November 22, 2005

Velveeta Cheese and the Holidays

November and December are great months for food shopping because the grocery stores run special sales on the most popular brand name products that people use during the holidays. It's a good time to stock up.

One of those products is Kraft Velveeta Process Cheese Spread. You can use it in a lot of dishes from Thanksgiving straight on through New Year's.

Fresh Ideas From Velveeta (1986, 29 pages) was a freebie booklet with the purchase of a 2-lb package of Original Velveeta or two other Velveeta products (such as Hot or Mild Mexican or Slices). In the back of the booklet were instructions for ordering extra copies.

It has a yummy photo of asparagus spears with cheese sauce on the front cover. Velveeta is great for cooking because it melts and blends so easily. Even the Amish women use Velveeta and they're well known for their great home-cooked food.

This recipe booklet contains 35 recipes and several of them are suitable for holiday dinner side dishes, soups for cold shopping days, or snacks and dips for football games or other get-togethers. These are all easy recipes. Other recipes in the booklet, although not listed below, lend themselves to quick and easy lunches and dinners during the busy season.

Some of the recipes in this booklet that might work well particularly well during the holidays are:

South-of-the-Border Dip
Snappy Vegetable Dip
El Pollo Nacho Platter
Creamy Broccoli Soup
Seafood Bisque
Fruit 'N Cheesy Grill (a grilled cheese sandwich with dates, walnuts and raisins)
Cheesy Potato Skins
Golden Mashed Potatoes
Savory "Hollandaise" Sauce
Sauce Supreme
Imperial Shrimp on Rice
Classic Macaroni and Cheese
Nouvelle Fettucini
English Egg Muffin

The recipes are illustrated with color photos, the food showing up well against the black backgrounds, enticing you to get busy in the kitchen.

I'll share this recipe for the cheese sauce because it's perfect for those fresh or frozen vegetables that you'd like to dress up a bit for your holiday table.


1/2 pound Velveeta Pasteurized Process Cheese Spread, cubed
1/2 cup Kraft Real Mayonnaise
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon dry mustard

Combine process cheese spread, mayonnaise and milk; stir over low heat until smooth. Stir in mustard. Serve over hot cooked vegetables.

Makes 1-1/2 cups

Microwave Directions: Combine all ingredients in 1-quart measure. Microwave on Medium (50%) 4 to 6 minutes or until smooth, stirring every 2 minutes.


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