My contribution to dip day was Fiesta Ranch Dip (http://www.sweetlittlebluebird.com/2014/01/fiesta-ranch-dip.html). Let me first start off by saying, this dip could get addicting. It is so good! I first saw this on Pinterest, and boy am I glad I did. The best part about this recipe is there is only 4 ingredients and all you do is mix them together. I doubled mine since we have a lot of people that work in the lab. I also switched it up a little to cut down on some of the spice. The recipe calls for one can of Rotel drained and 1 packet Fiesta Ranch Dip Mix, plus sour cream and cheddar cheese. When I doubled mine I used 1 can of original Rotel and 1 can of Mild Rotel. I also used 1 packet of Fiesta Ranch Dip Mix and 1 packet regular Ranch Dip Mix. I thought it was the perfect mix, not too spicy but not too mild. I would love to try this on Tacos; somebody at work said a baked potato. This dip has possibilities. Now for me, I don’t like sour cream usually but in here I do.
My contribution for Sweets Day during Lab Week was Cake Batter Fudge (http://bakedfromabox.blogspot.com/2012/07/cake-batter-fudge-10-minute-recipe.html). I saw this on Pinterest and it looked so good plus it was easy to make. You actually use boxed cake mix for this. Now I ended up using a whole box because I ended up tripling the recipe to get a 9×13 pan of fudge. This was not as big as a hit as the coffeecake but there were a few people that loved it. I think this is one of those things that you are either going to love it or hate it, there is no in between. I liked it and would probably make it again, even if it is just for myself. I think this would be a fun recipe to make with a kid, since you only use the microwave for cooking.
In April we had Lab Week, which meant we had three food days, and I of course made something for all three. They were themed days, Breakfast Day, Sweets Day, and Dip Day. First Breakfast day, for that I made a Martha White Coffeecake (http://www.marthawhite.com/recipes/double-cheesecake-strawberry-coffeecake-2713). The recipe is called Double Cheesecake Strawberry Coffeecake. Well mine was a Double Cheesecake Blueberry Coffeecake. I could not find the Strawberry Cheesecake muffin mix anywhere but I could find the Blueberry Cheesecake muffin mix so I used that instead. It was good, everyone seemed to like it and I had people asking me for the recipe. I had to double the recipe so I could make a 9×13 (lots of mouths to feed) but that was not hard. I would make this again, especially if I could find the Strawberry Cheesecake muffin mix, I love strawberry anything!
This week I have done no cooking but next week I will be. Next week is National Lab Week and since I work in a medical lab we are celebrating Lab Week. And since I am on the planning committee and I know already what we have in store for next week. One of the things we are doing is a baking contest. So I will have to bake something for that, I just haven’t quite figured out what it will be yet. I will keep you posted on what I finally decide on, how it turned out, and how I did in the contest.