Monday, September 2, 2013
Seriously Good Dip
Cheesy Spinach Goodness
Our neighbor friends Tom and Joan had their annual Labor Day Weekend Cookout yesterday. I made one of my go-to dips. Everyone loved it last weekend, so I figured I was safe making another batch.
This stuff is good.
You will thank me.
I in turn, will thank my girlfriend Cathryn aka Petite Flower, for bringing this dip to our house and getting us hooked.
This dip is..........how shall we say it....................really, really, really good. It's bowl lickin' good.
Yes, that good.
It is also incredibly easy.
Cheesy Petite Flower Spinach Dip
1 lb Land o' Lakes American Pepper Cheese. diced
4-5 cups fresh spinach, chopped (I use an entire clamshell package of fresh baby spinach, though original recipe called for a box of frozen). Or 5 BIG handfuls of fresh spinach.
one medium onion, diced
3 roma tomatoes, diced
Dice onion and tomato and put in mixing bowl. Cook in microwave ( you could do in oven or sautee pan if you're not keen on microwave) a couple of minutes until softened. Add chopped spinach. Heat again for 2 minutes. Drain any liquid so dip doesn't get watery. Add a 1/3 of cheese. Heat again until melted, stir. Add another 1/3. Heat again until melted, stir. Add last 1/3 of cheese and heat until melted. Stir. Let cool a couple of minutes serve with chips. This dip is best once it cools a couple of minutes allowing it to thicken up just a bit. You can also cook and heat in oven at 350 for about 20 minutes.
This dip does have a little bite. If you're can't handle hot, change up the cheese half Land o' Lakes White American and half Land o' Lakes American Pepper. Though the original wasn't too hot for the
'spicy wimps' in the neighborhood.
It is SO good.
Sometimes I reserve a little and put it in my omelette. Reserving some aside is a good idea because there isn't often any left.
The weather held out for the cookout.
We got to meet these toes for the first time.
And I got to smell this head. Personally, I think someone fragrance person should launch 'newborn baby head' perfume, because honestly.............you just can't get enough of that smell.
I know I am not the only one who thinks that, but if in case, none of you have any idea of what I'm talking about..........just find a newborn baby head to smell. You may still think I'm crazy, but you may find yourself on the newborn baby head perfume bandwagon.
When Grammie wasn't holding her new granddaughter, she was hold this. Her new retirement wineglass.
I think they weighed the same.
Joanie also cut some of the flowers she grew from seed..........zinnias and aster......to brighten up the picnic tables. So sweet. I don't think I've ever had success growing flowers from seed. These make me want to try again come next spring.
Lashing rain here on and off since yesterday evening. We moved the cookout in just as it started to downpour. We got 3.25 inches in an hour. 6 miles east, all my parents got was a sprinkle. Still raining like that in Stratham. Quiet, and then all hell breaks loose into gullywashin'.
The laundry is getting serious rinsing on the line. Ugh. We couldn't run back across the street quick enough........it just rolled in too fast. And there hasn't been a long enough break of no rain to get it in.
Have a great Labor Day. Wish I could say I have it off, but there is too much work on my desk so I'm havin' at it. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Especially since I'm working on a logo design today for a client. Just finished another up and will be sharing that with you at some point this week.
Have a great day and enjoy!
Ciao for now,