Scents of the Season December 24, 2015 10:18 2 Comments

Have you ever caught a familiar scent in the air and had it trigger a holiday memory? The way asphalt smells after the first light snow makes me double check my fingertips to see if they’re chilled as they were on early walks to the school bus as a child. Some of my favorite holiday memories center around scents of the season, but especially the aromas of our special dishes that we only make at Christmas time.

Cooking and baking with my family brings about hours of story telling and laughter. We reminisce as we sauté, baste, and frost in preparation for holiday feasts.  One of our favorite recipes is a Spicy Sausage Dip that is consumed in about half the time it takes to make. This is a dish that I make with my daughters every Christmas, and the scent of the sausage mixing with the other ingredients makes it possible to recall the girls when they were so tiny they had to stand on chairs to help me cook.  Now, they can create this appetizer on their own, but we still cook together.

As I prepare to make this today, I am sharing the recipe for you in the hopes that when you make it, you too are able to reminisce and laugh with family and friends just as we have done around our kitchen for years.

Easy Sausage Dip

1 block of cream cheese (8 oz)

1 lb roll of “spicy” breakfast sausage

1 can of Ro-Tel, drained (whichever spice level you like)

Fry up the sausage and then drain it. Mix in the cream cheese and Ro-Tel and stir it until it’s all mixed and melted. Pour this into a baking dish and cover with shredded cheese. Bake uncovered until the cheese is melted to your liking. Serve with your favorite fresh tortilla chips. I would advise making a double batch because it goes quickly!

Do you have a favorite holiday recipe that is meaningful to you? Share it with me in the comments!


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