I’m with Yogi and Boo-boo! (Not Honey Boo-Boo, Bless Her Heart)

yogi-bear-basket-hdrimg-1“Hey Boo-Boo, I found us a pic-a-nic basket!” Sound familiar, anyone? That bear that loved him a picnic! Well, I’m with Yogi, y’all. This week has been right up my alley! It’s been fun to talk picnics on the Southern BelleView porch while our fickle Louisiana weather tries to decide whether to warm us up or freeze us out. A leisurely lunch in the great outdoors with good friends and fine food— count me in.

When I was growing up my family didn’t get to hold picnics in the park or spread blankets on the beach, but our version is just as memorable to me. Our picnics were held on road side rest areas all across the South, signaled by the noon hour that pushed pause on our annual family vacations. While Mama made short work of laying out bologna sandwiches and Little Debbie’s from the heavily laden ice chest, my sisters and I ripped and romped as much as possible, ever conscious that the clock was ticking. It was only a matter of time before we would be reloaded into the sedan’s back seat, confined by those dastardly borders of our own making. Talk about your border wars! The toe of a flip flop could set off an epic conflict faster than Papa could say, “Don’t make me pull this thing over.”

In the spirit of those memories, I offer you my Bodacious Buffalo Dip recipe. It’s just the thing to keep the peace at your next picnic!


16 ounces cream cheese softened
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon dried parsley
1 small roasted chicken from your local deli
½ cup of buffalo wing sauce
½ cup ranch dressing
8 ounces shredded Colby Jack cheese

Now, I’ll walk you through this thing. Ready? I’ve already creamed together sixteen ounces of softened cream cheese with a little garlic powder and dried parsley. I’m going to spread it on the bottom of my small casserole dish and top it with this shredded bite size chicken that I’ve pulled off a small roasted chicken from the deli. Over this we’ll pour a half cup of buffalo wing sauce, a half cup of ranch dressing, and finish by sprinkling with 8 ounces of this shredded Colby Jack cheese. We’ll bake it at 350 degrees until it’s bubbly. YUM! Serve with your favorite chips to your favorite people and enjoy!

Hugs, Shellie

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is an author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. She still loves the occasional bologna sandwich if the bologna is freshly cut into big thick slices with red casings! In between visits here at Southern Belleview, you can find Shellie at her place, http://www.allthingssouthern.com

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  1. says

    YUMMY, Shellie! This cheesy chicken dip looks delectable! Will definitely try it. You took me back with the images of roadside stops, Little Debbies an border wars… 😉 I had many of those too. Thanks for the ride down memory lane and the super new recipe!


  2. lisa Wingate says

    Oh, Girl! You’ve brought back memories of those old car trips and the epic territory wars in the back seat! And this recipe sounds delicious… and really different. This one is going to the next family gathering. Those roasted chickens in the deli better look out!

  3. Jorie says

    Hallo, lovely spirits of the Porch!

    Time has slipped through my fingers this past fortnight, which is one reason I haven’t been returning to comment,… the other is because I wasn’t quite sure how to jump in on the conversations,… as although we tend to watch the same tv series, there were a few differences too! :( And, as much as I love picnics, I haven’t been on one since I was a kid, so I couldn’t jump in and say, ooh you should try this recipe! :( One reason I am a bit behind too, is that my RSS feed for Belle View isn’t working! I cannot sort it out on my end either,… as you can only ‘click refresh’ to get it going again,… do you know if the RSS feeds are okay on your end?

    Otherwise, I’ll just disengage it — as its literally telling me that there isn’t anything new! Clearly there is a malfunction, somewhere, right!? Laughs. :) :) I’ll be coming back round this next week,… hope you all are having a great weekend!!

    {ps} Do you all know of a cornbread recipe that actually comes out moist!? If I could sort that out, I’d be plumb happy! :)

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