Years of living down south taught me a lot of things. One of those lessons learned was that there’s something special about a really good banana pudding. When I came across this recipe, I knew I had to give it a try. It seemed like a fun, simple twist on one of my favorites, and it’s the perfect thing to serve up to friends and family during the spring holiday season!
Football season has started! Football parties mean munchies, and this one is super quick and easy to throw together whether you’re attending a big viewing party, or just hanging out on your own couch with the family. It’s salty, and cheesy, and creamy, and bacony, and crunchy, and just plain good.
I’m not sure why it’s called Neiman Marcus Dip. My guess is that they served it in their cafes at some point. It’s one of those recipes that popped up in my Pinterest feed ages ago, and I finally got around to trying it. There are a gazillion different recipes for it online, so it makes sense to add another one, right? Oh well…I thought it was worth sharing, so hopefully you’ll see my recipe as something new and exciting, and give it a try.
Right now, as you’re reading this, (unless you’ve run across this months from now on Pinterest or Google…), I have my toes in the sand and a book in my hand on one of the loveliest beaches in South Carolina. It’s vacation time…finally.
This summer has been a busy one! We’ve relocated our family to a new house ten hours away from the last one, we’ve settled into said house and gotten into our new Indy groove. The girls have gone to camps, and lessons, and made loads of friends along the way. We’ve hosted guests from near and far and before we know it, school will be starting again in just one more week.
I’ve lived in Georgia for over six years now, and one thing I’ve learned during my stay is that Pimento Cheese is kind of a big deal around here. If you’re not familiar with Pimento Cheese, it’s usually a pretty simple mixture of cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, diced pimentos (which are a type of red pepper), and seasonings. It’s used as a dip, or a spread, and Pimento Cheese sandwiches are commonplace. In fact, here in Augusta, they are a tradition at The Masters Golf Tournament.
I just read that football may be a little less frustrating for a lot of people starting tonight. Excellent! In honor of the refs returning to work, I figured I’d give you a recipe for a super quick and easy munchie to enjoy during your next big game!
Game food doesn’t get much easier than this. Two simple steps and you’re good to go.
First, you need to soften up about 3/4 of a cup of sun-dried tomatoes. There are tomatoes that you can buy in a jar that are packed in oil. These aren’t those tomatoes. These come dried, in a pouch, on the shelf. To soften them up, pour some boiling water over them and let them sit for about 20 minutes.
Is there really anything better than a really good BLT? It’s such a simple sandwich, nothing fancy. But, every time I have one, my first thought is, “Why don’t I have these more often?” They are the unsung hero of the sandwich world.
A friend of mine (who must have read my blog post last week about my inability to grow anything other than basil) gave me an armload of beautiful tomatoes, fresh from her garden, over the weekend. I went into immediate tomato eating overload. I was gobbling up handfuls of cherry tomatoes like they were candy, and figuring out a way to slice up the larger tomatoes to add to every meal. My tomato obsession was a little out of control, but I guess if I’m going to overindulge in something, fresh tomatoes aren’t the worst option!
I’ve mentioned before that I have an almost embarrassing number of cookbooks in my house. I firmly believe that one of the reasons I have so many is because I truly love to cook, but I’m not very good at creating my own recipes.
I do tweak recipes quite often, though. As long as I have a framework, then I can comfortably alter a recipe to my heart’s content and nine times out of ten, I’m glad I did. This is one of my favorite quick and easy appetizers because it’s easy to change up. I’ve made it countless times and have changed up what tops the melted, gooey, cheesy base almost every time.
Some recipes are favorites just because they’re delicious. Others, we keep making for sentimental reasons. Maybe a good friend gave us the recipe or it’s something Mom used to whip up on a rainy day. Isn’t it nice when delicious and sentimental go hand in hand? This recipe for a quick and easy corn dip is just that for me. It seems like yesterday, but was actually years ago, when we lived on an Army post just outside of Washington D.C. The years we spent there were very special. Our oldest daughter, Emily, was born there and our lives have never been the same! (In a good way, of course!) Not only was it a special time for our family as a unit, it was also a time when we were very lucky to live in a wonderful community where we made lifelong friends.
Buffalo Wings and Blue Cheese: It’s a match made in football watching munchie heaven. Only recently, have I been able to admit that I actually like blue cheese. It took me years and years of failed attempts, but I’ve finally grown to like it. And thank goodness I have, because it makes eating Buffalo Wings that much better.
I love college football. I can take or leave most NFL games, but there’s something really special about college football season for me. I was lucky enough to experience a great college football tradition when I attended Michigan State University. Thanks to my time there, I’m a die-hard Spartan fan and I’m proud to be one. (No comments from the Wolverine peanut gallery, please.)