Because a new year is upon us, I got to thinking about the things that I found this past year while junk hunting. This year was definatly about Pyrex collecting for me. At every antique store, yard sale & flea market I was on the hunt for a piece of Pyrex to add to my collection. This snowflake baker was my favorite Pyrex find of the year. I love it's petite size and aqua color. It is only about 1" deep, which makes it perfect to bake up fun appetizers like Hot Sausage Dip - (shown).
I actually owe this find to my friend Alexis. We were out antique shopping this past summer when I stumbled upon this baker for sale. I had it in my hand to buy it, but for some reason I questioned the purchase and almost put it back. I wasn't positive that I "needed" it. What do you really "need" at the antique store really? She convinced me to get it and I'm really glad that I did. I smile whenever I look at it and I think of her at the same time.
Reflecting on the past year has made me realize that I want to scale back my collections and only keep those things that I love and that make me happy. The rest is going to go. This baker - it stays!
Here is the recipe for Hot Sausage Dip in case you want to try it. It would make a great appetizer for New Years. Enjoy!
Hot Sausage Dip
1 lb. bulk hot sausage
1 chopped onion
1 large or 2 small red or yellow peppers cut into small pieces
oil for pan
1 block cream cheese - softened
small jar of your favorite salsa
1 cup shredded parmesan or provolone cheese
In a skillet with oil cook onion, pepper and sausage. Once cooked allow to cool. Drain grease.
In a seperate bowl mix together cream cheese and salsa. Add cooled sausage, onion & peppers. Mix in cheese. Spread the mixture into a baking dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Serve hot on Ritz crackers.