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A special treat for graduation time

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I can’t believe graduation time is here…high school and college. This year is flying by. We don’t have a graduate this year…both in college. The graduation invitations are coming in from friends and family. Of course, it’s hard to believe that any of them are old enough to be graduating. With graduation comes celebrations and, of course, food always has to be in our celebrations. Gather your family and friends to celebrate the achievements of these young people. Hard work pays off. I wish all the graduates the best as they begin the next chapter of their journey through life. Remember to do what makes you happy and love what you do.

Try this dish at your celebration…

Hot Wing Dip

  • 1 (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can Swanson All White Meat Chicken, drained
  • Blue Cheese salad dressing and/or Ranch salad dressing
  • Hot sauce or Hot Wing Sauce

Spray a shallow baking dish (glass pie dish or 8×8 square baking dish) with Pam. Press cream cheese in the bottom, roughly not smooth. Scatter chicken over cream cheese. Use enough salad dressing to cover chicken. (I mix blue cheese and ranch, but the original recipe called for blue cheese. Most kids like ranch better and mixing both are really good.) Next splash the hot sauce on generously, but not a solid cover, over dressing.

Bake at 350° until bubbly. Serve warm or room temperature with Frito Scoops.

Teenagers and adults like this one, and it is very easy. Hope you enjoy.

God bless you with a wonderful celebration.


Elaine Barrett, along with husband, Rick, owns and operates The Flower Gazebo on Washington St., in downtown Albany and is part of a family of excellent southern cooks. She recently she has written and published a cookbook, “In the Kitchen with Elaine”.

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