Sunday, November 05, 2006


I've always loved the holidays. Food. Drink. Time off of work. Always having to come up with something in the food group to bring to the next party always created a problem. Then I found these two food jewels. Believe it or not, once they try them your friends will ask for the recipes.

Bagnet (pronounced Bon Yet)

1 can anchovy fillets, minced (You don't have to like anchovies - they blend in. You'll never know they're there unless the thought of eating those little puppies gets into your mind. Lesson numerno one in learning how to eat strange food or dating members of the opposite sex : Mind over matter).

1 (12 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup chopped parsley

2-5 cloves garlic, minced - or more if you love garlic...if that's the case scratch the women part of wine, women and song. It will be just song.

Dash of wine vinegar.

Combine anchovy fillets, parsley and garlic in bow and mash well. Add softened cream cheese, blend well. Moisten with the wine vinegar. Serve as a spread with stoned wheat crackers. Note: Northern Italians omitted the cream cheese and dipped raw vegetables or bread into the mixture or used the mixture to stuff raw potatoes.

This is killer. One bite and you'll eat the whole dish. If you don't believe me you need to Cowboy Up and just do it!

Pepperoncini Stuffed with Peanut Butter

This is the real deal, no kidding around on this one. Guys, this is so easy you can cook this baby up on the tailgate of your truck just before you walk into the party.

1 jar Pepperoncini

1 jar smooth peanut butter (crunchy will do)

Slice the peppers on length wise

Using a butter knife (or your standard 16" double edge knive you take with you to parties), stuff each pepper with peanut butter.

Put those babies on a plate and put a bunch of parsley around the edges of the plate. People will think you're Martha Stewart's husband.

As strange as it may seem, this dish is tasty. I guarantee it.

Viola!!! . . . all set for the holiday parties.

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