Provided by Frank E. Vaerewijck, The Firehouse Foodie
With only days before Christmas and New Years, holiday parties are everywhere. For professional kitchen staff this is a busy time of the year, with catering jobs galore. For the Fire Department its a busy time with winter weather, uncleaned fire places, and the occasional overzealous cook that lights an unexpected fire in their kitchen that needs our attention. In either case, there is always time to get together with family and friends to celebrate this joyous time of the year.
A few things that we can do to stay a little safer this season is change the batteries in our smoke detectors, if you didn’t do it when the time changed. Clean your chimney if you have one. Clean your oven, and vent filter above your oven. PWL Make sure you have at a minimum a small fire extinguisher in the kitchen that is easy to get to. If you’re cooking with grease, make sure you have a lid for the pan you are using, or some flour handy in case the oil catches fire. If you can safely place the lid over the burning oil, this will remove the oxygen, thus smothering the fire. Flour does the same thing, but never never never use water on a grease or oil fire! The grease or oil will float on the water still burning, and will start one of those fires in your kitchen that needs our attention. If you want a house full of Firefighters, stop by the station and invite us to the party; we like it better that way.
This month’s recipe comes from my wife, best friend and a huge supporter of the Fire Department. She loves to entertain, and small get togethers with family and friends are always enjoyable when she hosts. This Buffalo Chicken Dip is a quick easy delight that is sure to get compliments when served. It’s easy to make at home for the party, or at the station for an easy snack while watching our favorite game, or holiday flick, and “That’s Bringing the Firehouse Home!”
Buffalo Chicken Dip
1 Block Cream Cheese of choice
1 can (12 OZ) Chicken
1/4-1/2 Cup of Buffalo Wing Sauce to taste
Mix all ingredients in small crockpot or a pan over medium heat until melted together; serve with your favorite choice of tortilla chips. Garnish with some Green Onions . For an extra added kick, add sliced jalapenos to the mix to taste and enjoy.