriyaki sauce 


Drain water chestnuts and place in bowl. Marinade in teriyaki sauce for at least two hours; drain. Wrap a third of a slice of bacon around a water chestnut; secure with toothpick, place in baking pan. Drizzle a little additional teriyaki sauce (to taste) over canapés. Bake at 350 degrees until bacon is crispy. 

Cindy in Philadelphia

White Chocolate Crackers


Ritz crackers

Peanut butter

White chocolate 


Make several closed peanut butter crackers. Melt white chocolate, dip crackers into mixture using a fork, and place on cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Put in fridge or freezer to set the white chocolate. Seal in an air-tight container for gift-giving.

Pam in Las Vegas
White Chocolate Popcorn
15 cups popped white popcorn ( or two bags of microwave popcorn.)
 ~Best if it’s pre-popped bags of white unsalted popcorn.
      ~Orville Redenbacher’s Tender White is also good (look for salt
        and butter free but the regular one is fine! )
 1 cup peanuts or chopped almonds (optional)
 12 - 16 ounces white chocolate chips or almond bark
 3 Tbsp. cooking oil
 pinch of salt ( not needed with microwave popcorn )
 4 ounces colored chocolate (Wilton colored chocolate chips from
 Michael's are great.)

        Place popcorn in a 3 gallon container w/lid.
        Melt chocolate on stove over low heat until smooth.  Add oil
 and stir. Pour over popcorn & shake container for 30 sec. – 1 min.
        Spread flat on wax paper
        Place colored chocolate in microwave on low setting.  Melt
 until smooth (30-45 seconds).  Drizzle or shake on popcorn mixture
 with a fork.  Allow to cool and dry.  ENJOY!

 (Pre-popped white popcorn can be found at Wal-Mart but it is
 seasonal.  It comes in large black and white bags.  It is on the
 chips aisle.  You could pop your own but you need to get all of the
 kernels out once it is popped. It is best if you shake the bag of
 popcorn and then scoop out the popcorn with your hands to avoid
 getting the kernels that went to the bottom of the bag.)

 *I like to use Nestle premium white chocolate chips that are found
 in all grocery stores!

What's your favorite party recipe?
Creme de Menthe Cake, Cyndi in Las Vegas
Crock Pot Spinach Dip, Kelli in Colorado
Smoked Salmon Dill Canapes, Sophie in England
Spiced Blood-Orange Sorbet, Paul in Australia
Sweet Chex Mix, Kelly in California
Teriyaki Bacon Crunchies, Kristina in Knoxville
White Chocolate Crackers, Cindy in Philadelphia
White Chocolate Popcorn, Pam in Las Vegas
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