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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Holly's Bean Dip!

Here’s a confession, I really
suck at passing down recipes.
I’m a rather intuitive cook.
I just...well, guestimate.
And while that works well for
me, it’s hard to pass guestimated
recipes on to the kids when I
have to say things like,
“Take a handful of this,
then a smidge of that...”

I make my older kids crazy when they call
asking for the recipe for a family favorite. LOL
So, I went through my recipe box and discovered
that I had an actual recipe for one of our family
favorites! It’s an easy bean dip.
I’m all about easy and
nutritious...this recipe is both.

Holly’s Bean Dip

1 can kidney beans
½ tsp garlic salt
1 tsp vinegar
1/4 tsp black pepper
½-1 cheddar cheese

Use the mixer or a Cuisinart to mix
the first four ingredients. Mix by hand
with grated cheese, then microwave
until warm.
Serve with tortilla chips. Or, broil
some pita bread until browned
and try that. Or even crackers.

It’s fast and easy to make, so it’s
perfect for surprise guests.
I made it this afternoon in order
to take a few pictures, and
realized it’s not a pretty dip.
But I put it down on the coffee
table with some chips...and it’s gone.
So, while it’s not pretty,
it’s really, really good!
Oh, and for the people like me who
enjoy messing with recipes,
this one begs to be messed with. I’ve
done it with black beans instead of kidney
beans. You could switch up the cheese.
Try a few spices. Oh, and how about
doing black beans, cheese
and a bit of salsa? That might be what
I try next!
I know some cooks are nervous about
straying from a recipe. But to be honest,
I’ve never met a recipe I don’t want to
fiddle with!
Let me know if any of you tweak
this one and how it turned out!

About Holly:

I've been in love with books, with words, ever since I can remember.
I read JRR Tolkien's Hobbit in third grade. How much I understood,
I don't know, but I fell in love with Middle Earth and visited often.
Heinlein, Lewis and Bach all soon joined him on my list of must read
authors. Trixie Belden, The Black Stallion, Little House on the
Prairie . . . the list goes on and on. It was rare not to find me with a
book in hand!
From that love of reading I seemed to naturally progress to
writing. I've toyed with a little of everything, but I must confess,
though I "found" romance a little later in life, I fell head over heels
for the genre. When I began writing, it seemed like the right place
for me to be.
Why? Because it's a genre about people, about relationships. I can
add in the sci fi, the fantasy, the suspense, the mystery. I can add
in any plot, but it all boils down to the people and that is why I fell
for it. Watching two characters overcome the odds, overcome
themselves . . . what could be more satisfying?

Thanks for joining us, Holly!
I live in AZ, so I am absolutely giving
your bean dip a whirl! Jenn

For more about Holly, check out her

Contest Time!

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Anchovies seem to be the zaniest so far! Eeep!