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I made the following this weekend:

Blue Cheese Bacon Puffs
Source: Recipezaar
Makes 48 puffs

1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
8 pieces bacon, crumbled
6 eggs
8 ounces crumbled blue cheese
4 green onions, chopped

Bring water and butter to a boil over medium heat.

Stir in flour, salt and both peppers with a wooden spoon until mixture leaves the sides of pan and forms a soft ball.

Remove from heat.

Beat in eggs, one at a time.

Add cheese, onion and bacon.

Dip by teaspoonful onto a lightly-greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 F for 20 to 25 minutes.

Okra-Walnut Salad
Source: Southern Living
Makes 8 servings

1 24-ounce package frozen breaded cut okra
3 5-ounce packages salad greens
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 to 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1 (15-ounce) bottle spinach salad dressing

Bake breaded okra at 425 F in a single layer on a lightly-greased baking sheet for 20 minutes or until golden brown, or fry okra according to package directions.

Toss together okra, salad greens, sliced onion, and walnuts in a large serving bowl.

Heat dressing according to package directions. Serve warm with salad.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used T. Marzetti's Spinach Salad Dressing.

I'd make the puffs again, but I'd add a little garlic as an accent flavor. Everybody really liked them and went for seconds, but interestingly, men seemed to like them noticeably more than women. I can't recall quite such a gender split on a food item before.

The salad was okay (I used pecans instead of walnuts), but I doubt I'd make it again. It was easy, but I didn't find it very interesting, although others seemed to like it a little more than I did. I'll admit that I'm a little surprised by that, because Southern Living's recipes usually exceed my expectations.



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Feb. 27th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
men seemed to like them noticeably more than women. I can't recall quite such a gender split on a food item before.
Oh that's an easy one - they have bacon. I've found that the Y chromosome is intimitely tied to the searing flesh of swine. They cannot resist it. One of David's fondest dining memories is when we ordered some goofy named things that turned out to be batter-dipped deep friend bacon-wrapped shrimp. I had to peel off the bacon and batter bits and I ate the shrimp, but David happily scooped up my deep fried bacon remenants and ate them merrily.
I nearly gagged.

Love that man :)
Feb. 28th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
Hee! My team lead said the same thing. She asked for the recipe specifically because she knows her husband loves bacon. And my husband, sheesh -- I made a corn chowder that required four pieces of bacon. I bought five, just because I knew he'd want one. Well, he whined until I gave him a second one, so I didn't have as much as the recipe called for! Where other people will have two slices, he'll eat four. He's a bacon junkie!
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