I’m going to be honest; I could sit down with a block of cream cheese and a spoon and do quite a bit of damage. That creamy little white block wrapped in silver foil. Just like a present….mmm. You almost can’t go wrong with any recipe that calls for it. Then there’s dips. I could survive off of dips. A few years back a conversation about our love of dips led a group of my coworkers to create and declare an annual “Dip Day”. We all made our favorite dips and
snacked gorged on them all day. It was a glorious day.
I’ve got three easy (some too easy) dips to kick-off the week. Pun intended. I could care less who wins the game, but I have a vested interest in the snack menu for Super Bowl Sunday. Each of these dips starts with a block of cream cheese. If you need some new dip ideas, today’s post is for you. CREAMY PESTO DIP (AKA: The easiest dip you’ll ever make.)
1. Mix 8 ounces of softened cream cheese with 6 ounces of pesto (store bought or freshly made). Add cracked black pepper if desired.
2. Serve warm with honey wheat pretzel twists or fresh fruit.BACON JALAPENO GOAT CHEESE BALL
1. Combine 8 ounces cream cheese, 6 ounces goat cheese, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, one finely minced jalapeno (seeds removed), and a pinch of salt.
2. Wrap in plastic and shape into a ball. (It will be soft, so it won’t form a perfect ball.) Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
3. In the meantime, fry 8 slices of bacon. (I made mine in the oven using this method.) Remove cheese from the fridge and reshape/roll ball if needed.
4. Crumble bacon and spread out on cutting board. Remove cheese from plastic and roll in the bacon. Serve with herbed crackers or pretzel crisps.
-5 Layer Greek Dip
-Savory Crab Dip
A Few Ramblings…
I watched Drew Barrymore’s interview with Oprah last night. I just love her. I used to think she was kind of silly and fun, but the last few years I’ve come to really admire Ms. Barrymore. It seems like she’s an actress who doesn’t take herself or her success too seriously. She appears genuinely comfortable in her own skin regardless of the pressures in her industry to be a waif. One of my favorite lines in the whole interview was when she said she was surprised her husband ended up marrying her because he should be with “a good girl from the Upper East Side who has nice arms.” She shared about the complicated relationship with her mother and how she has set boundaries. Even though she’s obviously been through a lot in her early years, she doesn’t act like a victim. Oh, and she said the only way she can describe the feeling of love for daughter is that it’s like the biggest crush you’ve ever had. I thought that was perfect.