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back in the saddle

Hello friends,

I’ve put off this day for far too long. I’m going through some life changes. As such, blogging about food and entertaining and putting on the “everything is just fine” face has felt disingenuous.

After trying several times over the past five weeks to get a post up and stopping short each time, I have decided that today is the day.

My last post, on January 13th, was a recipe from our 2016 Holiday Appetizer Pot-Luck. I figure that is as good a place as any to pick up where I left off and get on with it!

These chicken cheeseballs were a big hit and could not be easier to throw together. They can be assembled, lined up on the baking sheet, covered with plastic wrap and then refrigerated the night before or in the morning and then baked off just before your guests arrive. They are even delicious at room temperature. I’m certain they would be great the next day too, but there were none left, so I can’t swear to that.

Spicy Chicken Cheeseballs

  • 3 cups all-purpose baking mix (such as Bisquick)
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha or other hot sauce, plus more for serving
  • 4 cups sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until just combined.

Form into 2-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 22 to 26 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with additional Sriracha on the side for dipping or drizzling.

Makes 34 to 36

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8 comments

1 Peggy { 02.20.17 at 8:17 AM }

So glad you’re back blogging. I’ve missed it!!

2 Ronnie Jaap { 02.20.17 at 9:15 AM }

Glad you are back too! Love this recipe – delicious, easy and can be made ahead! Trifecta!

3 Vicki Dickerson { 02.20.17 at 9:30 AM }

These look amazing! Every recipe of yours I’ve tried has been filed in my “wonderful recipe” binder!

4 Sue { 02.20.17 at 10:02 AM }

Hope all is well for you! Miss your every day blogs but life can get in the way of everything.

5 Sloane { 02.20.17 at 10:53 AM }

Yummy!

6 barbara { 02.20.17 at 11:36 AM }

Wish I’d known you weren’t feeling up so I could have reached out. Glad you’re blogging again because you are so good at it! Love –

7 Sharon { 02.20.17 at 6:31 PM }

Hey, sorry for whatever has you down and hope you are doing better. I’m a pretty good listener if what’s wrong needs listening to.

8 Janis { 02.21.17 at 5:55 PM }

Linda, I send you all my positive thoughts, and I have missed your blogs. I hope things are ok for you or at least getting better. You are one of the dearest women I have ever known, and I admire you so much. It will be forever in my heart that you wanted to visit me when I was so sick. Love to you and your family. Janis

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