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9/20/11 9:55 A

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Thank you all for the gluten free product tips. I did find those nut thins and love them with red pepper hummus. I bought some gluten free flour and will try to make some bread when I feel ambitious LOL!






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I have seen packages of Uncle Bob's gluten free products at my grocery, and I know they have a web site where you can buy more in bulk and get reduced prices. My first and second packages of steel cut oatmeal were theirs; then I discovered the bulk bins at the grocery store! I did check it out on the website, and it was 1/2 to 2/3 of the price, I think. It would be work checking out.

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Gabby, this may sound werid, but I've done it several times - check out Amazon.com for Gluten Free food. They have great sales, you can often get things much cheaper than health food store prices. And lots of times I've gotten free shipping too. Of course, you'll want to try the item first to see if you like it because sometimes you need to order 6 boxes to get a great price. Depending on the state you live in, it really is hard to find health food stores. We live in NH and even the regular grocery stores carry several GF items. There are good health food stores to choose from also. (I think New England has more old hippies - LOL) One particular brand that we found is a winner almost always is Glutino.

Follow-up to my question that started this thread - on our weekend campout I made the Smoked Salmon appetizers and also the Dill PIckle ones. Both were a huge hit - no leftovers! The men really liked the dill pickle ones, I used black pastrami, cream cheese w/lots of horseradish and a crunchy style pickle. The smoked salmon was my favorite - I'll make them both again. Thanks group!

Ruthann, I love the Jalapeno poppers also. Once we get to Texas and the fresh peppers are plentiful, I'll try them with Peanut Butter!



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HI,
My favorite happy hour food
was stuffed Jalapeno peppers.

Cut them in half and roast them over a grill. You can also bake them in an oven,

I stuffed them with cream cheese and the favorite was PEANUT BUTTER.

Make sure you remove all the seeds and the flavor from the peppers are wonderful and they are not Hot.

Yum!

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9/5/11 6:30 P

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I saw an ad for those Blue Diamond crackers but my supermarket doesn't carry them. It sounds like it might be worth a 20 mn drive to Walmart. We don't even have a decent health food store.
Thanks ladies :)






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I don't do too many snacks like this but you all have put up some really good ideas. I'll have to jot them down somewhere for the holidays when I actually have people over, lol.
Gabby, I do agree that being gluten intolerant is no reason to have to give up on crackers. There are way too many choices out there for you now.

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Great ideas here...need to copy some down.

If you have a Harry & Davids store near by, a good recipe is to use a jar of their Pepper Relish, an 8 oz light cream cheese, and a large can of drained pineapple. Mix together and serve over crackers. It's easy to keep this on hand in the MH for a quick "throw-together" for the spur of the moment get-togethers.

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I'll jump in and agree with Mary! The Blue Diamond Nut-Thins are a favorite in our house and we eat them just because they are so good. We like the Almond ones the best but they are all good. So crunchy right out of the box!



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9/4/11 1:49 P

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Gabby - don't go without crackers. There are several tasty gluten free crackers out there. DH is gluten intolerant so I'm always trying the new GF products. Here's some good ones: any of the Blue Diamond Nut-Thins (Pecan, Smokehouse Almond, Hazelnut, Country Ranch Almond, Cheddar Cheese Almond). They are great, I serve them all the time when we have friends and family over and everyone likes them. A new one I just found is Crunchmaster 7 Ancient Grains. They are super. I have found all of these in a regular supermarket, a health food store will have more to choose from. Good luck!

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Chile n Cheese Roll-Ups
serves 12 - 16
makes 48 appetizers

4 oz. non fat or light cream cheese, softened
1 c. shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
1 can (4 oz) diced green chiles, drained
1/2 c. thinly sliced green onions, including crisp green tops
1/3 cup chopped black olives or 2/3c drained black beans
2 (12 inch) flour or whole wheat tortillas or for variety & color try
spinach, (green), or sun dried tomato (red) wraps
Optional: dash tabasco, sauce, pimiento, or cilantro leaves

In a bowl, blend softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onion,
chilies, olives/beans, and any additional ingredients. Spread
mixture on each tortilla. Roll up tortillas, jelly rool fashion, tucking
in each end. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least
one hour or up to 5 days.

To serve cut each tortilla into 1/2 inch thick slices.

May be served with salsa for a dipping sauce.

Per slice, 19 cal, 0.8g fat, 2g carb, 2mg chol, 32mg sod.

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Veggie Pizza

I've made this one with a thin crust Bobblie (sp)

Biscuit crust cooked round to fit pan/dish

Spread with cream cheese, tuna and green onion mixed.

Outside circle lay sliced cherry tomatoes

Next inside circle of tiny broccoli flowerettes

Next thin slices of U shaped celery

Circle of sliced mushrooms

A little shredded cheese and in the center
make a star of red bell peppers

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Stuffed Celery

1/4 cup Philadelphis Light Cream Cheese Spread
1/3 cup dried cranberries
4 stalks celery

Mix cream cheese spread and cranberries until
well blended.

Press evenly into hollow centers of celery.

Cut each stalk crosswise into four pieces.

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This was such a good topic but does anyone have any diet friendly snack recipes? I can't eat crackers - gluten sensitivity. I can't even eat my own suggestion because there's too much fat and nitrates in the meat LOL! Veggie platters are getting boring. Nuts have too many calories.

I forget about that pepper jelly recipe. I still have 4 jars of pepper jelly in the pantry too bad I can't eat crackers anymore emoticon

Boy I sure do sound whiny, but this post reminded me about how much I miss my snacks!






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I'm loving all these suggestions and I'm putting them on recipe cards to refer to when needed.
I also thought of another thing that goes over better than you would think, especially if it's warm out as they are cool and refreshing.

Double Decker Knox Blox

3 envelopes Knox Gelatin
3 - 3oz pkg jello (any flavor but all the same)
2 1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 pt heavy whipping cream

In large bowl, combine Knox with jello. Then add boiling water and stir until disolved. Stir in the heavy cream. Pour in a shall pan. Chill until firm. I use a 9x9 square pan.

As the jello sets up, the cream rises to the top. The bottom layer is clear and the top is a creamy layer. It is much better than normal finger jello and the adults love it. For Holidays I make a double batch. For example at Christmas, I do red/green. Thanksgiving yellow/orange. You get the idea!





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Mary, no toasting needed, The fresher the bread, the better. Glad it soundsd good to you.



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I forgot to tell y'all a Happy Hour drink that we had at a recent rally. We were parked near some really nice folks and one night 3 of us couples had an impromptu gathering. One couple brought drinks - Pink Pantie Pull-Downs:

Take a large pitcher with lots of ice, add a can of frozen pink lemonade, fill the can with vodka and pour that in, (I think they used a 12-oz can!) then top it all off with 3 bottles of beer. Serve while still fizzy.

I know, it sounds awful, but it was actually pretty good. We had never met either of these couples before parking near them, but we all became good friends. We'll always remember that as the Pink Pantie Pull-Down rally!


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Okay... I think I know what I'm taking next weekend. It will be a combo of what Sharon suggested and what Gabby suggested. I like the cream cheese w/horseradish idea and will spread it on some kind of sliced meat and wrap around a dill pickle.

I'll also take what Gail suggested - the smoked salmon spread. Do you toast the baguette slices first?

(sure hope I got the 'G' names with the right suggestions (Gail & Gabby). My memory is awful and I can't look back right now to check.)

So this way I'll get to make them both and it will give our group a couple new choices. The meatballs in crock pot are always a hit but they do show up pretty frequently. I've done chicken wings in crock pot but they're messy.

Thanks again and keep the ideas coming!!

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The first time I decided to take frozen type of meat balls in the crock pot with grape jelly and chili sauce I think we had three pots of meat balls in some kind of sauce.

Lately I've been taking deviled eggs because nobody else does and they are always eaten.
We get lots of the frozen ready to heat appetizers. The best ones are Nancy's quiche. Little mini size and come frozen ready to heat. They don't last long.

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My sister has a small business and makes hot pepper jelly [shameless plug there, but you can get it anywhere, of course, if you know where to look]. I like to use it with the cream cheese, too.

Reading that reminded me of a friend who takes the cream cheese, and opens a jar of salsa over it, and then serves it with crackers.

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Mary - this was a wonderful idea for a thread! Lots of good ideas already and hopefully we're just getting started.

Another snack I enjoy is to take a block of cream cheese and top it with a small jar of red pepper jelly. The red and white looks pretty and tastes yummy. Serve with crackers. It depends on what jelly you purchase, some are really hot so just be aware!



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I like to take a brick of cream cheese, let it get soft and mix in some horseradish. Start with a teaspoon (I just use a regular utensil, not a measuring teaspoon) and a dash of worcestershire sauce. Taste a little and see if it's tangy enough. If not add more horseradish to taste. Take jar of Dried Beef (or deli salami works well too) and just spread some on a slice (like you were spreading on mayo or mustard - not a real lot, but enough to taste) and roll up. My DH doesn't like cream cheese but he loves these.






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Wow Gail and Sharon! Those are both excellent ideas! That's exactly what I was looking for - a recipe that's fairly easy, finger-food type, and not the same run-of-the-mill. I just may be making both of them for next weekend. Thanks.

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I make smoked salmon dip. It is always a big hit. Now we smoke our own salmon but you can find it most stores.

lite cream cheese
diced red onion
capers, chopped fine
smoked salmon mix all together and serve with baguette slices or crackers but it is best with the bread

You don't need a lot of salmon,



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We often bring Polish Roses. If you're not familiar with them, you take some deli sliced corned beef, ham or roast beef. Spread the meat with whipped cream cheese and then wrap the meal around a green onion or a dill pickle wedge. They always go over big and I NEVER have any leftovers when Happy Hour is done.



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I'm always stumped as to what to bring for a snack to share at our RV club's happy hours. What's your favorite thing to take to a get-together with a camping group? Our groups are usually 15-30 people and are overflowing with chips & salsa, so I'd like some new ideas. We have a Micro/Convection oven in the coach, but no 'real' oven. Also have a toaster oven, medium size crock pot, and a medium size gas grill. Thanks a bunch!!

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