Mom's Party Recipes

Mom's Party Recipes

By Jennifer Semon

These are some recipes of my mother's that she makes for parties. The artichoke dip especially goes over well.

Crab Dip

1 8 oz pkg Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1 small onion

1 pkg frozen crab meat

1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce


Let cream cheese soften at room temperature, then cream it. Add diced onion, defrosted crab meat. Mix thoroughly. Season to taste with Worcestershire sauce and Lowrey's Seasoned salt (if desired). Bake in oven (350 degrees) until bubbly. Serve hot in chafing or warming dish, placing dip on Triscuits.

Mexican Dip

1 lb Monterey Jack Cheese grated

1 sm can diced green chilies

1 sm can chopped black olives

2 Roma tomatoes, chopped

3 green onions, chopped

2 T. cilantro

1 envelope good sesame salad dressing (mixed with oil & vinegar) Mix altogether and serve with tortilla chips.

Snack Crackers

2 large bags oyster crackers

1 packet Ranch Style Original dressing

1 tbsp dillweed

1.5 cups oil

Heat oil to hot on stove, add dressing and dillweed. Mix. In a large bowl, pour mixture over crackers and mix well. Stir whenever you think of it for a couple hours. Put in paper bag to soak up excess oil. Store in a covered container.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Sauté...1/2 T butter

1 onion, minced

1 clove of garlic

Then add 1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed out

6-7 mushrooms, minced (allow liquid to evaporate)

Add.....1/4 tsp. Italian herb seasoning

2 T. non-fat dry milk

Lightly heat EMPTY mushroom caps to eliminate liquid Stuff mushrooms and sprinkle with Parmesean cheese Bake at 400 degrees until they look done.

Artichoke Dip

2 packages frozen artichoke hearts, chopped fine

2 cups of Kraft Parmesan Cheese, grated

2 cups of Hellmann's Mayonnaise (or light mayo which seems to make it less greasy)

Cook, cool and chop artichokes. Mix together all ingredients. (She mixes the mayo and the cheese in the food processor, then dumps in the artichokes and pulses it a few times)

Cook in a 1.5 quart casserole dish at 350 degrees until the top is golden brown. (Start checking at 1/2 hr)

Casserole Cookies

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup coconut

1 t. vanilla

1 cup dates, chopped (NOT the prechopped ones, they're covered in sugar already and make the cookies too sweet)

1 cup walnuts

1/4 t. almond extract

Mix everything together in an electric mixer. Pour into an ungreased 2-qt. casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Stir when removed from oven. Cool mixture and form into small balls. We roll them in coconut but you could use sugar or chopped nuts.

Crème De Menthe Squares

1.) Cream together 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup sugar Beat 4 eggs into the mixer one at a time. Add 1 cup flour, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 can Hershey's chocolate syrup.

Pour mixture into ungreased 9/13 pan, bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. This gives you the cake base.

2.) Mix together 1/2 cup butter, 2 cups confectioners sugar and 2 tablespoons Creme de Menthe. Spread over cooled cake and refrigerate until firm.

3.) 1 6oz pkg chocolate chips, 6 tablespoons butte Melt together and cool slightly. Poor over top and frost-if it's the right temperature it will spread evenly and there will be no need to spread it with a knife. Chill and cut. Keep refrigerated.

About the Author

Jenn a long time member of our TeaTime Crafters discussion list. She is a former preschool gymnastic teacher who has gone back to college in St. Louis and is majoring in European History. She is also a fencer, a crafter and one of our favorite visitors!

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