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Welcome to Taste and Tell Thursdays! Come link up your posts below for a chance to win holiday bakeware set from GoodCook® valued at $50 and free coupons for Challenge Butter!!

I both love and hate technology. Love it, because without it, I wouldn’t have this little space of my own on the internet. Hate it, because I feel like I am constantly fighting with it. I have been working off of a laptop for quite some time now. In the last couple of months, it started giving me some problems, until a few days ago when it decided it didn’t even want to turn on at all. (Luckily, I was thinking ahead and had moved everything off of it onto a hard drive. So at least nothing is stuck on there!!) I moved back to my ancient desktop computer, and although it does start, it doesn’t want to do much more than that. It took me over an hour to do something the other night that should have taken me 15 minutes tops.

So needless to say, I’ve been hating on technology for the last few days. I was talking to my brother in law about a week ago and saying that I needed a new computer, and as luck would have it, his business had a couple of extras that were a year old that they didn’t need anymore. So yesterday, I bought one from him. And I’m so grateful, because now I can at least blog again. (And hopefully it won’t take me as long to get through things!!)

I feel like I should be jumping on the healthy food bandwagon – it is the beginning of the year after all – but instead, I’m bringing you a recipe that is quite the opposite today. But guess what? This bread is delicious. We ate it as an appetizer for New Year’s Eve (even though I forgot about it in the oven and we had to cut off some burnt spots…), but it would make a great side dish as well. In fact, I would keep some of the topping on hand to make an easy bread side dish.  A mixture of Challenge butter, cheese, green chiles and mayonnaise tops sliced French bread that is broiled into cheesy bread goodness.  There is nothing that I didn’t love about this!

Challenge Butter, the largest butter brand in the West, is currently hosting a holiday recipe contest called Recipe for Caring among three celebrity chefs where the winner receives $5,000 towards the charity of their choice. Fans decide the winner and just for voting, they are entered to win $2,500, GoodCook bakeware sets and coupons.  The contest runs until January 15th, so make sure you head over to check it out!


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 10-16 slices


This cheesy, green chile topped bread would make a great appetizer or side dish.


  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Challenge butter
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
  • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Slice the French bread into 1/4-1/2 inch slices. Cream the butter and then add the green chiles, cheese, mayonnaise and garlic powder.
  2. Spread the mixture evenly on the bread slices and place face up on a baking sheet. Place under a broiler and cook until bubbly.
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  4. recipe from Challenge Butter

It’s time to link up your blog posts! But before we get to that, here are a few cookie creations from last week that are on my “to-make” list!

Carrot Cake Cookies from Inside BruCrew Life

Carrot Cake Cookies from Inside BruCrew Life

Lemonade Cookies from Kitchen Concoctions

Lemonade Cookies from Kitchen Concoctions

Oscar the Grouch Peppermint Cookies from Tumbleweed Contessa

Oscar the Grouch Peppermint Cookies from Tumbleweed Contessa

And the winner of the collection of 9 cookbooks from last month’s link up was:

Chels from Catz in the Kitchen with her Peppermint Brownie Cookies!

I’m changing things up a little bit this month.  You can link up any blog post – no theme this month!  And I will have a weekly giveaway instead of a large giveaway for the month.  This week, link up your blog posts for a chance to win a holiday bakeware set from GoodCook® valued at $50 and free coupons for Challenge Butter.  Every link up gets you 2 entries to win.  You can also enter to win by commenting below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The rules for the link up are simple:

1 – this month, you can link up to any blog post
2 – link must be to a blog post – no etsy stores or advertisements
3 – please add a link in your post back to this post
4 – you can link up to 2 links per week, and links cannot be duplicated through the month

Don’t forget to click over on some of the other links so that we can all enjoy each other’s cookie creations!!

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40 Responses to Taste and Tell Thursdays – Josephinas {and a giveaway}

  1. What’s my favorite recipe? Oh gosh…anything with lots of butter in it and chocolate! Cookies, brownies, cake, I can’t choose!

  2. I’m sorry about your computer troubles! Never fun. Glad you got a new one though!
    And what’s not to love about warm bread and butter?!

  3. danielle says:

    Soups I love making soups

  4. Favorite recipe? That’s too hard to narrow down, but maybe molten lavas make that list.

  5. Shelly says:

    That’s a tough question to answer! I love pretty much any kind of cookie recipe!

  6. Jenny says:

    I love almond cookies.

  7. Jessica says:

    Ding Dong cake!

  8. Venetrise says:

    Currently, my favorite recipe is Snickerdoodle cupcakes.

  9. emily says:

    Oreo Cookie-Cookies!

  10. Sarah H.P. says:

    My favorite recipe is my mom’s butter cookies!

  11. Kim C. says:

    I can’t choose just one, that’s too hard but my Caramel Apple Cheesecake is one of my top favorites.

  12. Joan says:

    I have too many favorite recipes but I recently made a makeover parmasean chicken recipe that I love.

  13. Kelly P says:

    brownies always win!

  14. Mexican Wedding Cakes!

  15. grace says:

    right now, my favorite recipe is boiled custard. that decadence you can drink!

  16. Andrea D. says:

    My favorite dish right now is grilled pizza. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  17. Heather says:

    My mom’s kringle.

  18. Shanna says:

    Too many to name them all, but I do love a good crusty bread!

  19. D Schmidt says:

    My favorite recipe is black forest cookies.

  20. Natalie S says:

    My favorite recipe is barley pilaf!

  21. Thanks for the feature. Oscar’s cookies were a hit with my family. This is a great party and give away. Thanks for hosting. Looking forward to many more in 2013!

  22. Jan says:

    My favorite recipe is chocolate chip cookies that have just come out of the oven.

  23. Kristen says:

    I can totally feel you on your technology love hate relationship… Grrr! Hope things get fixed soon!

  24. Challenge butter is actually the brand I use all the time! Love it and it is usually the most affordable brand. And oh yeah… that healthy eating thing… I am trying to do better but it is so hard when all I want to eat is cookies! Ha!

  25. cindi says:

    love shortbread!

  26. Joanne says:

    My computer is probably going to die soon also and I am dreading the day it does…hopefully the.boy. and I will be living together by then so that I can just use his. :P

    There are still plenty of holiday parties left to go to and this sounds perfect to accompany them!

  27. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I love making chocolate chip pan cookies!

  28. I know computers can be so frustrating. Glad to hear you are up and running again. This bread looks delicious. It would definitely be a crowd pleaser!

  29. Corisa says:

    Ina Gartens peanut butter frosting!

  30. Meg says:

    My favorite recipe? Oh goodness…anything with cheese probably. Although we’ve been repeating jalapeno popper chicken lately. SO GOOD. And also cheesy :)

  31. karen says:

    My favorite recipe is my recipe for pumpkin date bread. I must have made it close to 100 times!

  32. Kristin says:

    I love this recipe I have for harvest casserole! So good and easy to make!

  33. Jan R says:

    Banana cake.

  34. MaryB says:

    Picking one favorite is too hard! I love homeade bread with loads of butter on it. This bread with the cheese and chilis sounds delicious. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  35. melanie says:

    I love the yeasted waffle recipe I found in Marion Cunningham’s The Breakfast Book

  36. dena says:

    My favorite recipe is Spinach with Spinach Sauce. Even the kids eat it, although that’s a cheat … I’ve fed it to them since they were toddlers. Now grown up, they still request it when they come home.

  37. manda says:

    Dump cake.

  38. Jennai says:

    My favorite is Pina Colada Cookies — also Eggnog Cookies.

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