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Hello Everyone! I have had this blog for years now, and as my personal life has changed, so have my tastes and eating habits...for the better!! I am now a fully plant-based eater, so my newer recipes will reflect this lifestyle and way of eating.

All of my old recipes will remain on my food blog, of course, so there will be a mixture of the old and the new for everyone to look through and choose. You can always play around with any recipe out there and make it your own, whether it's plant-based or not. There are always other options!
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Sunday, July 4, 2010

All-Beef BBQ Sliders with Smoked Gruyere Cheese & Paula Deen's Ranch Fries with Dip

The sliders are my recipe, but I got the fries and dip from Paula Deen's magazine.

1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup barbecue sauce (KC Masterpiece original)
1/2 packet meatloaf seasoning mix
1 Tbs honey

To make the sliders the right size, I rolled and patted them into about the size of the top of a drinking glass. I used Pepperidge Farm slider buns, so you can also see how big they are and make your buns around the same size. I grilled them on my George Foreman grill and melted some sliced smoked Gruyere cheese on top. Add your favorite condiments.

Paula Deen's Ranch Fries and Dipping Sauce (July/Aug 2009 magazine)
1 (26-oz.) bag frozen extra crispy fast food fries
1 (1 oz.) package ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup mayonnaise

Spray a baking sheet with no-stick cooking spray (I like to put foil over the baking sheet, then spray because it's an easy clean up when you're finished baking!). Place the fries on the baking sheet in a single layer and sprinkle 1 Tbsp of the ranch dressing mix over the fries. Bake on 450 for 11-15 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, mayonnaise, and the remainder of the ranch dressing mix until it's well blended. 

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  1. Melissa...your cooking techniques are beautiful! If they taste as good as they look....you must have a happy husband:-)))

  2. Thank you! These are so fun to make. Actually, my family likes the ranch fries and dip better than the sliders, I think! That dip is SO good, we even dip our burgers in it!! Thanks Paula Deen! =)