Kathryn attended the Lipari trade show in April 2019. There she met Mary Lindeman who introduced her to Pine River products. The following recipes are from Pine River.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is an easy dip 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • ½ cup buffalo sauce
  • ¼ cup Pine River Chunky Bleu Flavor Cheese
  • ¼ cup Ranch salad dressing
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 cups cooked chicken cut into small pieces

Instructions

  • Heat oven 350 degrees
  • Combine all ingredients and place into 1 Quart baking dish
  • Bake 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through.
  • Serve with crackers, chips or vegetables

Sharp Cheddar Spinach Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese spread
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 10 oz pkg frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained squeezed dry)
  • 1 8 oz can water chestnuts (finely chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp dry minced onion
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp pimento chopped

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, blend cheese spread and sour cream until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Chill several hours or overnight. Serve with fresh vegetables or crackers.

Cauliflower Casserole

A simple recipe for a cauliflower side or main dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Dash of Pepper
  • 1 cup Milk
  • ½ cup Pine River Pepper Jack Cheese

Instructions

  • Cook whole Cauliflower for 20 to 30 minutes or break up in large flower heads, drain
  • Put into greased casserole. Melt butter, stir in flower salt and pepper. Add milk slowly and cook until thicken, like gravy. Slowly stir in pepper cheese until melted. Pour over the top of the Cauliflower . Can add crushed cornflakes, dried onions or fresh sliced scallions for color and texture to the top. Bake 375 for 25 minutes
  • Serve while hot.

Tuscan Asiago Soup

Ingredients

  • ½ lb bacon
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 2 onions diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 4 large potatoes peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup Pine River Asiago cheese spread
  • 4 cups fresh kale or fresh spinach leaves chopped

Instructions

  • Brown bacon and sausage together until nicely browned. Add onion until translucent about two minutes, then add minced garlic. Stir in the chicken broth, pepper and sliced potatoes, bringing to boil. Cook until potatoes are soft, 10 to 15 minute. Gently add half and half, fold in Asiago cheese until melted. Stir in the kale or spinach cook until wilted. Serve in soup bowls.

Kathryn makes a fast Jalapeno, cream cheese, and bacon appetizer.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Peppers

Jalapeno Peppers stuffed with Cream Cheese and Wrapped with Bacon and then Broiled. Great Appetizer!!! Try it you will love it.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 6 Medium Jalapeno Peppers Cut in half
  • 1 8 oz Package Block Philadelphia cream cheese Softened
  • 6 Strips bacon Stringy Bacon

Instructions

  • Use plastic gloves when working with Jalapeno Peppers Cut Jalapeno Peppers in Half (long ways) Clean all the seeds out of the peppers then take your cream cheese put in bowl and mash it. Then scoop up cream cheese with your hand and put it in the Jalapeno pepper to fill it completely. Then take the strip of bacon and wrap completely around the pepper put into pan and broil until bacon is browned.

Caesar Salad Pickups

Ingredients: 10 Romaine Lettuce Leaves – Washed 1 cup of Romano or Parmesan Cheese ½ cup of Caesar Dressing 1 Cup of croutons – crushed Directions: Place one leaf at a time on a cutting board drizzle Caesar Dressing on the leaf then drizzle cheese on it Then drizzle a little more dressing on leaf and then sprinkle crushed croutons on leaf place leaves on serving tray or stand leaves upright in a bowl.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Heathy Shakes, Italian
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 10 Romaine Lettuce Leaves Washed (use salad spinner or paper towels to remove moisture.
  • 1 cup Romano or Parmesan Cheese Grated
  • 1/2 cup Caesar Dressing
  • 1 cup Croutons crushed

Instructions

  • Ingredients: 10 Romaine Lettuce Leaves – Washed 1 cup of Romano or Parmesan Cheese ½ cup of Cesar Dressing 1 Cup of croutons – crushed Directions: Place one leaf at a time on a cutting board drizzle Caesar Dressing on the leaf then sprinkle cheese on it. Next, drizzle a little more dressing on the leaf and sprinkle crushed croutons on leaf place leaves on serving tray.
    Caesar Salad Pickups

Kathryn Raaker and Karen Schaefer cook some delicious down-on-the-farm specialties at the “Schaefer Indiana Farm and Bed & Breakfast” in Sunman, IN. Karen grows her own vegetables and berries and shares her insights into healthy cooking, cooking with venison, and cooking with and caring for cast iron.

For more information about the Schaefer Indiana Farm and Bed & Breakfast, visit their website at: schaefersindianafarmbb.com or call, 812.623.3292.