I started blogging out of my passion for baking and cooking, which coincided with seeing the movie Julie & Julia. Since I joined Foodbuzz in July 2010, I have had several revelations. The first and foremost thing I discovered was that there is such a wonderful, caring community on the other side of my computer screen. Due to my naivete, I never knew that there were so many food bloggers. I want to thank all of my friends that have supported me, and offered suggestions. At this point, I still feel like my blog is a WIP, Work In Progress.
The second revelation was that if you are a food blogger, you have to be a baker or chef/cook, writer, food stylist, photographer, and marketing manager. Whew, that's a lot of hats to wear, and more to being a food blogger, than I first realized. It's a lot of work, but also a lot of fun, and made wonderful friends.
The third revelation I had was that I need to learn a whole lot more about photography in general, and food photography, in particular, since I knew nothing about photography, when I started blogging.. I am in awe of so many food bloggers pictures and cameras, Also, I have to get a new camera. Santa brought me a new food processor, so I have to get the camera. I probably can't get a D-SLR yet, so I need suggestions for a good point and shoot camera.
In addition to the wonderful friends, there are so many wonderful and delicious recipes to try. I have discovered the beautiful pomegranates, quinoa, the ease of making pie crust, the many joys of pumpkin and squashes, the world of candy in baked goods, cupcakes, and so many more too numerous to mention. So as the year ends, I'll give you the recipe for this family tradition, Hanky Panks.
What are Hanky Panks you ask? Well, they are an appetizer recipe handed down from my late mother-in-law. Cocktail rye is topped with a mixture of ground beef, italian sausage, spices. and melted velveeta cheese and baked or microwaved. This recipe has evolved over the years, as health concerns and food preferences surfaced, and now my sons are making these, too.It isn't Christmas without them.
The top row of the plate is made with the traditional ground beef, Italian sausage, and Velveeta cheese. The bottom row is made with ground turkey, chicken sausage from Trader Joe's, and Velveeta cheese. The beauty of this recipe is that the Hanky Panks can be made ahead of time, assembled, and put in freezer bags. then when you want to use them, take as many as you want out of the freezer and microwave them or bake them. Also, this recipe makes a lot, big enough for a crowd. these will be going a neighborhood New Years Eve party. I want t wish all of my Foodbuzz friends a very Happy New Year and Great 2011.
1lb of ground beef or turkey
1 lb. of bulk Italian sausage, turkey sausage, or chicken sausage
1lb. Velveeta cheese
1Tsp. Italian Seasoning
2 loaves coscktail party rye
1. Brown ground beef or ground turkey and sausage, and spices.
2. Drain meats; Add velveeta cheese cut in chunks and heat until cheese is melted.
3. Broil one side of party rye in oven till lightly brown.
4.Put meat and cheese mixture on rye breads.
5. At this point, you can put the rye breads on a cookie sheet and freeze for 1 hour. Remove from cookie sheet and put in freezer bag for future use. Take out as many as needed and microwave or heat in the oven, 350 degrees for about 10 min. Enjoy