Saturday, November 20, 2010

Hot Seafood Dip

I have just returned from the New England Crime Bake
in Dedham, MA. It was a great conference on
many levels. First, I got to have a long
chat with Charlaine Harris. I have to say, she is a
genuine soul. I learned so much just chatting with her.
Really, I can't say enough nice things about her.

Jenn and Charlaine Harris!

Second, I didn't faint when I met Dennis Lehane.
I call that a triumph!

And finally, I got to make a bunch of new friends
(Hi, Leigh Ann), talk shop with writers from
all over New England *AND* I got to visit my family;
Lunch with dad, crashing at my brother's for a few
nights and the banquet with Mom. Good times!

Now I am doubly fortunate because my sister-in-law,
Natalie, is one of those cooks who can have a potato
and two canned goods in her pantry and knock your
socks off with what she can create out of it.
Seriously, I live in awe of her culinary skills.
She's such a love, she prepared a seafood stew that
was to die for while I was there.

So, since I'm a little homesick, I thought I'd
share one of her other yummy seafood recipes.
Now, I've been to her parties. People throw elbows
and tripping has been known to happen when she
brings this baby out of the oven. So be warned!


12 oz cream cheese, softenend
1/3 cup minced green pepper
1/3 cup chopped green scallion
2 tblspns lemon juice
1/2 tsp WORCESTERSHIRE sauce
1/2 tsp salt
dash garlic powder
6 oz can crab, drained
4.5 oz can shrimp, drained
6.5 oz can minced clams, drained
1/4 cup slivered almonds

In medium bowl, blend cream cheese, green peppers, onion,
lemon juice, W. sauce, salt and garlic powder. Stir in
crab, shrimp and clams.
Turn mixture into a 1 qt ungreased casserole or oven
proof serving dish. Sprinkle with almonds.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min until bubbly around edges.
Serve with crackers and veggies. Makes 4 cups.


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  1. Thanks for sharing this with us, Jenn! Sounds amazing. :) I might have to whip this up for a Thanksgiving appetizer!

  2. Jenn - Your Crime Bake experience sounds just awesome. Love your pic with the (truly) amazing Charlaine. :) This dip is a must-make for holiday parties. Thanks to you and the kitchen magician that is your sister-in-law!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jenn,
    only 6 more weeks to Buttercream Bump Off!
    ~ Cleo
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  3. What fun, Jenn! Especially since you were able to combine your trip with family visits.

    This dip sounds so wonderful that I want to reach into the screen and try it. It's going to be on my menu when I have have guests this winter!

    ~ Krista

  4. I've had to limit conferences this year (boo!) so am living vicariously through everyones' experiences. The seafood dip will be another fun way to "share" the moment. Thanks, Jenn, and Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  5. I'm still a conference newbie, so this was
    a great way to start. I met truly lovely people and I got the chance to think about where my career has been, where it is and where it could possibly go, and I discovered, I'm pretty darn happy just as I am!
    And the dip, well, it's faaaaaaantastic as is my sis-in-law.
    Six weeks 'til BUTTERCREAM -- I can NOT wait!

  6. Aha! A new, fabulous sounding dip! I have almost everything to make it on Thanksgiving. I'll be running out Wednesday to pick up the rest of the ingredients. Thanks for this, it sounds like something my family will love!

  7. This looks so yummy, and even I might be able to make it turn out right. Thanks for posting it.

  8. Oh now this will have to be made next week. Drooolllll is right.

  9. Jenn, what fun to see your favorites! Great recipe.

  10. It’s really nice. Now I have an idea what to prepare for the next Thanksgiving.
    Thanks Jenn.